Letter to the Church in Clay County, Missouri, 22 January 1834

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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you any more money at present unless the Lord  put it into our power hands unexpectedly. our  calls for money are many and pressing. There is  not quite so much danger of a Mob upon us as there  has been. The hand of the Lord has thus far been stretch ed out to protect us, an apostate   from this has been to the State of  and gathered up all the rediculous stories that could be  invented and some affidavits respecting the character  of Bro Joseph and the Smith family and he exhibet ed them to numerous congregations in   and and fired the minds of the  people with much indignation against Bro Joseph  and the Church. also made many harsh  threats &c that he would take the life of Bro Joseph  if he could not distroy Mormonism without. Bro  Joseph took him with a peace warrant and after  3 days trial and investigating the merits of our  religion in the town of by able attorney[s]  on both sides he was bound over to the Court.  thus his influence was pritty much distroyed,  and since the trial the spirit of hostility seames to  be broken down in a good degree but how long it  will continue so we cannot say
You purchaced your with money,  Therefore behold you are blessed. you have not pur chaced your lands by the shedding of blood consiquent ly you do not come under the censure of that which says “if by blood lo your enemies are  upon you and ye shall be driven from city to city”  give youselves no uneasiness on this account
Farewell in the bonds of the and  partakers in tribulation
Clk of the
Jany 22d 1834 [p. 81]
you any more money at present unless the Lord put it into our hands unexpectedly. our calls for money are many and pressing. There is not quite so much danger of a Mob upon us as there has been. The hand of the Lord has thus far been stretched out to protect us, an apostate from this has been to the State of and gathered up all the rediculous stories that could be invented and some affidavits respecting the character of Bro Joseph and the Smith family and he exhibeted them to numerous congregations in and and fired the minds of the people with much indignation against Bro Joseph and the Church. also made many harsh threats &c that he would take the life of Bro Joseph if he could not distroy Mormonism without. Bro Joseph took him with a peace warrant and after 3 days trial and investigating the merits of our religion in the town of by able attorneys on both sides he was bound over to the Court. thus his influence was pritty much distroyed, and since the trial the spirit of hostility seames to be broken down in a good degree but how long it will continue so we cannot say
You purchaced your with money, Therefore behold you are blessed. you have not purchaced your lands by the shedding of blood consiquently you do not come under the censure of that which says “if by blood lo your enemies are upon you and ye shall be driven from city to city” give youselves no uneasiness on this account
Farewell in the bonds of the and partakers in tribulation
Clk of the
Jany 22d 1834 [p. 81]
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