Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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stomachs being already filled to overflowing, and so of the doctrines of the “New  Jerusalem Church” if none but those who read and understand the many  thousand metaphysical salutions of philisophical problems, which Sweden borg has published, can be saved, then truly must Heaven be content with  a spare population until the inhabitants intellectual capacities of the human  race are vastly improved— but if the wisdom of this world is foolishness with  God, and if God has chosen a system of salvation which is to the greeks foolishness  and is not taught in the wisdom of mens words, then indeed must it be a vain  effort to establish a system in lieu thereof, which is purely the wisdom of the  wise— and which has for its whole charm the praise of being philosophically  systematic.
I expect next week to set out for Akron and  and as I shall write immediately on my return to this place, or perhaps from  one of the above places, I will now conclude by requesting that I may be favored  with letters from as many of you as can take time to write me, I shall probably  have something more interesting to write about when I write you again,  give my best wishes and Assurance of my sincere affection to all the brethren  and believe me ever your’s most sincerely—
To J Smith Jr
&c
Hancock Co Illinois——
P. S— Please let me hear every matter  of importance which relates to the success or  hindrance, prosperity or adversity of the .
Yours truly,

Letter to Isaac Galland • 11 September 1839

Ill, 11th Septr 1839
Dear
We have had the great pleasure of recieving  your favour of 24th July, and learning thereby that you and your family had  arrived at Chillicothe in safety and in health. We percieve that you have had  rather a narrow escape from serious accident, and doubtless the hand of the  Lord is to be acknowledged in the matter, although unpercieved by mortal eye.
Time and experience will teach us more and more, how easily falsehood  gains credence with mankind in general, rather than the truth— but espe cially in taking into consideration the plan of Salvation; the plain simple  order of the gospel of Jesus Christ— never has been discerned nor acknowledged [p. 71]
stomachs being already filled to overflowing, and so of the doctrines of the “New Jerusalem Church” if none but those who read and understand the many thousand metaphysical salutions of philisophical problems, which Swedenborg has published, can be saved, then truly must Heaven be content with a spare population until the intellectual capacities of the human race are vastly improved— but if the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, and if God has chosen a system of salvation which is to the greeks foolishness and is not taught in the wisdom of mens words, then indeed must it be a vain effort to establish a system in lieu thereof, which is purely the wisdom of the wise— and which has for its whole charm the praise of being philosophically systematic.
I expect next week to set out for Akron and and as I shall write immediately on my return to this place, or perhaps from one of the above places, I will now conclude by requesting that I may be favored with letters from as many of you as can take time to write me, I shall probably have something more interesting to write about when I write you again, give my best wishes and Assurance of my sincere affection to all the brethren and believe me ever your’s most sincerely—
To J Smith Jr
&c
Hancock Co Illinois——
P. S— Please let me hear every matter of importance which relates to the success or hindrance, prosperity or adversity of the .
Yours truly,

Letter to Isaac Galland • 11 September 1839

Ill, 11th Septr 1839
Dear
We have had the great pleasure of recieving your favour of 24th July, and learning thereby that you and your family had arrived at Chillicothe in safety and in health. We percieve that you have had rather a narrow escape from serious accident, and doubtless the hand of the Lord is to be acknowledged in the matter, although unpercieved by mortal eye.
Time and experience will teach us more and more, how easily falsehood gains credence with mankind in general, rather than the truth— but especially in taking into consideration the plan of Salvation; the plain simple order of the gospel of Jesus Christ— never has been discerned nor acknowledged [p. 71]
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