Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

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Epistle • 31 March 1842

The following Epistle was read before  the , early after its organization— but was  not forwarded to be recorded; the Secretary not  being present at the time of its reading; else it  would have appear’d in its proper place.
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To the Hon., the of the Female  Relief Society of , Greeting:
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Can the “Female Relief Society of  ” be trusted with some important  matters that ought actually to belong to them  to see to, which men have been under the necess ity of seeing to, to their chagrin & mortification,  in order to prevent iniquitous characters from  carrying their iniquity into effect; such, as for  instance, a man who may be aspiring after power  and authority, and yet without principle,—  regardless of God, man, or the devil, or the interest  or welfare of man, or the virtue or innocence of  woman?
Shall the credulity, good faith, and stedfast  feelings of our sisters, for the cause of God or truth, be  impos’d upon by believing such men, because they say  they have authority from Joseph, or the ,  or any other of the ; and thus,  with a lie in their mouth, deceive and debauch  the innocent, under the assumption that they  are authoriz’d from these sources? May God  Forbid!
A knowledge of some such things  having come to our ears, we improve this [p. [86]]

Epistle • 31 March 1842

The following Epistle was read before the , early after its organization— but was not forwarded to be recorded; the Secretary not being present at the time of its reading; else it would have appear’d in its proper place.
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To the Hon., the of the Female Relief Society of , Greeting:
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Can the “Female Relief Society of ” be trusted with some important matters that ought actually to belong to them to see to, which men have been under the necessity of seeing to, to their chagrin & mortification, in order to prevent iniquitous characters from carrying their iniquity into effect; such, as for instance, a man who may be aspiring after power and authority, and yet without principle,— regardless of God, man, or the devil, or the interest or welfare of man, or the virtue or innocence of woman?
Shall the credulity, good faith, and stedfast feelings of our sisters, for the cause of God or truth, be impos’d upon by believing such men, because they say they have authority from Joseph, or the , or any other of the ; and thus, with a lie in their mouth, deceive and debauch the innocent, under the assumption that they are authoriz’d from these sources? May God Forbid!
A knowledge of some such things having come to our ears, we improve this [p. [86]]
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