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Letter from William W. Phelps, 14 November 1833

November 14, 1833.
Since I last wrote, our brethren have been moving in every direction.1

See Letter from William W. Phelps, 6–7 Nov. 1833; Letter from Edward Partridge, between 14 and 19 Nov. 1833; Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 23–24; Whitmer, History, 48; Corrill, Brief History, 20; [Edward Partridge], “A History, of the Persecution,” Times and Seasons, Jan. 1840, 1:36; and Parley P. Pratt et al., “‘The Mormons’ So Called,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Extra, Feb. 1834, [2].  


It is impossible to say where many of them are.—The situation of many is critical having nothing to buy food with, and having raised none the passed season. Great destruction is said to be making with the property left—such as corn, potatoes, household furniture, &c.2

At great risk to his life, Parley P. Pratt returned to his property in Jackson County in hopes of finding provisions or food that his family had left behind. He wrote, “All my provisions for the winter were destroyed or plundered; and my grain left growing on the ground, for our enemies to harvest.” (See Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 23.)  


The Savior said, Blessed are ye when ye are hated of all men for my name’s sake3

See Luke 21:17; Mark 13:13; Matthew 10:22; 24:9; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:10].  


—and I think we have come to that. It is impossible to give you the information which requires a personal interview. Now is the hour that tries our souls; yea, the souls of the saints: we want victuals and clothes, and we mean to be saved, even if we die—for life with the present prospect before us, is not very desirable! I shall give more general information in my next if I can obtain it.
In great tribulation,
Yours, &c. [p. 119]
November 14, 1833.
Since I last wrote, our brethren have been moving in every direction.1

See Letter from William W. Phelps, 6–7 Nov. 1833; Letter from Edward Partridge, between 14 and 19 Nov. 1833; Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 23–24; Whitmer, History, 48; Corrill, Brief History, 20; [Edward Partridge], “A History, of the Persecution,” Times and Seasons, Jan. 1840, 1:36; and Parley P. Pratt et al., “‘The Mormons’ So Called,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Extra, Feb. 1834, [2].  


It  is impossible to say where many of them are.—The situation of many is  critical having nothing to buy food with, and having raised none the passed  season. Great destruction is said to be making with the property left—such  as corn, potatoes, household furniture, &c.2

At great risk to his life, Parley P. Pratt returned to his property in Jackson County in hopes of finding provisions or food that his family had left behind. He wrote, “All my provisions for the winter were destroyed or plundered; and my grain left growing on the ground, for our enemies to harvest.” (See Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 23.)  


The Savior said, Blessed are ye  when ye are hated of all men for my name’s sake3

See Luke 21:17; Mark 13:13; Matthew 10:22; 24:9; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:10].  


—and I think we have come  to that. It is impossible to give you the information which requires a per sonal interview. Now is the hour that tries our souls; yea, the souls of the  saints: we want victuals and clothes, and we mean to be saved, even if we  die—for life with the present prospect before us, is not very desirable! I shall  give more general information in my next if I can obtain it.
In great tribulation,
Yours, &c. [p. 119]
[William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, MO], to church leaders (including JS), [Kirtland Township

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, Geauga Co., OH], 14 Nov. 1833. Featured version published in “The Outrage in Jackson County, Missouri,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Dec. 1833, 119. For more complete source information on The Evening and the Morning Star, see the source note for Letter, 30 October 1833.

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