Dear brother in the Lord,
Permit me to drop you a few lines to show you our
prog ress temporally and spiritually. A multiplicity of business has
prevented me from writing much the year past, but the greatness of our
doings and the importance of the occasion require a recital to you for your
consolation.— Monday the 3d of July, was a
great and glorious day in ; more than
fifteen hundred saints assembled in this place, and, at ½ past 8 in the
morning, after a prayer, singing, and an address, proceeded to break the
ground for the ; the day was
beautiful, the Spirit of the Lord was with us, a cellar for this great
ed ifice, 110 long by 80 broad was nearly finished: on Tuesday the fourth, we had a large meeting and
several of the Missourians were : Our meet ings, held in the open prairie, or, in
fact larger than they were in
when I was there. We have more or less to bless, confirm and, baptize
ev ery Sabath.
This same day our school section was sold at auction, and although en tirely a prairie, it
brought, on a years credit, from 3 ½ to $10,20 an acre, making our first school fund $5070!!
Land can not be had round town now much less than $10 per acre.
numbers increase daily, and, notwithstanding the season has been cold
and backward, no one has lacked a meal, or went hungry. Provisions to
be sure have risen, but not as high as our accounts say they are
Public notice has been given by the mob in , north of us, for
the Mormons to leave that county by the first of August, and go into . Our enemies will not slumber, till Satan knows the bigness of his lot.
Our town gains
some, we have a bout one hundred buildings, 8 of which are stores. If
the brethren abroad are wise, and will come on with means, and help
enter the land and populate the
and build the
, we shall soon have one of the most pre cious spots on the
Globe. God grant that it may be so. Of late we receive but little
news from you: and we think much of that is exaggerated.
N. B. Please say in your Messen ger: “A Post office
has been estab lished at , Caldwell County, Missouri. Our
brethren will now have a chance to write to their friends.” [p. ]