prisoners for Jesus
sake sends greeting.
In obedience to your request
in your letter we say to you as follows. It is not wisdom for you to go out
of with your Families
yet for a little season untill we are out of Prison
after which time you may act your pleasure. but though you take your
Families out of the state yet it will be necessary for
you to Return and leave as before designed on the 26
of April.— In as much as we are in prison
and for a litt[l]e season if need be the
of the affairs of the church devolves on you that is the twelve <the> gathering.
the of necessity stopt.— but the convertion of the world need not
stop. but under wise management can go on more rapidly than ever. wher[e]
churches are built let them continue where they are until a door is open to do
other wise. and let every ocupy his own ground. and when he builds a church let him
preside over it. and let not others run in to trouble him. and thus let every man
prove himself unto God that he is worthy. If we live we live, and if we die for
the testimony of Jesus we die. but whether we live or die let the work of God go
on. Let the churches in England continue there, till
further orders. till a door cac [can] be opened
for them. except they choose to come to .
and take their chance with the saints here. if they do that, let them
if they choose to come the[y] would do well
to send wise men before them and buy out , and the regions round about. or they may settle whare they can
till things may alter.
It will be necessary for you to get the twelve
ordain such as have not ben ordained, or at least such of them as you can
and proceed to regulate the Elders as the Lord may give you
We nominate and
to take the place of and Brethren fear
but be strong in the Lord and in the power of his [p. ]