Oct 19th 1840
To the Saints in
Dearly beloved brethren in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.
We take this opportunity of informing you that we yet remember the saints
scattered about in the regions of & feel interested in their welfare as well
as in that of the Saints at large.
We have beheld with feelings peculiar to ourselves the situation of things in and the numerous difficul ties to which the Saints have been subjected by false friends as well as open enemies. All these circumstances have more or less engaged our attention from time to time.
We likewise must complain of the stake
the brethren who are in office and
authority in the of for not writing to us and making known their
difficulties and their affairs from time to time so that they might
be advised in matters of importance to the well being of said
stake; but above all for not sending one word of consolation to us
while we were in the hands of our enemies— and thrust into
Some of our friends from various sections sent us letters which breathed a kind and sympathetick spirit, and which made our afflictions and sufferings [en]durable. All was silent as the grave no feelings of sorrow sympathy or affection to cheer the heart under the gloomy shades of affliction and trouble through which we had to pass.
Dear bretheren could you realize that your bretheren were thus circumstancial
and were to bear up under the weight of affliction and woe which
was heaped upon them by their enemies and you stand unmoved
and unconcerned!!! Where were the bowels of comp asion, Where
was the love which ought to characterize the Saints of the most
high, did those high born and noble feelings lie dormant, or were
you insensible of the treatment we received.
However, we are disposed to leave [p. 188]