, Ohio, July 25, 1836.
Dear Brethren:—Yours of the 1st
inst. accompanying the proceedings of a public meeting, held by the people of , was duly received. We are sorry that this disturbance has broken out—we do not consider it our fault.
You are better acquainted with circum stances than we are, and of course have been directed in wisdom in your moves,
relative to leaving the county. We forward you our letter to and others, that you may
know all we have said. We advise that you be not the first aggressors— give no occasion, and if the people will let
you dispose of your property, set tle your affairs, and go in peace, go. You have thus far had an asylum, and now seek another as God may direct.
Relative to your going to ,
we cannot say, we should think if you could stop short, in peace you had bet ter. You know our feelings relative to
not giving the first offence, and also of protecting your wives and little ones in case a mob should seek their lives. We
shall publish the proceed ings of the public meeting, with your answer, as well as our letter. We mean that the world
shall know all things as they transpire. If we are persecuted and driven men shall know it!
Be wise, let prudence dictate all your counsels,
preserve peace with all men, if possible, stand by the constitu tion of your
country, observe its prin ciples, and above all, show yourselves men of God,
worthy citizens, and we doubt not, community ere long, will do you justice,
and rise in indignation against those who are the instigators of your
suffering and affliction.
In the bonds
of brotherly love we subscribe ourselves, as ever.
others. [p. 359]