Letter from Francis Gladden Bishop, 26 September 1843
, Letter, , Lee Co., Iowa Territory, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 26 Sept. 1843; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and ; four pages; JS Collection, CHL.
, Sep 26th, 1843.
To the prophet and president of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Honoured and dear Sir—— as you by divine appointment are placed over the church to instruct and oversee it, I have considered that you certainly in preference to any other person should be addressed upon any Subject in connexion with the church or the Fulness of the Gospel; I therefore although I have been rejected and cast out of the church as unworthy [of] your confidence, yet not feeling Satisfied in my heart, and with the fear of our Lord before me, not desiring nor daring to act contrary to his will, once more and perhaps for the last time crave your attention: and I would hereby inform you that my faith and zeal in the Fulness of the Gospel is not in the least diminished, and although I am exiled from , yet I look upon her as the home of my fathers family, and where I desire in my heart to dwell: but in bonds, and in exile as I am, that hope I cannot enjoy; and although I ardentely desire to lift my voice again among the Saints, as an humble advocate and defender of the truth; yet that humble privilege is denied me Situated as I now am. It is true I have been invited and solicited to be Baptized and join the church again; yet considering your decision upon me, as not only excomminicated from the church, but so to remain, as I undertstand, until the day of the coming of the Lord Jesus from Heaven; I of course declined, and considered that to attempt to Join the church again without consulting yourself, would be in me a dishonorable act, I therefore have taken the liberty to address you upon this subject, and to open my soul before you, that you may understand that I am no enemy but a well wisher to the cause of ; and I also beg your patience and clemency, while I express my deep conviction that my work is not yet finished in : [p. ]