Our Family Legacy
I take the opportunity of thanking you and Sister Armstrong for your letter which I received the morning before I left Philadelphia.
We are all of us well, I mean all that came out with me - and I think well satisfied with this place although there are many inconveniences since to encounter. Yet, none the less it is God's will that we should gather to here. I am sure of that. Therefore, we are willing to "Thy will be done."
Our conference is over and to the satisfaction of all. I wish you were out here and all the rest in Philadelphia. If you were here and could establish in the grocery business I am sure you might do well. You must not think when you come here to find all perfect. If you do, you will be disappointed. But if you come to fulfil a commandment of God you will be satisfied.
I have myself been engaged the last part of the winter in getting timber for building for myself and others. So you see I am hoping to build up Zion.
I have bought two lots for four hundred dollars and there are on each a log house. I shall occupy one to live in and the other my wife intends for a school house.
I hope this will not find Beck? in Philadelphia. I'm hoping he has left for Zion. If so it is intended for any one or all who might be left behind. For what I say unto one, I say unto all. Come out here and help to build up Zion. I have written three letters to Philadelphia and have not received any.
The news that Elder Lorenzo Barnes died last December will be heavy news to you as to us. This indeed must be heavy news to all the Saints who knew him.
Our conference has appointed Elder Wharton to go to Williamton and Elder Hess to Lancaster County and Jedediah Grant to Philadelphia. Poor soul, I pity him and you all know why.
We have a variety of institutions in this - such as Military, Masons and Mormons, but no mobs. Tell the Philadelphians they need not be afraid to come the mobs shan't harm them. There is a thousand other things I will tell you when you come out.
Brethren and friends in Philadelphia
After an elapse of several weeks I resume my pen to redeem the promise I made you in Philadelphia, of writing after getting to this place, and giving you a narrative of our journey and the conditions and situation of Nauvoo and the people and what my feelings were when viewing the fulfillment of the predictions of the Prophets of old. This will I do with the greatest of pleasure. Although my knowledge of the place and people is not extensive but to the reverse, is quite contracted owing to the circumstances which God in His command has seen fit to place me under.
After a journey of thirty-two days, we found ourselves in a company with a party of forty or fifty others that we fell in with on the way, we landed on the banks of the Mississippi in the City of Nauvoo.
After leaving Philadelphia and parting with thirty or forty of our brethren who had come to the depot to take the parting hand we united our hearts and voices in singing "Yes My Native Land I Leave Thee," which seemed to attract the attention of the Captain and crew.
About sunset we found ourselves at Columbia and there we shifted from the railroad to the canal and, us, our company composed the most of the passengers on board. We had the liberty from the Captain to arrange the cabin to our liking which we did. So that we were comfortably situated.
The weather being very pleasant so that we could be on deck most of the time where we could sing and make merry in the songs of Zion.
We had a Mr. Neal and family on hand with us. He seemed to be very anxious to know of our faith and doctrine which we laid before him in plainness. He was a Presbyterian and after a touch of the doctrine he soon offered his objections which soon led to a discussion on several points of our doctrine. After which we took the same ground that he had taken and offered our objections to his views, too, and contradicted them with the scriptures and showed to those that were on board the difference between the doctrine of the Bible and the doctrine of men which I have reason to believe resulted in much good. For as it happened in the providence of God on the Allegheny Mts. over Sunday and we succeeded in getting a school house which stood within a few rods of where we stopped. We held two meetings in it, which were attended by the Captain and hands together with the passengers and many of the citizens. On this occasion I endeavored to lay before them the first principles of the Gospel and the necessity of being obedient to the same in order to a joint heir with God and Jesus Christ.
After meeting, some came forward demanding baptism, at my hands and the administration of God, immersed the Captain and three of his hands and two passengers in waters of the Allegheny for the remission of sins. This caused our hearts to rejoice and give glory to God.
The names of the passengers baptized were a Andrew Grant and a Miss Atkerson who started in company with us from Philadelphia. The others Captain Jacob Utsler and two of his brothers and a young man by the name Windslow.
When we arrived in Pittsburgh I gave them an introduction to Elder Page. Miss Atkerson we left at Louisville, Ky. and Andrew Grant came on to Nauvoo.
We paid seven dollars each to Pittsburgh, then we engaged a passage to St. Louis for three dollars and fifty cents on board the steamboat Northbend, with Captain Galegar, we found all things as comfortable on board as could be expected and received the best of treatment from the captain and the crew and had many privileges on board granted above the rest of the passengers.
The steamboat began to think it something of an object to get our people as passengers
We were joined by a company of nine from Kirtland and when we got to St. Louis we joined a company of about thirty from Island, Vermont, and New York City. It cost us from St. Louis to Nauvoo $1.50 and 26¢ freight.
We were eight days from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and from Pittsburgh to St. Louis 21 days, and from St. Louis to Nauvoo 11 days.
The second week after we got here, I was taken sick and was confined to my house for two weeks. And after I had begun to recover, my wife was taken down with the fever. We used all the means in our power to break the fever, but could not. On the tenth day while the fever was raging Brother told us to take her to the river and baptize her for the healing power of her body and she would recover. We did so and from that time she began to recover. We put her in the two days following.
There have been hundreds baptized in the font and in the river for their health and in every case it has proved useful.
All that came out with us are well. Sr. Wilcox and family arrived and Brother Long and Jackson and Samuel Potter. As to the situation of the place it is as the Old Patriarch David described in the 48th Psalm. It is beautifully situated. It lies on the east side of. the Mississippi it extends about four miles along the river and about the same distance back.
Sir, having learned from President Smith that the Church in Philadelphia is placed in your charge until the Elders can be sent from this place, I shall therefore, take the liberty of writing a few lines to you and the Church. By so doing, I shall redeem the promise made to you and the brethren.
You have taken, I understand, the new meeting house on Julian St., and I hope it will have its desired effect of union together, and peace and love be restored.
Elder Jedediah Grant is to come to Philadelphia in the spring to take charge of the Church. His brother is to go to Boston to preside there.
It is a general time of health in our city and the situation of the Church seems to be in a prosperous condition. The prospect is that the writ escheived by Gov. Carlin, against Joseph Smith will be dismissed by Field or the Legislature. A petition has been sent to them asking for it to be done and they have expressed their determination to do it.
You may expect a letter from Therom as soon as he returns from Springfield, giving the ~ particulars.
We have had cold weather and several weeks of good sleighing. Business seems to be brisk in this place, the people generally speaking, are industrious and steady in their labor and in their habits--perhaps more so than in any other city in the Union. The taverns are not thronged with idlers, neither are the streets defiled with drunkards nor the silent hours of the night break forth with sounds of giddy babble of those returning home from where time, money and character has been wasted. There is not a place in all the city where liquor is sold for the accommodation of the tippler.
And this above might be counted a miracle city containing fifteen thousand people and not a grog shop to be found within its borders. The like perhaps is not known in the whole world. Surely this is a miracle and one performed by the Mormons. And had it been accomplished by any other society it would have been counted as one of the seven wonders of the world.
The city contains about four miles square and as the Patriarch David said, "Beautiful for Mount Zion."
The inhabitants are scattered [throughout] almost every part of it. The houses are generally small although there are some large homes. It is not as many suppose, all Mormons. To the contrary, there are many who do not belong to the Church. Several stores are kept by Gentiles.
Our places for worship this winter are in different parts of the city in private houses.
We arrived here the 20th of October after a journey of thirty-two days. We were detained several days by the way, owing to low water. We had however a very good journey with the exception of the length of time. Sister Wilcox and Family, Brothers Long, Jackson and S. Potter have come since our arrival and we have heard that others have started from Philadelphia and froze up in the river, but as to the truth we do not know, but we are anxious to know. We shall expect many from Philadelphia in the spring. And now, to return you that have been members in the Church from the first, let me exhort you to leave Philadelphia and come to this place and help to build up Zion. In doing so you will do what is pleasing in the eyes of them who has commanded a house to be built in honor to the name that the Priesthood may be restored--that the Elders may receive their own endowments and go forth to compel the nations of the earth to come in, and not only the work of God will prosper to the satisfaction of many who are yet strangers to the Kingdom of God. And here you may and can assist in completion of the Temple which is now progressing as fast as could be expected considering the circumstances which is connected with it.
The stonework of the basement story is finished. The walls of the second story stand to quite a height. The first Sunday after we arrived a meeting was held in it for the first time. And when I knew the font which is placed upon twelve oxen nearly carved in large as life placed in the Temple and the whole superstructure was reared under the direction of inspiration, my mind was carried beyond this world to the time when we that prove faithful shall through the order that is now established in that house, become saviors of our friends and in the morning of the first resurrection come forth clothed with immortality and strike hands with those of our friends who have died without the privilege of embracing the Gospel in this world, but through the ordinance which is now practiced at the font in the Temple be Christ's at His coming.
Those things, brethren, ought to create a spirit of gathering in everybody. Many are being baptized for their friends in the font and many have been healed through the same order.
We have just received news from Springfield stating that the petition sent in to the government has been acted upon and the old writ dismissed and Joseph exonerated from it and now is cleared from the blood hounds of Missouri.
And now I must bid you adieu for the present, exhorting you all to be faithful to your calling and gather home to Zion as fast as your circumstances admit.
Brothers and sisters in Boston, James, Elvira and Emeline--
Being situated some two thousand miles from you, I feel it a duty to write you and let you know where we are.
I expect you know where we are. I expect you know that we left Philadelphia for this place. We got here the 29th of October after a journey of 32 days. We had some detention on the way on account of low water.
Soon after our arrival I was taken sick with a bilious complaint for a few days. Lavinia was taken down with a winter fever and was brought down very low. We had our doubts about her recovery. But she dreamed one night that she had been baptized for her health and was healed. And you know that the Mormons are believers in a God that is a revealer of secrets by dreams.
At this time she had lain twelve days with a burning fever and was so weak that she could not help herself. Rut we got a carriage; took her out of bed, put her in the wagon; took her to the river; cut a hold in the ice and baptized her. We repeated this for three days. The fever left her and from that time she became better.
Now we both, together with Mother, enjoy good health. I am heartier myself than I have been for ten years. Mother stood her journey out here very well. She is well contented.
The city contains about twelve or fifteen thousand inhabitants who have come from all parts of the United States and from Europe and from the islands of the sea.
It has only been a little better than three years since our people came to this place and for the time, I think it has a prospect of becoming a fine city, one that in a few years will be ranked among the finest. I have had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Joseph Smith the man that much is said about. I find him to be a man of intelligence and I believe a man of integrity. I am certain he is belied by his enemies.
I have also had the satisfaction of viewing the Temple which is now under way. And I believe when it is finished we shall enjoy many privileges in it, that was enjoyed by the people of God in by-gone years
It is to be when finished, from the lower floor in the basement to the eaves about seventy feet, and from the eaves to the spire one hundred feet. It is 87 feet by 128 feet, on the ground there is to be an outer court one hundred feet.
In the basement there are twelve oxen carved, large as life, and on them the baptismal fountain. In it we are baptized for our friends that are dead ("And if the dead rise not at all, why then are ye baptized for the dead?") The building is made of grey limestone, neatly hammered.
I have bought two lots (1 acre each) for 100 dollars each. A log house is on each. 1 shall move on one in about two weeks. I have been engaged for some time in getting timber from the islands for building. Provisions of all kinds are very cheap--pork $1.50 per hundred, corn 18¢, beef $2.00 per hundred, butter 10¢, eggs 6¢.
Mr. Miles - and brother in the gospel:
In compliance with your request and the promise I made you, I take this opportunity of writing you. Your kind letter by the hand of Bro. Hinders was received and read with pleasure and much satisfaction. Believe, brother, it reminded me of the promise made you, which to that time had been forgotten by me. Not that my affection was weaned from you for I assure you that I still retain the love toward you which first was kindled by the spirit of God poured out upon us.
Mr. Henny Mugger
Your letter to me through the politeness of Elder A. came this day to hand. And the intelligence that it brought concerning what had taken place between you and your Father will in my humble opinion in the end work for your good.
You wished to know what the prospects are in this place, for your business. When contrasted and weighed in a balance with the prospects in Philadelphia, I think they will not be found wanting. Although leather at this time is rather short. But we expect and know that your business together with all others will be on the decline and I can say to you and to your mother that all who come to this place if they are willing to put up with the inconveniences of a new place you shall be welcome to make my house a stopping place until you can find another.
Wm. R. Stevens, Sir:
Owing to the short acquaintance formed with you on board the boat last October and knowing that you have held correspondence since that time until a few weeks past with us.
Miss Anne Gilpin who came out in company with my wife and myself from Philadelphia to this place and has made my house her home until the second day of last August when she left the city. We have not heard anything of her since. I think it is my privilege and your duty to inform me if you know anything about her. You will please have the goodness to answer my inquiry on the receipt of this short epistle..
This is from your friend,
Mr. Napoleon Thomas Sir:
Many days have passed away since we have had any intercourse together. Thinking perhaps a few lines from me at this time may be interesting to you, judging by my own feelings. For certainly a letter from you informing me of the condition of yourself and shop mates would be very gratifying, and I shall expect an answer to this letter from you giving full details of matters and things pertaining to yourself and all the shop.
As it is respecting myself and family, we are all here in Nauvoo and are well, and well contented.
Our city contains from fifteen to twenty thousand inhabitants very handsomely situated on the east side of the Mississippi in a large bend in the river. The distance from the river to the center of the city is about two miles and from the north to south about the same distance.
We are building a house for a place of worship near the center of the city. When finished, it will be the finest building, west of the Allegheny Mountains.
The inhabitants are not all Mormons. There are several merchants and several machinists that don't belong to our church and they are well satisfied with the laws and regulations of our city. We have a steady set of inhabitants. Every thing seems to move on in order. There is not any grog shops in all the city where liquor is sold to the tippler. No, not one. Where can you find another city on the face of the earth that can tell the same story?
Now for the Prophet, what shall I say of Him? What kind of story would suit you best? Would one that would contradict itself suit you best or one that is so unreal or insincere that no sensible person can believe it. No, I think not. I think perhaps you would be better pleased with the truth.
He is a man whose character stands unimpeached and is respected and considered a good citizen by all who are not prejudiced and who have become acquainted with him.
I know him to be a kind-hearted man, given to hospitality and one would divide the last meal of victuals with the poor if necessary (not only kind and hospitable but possessing almost every other qualification of a Christian and perfectly original).
I have located myself near the middle of the city. I bought me a lot soon after I came in last fall. I gave three hundred dollars for it, one acre of land with a log house on it, but I am building a frame house and expect to have it finished before cold winter. I have got a cellar dug and stoned and the frame ready to go up. I have got most of the materials for finishing it. It is to be 24 feet in front and two stories high and 36 feet deep including a kitchen and a well room.
I have paid for my lot and I think if I am blessed with health I shall have my house finished and paid for by next spring.
Building material can be bought quite cheap, in lumber is $10 a thousand, brick is four and five dollars a thousand, and nails 7¢ a pound and glass and other in proportion.
Provisions are cheap - wheat 44¢, corn 20¢, pork and beef $2.00 per hundred.
Tinkering is a first rate business. We have only one in the place I wish you were here well fixed in business.
Give my respects to all that inquire after me and tell them I think Nauvoo is the best place in the world and all that do not believe it may come and see the people gathering from all quarters of the world to this place. Several thousand have come this season.
Well might the Prophet say when the scenes of the last days were shown him by vision, "Like doves to the windows in clouds see them come."
Friends in Boston
Having a good opportunity of sending a letter to you by Elder Snow, I shall do it with pleasure. We have had a long cold winter and the spring is backward but we have lived through it and now enjoy good health, all of us. We got here in October.
I was sick a few days after we got here and so was Lavinia's Mother. But her health has been good most of the time. She stood the journey first rate.
We are all well contented. This is a find country. Nauvoo for situation is beautiful. It lies on the east side of the Mississippi in a large bend in the river. It extends about four miles along the river and about the same distance back from the river. It contains twelve or 15 thousand inhabitants. The people are gathering from all parts of the states and from Europe and the islands of the sea. It bids fare to be a greater place and for all I know it may become the joy of the whole earth.
I bought me two lots in the city and have got them partly planted. The lots contain one acre each. There is a log house on each lot. We live in one and the other Lavinia keeps for a school house. She has got this spring a school of twenty-five scholars.
I have been getting out building timber the last part of the winter and spring, to sell. I think I shall build for myself in the fall. I expect James Eastman (his brother-in-law) out in September.
Lots are selling in the city from fifty to a thousand dollars a piece. I paid four hundred for my two. Land out of the city sells from $150 to two thousand dollars per acre.
Provisions are very cheap: wheat 31¢, corn 12 1/2¢ (per bushel), pork $1.50 per hundred, butter 8¢/lb., eggs 6¢/doz. Store goods have been high until this spring. Now goods can be bought at a fair rate - nails 7¢, glass lights (panes) 31¢, dried apples and peaches $1.00, sugar 16 lbs. for a dollar, molasses 25¢.
It is not here as many think, nobody but Mormons. There are many mechanics and merchants who do not belong to the Church. Our city is a very quiet one. They have steady habits, no swearing in the streets nor reeling to and fro of drunkards for there is no place in all the city where liquor is sold to the tippler nor to anyone except for medicine.
The people do not throng the taverns. They are seen sometimes playing ball or pitching quarters for amusement.
We are building a large house, a temple, a place for worship. It is about 80 feet by 180 feet, built of hewn stone. It is to be 150 feet from the ground to the top of the steeple. It has basement story of twelve x 15 feet where is to be the baptismal fount place on twelve oxen carved big as life. In it the sick are healed and in it we are baptized for friends that are dead, who never had the chance to be baptized for themselves. By that it gives them a chance to come forth in the first resurrection.
We have become acquainted with Mr. Joseph Smith and find him to be a moral and religious man. We know that the reports that are in circulation about him are false.
If Morse is in Boston, tell him that I want him to come out here and bring his family with him. Mr. Haley, his friend is here and doing well.
And to you, James, Elvira and Emmaline, we should be very happy to receive a visit from you.
Your mother says to tell Em, I haven't been deceived as to Mormonism, but that you have been. Mother says the doctrines of the Bible are of more consequence to her than the doctrines of men.
Although, you Emmaline said in your letter your expectations in the eternal world was to shine forth like the stars in the firmament. Well, Sr. Em, the Apostle Paul tells us in the 15th Chapt. of Corinthians that there are three glories--one of the sun, another of the moon, and one of the stars. And if you are satisfied with the glory of the stars, so be it. But I hope that I prove faithful and keep the perfect law and I shall a fullness of glory like that of the sun. And I know that unless I commence with the first principles and so continue on that I shall come short of a part in the first resurrection and the reign with Christ. But that my body shall sleep in dust while my spirit is confined in prison until the last resurrection at the end of the thousand years and then when I come forth, receive nothing more than the glory of the stars.
Brother Lutz, Dear Sir,
Yours of the inst came to hand on Tuesday last. I was glad to hear of the success you met with which you anticipate in sounding the trump in the last days. But if I were to say anything to you on the subject, I say try to situate yourself so as to not travel so much for the old saying is "A rolling stone gathers no moss!"
You requested me to make a statement as to what Mr. Baker said when we waited on him. He gave us to understand that he had not a copy of the letter, but regretted it very much. For he sure didn't know what was in the letter for he had forgotten and said if he had the letter and if there was anything that needed a retraction he would make it but would not come before the Church. This is according to my best recollection and testimony on the subject.
Brother Lutz, I am of the same opinion concerning those correctors who opposed the order of the Church as I always have. I know them to be the offenders.
Pardon me, Brother Lutz, for the liberty I take in cautioning you together with all of my friends against becoming debtors. To the offenders be wise in all things, for the day is not far hence when all the difficulties that now exist in Philadelphia will be investigated in this place. And let every member who feels anxious that the truth shall prevail. Come hither Elder Adam has confessed to everything. His license is taken until he is baptized for the remission of sins and comes in anew. Then he will be ordained to the office of a priest.
Brother Chamberlain is here and is well contented. Myself and family are well. Tell B. Johnson to come out here.
Bro. Chamberlain, Sir:
Having now for the first time since I received your letter, an opportunity of sending you a letter, I shall with pleasure do so.
Many a long night and day have passed away since you left and many things have occurred that I would like to tell you, and will when I see you.
You wrote you have good luck in getting in to business and I was glad to hear it. You wrote also that the lost was found. That, I was glad to hear, also. Rut you wrote that she had been turned upside down. No, I am wrong, hind side fore which I am sorry to hear, since you wrote that she and her husband have parted which places her in a very awkward position. I thought that she had known of the things that make peace. Our health together with our family are good and we got into our house the first day of December, although it is not yet finished.
Brother Parton and Jan Crouse were married some five weeks since. Hess Cugprett Green and Strupe came out last fall. We have had a very mild winter.
We hear from the Prophet now and then and Elijah has supposedly visited our city this winter. And for what? To set in order the hearts and families of every man, so when the temple is finished they may be prepared to receive the oath and seal of the covenant.
There has a great reaffirmation taken place.
Lumber by groves as fast as ever. I have cut between thirty and forty cords of wood on the island for Morrison this winter.
We expect you and Brother Crock and wife to gather Bro. Arisen up this spring. Brother Richards from Holly was out on a visit this winter and intends moving out in the spring and bring Neroton with him.
And as is but a little till conference I shall expect to see you face to face.
We all send our best wishes to you and Anna and to all our acquaintances Even so, Amen.
When I see your face again I will tell you many things which have not been expedient for me to write in this letter. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss is the request of your Brother Edson.
Written at Nauvoo his first epistle to his brother, George and fellow laborer in the Lord. I add no more.
Brother of the Fraternity
I wrote you a letter last week and sent it by Bro. Struper.
Having seen Brother Small, I have something more to write.
I intend going on a mission in the spring and would like to have you go along with me. I think I shall be ready to start the first of May, although I am somewhat in debt. I owe thirty-seven dollars to Bigler.
The man I bought of Brother Eastman became very much dissatisfied and said he thought I was trying to wrong him. I know not what reason he has to think so. Unless, after giving him half the crops and doing all the heavy work--such as digging and storing in the cellar. Also hewing and hauling timber and running errands day and night I would not let him have the land for nothing. But so it is. I say let it be God to judge between him and me.
Bro. Smith says he thinks you would like to go along with me. If so, I will call at St. Louis for you. I have in my mind to go into Susquehanna Co., Penn. or start for that place I want to stop in Delaware County, Ohio a little bit.
Bro. Chamberlain, can you lend me fifteen or twenty dollars? I shall have to pay for my land before I go. And unless you can spare me a little I know not how I shall raise it.
If you go with me, you need not take much money along. After we leave the water I will engage the _______.
We will preach our way. If we can't pay our way by preaching, if you lend me the money, I will do the begging.
If you lend me the money and do not come to Nauvoo yourself, you will please send it by someone.
Please write and let me know if you will go with me, and if there is help for the widow's son.
Yours in haste,
A few lines to Brother Chamberlain:
How is it with thee? Are you well, and doing well? After leaving you I went to my brother's and stopped with him over Sunday. I left him and came to Jamestown. I stopped over Sunday and held two meetings in that place on Sunday. It rained and on Monday I started for home.
When I had gone about one mile two men who had been to hear me preach the day before called after me and said they wanted to be baptized. But the raft was ready to start, so I told them to call on Brother Cob.
I called at Pittsburgh. I heard Surrey? preach against the twelve and the church at Nauvoo. He is a Rigdonite. There are several that are Rigdonites in Pittsburgh and some few in Nauvoo.
Benjamin Winchester has gone with R. Newton and Whorton, but it will be with them as it has been with all the rest of those that have left the Church. They contend for the Book of Mormon and Covenants but say Smith and the twelve are false. But God knows better, and so do we.
I took the steamboat at Pittsburgh for St. Louis and as usual, had to contend constantly for the truth. I converted a Mrs. Johnson who was a Millerite from Philadelphia and baptized her after we got to St. Louis. Found most of the brethren in that place good. Brother Small, however, has gone over on the Rigdon side.
At the October Conference, the Seventy's were fully organized which was to go to all the world the same as the twelve. While the twelve are to act as the First Presidency and soon this union will be laid off in to districts and ten of the Seventy with one high priest will be sent to each district. And each high priest will take his family and build a stake or city, but not until after the temple has been reared to quite a height.
The Temple has been reared to quite a height since we left. The walls with the capatabler makes a splendid appearance. The walls will soon be finished after this spring opens.
It is reported that Chauncy Higbee and one or two others were mortally wounded from the shots that Joseph made.
President Marks keeps the Mansion House, Robison the post office.
The Seventies have finished their house and it is to be dedicated Christmas. The Musical Fun Society have finished their house. Parley Pratt has gone to visit the Eastern Branches. Lamb and wife wintered in St. Louis. Sister Davis and daughter are still there.
Give my love to all my friends and acquaintances.
Elder J. P.. Newton, Sir:
Some fifteen months have rolled by into eternity never to be recalled since we shook the parting hand. Many things of importance to us individuals has transpired since that time and not to us alone by to all men and more especially this nation who in my humble opinion have done that which will bring swift destruction upon them as a nation. I mean by the rejecting and killing of the Prophets of the last days. They have killed the man, who if this nation had received his counsel would have saved them from the destruction that now awaits them.
They have killed the man that has laid a foundation that cannot be countermanded and broken up and given in to the hands of another. A kingdom that shall not be given to other men.
Elder Newton, how often have we conversed of the broad foundation he has laid for the restoration of all things and of the measures adopted by him?
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