Letter to Wilford Woodruff, circa 18 June 1838

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Sir, your Letter of the 9th. of March, directed to , Joseph Smith Jr., , <​and​> , and the in , came safely <​to​> them, some day’s since. And on account of the press of business now on their hands, <​and the request of J Smith Jr.,​> I have taken it upon me to answer it. You say, that you have heard of the deplorable state of things in ; and it gave me much Joy to learn by your letter, that you viewed those things in their true light. Great has been the afflictions of the saints in that place, particularly our beloved Brotheren Joseph Smith Jr., and .
During In the past summer; I Journeyed from this place in company with , and , to , for the purpose of meeting in Conference thare with the 12 <​.​>. On our arrival, we soon learned the dificulties that then existed thare: these however ware all appearantly settled, preveiously to my leaving : And , who has since become so notoriously wicked <​an unbeliever in the book of Mormon, reveiled religion,​>, affected to repent and become sattisfied, with Br. Joseph and the Church: Others also did the same: But this settlement was not of long duration. Soon after this, President and I, left for the upper : and President Joseph Smith, President , and <​Prest.​> , soon followed us to : and during their absence, it seemes that , , , , and some others, plotted <​united​> togeather in for the overthrow <​refuting the procedings​> of the Church. President Smith and his company returned on or about the 10th. of December; soon after which this gadianton <​decenting [dissenting]​> band, openly, and publickly, renounced the , and claimed, themselves to be the old standard, called themslves the Church of Christ, excluding excluded that of saints, and set at naught Br. Joseph and the whole Church, denounceing them as Heriticks [p. [1]]
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Sir, your Letter of the 9th. of March, directed to , Joseph Smith Jr., , and , and the in , came safely to them, some day’s since. And on account of the press of business now on their hands, and the request of J Smith Jr., I have taken it upon me to answer it. You say, that you have heard of the deplorable state of things in ; and it gave me much Joy to learn by your letter, that you viewed those things in their true light. Great has been the afflictions of the saints in that place, particularly our beloved Brotheren Joseph Smith Jr., and .
In the past summer; I Journeyed from this place in company with , and , to , for the purpose of meeting in Conference thare with the .. On our arrival, we soon learned the dificulties that then existed thare: these however ware all appearantly settled, preveious to my leaving : And , who has since become an unbeliever in reveiled religion,, affected to repent and become sattisfied, with Br. Joseph and the Church: Others also did the same: But this settlement was not of long duration. Soon after this, President and I, left for the upper : and President Joseph Smith, President , and Prest. , soon followed us to : and during their absence, it seemes that , , , , and some others, united togeather in refuting the procedings of the Church. President Smith and his company returned on or about the 10th. of December; soon after which this decenting [dissenting] band, openly, and publickly, renounced the , and claimed, themselves to be the old standard, called themslves the Church of Christ, excluded that of saints, and set at naught Br. Joseph and the whole Church, denounceing them as Heriticks [p. [1]]
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