Letter to Wilford Woodruff, circa 18 June 1838

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5th., and after lbouring dilegently three days in succession, it was unanimously agreed upon, that the town plott Plat, with four eighties adjacent to the plat, should be given at the disposal of the and his council the , the two , and the two . During this labour the two presidents acknoledged they were wrong, and they to all appearance, willingly suffered themselves to be corrected by the Council.
In the begining of May following, the Council again met, and resolved to to have the above named property transfered into the hands of the , as an equivalent to the Poor bleeding zion money, and that the avails, of said land, should be thareafter applied to the benefit of the poor, and the other public purposes. The business of the transfer of said property, was transacted by the two presidents, the and his council, and by some means they managed to bind the in a heavy mortgage <​of three thousand four hundred and fifty dollars​> to apply two thousand dollars of the avails of the town plat <​which they had subscribed​> to the building of the , which they intended to build <​have erected.​> Since that time, the affair of building the has falen through. Consequntly, many people have withdrawn ther subscription to it, and these two men, claiming this two thousand dollars as their subscription, chuse to withdraw it, and put it into their own pockets. A small part of which has been already paid to .
The Council, not feeling <​willing​> that the Church should be defrauded o[ut?] of two thousand dollars of her public funds, and also know<​ing​> that the Church in general as well as themselvs, had become dissattisfied with their conduct as Christians, in many things, appointed a committee to labour with them; after which, they called the whole church in togeathe[r], who almost unanimously voted them out of their presidenceal office.
Not long after this, the Council saw cause to appoint a seccond committee, to wait on these men who still presisted in their opposition to the interests of the Church. After which, charges were prefered against them before the Council, which were substantiated, and they were cut off excommunicated. Also, the Church has had much sorrow during the past winter, on account of the unfaithfulness of , , and , and in consequence of this, and their opposition to our beloved Brothr Joseph Smith Jr., and the best interests of the , for presisting in the same, a number of Charges have been substantiated against them, before the Councils & of the Church, and they have also been excluded from the Church fellowship. “How has the gold become dim the most fine gold changed”!!! But I mus[t] drop this subject for want of room. Suffice <​it​> to say Bretheren, J. Smith Jr. & are now with us, the Church now flourishes, and the Saints rejoice, and the <​internal​> enemies of the Church are down. You will see by the above prospectes, that your anxious desires for the Journal are about to be granted.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless you, and keep you unto his coming and Kingdom, Amen. My love to all the saints in those regeons.
Yours in the Love of God.
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5th., and after lbouring dilegently three days in succession, it was unanimously agreed upon, that the town Plat, with four eighties adjacent to the plat, should be at the disposal of the and his council the , the two , and the two . During this labour the two presidents acknoledged they were wrong, and they to all appearance, willingly suffered themselves to be corrected by the Council.
In the begining of May following, the Council again met, and resolved to have the above named property transfered into the hands of the , as an equivalent to the Poor bleeding zion money, and that the avails, of said land, should be thareafter applied to the benefit of the poor, and other public purposes. The business of the transfer of said property, was transacted by the two presidents, the and his council, and by some means they managed to bind the in a mortgage of three thousand four hundred and fifty dollars to apply two thousand dollars of the avails of the town plat which they had subscribed to the building of the , which they intended to have erected. Since that time, the affair of building the has falen through. Consequntly, many people have withdrawn ther subscription , and these two men, claiming this two thousand dollars as their subscription, chuse to withdraw it, and put it into their own pockets. A small part of which has been already paid to .
The Council, not feeling willing that the Church should be defrauded out of two thousand dollars of her public funds, and also knowing that the Church in general as well as themselvs, had become dissattisfied with their conduct as Christians, in many things, appointed a committee to labour with them; after which, they called the whole church in togeather, who almost unanimously voted them out of their presidenceal office.
Not long after this, the Council saw cause to appoint a seccond committee, to wait on these men who still presisted in their opposition to the interests of the Church. After which, charges were prefered against them before the Council, which were substantiated, and they were excommunicated. Also, the Church has had much sorrow during the past winter, on account of the unfaithfulness of , , and , and in consequence of this, and their opposition to our beloved Brothr Joseph Smith Jr., and the best interests of the , for presisting in the same, a number of Charges have been substantiated against them, before the Councils & of the Church, and they have also been excluded from fellowship. “How has the gold become dim the most fine gold changed”!!! But I must drop this subject for want of room. Suffice it to say Bretheren, J. Smith Jr. & are now with us, the Church now flourishes, and the Saints rejoice, and the internal enemies of the Church are down. You will see by the above prospectes, that your anxious desires for the Journal are about to be granted.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless you, and keep you unto his coming and Kingdom, Amen. My love to all the saints in those regeons.
Yours in the Love of God.
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