Letter from William W. Phelps, 14 November 1833

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November 14, 1833.
Since I last wrote, our brethren have been moving in every direction. It is impossible to say where many of them are.—The situation of many is critical having nothing to buy food with, and having raised none the passed season. Great destruction is said to be making with the property left—such as corn, potatoes, household furniture, &c. The Savior said, Blessed are ye when ye are hated of all men for my name’s sake—and I think we have come to that. It is impossible to give you the information which requires a personal interview. Now is the hour that tries our souls; yea, the souls of the saints: we want victuals and clothes, and we mean to be saved, even if we die—for life with the present prospect before us, is not very desirable! I shall give more general information in my next if I can obtain it.
In great tribulation,
Yours, &c. [p. 119]


  1. 1

    See Letter from William W. Phelps, 6–7 Nov. 1833; Letter from Edward Partridge, between 14 and 19 Nov. 1833; Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 23–24; Whitmer, History, 48; Corrill, Brief History, 20; [Edward Partridge], “A History, of the Persecution,” Times and Seasons, Jan. 1840, 1:36; and Parley P. Pratt et al., “‘The Mormons’ So Called,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Extra, Feb. 1834, [2].  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  2. 2

    At great risk to his life, Parley P. Pratt returned to his property in Jackson County in hopes of finding provisions or food that his family had left behind. He wrote, “All my provisions for the winter were destroyed or plundered; and my grain left growing on the ground, for our enemies to harvest.” (See Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 23.)  

  3. 3

    See Luke 21:17; Mark 13:13; Matthew 10:22; 24:9; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 480 [3 Nephi 12:10].