tens, hundreds and thousands to fight for you. If oppression comes I will then shew them that there is a Moses and a Joshua amongst us; and I will fight them if they dont take off oppression from me, I will do as I have done this time, I will run into the woods. I will fight them in my own way. I will send to call every where through-out the , and let documents be taken along and show to the world the corrupt and oppressive <conduct> of . and others, that the public may have the truth laid before them. Let the send all who will support the character of the Prophet— the Lords anointed. And if all who go will support my character I prophecy in the name of the Lord Jesus whose servant I am, that you will prosper in your missions. I have the whole plan of the kingdom before me, and no other person has. And as to all that , or can do to prevent me I can kick them off my heels, as many as you can name, I know what will become of them”. He concluded his remarks by saying “I have the best of feelings towards my brethren since this last trouble began, but to the apostates and enemies I will give a lashing every oppertunity and I will curse them.”
During the whole of this address the feelings of the brethren was indiscribable and the greatest joy and good feeling imaginable was manifest. set behind president Joseph all the time he was speaking. He looked serious and dejected, but did not betray the least signs of compunction or repentance.
About Three hundred and eighty of the brethren volunteered to go out immediately and it is probable they will nearly all be gone in two weeks [p. 184]