Letter to Smith Tuttle, 9 October 1841

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“Times and Seasons,” were ordered by the to make arrangements in the eastern of the , ordering them to go to you & turn over their property as you & they could agree, & take up our obligations & bring them here, & receive property here for them. & I have been ordered by the Genl. Conference to write this letter to you, informing you of the measures which are about being taken to make all things right. I would inform you that has not returned to the Western Country as yet. He has a considerable amt. of our money in his hands, which was to have been paid to you as was intended. He is on his way for aught we know, & is retarded in his journey by some misfortune or other He may return, however, as yet, & give a just and honorable account of himself. We hope this may be the case. I am sorrowful on account of yr. disappointments. It is a great disappointment to me as well as to yourselves. As to the growth of our place, it is very rapid; & it would be more so, were it not for sickness & death. There have been many deaths which leaves a melancholly reflection, but we can not help it. When God speaks from the heavens to call us home, we must submit to his mandate.— And for your sincerity & friendship, gentlemen, we have not the most distant doubt. We will not harbour any. We know it is for your interest to do us good, & for our happiness & welfare, to be punctual in the fulfilment of all our vows. And we think for the future you will have no cause of complaint. We intend to struggle with all the misfortunes of life, & shoulder them all up handsomely & honorably, even like men. We ask nothing, therefore, but what ought to be granted <​required​> between man & man, & by those principles which bind man to man by kindred blood, in bearing our own part in every thing which duty calls us to do or not inferior to any of the human race, & will be treated as such, although differing with some in matters of opinion in things, (viz:— religious matters,) for which we only feel ourselves amenable to the Eternal God. And may God forbid that pride, ambition, a want of humility [p. [3]]
“Times and Seasons,” were ordered by the to make arrangements in the eastern of the , ordering them to go to you & turn over their property as you & they could agree, & take up our obligations & bring them here, & receive property here for them. & I have been ordered by the Genl. Conference to write this letter to you, informing you of the measures which are about being taken to make all things right. I would inform you that has not returned to the Western Country as yet. He has a considerable amt. of our money in his hands, which was to have been paid to you as was intended. He is on his way for aught we know, & is retarded in his journey by some misfortune or other He may return, however, as yet, & give a just and honorable account of himself. We hope this may be the case. I am sorrowful on account of yr. disappointments. It is a great disappointment to me as well as to yourselves. As to the growth of our place, it is very rapid; & it would be more so, were it not for sickness & death. There have been many deaths which leaves a melancholly reflection, but we can not help it. When God speaks from the heavens to call us home, we must submit to his mandate.— And for your sincerity & friendship, gentlemen, we have not the most distant doubt. We will not harbour any. We know it is for your interest to do us good, & for our happiness & welfare, to be punctual in the fulfilment of all our vows. And we think for the future you will have no cause of complaint. We intend to struggle with all the misfortunes of life, & shoulder them all up handsomely & honorably, even like men. We ask nothing, therefore, but what ought to be required between man & man, & by those principles which bind man to man by kindred blood, in bearing our own part in every thing which duty calls us to do or not inferior to any of the human race, & will be treated as such, although differing with some in matters of opinion in things, (viz:— religious matters,) for which we only feel ourselves amenable to the Eternal God. And may God forbid that pride, ambition, a want of humility [p. [3]]
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