Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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for them I have no objections, but would rather encourage it. I am [happy] to say that as far as I have been made acquainted with your movements, I have am perfectly satisfied that they have been in wisdom, and I have no doubt but that the spirit of the Lord has directed you, and this proves to my mind that you have been humble, and your desires have been for the salvation of your fellow man, and not your own aggrandizement and selfish interests. As long as the Saints manifest such a disposition their councils will be approved of and their exertions crowned with success. There are many things of minor importance, on which you ask council, but which I think you will be perfectly able to decide upon, as you are more conversant with the peculiar circumstances than I am, and I feel great confidence in your united wisdom, therefore you will excuse me for not entering into detail,
If I should see any thing that was wrong, I should take the priviledge of making known my mind to you and pointing out the evil.
If Elder should wish to remain in England some time longer than the rest of the twelve, he will feel himself at liberty to do so, as his family is with him; consequently his circumstances are somewhat different from the rest; and likewise it is necessary that some one should remain who is conversant with the rules regulations &c &c of the Church, and continue the paper which is published;consequently taking all these things into consideration I would not press upon to return in the Spring
I am happy to inform you that we are prospering in this place, and that the saints are more healthy than formerly, and from the decrease of sickness this season when compared with the last, I am led to the conclusion that this must eventually become a healthy place.
There are at present about 3000 inhabitants in , and numbers are flocking in daily, several [p. 193]
for them I have no objections, but would rather encourage it. I am [happy] to say that as far as I have been made acquainted with your movements, I am perfectly satisfied that they have been in wisdom, and I have no doubt but that the spirit of the Lord has directed you, and this proves to my mind that you have been humble, and your desires have been for the salvation of your fellow man, and not your own aggrandizement and selfish interests. As long as the Saints manifest such a disposition their councils will be approved of and their exertions crowned with success. There are many things of minor importance, on which you ask council, but which I think you will be perfectly able to decide upon, as you are more conversant with the peculiar circumstances than I am, and I feel great confidence in your united wisdom, therefore you will excuse me for not entering into detail,
If I should see any thing that was wrong, I should take the priviledge of making known my mind to you and pointing out the evil.
If Elder should wish to remain in England some time longer than the rest of the twelve, he will feel himself at liberty to do so, as his family is with him; consequently his circumstances are somewhat different from the rest; and likewise it is necessary that some one should remain who is conversant with the rules regulations &c &c of the Church, and continue the paper which is published;consequently taking all these things into consideration I would not press upon to return in the Spring
I am happy to inform you that we are prospering in this place, and that the saints are more healthy than formerly, and from the decrease of sickness this season when compared with the last, I am led to the conclusion that this must eventually become a healthy place.
There are at present about 3000 inhabitants in , and numbers are flocking in daily, several [p. 193]
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