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Letter from William W. Phelps, 14 November 1833

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]
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 per sonal 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]
[William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, OH, 14 Nov. 1833; The Evening and the Morning Star, Dec. 1833, p. 119.

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