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Letter to Church Brethren in Clay County, Missouri, 22 January 1834

Letter to Church Brethren in Clay County, Missouri, 22 January 1834

Coppy to the Brethren scattered from Zion  from the presidency of the high Priesthood
To the brethren in Christ Jesus scattered  abroad from the Land of their inheritence Greeting
We your companions in tribulation embrace  the present oppertunity of sending you this token of  our love and good will assuring you that our bowels  are filled with compassion and that our prayers are dailey  assending to God in the name of Jesus Christ in your behalf
We have just received inteligence from you through  the medium of Bro [David] Elliott [of] Chagrin [Ohio,] making inquiries  concerning the course which you are to persue. In  addition to the knowledge contained in the above upon  this subject; we say if it is not the duty of the Gov, to  call out and keep a standing force in Jackson County to  protect you on your Lands, which it appears must  be done, as we understand that the mob are determined  to massecree you if the Gov. take you back upon  your lands and leave you unprotected. It will  become your duty to petition the Gov. to petition the  President to send a force of men there to protect you  are reinstated. The Gov. proposes to take you back  to your lands whenever you are ready to go (if  we understand correctly) but cannot keep up and  army to guard you; and while the hostile feelings of the  people of Jackson County remain unabated probably  you dare not go back to be left unguarded. Therefore,  in your petition to the Gov, set all these things forth in there  proper light, and pray him to notify the President of  your situation and also petition the President yourselves  according to the direction of the Lord We have petitioned  Gov [Daniel] Dunklin in your behalf and enclosed in it a  printed revelation, the source of this which we now send  to you. The petition was signed by something like  sixty brethren and mailed to go to Jefferson City one  week ago, and he will probably received it two weeks [p. 79]
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Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, letter, Kirtland, OH, to Church Brethren, Clay County, Missouri, 22 Jan. 1834; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams; in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 79-81; JS Collection, CHL.

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