Letter to “Dear Brotheren,” 4 September 1837

Dear Brotheren
Oliver Cowdery has been in  transgression, but as he is now chosen as one  of the Presidents or councilors I trust that he  will yet humble himself & magnify his calling  but if he should not, the church will soon be under  the necessaty of raising their hands against him  Therefore pray for him, David Whitmer Leonard  Rich & others have been in transgression but we  hope that they may be humble & ere long make  sattisfaction to the Church otherwise they  cannot retain their standing, Therefore we say  unto you beware of all disaffected Characters  for they come not to build up but to destroy  & scatter abroad, Though we or an Angel from  Heaven preach any other Gospel or introduce [any other?]  order of things <than> those things which ye have received  and are authorized to received from the first  Presidency let him be accursed, May God  Almighty Bless you all & keep you unto the  coming & kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jes us Christ; Yours in the Bonds of the new <Covenent>— J. Smith, Jr. [p. 22]
JS, letter, Kirtland, OH, to “Dear Brotheren,” 4 Sept. 1837; handwriting of George W. Robinson; in JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838, p. 22; CHL.