It was something new to me when I heard there had been secret meetings held in the , and that some of my friends —faithful brethren, men enjoying the confidence of the should be locked out. Such like proceedings are not calculated to promote union or peace but to engender strife and will be a curse instead of a blessing: To those who are young in the work I know they are calculated to and must be injurious to them. Those who have had experience and who should know better, than to reflect on their brethren, there is no excuse for them. If and the other brethren wish to reform the Church and come
out and make a stand against sin & speculation &c &c; they must use other weapons than lies, or their object can never be effected, and their labors will be given to the house of the stranger rather than to the house of the Lord
The proceedings of were taken into consideration at a meeting of the Church at this place, when it was unan imously resolved that fellowship should be withdrawn from him until he make satisfaction for the conduct he has pursued of which circumstance I wish you to apprize him of without delay and demand his
Dr Sir I wish you to stand in your lot and keep the station which was given you by revelation and the authorities of the Church; attend to the affairs of the Church with diligence and then rest assured on the blessings of heaven: It is binding on you to act as of the Church in until you are removed by the same Authority which put you in, and I do hope, their will be no cause for opposition but that good feeling will be manifested in future by all the brethren.
s letter to was duly received for which he has our best thanks. It was indeed an admirable letter and worthy of its author the sentiments express’d were in accordance with the spirit of the gospel and the principles correct. I am glad that has continued with you and hope he has been of some service to you— give my love to him
Our prospects in this place continue good, considerable numbers have come in this spring. There were some bickerings respecting your conduct soon after your departure but they have all blown over, and I hope there will never be any occasion for any more, but that you will commend yourself to God and to the Saints by a virtuous walk and holy conversation
I had a letter from a few days ago informing me of his desire to come back to the Church if we would accept of him, he appears very humble and is willing to make every satisfaction that saints or God may require.
We expect to have an edition of the book of Mormon printed by the first of September it is now being sterotyped in .
I rem[ain] &c &c
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 161]