to you, which you may get
translated, and printed into any language you please. Should we not be able to send some
to you, and there should be a great call for Hymns where you may be; then I should have
no objections to your publishing the present one. Were you to publish the Book of
Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, or Hymn Book; I desire the copy rights of the same to
be secured in my name.
With respect to publishing any other work, either original, or those which have
been published before, you will be governed by circumstances; if you think nece ssary to
do so I shall have no objections whatever— It will be well to study plainness and
simplicity in what ever you may publish “for my soul delighteth in pla[i]n ness”. I feel much
pleased with the spirit of yo ur letter, and be assured, Dear Bretheren, of my hearty co-operation, and my prayers for your welfare and sucess.
In answer to your enquiry in a former letter, relative to the duty of the
in regulating churches &c; I say that the duties of the seventies is, more particularly to
preach the Gospel, & build up churches, rather than regulate them.— that a
may take charge of them.
If a high priest should be remiss in his duty, & should lead, or suffer the to
be led astray; de part from the of the Lord, then it is the duty of one of the
seventies, acting under the special direction of the — being duly commissioned by
them with their delegated authority, to go that church and if agree able to a majority of the
members of said church to pro ceed to regulate and put in order the same— otherwise he
can have no authority to act
<J Smith Jr> [p. 147]