, Ohio, August 4, 1835.
This day a high , the of the , consisting of Presidents, Joseph Smith, Jr. , , , , , and and others met, to take into consideration certain items contained in letters from abroad: are from , presiding of the Freedom confer ence, and one from Elder : the first reads as follows: “Freedom, July 29, 1835.”
“Dear brother,—Elder called on this church last Thursday, on his way east, solisciting do nations and subscriptions for finishing the in your place. Although the subject of such a mission, in connection with his name had been mentioned in the Messenger and Advocate, still, as no other method had been taken to impress the subject on our minds, it had measurably passed out, or ceased to make any impression. Therefore, we were in some degree ,taken on surprise. , the , nor any others, clothed with authority have ever mentioned this subject to us, except incidently, to the recollection of any of us. the church. It sur[e]ly was never made a subject of public instruction, as had Just reason to expect it had been, felt an embarrassment peculiar to such a sit uation. He undertook to preach to us yesterday, but from the aforesaid embarrassment, or the deadness, or the covetousness of the church, he could get none of the Spirit of the Lord to assist him. I am free that I attributed more to the latter cause than the former, yet, notwithstanding, we made out in donations and subscriptions, that I trust will be eventually real ised $341,87½. May the Lord bless and prosper him, and all his faithful servants, and may, they find favor in the sight of God and man, is the prayer of your unworthy brother.”