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Letter to Quorum of the Twelve, 4 August 1835

Kirtland, Ohio, August 4, 1835.
This day a high council, the Presidency of the church  of Christ of latterday saints, consisting of Presidents,  Joseph Smith, Jr. Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum  Smith, David Whitmer, John Whitmer, and William  W. Phelps and others met, to take into consideration  certain items contained in letters from abroad: are from  W[arren] A. Cowdery, presiding Elder of the Freedom confer ence, and one from Elder William E. Mc.Lellin: the  first reads as follows: “Freedom, July 29, 1835.”
“Dear brother,—Elder Jared Carter called on this  church last Thursday, on his way east, solisciting do nations and subscriptions for finishing the house 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 twelve, the Bishop, 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 br. Carter 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.”
Oliver Cowdery.(signed) W. A. Cowdery.
[p. 90]
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JS and Kirtland High Council, letter, Kirtland, OH, to Quorum of the Twelve, Kirtland, OH, 4 Aug. 1835; handwriting of John Whitmer; in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 90–93; JS Collection, CHL.

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