you to be watchful on your part and search out iniquity and put it down wherever it may be found you will see by this brethren that you have authority to sit in on the Smiths and if found Guilty to deal with them accordingly we have this day directed a letter [to] John Smith thereby making known to him our disapprobation of the course he has pursued.—
We commend you [to] God and his grace ever praying he will keep and preserve you blameless till he come.
|Joseph Smith Jr.,||Presdts of HPHd|
Postscript by –
2d July 1833
Dear Brethren —
Yours of the 3d of June came safe to hand the last mail and John Smith which was directed to Br Joseph now my brethren on this sheet you have Br Joseph sanction to my proceedings and the letter I last wrote you and you will govern yourselves acco rdingly for you have full power and authority to call the two Bro Smiths to an account for their conduct and unless they repent and make satisfaction not only to your of the but also to this branch they must be cut off from the body for under existing cir cumstances we have no fellowship with them Bro John Smith authority as an officer in the Church was taken from him before he left and he ought to have given up his but he went away without doing so and it [p. 55]