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Letter to William W. Phelps, 22 July 1840

the day of thy brother, in the day that he became a stranger  neither shouldst thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress”
However the cup has been drunk, the will of our heavenly  Father has been done, and we are yet alive for which we  thank the Lord. And having been delivered from the hands  of wicked men by the mercy of our God, we say it is your  priveledge to be delivered from the power of the Adversary— be brought  into the liberty of God’s dear children, and again take your stand  among the saints of the most High, and by diligence humility  and love unfeigned, commend yourself to our God and your  God and to the church of Jesus Christ
Believing your confession to be real and your repentance  genuine, I shall be happy once again to give you the right  hand of fellowship, and rejoice over the returning prodigal.
Your letter was read to the saints last sunday and  an expression of their feeling was taken, when it was unanimously  resolved that W. W. Phelps should be received into fellowship.
“Come on dear Brother since the war is past,
For friends at first are friends again at last.”
Yours as Ever
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 158]
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JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to William W. Phelps, Dayton, OH, 22 July 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 157–158; JS Collection, CHL.

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