Letter to William W. Phelps and Others, 25 July 1836

Kirtland, Ohio, July 25, 1836.
Dear Brethren:—Yours of the 1st  inst. accompanying the proceedings of  a public meeting, held by the people of  Clay, was duly received. We are  sorry that this disturbance has broken  out—we do not consider it our fault.  You are better acquainted with circum stances than we are, and of course  have been directed in wisdom in your  moves, relative to leaving the county.  We forward you our letter to Mr.  [John] Thornton and others, that you may  know all we have said. We advise  that you be not the first aggressors— give no occasion, and if the people will  let you dispose of your property, set tle your affairs, and go in peace, go.  You have thus far had an asylum, and  now seek another as God may direct.  Relative to your going to Wisconsin,  we cannot say, we should think if you  could stop short, in peace you had bet ter. You know our feelings relative  to not giving the first offence, and also  of protecting your wives and little  ones in case a mob should seek their  lives. We shall publish the proceed ings of the public meeting, with your  answer, as well as our letter. We  mean that the world shall know all  things as they transpire. If we are  persecuted and driven men shall know  it!
Be wise, let prudence dictate all  your counsels, preserve peace with all  men, if possible, stand by the constitu tion of your country, observe its prin ciples, and above all, show yourselves  men of God, worthy citizens, and we  doubt not, community ere long, will do  you justice, and rise in indignation  against those who are the instigators of  your suffering and affliction.
In the bonds of brotherly love we  subscribe ourselves, as ever.
To W[illiam] W. Phelps and others. [p. 359]
JS, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, and Hyrum Smith, letter, Kirtland, OH, to William W. Phelps and others, Liberty, MO, 25 July 1836; Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, Aug. 1836, p. 359.