wickedness, so has he withdrawn his Spirit from professing christians, and left them without prophets and spiritual gifts, because of transgression. But as he had mercy upon the Jews and sent them a prophet to announce the near approach of the kingdom of heav en and call on them to repent and flee from the wrath to come, so I trust God will not come out of his hiding place in judgement against an apostate church without first setting before her the way of life and causing the voice, “Come out of her my people that you be not partakers of her sins and receive not of ber [her] plagues,” to be heard in every part of Babylon and amongst her daughters.
P. S. If you should think proper to publish the foregoing or any part of it, you will probably find it necessary to make some corrections in my synthe sis as I am unaccustomed to writing for the press and a part of the above is the first writing and not a transcript.
JOSEPH SMITH Jr. Editor.
, OHIO. NOVEMBER, 1837.
We would say to the patrons of the Journal, that we calculate to pursue a different course from that of our prede cessor in the editorial department.— We will endeavor not to scandalize our own citizens, especially when there is no foundation in truth for so doing; we consider that when a man scandalizes his neighbor, it follows of course that he designs to cover his own iniquity: we consider him who puts his foot up on the neck of his benefactor, an ob ject of pitty rather than revenge, for in so doing he not only shows the con traction of his own mind but the wick edness of his heart also.
And as there are shaving shops in the world, we would caution the sub scribers of the Star and Messenger and Advocate to send their subscriptions agreeable to the notice given in this number, and furthermore those who have had deal with the office, or bin dery, those who have books or other articles at this office will please hand or send the money to the persons nam ed in the above alluded notice, also all applications for books or back Nos. of the Star and Messenger and Advocate, and for books to be rebound &c. &c. &c. to be made to the same per sons, who will wait upon them with pleasure. The reason of this notice is, that our subscribers as well as our selves may not suffer loss. O confi dence where hast thou fled! Whither art thou gone? Art thou in search of lucre, is it he which has destroyed thee?
Be it known unto the Saints scatter ed abroad greeting:
That myself together with my beloved brother , having been appointed by a general conference of elders held in in the on the 18th of Sept. for the purpose of establish ing places of gathering for the Saints &c. we therefore would inform our readers that we started from in company with and on the 27th of Sept. last, for the purpose of vislting [visiting] the , and also to discover situations suitable for the location of the Saints who are gath ering for a refuge and safety, in the day of the wrath of God which is soon to burst upon the head of this genera tion, according to the testimony of the prophets; who speak expressly con cerning the last days: We had a pros perous and a speedy journey; we held one meeting in Ohio, and three in Doublin, I[ndian]a. one between Doublin and , Ia. two in , one in Palmyra, Mo. 2 in , one in Carlton; all of which were tended with good success and generally allayed the prejudice and feeling of the people as we judge from the treatment we received, being kind ly and hospitably entertained. On our arrival at the city of , we [p. 27]