her neck, are the curses of God upon
her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the
<March, 29 Joseph’s Letter to the Presidency at
, March 29th. 1838.—
Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in
Dear and well
beloved brethren: Through the grace and mercy of our God, after a long and
tedious journey of two months and one day, I and my family arri ved in the
, having been met at
120 miles from this place by brethren with teams and money to forward us
on our journey. When within 8 miles of the City of
, we were met by an escort of brethren from the city, viz.
and several others of the
faithful of the west, who received us with open arms and warm hearts and
welcomed us to the bosom of their society. On our arrival in the city, we
were greeted on every hand, by the Saints who bid us welcome, welcome; to the land of their inheritance.
you may be assured that so friendly a meeting and reception paid us well
for our long seven years of servitude, persecution and affliction in the
midst of our enemies in the land of
yea verily our hearts were full, and we feel greatful grateful to Almighty God for his kindness unto
us. The particulars of our journey, brethren, cannot well be written, but
we trust that the same God who has protected us will protect you also, and
will sooner or later grant us the privilege of seeing each other face to
face. and of rehearsing all our sufferings.
We have heard
of the destruction of the
, which we presume to beleive must have been occasioned by the
ity <party>, or more properly the Aristocrats or
Anarchies. The saints here have pro vided a room for us and daily
necessaries, which are brought in from all parts of the country, to make
us comfortable; so that I have nothing to do but to attend to my Spiritual
concerns, or the spiritual affairs of the church.
difficulties of the church had been adjusted, before my arrival here, by a
judicious High Council, with
, who acted as Presidents “Pro
Tempore” of the church of Zion, being appointed by the voice of the
council and church:
, having been cut off from the Church,
remaining as yet.
The saints at
this time are in Union; and peace and love prevails throughout: in a
word. heaven smiles upon the saints in
. Various and many
have been the falsehoods written from thence to this place, but have
availed nothing. We have no uneasiness about the power of our enem ies
in this place to do us harm. Bro
and family arrived here
soon after we did in good health. Brothers
arrived here when we did they were with us on the last of
our journey, which ended much to our satisfaction. They also are well.
They have provided places for their families, and are now about to break
the ground for seed.
under the hands of wicked and vexatious lawsuits for seven years past, my
business was so deranged that I was not able to leave it in so good a
situation as I had anticipated, but if there are any wrongs, they shall
all be noticed so far as the Lord gives me ability and power to do so. Say
to all the brethren that I have not forgotten them, but remember them in