<May 10> and who have taken up their residence in and about this place in
large numbers. I have no hesitation in saying that this people have been
most shamefully persecuted, and cruelly treated by the people of
“ has resided
in, and near this place for three or four months during which time his
conduct has been that of a Gentleman, and a moral and worthy Citizen.
13. I was engaged in general business at
home, and in transacting a variety of business with brother
; and gave him the following <s introduction> letter.
13. May 1839.
; Presiding Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints; do hereby certify and solemnly declare unto all the Saints scattered
abroad, and send unto them greeting: That we have always found President
to be a man of the most strict
integrity, and moral virtue, and in fine to be a man of God. We have had
long experience and acquaintance with
, we have entrusted vast business concerns to him, which have
been managed skillfully to the support of our Characters and interest, as
well as that of the Church, and he is now authorised by a general
Conference to go forth and engage in vast and important concerns as an
Agent for the Church, that he may fill a station of usefulness in
obedience to the commandments of God, which was given unto him
July 8. 1838 which says “Let him
(meaning ) contend earnestly for the redemption
of the First Presidency of my Church, saith the Lord.” We earnestly
solicit the Saints scattered abroad to strengthen his hands with all
their might, and to put such means into his hands as shall enable him
to accomplish his lawful designs and purposes, according to the
commandments, and according to the instructions which he shall give
unto them. And that they intrust him with monies, lands, chattels,
and goods, to assist him in this work, and it shall redound greatly to
the interest and welfare, peace, and satisfaction of my Saints, saith the
Lord God. For this is an honorable agency which I have appointed unto
him saith the Lord; and again, verily thus saith the Lord, I will lift
up my servant
, and beget for him a great name on the Earth,
and among my people, because of the integrity of his soul; therefore
let all my Saints abound unto him, with all liberality and long
suffering, and it shall be a blessing on their heads. We would say
unto the Saints abroad, Let our hearts abound with grateful
acknowledgments unto God our Heavenly Father, who hath called us unto his
holy calling, by the revelation of Jesus Christ in these last days, and
has so mercifully stood by us, and delivered us out of the seventh
trouble, which happened unto us in the State of
— May God reward our enemies
according to their works. We request the prayers of all the Saints.
Subscribing ourselves, their humble brethren in tribulations in the bonds
of the everlasting Gospel.
presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Greeting.