<August 31> and setting in order many of the branches, and ordaining many to the Ministry, who are diligent in preaching, as they have opportunity on the Sabbath in the surrounding villages.
<September 1> Sunday September 1. I attended meeting and spoke concerning some errors in s writings &c &c This week sickness much decreased.
<9> Monday 9. and greater part of the week I spent in visiting the sick and attending to the Settlement of our new Town.
“, Ill: 11th. Septr. 1839— Dear — We have had the great pleasure of receiving your favor of the 24th. July, and learning thereby that you and your family had arrived at Chillicothe in safety and in health. We perceive that you have had rather a narrow escape from <a> serious accident, and doubtless the hand of the Lord is to be acknowledged in the matter, although unperceived by mortal eye. Time and experience will teach us more and more, how easily falshood gains credence with mankind in general, rather than the truth, but especially in taking into consideration the plan of Salvation; the plain simple order of the gospel of Jesus Christ, never has been discerned or acknowledged as the truth except by a few, among whom were “not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble,”— whilst the majority have contented themselves with their own private opinions, or have adopted those of others according as their address, their philosophy, their formula, their policy or their finesse may have attracted their attention or pleased their taste. But Sir of all the other criterions whereby we may judge of the vanity of these things, one will be always found true, namely; that we will always find such characters glorying in their own wisdom, and their own works, whilst the humble Saint, gives all the glory to God the Father, and to his son Jesus Christ, whose yoke is easy and whose burthen is light, and who told his disciples that unless they became like little children, they could not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. As to the situation of the Church here, matters go with us as well as can reasonably be expected, we have had considerable sickness amongst us, but very few deaths, and as the greater part are now recovering, we yet hope to have shelters provided before the winter shall set in. Since you left here we have purchased out all interest hereabouts— his farm we have laid out additional to our Town, , and the Town of we also hope to build up. Some of the “Twelve” and others have already started for Europe, and the remainder of that Mission we expect will go now in a few days— According to intelligence received since you left, the work of the Lord rolls on in a very pleasing manner, both in this, and in the old Country. In England many hundreds have of late been added to our numbers; but so— even so, it must be, for, “Ephraim he hath mixed himself among the people.” And the Savior he hath said “my sheep hear my voice” and also “he that heareth you, heareth me”. And “Behold I will bring them again from the North Country, and gather them from the Coasts of the Earth &c and as John heard the voice saying “come out of her my people”, even so must all be fulfilled, that the People of the Lord may live, when “Babylon the great [p. 966]