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Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

We need not say we send our love to you for that is always with you. Should you Doubt it time & works must declare it. We hope you will favor us with a letter, for we exceedingly desire council in these matters, & all others, which the Lord may have in store for us.—
We would rejoice to see you in this country, & although your hearts would be pierced with the poverty & wretchedness that prevails,— you would see many things which would interest you, such as the ancient & curious workmanship of the churches, cathedrals, monuments &c which have stood, some of them a 1000 years or more & are now in a good state of preservation.—
We remember the observation of Bro Joseph, “that we should hardly get over the nation before the judgments of God would overtake the people,” & we fully believe it & are trying to do what we can to send forth the gospel, one of our Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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has gone to South Australia. One to the East Indies, & we expect one to start for Hamburgh in Holland this week.— We want council & wisdom, & any thing that is good Our motto is go ahead. go ahead.— & ahead we are determined to go. till we have conquered evry foe, so come life or come death we’ll go ahead, but tell us if we are going wrong, & we will right it.—
Your Brethren in the Everlasting
Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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W. Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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We need not say we send our love to you  for that is always with you. Should you Doubt it  time & works must declare it. We hope you will  favor us with a letter, for we exceedingly desire  council in these matters, & all others, which the Lord  may have in store for us.—
We would rejoice to see you in this  country, & although your hearts would be pierced with  the poverty & wretchedness that prevails,— you would  see many things which would interest you, <such as> the ancient  & curious workmanship of the churches, cathedrals,  monuments &c which have stood, some of them a 1000  years or more & are now in a good state of  preservation.—
We remember the observation of Bro Joseph, “that  we should hardly get over the nation before the judgments  of God would overtake the people,” & we fully believe it  & are trying to do what we can to send forth the  gospel, one of our Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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has gone to South  Australia. One to the East Indies, & we expect  one to start for Hamburgh <in Holland> this week.— We  want council & wisdom, & any thing that is good  & it is Our motto is go ahead. go ahead.— & ahead  we are determined to go. untill we have conquered evry  foe, so come life or <come> death we’ll go ahead, but  tell us if we are going wrong, & we will right it.—
Your Brethren in the Everlasting [illegible]
B[righam] Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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W. Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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and Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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, IL, 5 Sept. 1840; handwriting of Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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