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Letter from Harvey Whitlock, 28 September 1835

God: and the abyss into which I have fallen, is a subject that swells, my heart too big for utterance, and language is overwhelmed with feeling, and looses its power of description.
and as I desire to know the will of God concerning me; Believing it is my duty to make known unto you my real situation.
I shall therefore, dispasionately procede to give a true and untarnished relation; I need not tell you that in former times, I have preached the word; and endeavored to be instant in season out of season, to reprove rebuke exhort and faithfully to discharge that trust reposed in me. But Oh! with what grief & lamentable sorrow and anguish do I have to relate that I have fallen, from that princely station where unto our God, has called me. Reasons why are unnecessary. May the fact suffice; and believe me when I tell you, that I have sunk myself, (since my last separation from this boddy) in crimes of the deepest dye, and that I may the better enable you to understand what my real sins are, I will mention (although pride forbids it) some that I am not guilty of, my hands have not been stained with inocent blood; neither have I lain couched around the cottages of my fellow men to seize and carry off the booty; nor have I slandered my neighbor, nor bourn fals testimony, nor taken unlawful hire, nor oppressed the widdow nor fatherless, neither have I persecuted the Saints. But my hands are swift to do iniquity, and my feet are fast running in the paths of vice and folly; and my heart [p. 39]
God: and the abyss into which I have fallen, is a  subject that swells

Frederick G. Williams handwriting ends; Warren Parrish begins.  


, my heart to[o] big for utterance,  and language is overwhelmed with feeling,  and looses its power of description.
and as I desire to know the will of God  concerning me; Believing it is my duty to m ake known unto you my real situation.
I shall therefore, dispasionately procede to give  a true and untarnished relation; I need not  tell you that in former times, I have preached  the word; and endeavored to be instant in  season out of season, to reprove rebuke exhort  and faithfully to discharge that trust repo sed in me. But Oh! with what grief & lame ntable sorrow and anguish do I have to relate  that I have fallen, from that princely station  where unto our God, has called me. Reasons  why are unnecessary. May the fact suffice;  and believe me when I tell you, that I have  sunk myself, (since my last separation from  this boddy) in crimes of the deepest dye, and  that I may the better enable you to understand  what my real sins are, I will mention (although  pride forbids it) some that I am not guilty  of, my <hands> have not been stained with inocent  blood; neither have I lain couched around  the cottages of my fellow men to seize and car ry off the booty; nor have I slandered my ne ighbor, nor bourn fals testimony, nor taken  unlawful hire, nor oppressed the widdow  nor fatherless, neither have I persecuted the  Saints. But my hands are swift to do iniq uity, and my feet are fast running in  the paths of vice and folly; and my heart [p. 39]
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Harvey Whitlock

1809–after 1880. Physician. Born in Massachusetts. Married Minerva Abbott, 21 Nov. 1830. Baptized into LDS church, 1831. Ordained an elder, by June 1831. Ordained a high priest, 4 June 1831. Served mission to Jackson Co., Missouri, with David Whitmer, 1831...

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, Letter, to JS, Kirtland

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, OH, 28 Sept. 1835; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 38–41; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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and Warren Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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