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Letter from John Whitmer, 29 July 1833

Independence July 29th 1833
Dear Brethren
With respect I address a few lines to you in this time  of confusion among us, although the enemy has accomplished his design of  in demolishing the Printing establishment they cannot demolist the design  of our God, for his decrees will stand & his purposes must be accomplished  notwithstanding the great rage of Satan, which we can behold in his followers,  for it is visible to the natural eye, but enough on this subject, for you will be  able to tell more than I can write.
Marvellous to tell in the midst of all the rage  of all the rage of persecution God is pouring out his Spirit upon his people so  that most all on last thursday at the school received the gift of tongues & spake  & prophesied; The next day David [Whitmer] called his branch together and most of them  received the gift of tongues many old things are coming to light that had it not  been for this gift would have remained in the dark & brought the wrath of God, upon  the inhabitants of Zion. There are but very few that have denied the faith  in consequence of this transaction, but my daily prayer is that the Lord will  cleanse Zion of all the remaining wickedness that is on this Holy Land, for is  their cup not already full. I greatly fear for some of they who call themselves  disciples; but they are in the hands of a merciful God & he will do them no injus tice. The Mail brings intelligence from Lexington which says that  there have been two deaths of the Asiatic Cholera & are ten or fifteen cases
We suppose that there was one or two cases last week in this Neighborhood  but none in town. Our daily cry to God is deliver thy people from the hand  of our enemies send thy destroying angels, O God in the behalf of thy people  that Zion may be built up according to the plan of our Lord through his servants  to us, received this mail.
According to your request we give you the copy of the article of our enemies and also  the bond or Covenant which we have signed.
“We the undersigned  citizens of Jackson County believing that an important crisis is at hand as  regards our civil society, in consequence of a pretended religious sect of people  that have settled, and are still settling in our County, styling themselves Mormons  and intending as we do to rid our society “peacably if we can, forcibly if  we must,” and believing as we do that the arm of the civil law does not afford  us a guarantee or at least a sufficient one against the evils which are now  inflicted upon us, and seem to be increasing by the said religious sect, deem  it expedient & of the highest importance to form ourselves into a company  for the better and easier accomplishment of our purpose, a purpose which we [p. 52]
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This letter, authored by John Whitmer with a postscript by William W. Phelps, was written in the aftermath of an episode of Jackson County, Missouri, vigilante violence against church members who had settled there. The majority of the letter consisted of copies of two “mob” documents that Oliver Cowdery requested be sent to Kirtland.
Whitmer and Phelps wrote this letter from Jackson County, Missouri, to JS and Oliver Cowdery at Kirtland, Ohio. James Mulholland, who became one of JS’s clerks in 1838, transcribed a copy of it into JS Letterbook 2 in the latter part of 1839.

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