. May 7, 1837.
Dear brother in the Lord,
Permit me to drop you a few lines to show you our prog ress
temporally and spiritually. A multiplicity of business has prevented me
from writing much the year past, but the greatness of our doings and
the importance of the occasion require a recital to you for
your consolation.— Monday the 3d
of July, was a great and glorious day in ;
more than fifteen hundred saints assembled in this place, and,
at ½ past 8 in the morning, after a prayer, singing, and an address,
proceeded to break the ground for the ; the day was
beautiful, the Spirit of the Lord was with us, a cellar for this great
ed ifice, 110 long by 80 broad was nearly finished:
on Tuesday the fourth,
we had a large meeting and several of the Missourians were :
Our meet ings, held in the open prairie, or, in fact larger than
they were in when
I was there. We have more or less to bless, confirm and, baptize ev ery Sabath.
This same day our school section was sold at auction, and
although en tirely a prairie, it brought, on a years credit,
from 3 ½ to $10,20 an acre, making our first school fund $5070!! Land can
not be had round town now much less than $10 per acre.
Our numbers increase daily, and, notwithstanding the season
has been cold and backward, no one has lacked a meal, or went
hungry. Provisions to be sure have risen,
but not as high as our accounts say they are abroad.
Public notice has been given by the mob in ,
north of us, for the Mormons to leave that county by the first of August, and
go into . Our enemies will not slumber, till
Satan knows the bigness of his lot.
Our town gains some, we have a bout one hundred buildings,
8 of which are stores. If the brethren abroad are wise, and
will come on with means, and help enter the land and populate the
and build the , we shall soon have one of the most pre cious
spots on the Globe. God grant that it may be so. Of late we receive but
little news from you: and we think much of that is exaggerated.
N. B. Please
say in your Messen ger: “A Post office has been estab lished at , Caldwell County, Missouri.
Our brethren will now have a chance to write to their friends.”