Sir, your letter, of the 9th of March, directed to , Presidents Joseph Smith jr. , , and the Saints in Zion, came safely to them, some days since. And on account of the press of business now on their hands, and the request of J. Smith Jr., I have taken it upon me to answer it.
You say, that you have heard of the deplorable state of things in ; and it gave me much joy to learn by your letter, that you received those things in their true light. Great has been the afflictions of the Saints in that place, particularly our beloved breth ren Joseph Smith Jr. and .
In the past summer, I journeyed from this place, in company with and , to , for the purpose of meeting in Confer ence there, with the twelve. On our arrival, we soon learned the difficulties that then existed there: these, however, were all apparently settled, previous to my leaving : And , who has since become an unbeliever in re vealed religion, affected to repent and be come satisfied with Br. Joseph and the church. Others also did the same:— But this settlement was not of long du ration. Soon after this, President and myself, left for the upper ; and President Joseph Smith, President , and , soon followed us to : and during their absence, it seems that , , , , and some others, united together for the over throw of the church. President Smith, [p. 36]