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Letter to Church Brethren in Clay County, Missouri, 22 January 1834

Letter to Church Brethren in Clay County, Missouri, 22 January 1834

before you receive this We also calculate to send a petition  and this revelation to the President forthwith in your behalf  and then we will act the part of the poor widow to perfection if  possable, and let our rulers read their destiny if they do not  lend a helping hand. We exhort you to prosecute and try  every lawful means to bring the mob to Justice as fast as circumstan ces will permit. With regard to your tarrig [tarrying] in Clay county we cannot  say you must be governed by circumstances. perhaps you  will have to hire out or take farms to cultivate to obtain your  bread until the Lord deliver.
We have sent you a $50 = note US some time  ago if you have received it please acknowledge the  rec[eip]t of it to us that we may be satisfied you have  got it. We Shall do all that is in our power  to assist you in every way we can. We know your  case is a trying one but be patient and not murmr  against the Lord and you shall see that all these things  shall turn to your greatest good.
Inquire of Bro [Thomas B.] Marsh and find out the  entire secret of mixing or compounding lead and Antimo[n]y  so as to make type mettle [metal] and write us concerning it  Bro Joseph tells me that he has sent another $50 = note  making $100, to you, write us concerning it, there  is a prospect of the eastern churches doing something  pretty handsome toward the deliverance of Zion  in the course of a year if Zion is not delivered  otherwise Tho the Lord says this affliction came  upon you because of your sin polluting your inheritances &c  yet there is an exception of some namely the heads of Zion  for the Lord said your brethren in Zion begin to repent,  and the Angels rejoice over them &c you will also see  an exception at the top of the 2d collum of this revelation  Therefore this affliction came upon the Church to  chastin those in transgression, and prepare the  hearts of those who had repented for an end[o]wment  from the Lord. We shall not be able to send [p. 80]
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Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, letter, Kirtland, OH, to Church Brethren, Clay County, Missouri, 22 Jan. 1834; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams; in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 79-81; JS Collection, CHL.

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