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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

you any more money at present unless the Lord  put it into our power hands unexpectedly. our  calls for money are many and pressing. There is  not quite so much danger of a Mob upon us as there  has been. The hand of the Lord has thus far been stretch ed out to protect us, Doctor P[hilastus] Hurlbut an apostate  Elder from this Church has been to the State of New York  and gathered up all the rediculous stories that could be  invented and some affidavits respecting the character  of Bro Joseph and the Smith family and he exhibet ed them to numerous congregations in Chagrin Kirtland  Mentor and Painesville and fired the minds of the  people with much indignation against Bro Joseph  and the Church. Hurlbut also made many harsh  threats &c that he would take the life of Bro Joseph  if he could not distroy Mormonism without. Bro  Joseph took him with a peace warrant and after  3 days trial and investigating the merits of our  religion in the town of Painesville by able attorney[s]  on both sides he was bound over to the County Court.  thus his influence was pritty much distroyed,  and since the trial the spirit of hostility seames to  be broken down in a good degree but how long it  will continue so we cannot say
You purchaced your inheritence with money,  Therefore behold you are blessed. you have not pur chaced your lands by the shedding of blood consiquent ly you do not come under the censure of that commandm ent which says “if by blood lo your enemies are  upon you and ye shall be driven from city to city”  give youselves no uneasiness on this account
Farewell in the bonds of the new covenant and  partakers in tribulation
Kirtland Jany 22d 1834 [p. 81]
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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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