Ohio Aug. 10th 1833
Dear brethren , , , , , & , & all others who are willing to lay down their lives for the cause of Christ our Lord Jesus Christ: I need not relate to you at this time the fatigues of my journey, nor the lonesome hours which I experienced while journeying, a stranger in a strange land, surrounded on the right & on the left by the destroying angels who were executing the will of the Lord in the consumation of the wicked, I have not doubted for a moment but that your prayers <were> ascending in my behalf; & so it is I am preserved. I did not arri ve as soon as I had hoped, in consequence of being hindered three days since I left in waiting for a conveyance, I arrived yesterday afternoon. I will now proceed to give you some advice concerning your business & the advice may be relied upon. It is wisdom that you look out another place to locate on; be wise in your selection, & commence in the best situation you can find, is not the land before you? & an other place of beginning will be no injury to Zion in the end, & though you may be wearied, yet count it joy, for the Lord will reward you more than a hundred fold for all your sufferings in righteousness,— Make out your bill of damages immediately, if you have not, & get the pay; do not remove any faster to your new home than you bound yourselves to, but pray for the Lord to deliver, for this is his will that you should, & fear not for his arm will be revealed, & it will fall upon the wicked & they cannot escape.
For the comfort of those who offered their lives & made the compromise to remove, I just say that the Lord was well pleased with that act, that is, the agreement to remove, & there was no other way to save the lives of all the in Zion, or the most: and any who are dissatisfied with that move, are not right & have cau se to repent, & call upon the Lord for grace to support them in the moment of tribulation. This great tribulation would not have come upon Zion had it not been for rebelion: Firstly there were rebelions against the one to whom were intrusted the , & from thence it has spread down to the lowest & least member! not this alone, but those who were void of understanding were continually telling that which was not true, & putting false coloring to the things of God! I mean those whose mouths are continually open, & whose tongues cannot be stayed from tatling! & the church will never have peace while such remain in her, therefore, brethren purge them out, & have no confidence in any except such as will lay down their lives for this sacred cause for none others are worthy of it. It was necessary that these things should come upon us: not only justice demands it, but there was no other way to cleanse the church. Fear not, brethren, the Lord is yet for you & though the heavens & the earth pass away, yet the elect [p. ]