prisoners for Jesus
sake sends greeting.
to your request in your letter we say to you as follows. It is not
wisdom for you to go out of
Families yet for a little season untill we are out of
Prison after which
time you may act your pleasure. but though you take your Families out
of the state yet it will be necessary for you to Return
and leave as before designed on the 26 of
April.— In as much as we are in
for a litt[l]e season if need be the managment
of the affairs of the church devolves on you that is the twelve <the> gathering.
of necessity stopt.— but the convertion of the world need not stop. but
under wise management can go on more rapidly than ever. wher
churches are built let them continue where they are until a door is open
to do other wise. and let every ocupy his own ground. and when he builds a
church let him preside over it. and let not others run in to trouble him.
and thus let every man prove h<i>mself unto God
that he is worthy. If we live we live, and if we die for the testimony of
Jesus we die. but whether we live or die let the work of God go on. Let
the churches in England continue there, till
further orders. till a door cac [can] be
opened for them. except they choose to come to .
and take their chance with the saints here. if they do that, let them come
and if they choose to come the[y] would do
well to send wise men before them and buy out
and the regions round about. or they may settle whare they can till things
It will be necessary for you to get the twelve togather
ordain such as have not ben ordained, or at least such of them as you can
and proceed to regulate the Elders as the Lord may give you wisdom.
to take the place of
Brethren fear not,
but be strong in the Lord and in the power of his