Letter to Oliver Granger, 23 July 1840

It was something new to me when I heard there had been  secret meetings held in the Lords house, and that some of my friends  —faithful brethren, men enjoying the confidence of the church  should be locked out. Such like proceedings are not calculated  to promote union or peace but to engender strife and will be a  curse instead of a blessing: To those who are young in the work  I know they are calculated to and must be injurious to them. Those  who have had experience and who should know better, than to reflect  on their brethren, there is no excuse for them. If Bro Babbit and  the other brethren wish to reform the Church and come out and  make a stand against sin & speculation &c &c; they must use  other weapons than lies, or their object can never be effected, and  their labors will be given to the house of the stranger rather than  to the house of the Lord
The proceedings of Bro Babbit were taken into consideration  at a meeting of the Church at this place, when it was unan imously resolved that fellowship should be withdrawn from  him until he make satisfaction for the conduct he has pursued  of which circumstance I wish you to apprize him of without  delay and demand his license
Dr Sir I wish you to stand in your lot and keep the station  which was given you by revelation and the authorities of the  Church; attend to the affairs of the Church with diligence and  then rest assured on the blessings of heaven: It is binding on  you to act as president of the Church in Kirtland until you  are removed by the same Authority which put you in, and I do  hope, their will be no cause for opposition but that good feeling  will be manifested in future by all the brethren.
Bro [Thomas] Burdicks letter to Bro Hyrum [Smith] was duly received for which he  has our best thanks. It was indeed an admirable letter and worthy of its author  the sentiments express’d were in accordance with the spirit of the gospel and  the principles correct. I am glad that Bro Richards has continued with you  and hope he has been of some service to you— give my love to him
Our prospects in this place continue good, considerable numbers have come in  this spring. There were some bickerings respecting your conduct soon after your  departure but they have all blown over, and I hope there will never be any  occasion for any more, but that you will commend yourself to God and  to the Saints by a virtuous walk and holy conversation
I had a letter from W[illiam] W. Phelps a few days ago informing me of his desire to come  back to the Church if we would accept of him, he appears very humble and is willing  to make every satisfaction that saints or God may require.
We expect to have an edition of the book of Mormon printed by the first of September  it is now being sterotyped in Cincinnatti.
I rem[ain] &c &c
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 161]
JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to Oliver Granger, Kirtland, OH, [23] July 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 159–161; JS Collection, CHL.