Ohio, August 4, 1835.
This day a high , the of the , consisting of Presidents,
Joseph Smith, Jr.
, , , , , and and others met, to take into
consideration certain items contained in letters from abroad: are
from , presiding of the
Freedom confer ence, and one from Elder
: the first
reads as follows: “Freedom, July 29, 1835.”
“Dear brother,—Elder called on this church last Thursday, on his way east, solisciting do nations and
subscriptions for finishing the in your place.
Although the subject of such a mission, in connection with his name
had been mentioned in the Messenger and Advocate,
still, as no other method had been taken to impress the subject on
our minds, it had measurably passed out, or ceased to make any
impression. Therefore, we were in some degree taken on
surprise. , the , nor any others, clothed with authority have ever
mentioned this subject to us, except incidently, to the
recollection of any of us. the church.
It sur[e]ly was never made a subject of
public instruction, as had Just reason
to expect it had been, felt an embarrassment peculiar to such a
sit uation. He undertook to preach to us yesterday, but from
the aforesaid embarrassment, or the deadness, or the covetousness
of the church, he could get none of the Spirit of the Lord to
assist him. I am free [to
say] that I attributed more to the latter
cause than the former, yet, notwithstanding, we made out in
donations and subscriptions, that I trust will be eventually
real ised $341,87½. May the Lord bless and prosper him, and all
his faithful servants, and may, they find favor in the sight of God
and man, is the prayer of your unworthy brother.”