Hancock County, Ill
Oct 19th 1840
To the Saints in
Dearly beloved brethren in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.
We take this opportunity of informing you that we yet remember the saints scattered abroad in the regions of & feel interested in their welfare as well as in that of the Saints at large.
We have beheld with feelings peculiar to ourselves the situation of things in and the numerous difficul ties to which the Saints have been subjected by false friends as well as open enemies. All these circumstances have more or less engaged our attention from time to time.
We likewise must complain of the stake of for not writing to us the brethren who are in the office and authority in the of for not writing to us and making known their difficulties and their affairs from time to time so that they might be advised in matters of importance to the well being of said stake; but above all, for not sending one word of consolation to us while we were in the hands of our enemies— and thrust into dungeons.
Some of our friends from various sections sent us letters which breathed a kind and sympathetick spirit, and which made our afflictions and sufferings [en]durable. All was silent as the grave no feelings of sorrow sympathy or affection to cheer the heart under the gloomy shades of affliction and trouble through which we had to pass.
Dear brethren could you realize that your brethren were thus circumstancial and were to bear up under the weight of affliction and woe which was heaped upon them by their enemies and you stand unmoved and unconcerned!!! Where were the bowels of comp assion Where was the love which ought to characterize the saints of the most high, did those high born and noble feelings lie dormant, or were you insensible to the treatment we received.
However, we are disposed to leave [p. 188]