tree under whose branches men from evry clime can be shielded from the burning rays of an inclemant sun. We bretheren are deprived of the protection of this glorious principal by the cruelty of the cruel by those who only look for the time being for pasterage like the beasts of the field only to fill themselves and forget that the mormons as well as the presbitarians and those of evry other class and discription have equal rights to partake of the fruite of the greate tree of our national liberty but notwithstanding we see what we see and we feel what we feel and know what we know. Yet that fruite is no less presious and delisious to our taist we cannot be weaned from the milk neither can we be drawn from the breast neither will we deny our religeon because of the hand of oppresion but we will hold on untill death we say say that God is true that the constitution of the is true that the bible is true that the book of mormon is true <that> the book <of> covenants are true that Christ is true that the ministering angels sent forth from God are true and that we know that we have an house not made with hands eternal in the heavens whose builder and maker is God a consolation which our oppressors cannot feel when fortune or fate shall lay its iron hand on them as it has on us. Now we ask what is man? Remember brethren that time <and> chance hapeneth to all men. We shall continue our reflections in our next. We subscribe ourselves your sinsear friends and bretheren in the bonds of the everlasting gospel prisoners of Jesus Christ for the sake of the gospel and
the saints. We pronounce the blessing of heaven upon the heads of the saints who seek to serve God with an undevided hearts in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Joseph Smith Jr
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