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Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

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  united States 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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JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae, letter, Liberty, MO, to the Church and Edward Partridge, Quincy, IL, 20 Mar. 1839; handwriting of Alexander McRae and Caleb Baldwin with corrections by JS and signatures of JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae; 26 pages; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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