Hancock Co, Ills. Decr. 15. 1840
May Grace, Mercy, and Peace rest upon you, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Having several communications laying before me from my Brethren the “” some of which have ere this merited a reply, but <from> the multiplicity of business which necessarily engages my attention I have delayed communicating to them, to the present time. Be assured my beloved brethren, that I am no disinterested observer of the things which are transpiring on the face of the whole earth and amidst the general movements which are in progress, none is of more importance than the glorious work in which you are now engaged, consequently, I feel some anxiety on your account, that you may, by your virtue, faith, diligence, and charity, commend yourselves to one another, <to the > and <to> your Father which is in heaven, by whose grace you have been called to so holy a calling, and be enabled to perform the great and responsible duties which rest upon you. And I can assure you, that from the information I have received, I feel satisfied, that you have not been remiss, <in your duty> but that your diligence and faithfulness have been such, as must secure you the Smiles of that God, whose servants you are, and the good will of the saints throughout the world.
The spread of truth throughout England is certainly pleasing; the contemplation of which, cannot but afford feelings of no ordinary kind in the bosoms of those who have had to bear the heat and burthen of the day, and who were its firm supporters and strenuous advocates in infancy, while surrounded with circumstan ces the most unpropitious, and its destruction threatened on all hands. But like the gallant Bark, that has braved the Storm unhurt, spread her canvas to the breese, and nobly cuts her way through the yielding wave, more conscious than ever of the strength of her timbers and the experience and ca pabilities of her captain, Pilate and crew.
It is likewise very satisfactory to <my> mind, that there has been such a good understanding existing between you, and that the saints have <so> cheerfully, hearkened to council and vie’d with each other in their labors of love; and in the promotion of truth and righteousness; this is as it should be in the Church of Jesus Christ. Unity is strength. “How pleasant [p. ]