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Letter to the Council of the Twelve, 15 December 1840

who can command a capital even if it be but small, come  here as soon as convenient and put up machinery and  make such other preparations as may be necessary, so  that when the poor come on they may have employment  to come to. This place has advantages for manufacturing and  commercial purposes which but very few can boast of; and  by establishing Cotton Factories, Founderies, Potteries &c &c would  be the means of bringing in wealth and raising it to a  very important elevation. I need not occupy more space  on this subject as its reasonableness must be obvious to every  mind. In my former epistle I told you my mind respec ting the printing of the Book of Mormon. Hymn Book &c &c—  I have been favored by receiving a Hymn Book from you and  as far as I have examined it I highly approve of it and think  it to be a very valuable collection. I am informed that  the Book of Mormon is likewise printed which I am glad to  hear, and should be pleased to hear that it was printed  in all the different Languages of the earth. You can  use your own pleasure respecting printing the Book of  Doctrine & Covenants, if there is a great demand for them,  I have not any objections, but would rather encourage it.
I am happy to say, that as far as I have been  made acquainted with your movements, I have been per fectly satisfied that they have been in wisdom, and I  have no doubt but the spirit of the Lord has directed you.  And this proves to my mind that you have been humble,  and your desires have been for the salvation of your fellow  man, and not your own aggrandizement and selfish interest.  As long as the saints manifest such a disposition their councils  will be approved of, and their exertions crowned with suc cess There are many things of minor importance, on  which you ask council, but which I think you  will be perfectly able to decide upon as I you  are more conversant with the peculiar circumstances  than I am, and I feel great confidence in your united  wisdom therefore you will excuse me for not entering  into detail. If I should see any thing that was wrong,  I should take the priviledge of making known my  mind to you and pointing out the evil. [p. [3]]
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JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to the Council of the Twelve, England, 15 Dec. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; eight pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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