Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832

Copy of a letter writen to Broth
Editor of the Evening & morning Star [p. [8]]
By the time JS composed this candid letter to colleagues in Missouri, he had been dealing with disharmony among church leaders for a full year. There were disagreements over the method for establishing Zion, proper handling of church resources, local control of church affairs in Missouri, and the extent of JS’s power and authority. In this letter, JS confronted these persistent strains and tensions with expressions of both reconciliation and frustration.
JS wrote this letter from Hiram, Ohio, to William W. Phelps at Independence, Missouri. Frederick G. Williams drafted this retained copy, which was apparently transcribed for Newel K. Whitney.