, Ohio, July 25, 1836.
Dear Brethren:—Yours of the 1st
inst. accompanying the proceedings of a public meeting, held by the people
of , was duly received. We are sorry that this
disturbance has broken out—we do not consider it our fault. You are better
acquainted with circum stances than we are, and of course have been directed
in wisdom in your moves, relative to leaving the county. We forward you our
letter to Mr.
[John] Thornton and others, that you may
know all we have said. We advise that you be not the first
aggressors— give no occasion, and if the people will let you dispose of your
property, set tle your affairs, and go in peace, go. You have thus far had an
asylum, and now seek another as God may direct. Relative
to your going to ,
we cannot say, we should think if you could stop short, in peace you had
bet ter. You know our feelings relative to not giving the first offence, and
also of protecting your wives and little ones in case a mob should seek
their lives. We shall publish the proceed ings of the public meeting, with
your answer, as well as our letter. We mean that the world shall know all things as they
transpire. If we are persecuted and driven men shall know it!
Be wise, let
prudence dictate all your counsels, preserve peace with all men, if
possible, stand by the constitu tion of your country, observe its
prin ciples, and above all, show yourselves men of God, worthy
citizens, and we doubt not, community ere long, will do you justice,
and rise in indignation against those who are the instigators of your
suffering and affliction.
In the bonds
of brotherly love we subscribe ourselves, as ever.
others. [p. 359]