, Ohio, July 25, 1836.
Dear Brethren:—Yours of the 1st inst.
accompanying the proceedings of a public meeting, held by the people
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
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 Wisconsin, 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
JOSEPH SMITH, J.
others. [p. 359]