contracted in their views. You must not
be contracted, but you must be liberal in your feelings.
Let this Society teach how to act towards husbands to treat them with
mildness and affection. When a man is borne down with trouble— when he is perplex’d, if
he can meet a smile, an argument— if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down
his soul and soothe his feelings. When the mind is going to despair, it needs a
This Society is to get instruction thro’ the order which God has
established— thro’ the medium of those appointed to lead— and I now turn the to you in
the name of God and this Society shall rejoice and knowledge and intelligence shall flow
down from this time— this is the beginning of better days, to this Society
When you go home never give a cross word, but let kindness, charity and
love, crown your works henceforward. Don’t envy sinners— have mercy on them. God will
destroy them.— Let your labors be confin’d most ly to those around you in your own circle;
as far as knowledge is concerned, it may extend to all the world, but your
administrations, should be confin’d to the circle of your immediate acquaintance, and
more especially to the members of the Society.
Those ordain’d to lead the Society, are authoriz’d to appoint to different
offices as the circumstances shall require.
If any have a matter to reveal, let it be in your own tongue. Do not
indulge too much in the gift of tongues, or the devil will take advantage of the
innocent. You may speak in tongues for your comfort but I lay this down for a rule that
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