16 January 1834 • Thursday
January 16th. I visited brother , and spent the night. O Lord! keep us and my family safe, until I return unto them; O my God, have mercy on my brethren in Zion, for Christ’s sake. Amen
22 January 1834 • Wednesday
On the 22nd., the of the wrote from to the brethren in Christ Jesus, scattered from Zion, scattered about from the land of their ,
We your companions in tribulation, embrace the present opportunity of sending you this token of our love and good will, assuring you that our bowels are filled with compassion, and that our prayers are daily ascending to God in the name of Jesus Christ in your behalf.
We have just received inteligence from you through the medium of Brother Elliot, of making enquiries concerning the course which you are to pursue. In addition to the knowledge contained in the above on this subject, we say if it is not the duty of the governor to call out and keep a standing force in to protect you on your lands, (which, it appears, must be done, as we understand the mob are determined to massacre you, if the take you
back upon your lands, and leave you unprotected:) it will become your duty to petition the , to petition the President to send a force of
men there to protect you, when you are reinstated.
The proposes to take you back to your lands whenever you are ready to go, (if we understand correctly,) but cannot keep up an army to guard you; And while the hostile feelings of the people of remain unabated, probably you dare not go back to be left unguarded; Therefore, in your Petition to the , set all these things forth in their proper light, and pray him to [p. 418]