Young, Brigham, [Letter], Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star, 15 Oct. 1848, 315-16.
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Dear Brother Orson Spencer, --I write a few lines at this time, to say that I am perfectly satisfied with the course you have taken while you have been in the British Island; that you have done the best you possibly could; and I pray you to accept of my warmest thanks and congratulations for the success of your labors; you are also informed that on the arrival of Elders Orson Pratt and Levi Richards, you are perfectly at liberty to do as you please, either to return this fall and visit your friends in the Eastern States during the fall and winter, or tarry in England until the beginning of February, then come by the way of New Orleans to Council Bluffs, and continue your journey to the valley next summer, or remain in England; whichever way you feel will be most conducive to your health, you are at perfect liberty to take, and as you and the brethren shall deem best in council.
But while you tarry in England, I wish you would exert yourself to gather up as much tithing as you possibly can, and bring it with you, in order to prepare for glass, nails, paints, and such other articles as will be needed to bring from the States to assist in building up the Temple of the Lord in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. And I earnestly desire Elders Orson Pratt and Levi Richards will use all their energies on this subject, and assist you in gathering in the tithing until the time of your departure, and bring it to the valley, unless you hear further news from us.
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, rest down in mighty power upon you, prosper you on the remainder of your mission, give you a safe passage over the mighty deep and toilsome journey, and once more bring you to the bosom of the Church and your family, --is the prayer of your affectionate brother in the gospel of Jesus Christ,