Erastus Snow, "Correspondence," St. Louis Luminary, 11 August 1855, 150.
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MORMON GROVE, K. T., August 3d, '55.
TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS IN ST. LOUIS:
Beloved Saints:—It has seemed wisdom to call Elder Milo Andrus, to take charge of the last company of the P. E. Fund emigrants over the plains, and during his absence, or until the Lord shall otherwise direct. I would nominate Elder James H. Hart to take the presiding charge of the Church in St. Louis, under the counsel and direction of Elders Orson Spencer, who will exercise a general supervising control over all the affair of the Church in the Valley of the Ohio and Mississippi, until otherwise directed by the First Presidency or some of the Apostles of the Church.
The last company of the Saints are now moving off the ground, Elder Bassett and myself, intend to leave to-day for the Salt Lake Valley; time does not permit of a lengthy epistle, but we leave our blessing and prayers for your continued welfare, and trust that we have yours also, to accompany us across the Plains. Yours in the bonds of the Gospel.