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Lt 48, 1889

Bell, Brother

Battle Creek, Michigan

March 8, 1889

Previously unpublished.

Dear Brother Bell:

I received your letter last evening and will try to reply. I have just mailed a letter to Dr. Maxson and wife. There are in connection with this matter of an institute in Fresno some things which lead me to be cautious in encouraging the building of an institution there. And there are some things in the past that do not look clear or straight in the case. 6LtMs, Lt 48, 1889, par. 1

I love Brother and Sister Maxson and want them to be where they can do the most good, and that is just where the Lord would have them to be. The Lord has a way for us all, and He would have us move in the order of His providence and in accordance with His will. I should have remained silent, had I not been called upon by Brother T. of Oregon and Brother and Sister Maxson. If I speak at all I must speak that which I know. 6LtMs, Lt 48, 1889, par. 2

I do dread to create disappointment in anyone, yet I shall move straightforward in the line of my duty. There is crookedness enough in our world, and I cannot move in any other line than straightforward, whether men will hear or forbear. All my work will have to stand the test of the Judgment. 6LtMs, Lt 48, 1889, par. 3

I tell you frankly, I cannot give Brother and Sister Maxson encouragement in the line they wish. I cannot give them occasion to use my name in the establishment of an institute in Fresno. 6LtMs, Lt 48, 1889, par. 4

If you will ask Dr. Maxson and wife to allow you to read that which I have written to them, the matter will be a little light to you. 6LtMs, Lt 48, 1889, par. 5

After pursuing the course which they did in giving their sympathy to Elder Rice when he was wholly unworthy, and through his association and sympathy with ... [Remainder missing.] 6LtMs, Lt 48, 1889, par. 6