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February

3, 1870 Pepin, Wisconsin Sisters Brower and all the children, greetings: I again take the opportunity to add up a few lines. I suppose that the cause will soon be put into effect that will fine me $1000 and imprison me for 5 or 10 years and set you all free, then, I cannot address you any longer as dear wives, so I suppose as the time is but short for us to hold our present relations we may as well begin to look out for someone to take several places. Only think what an awful situation I am in, or will be in when Uncle Sam makes us all free. By and by, I suppose that the same power that makes you all free, will provide you with a husband a piece and poor with a [time] in the penitentiary, or in some of the forts that is to be made for that purpose, what a fine time then the soldiers will have running at large in Utah and enjoying the society of the Mormon's wives. Then everything will be legitimate to all intents and purpose, I suppose. This no doubt, is the anticipation of many of the civilizers of the 19th century, but God is at the helm, and if we will all do right, He will over rule all things for our good and for the upbuilding of His kingdom here upon the earth, never the less, they may subject us to many inconveniences, and deprive us of some of our enjoyments. But mark this one thing, and that is that wickedness is being taken in hand by the Lord, and that all doers of the same will some begin to receive their reward. Many of the people in this place, who do not belong to any church, are prophesying and are looking forward for the fulfillment of that spoken by the mouth of John. I tell them that they are at least half right, and that God will not much longer suffer the wicked and ungodly to go unpunished. You cannot imagine to what a pitch things are carried in this Christian land, and if there is not some weeping and gnashing of teeth before long I shall miss by guess. Tomorrow I am going over to Lake City, Minnesota, by invitation from some gentleman of that place, to deliver a few lectures. The people thing here seems that the word lecture is far better than to say preach the gospel of the Son of God, but so far as that is concerned they may have it their own way, it matters not to me. I do hope that I shall be successful in doing the cause of Christ justice. My prayer to God is all the time that I may be an instrument in His hands of doing much good before I come home in the spring, for as yet I cannot see that I have accomplished a very great deal, but still I believe that the Lord through me, His servant, has put some leven into the lump, and I think, that as soon as the weather gets warm enough to heat the dough, that it will begin to rise, then I shall heat the oven and bake the bread. Having received no letter from you since I last wrote to you, I have nothing to answer, but I anticipate receiving one in a day or two, or at least before I write again. I suppose that you begin to think that I have nothing to do but to write to you on account of your

receiving as many letters from me for quite a length of time past, but you may soon look for a falling off in this line. I shall still do the best that I can. I do not know that my letters are very interesting, yet they are intended for the best. I never miss a day but what I pray for you all, and that two or three times I hope you are all well and enjoying yourselves as usual and I hope that everything is all right about home and throughout the Territory of Utah. I get all the news about Godbee, Harrison and Co. and what they are about. Oh, fools that they are. Spiritualism seems to be the order of the day in these parts, but I tell them that is in the opposition to the true revelations that has been given to the L. D. S. Joshua is over the river drawing wood for White, his son-in-law, and I have been top and all hands for a short time. He was not very well when he left home last Monday morning, but I hope he will be better when he gets home. Lucinda is well, they both send their kind regards to you all and so do I. I am getting nervous and must soon bring my scribble to a stop. Give my kind regards to everybody and all the balance of the human family without distinction, and especially to all those who inquire after the welfare of your humble servant. I have got no poetry this time to send to you, but try and do with this for a few days if you can. I subscribe myself, yours truly, soon A. C. Brower P. S. Write