Ebenezer Robinson recollects the establishment of the Kirtland Bank; claims that it was due to a "spirit of speculation" and reflected "a spirit of worldly ambition."

Jul 1889
Ebenezer Robinson

Ebenezer Robinson, "Items of Personal History of the Editor. No. 4," The Return 1, no. 7 (July 1889): 104

The Return
Ebenezer Robinson
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Immediately upon our return home from the mission spoken of in our last article, we discovered a great change had taken place in the church, especially with many of its leading official members.

A spirit of speculation was poured out, and instead of that meek and lowly spirit which we felt had heretofore prevailed, a spirit of worldly ambition, and grasping after the things of the world, took its place. Some farms adjacent to Kirtland, were purchased by some of the heads of the church, mostly on credit, and laid out into city lots, until a large city was laid out on paper, and the price of the lots put up to an unreasonable amount ranging from $100 to $200 each, according to location.

We were sorry to see this order of things, as we felt it would tend to evil instead of good. But having receiving an assurance of the truth of the gospel, and having an anxiety to warn our fellow men to flee from the wrath to come, and make their calling and election sure, through obedience to the gospel, we therefore, made arrangements to take a second mission.

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