William C. Dunbar (1822-1905), born in Inverness, Scotland, a perpetual missionary for many years, had already been a member of the Church for ten years by the time he penned this 1850 article for the Millennial Star.
Without Money, and Without Price
In my travels among the Saints I have heard the above text often made use of; some through ignorance, and others, because they have small contracted nut-shell souls.
The Saints generally are, though poor, a benevolent, kind, and open-hearted people, and considering their limited means, it is almost astonishing to see what they can accomplish. But scattered among them are a few drones, who, while others are putting their hand to the work, go buzzing about, and will not be content themselves, neither will they allow others to be, if they can help it; and when an elder makes his wants known in the shape of a coat, pair of shoes, or travelling expenses, or if the president of a conference requires means to take him to the valley, the grumbler buttons up his pocket, opens his eyes as if quite surprised, and exclaims – “The apostles preached without money, and without price. I thought when I came into this church, I would have nothing to pay.”