Affidavit, 29 November 1841

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after as to my real sentiments, or those of  the leaders of the church, in relation to  this important matter,—
State of ,)ss.
.)
Before me, ,  Mayor of the City of , personally  came Joseph Smith, President of the Church  of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,  (commonly called Mormons,) who being  duly sworn according to law, deposeth  and saith, that he has never directly or  indirectly encouraged the purloining of  property, or taught the doctrine of steal ing, or any other evil practice, and  that all such vile and unlawful acts  will ever receive his unqualified and un reserved disapproval, and the most vigor ous opposition of the church over which  he presides, and further this deponent  saith not.
JOSEPH SMITH, President  of the Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter Day Saints.
Sworn to, and subscribed before me, at  my office, in the City of , this  twenty ninth day of November, Anno  Domini 1841.
-[L. S.]- ,
Mayor of the City of .
Now it is to be hoped that none will  hereafter be so reckless as to state that I,  or the church to which I belong, approve  of thieving—but that all the friends of  law and order will join in ferreting out  thieves wherever, and whenever, they  may be found, and assist in bringing them  to that condign punishment which such  infamous crimes so richly merit.
JOSEPH SMITH, President  of the Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter Day Saints. [p. 618]
after as to my real sentiments, or those of the leaders of the church, in relation to this important matter,—
State of ,)ss.
.)
Before me, , Mayor of the City of , personally came Joseph Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (commonly called Mormons,) who being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith, that he has never directly or indirectly encouraged the purloining of property, or taught the doctrine of stealing, or any other evil practice, and that all such vile and unlawful acts will ever receive his unqualified and unreserved disapproval, and the most vigorous opposition of the church over which he presides, and further this deponent saith not.
JOSEPH SMITH, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Sworn to, and subscribed before me, at my office, in the City of , this twenty ninth day of November, Anno Domini 1841.
-[L. S.]- ,
Mayor of the City of .
Now it is to be hoped that none will hereafter be so reckless as to state that I, or the church to which I belong, approve of thieving—but that all the friends of law and order will join in ferreting out thieves wherever, and whenever, they may be found, and assist in bringing them to that condign punishment which such infamous crimes so richly merit.
JOSEPH SMITH, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [p. 618]
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