History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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<May 17> profess no authority in [HC 3:354] the case whatever; but we have thought, and do still think, that it is not doing our cause justice to make a political question of it in any manner whatever. We have not at any time thought there was any political party, as such chargeable with the barbarities, neither any religious society as such: They were committed by a Mob composed of all parties regardless of all difference of opinion either political or religious. The determined stand in this , and by the people of in particular made against the lawless outrages of the Mobbers by all parties in politics and religion have entitled them equally to our thanks and our profoundest regard, and such, Gentlemen, we hope they will always receive from us— Favors of this kind ought to be engraven on the rock to last for ever. We wish to say to the public, through your paper, that we disclaim any intention of making a political question of our difficulties with , believing that we are not justified in so doing. We ask the aid of all parties both in politics and religion to have justice done us, and obtain redress. We think Gentlemen in so saying, we have the feelings of our people generally, however individuals may differ, and we wish you to consider the letters of as the feelings and views of an individual, but not of the Society as such.
“We are satisfied that our people as a body disclaim all such sentiments and feel themselves equally bound to both parties in this , as far as kindness is concerned, and good will, and also believe that all political parties in are equally guilty. Should this note meet the public eye through the medium of your paper, it will much oblige your humble servants , Joseph Smith Jr. .” [HC 3:355]
18 May 1839 • Saturday
<18> Saturday 18 finished my business at for the present—
19 May 1839 • Sunday
<Joseph returned home 19> Sunday 19. I arrived at home this evening
20 May 1839 • Monday
<20> Monday 20 at home attending to a variety of business
21 May 1839 • Tuesday
<21> Tuesday 21 To shew the feelings of that long scattered branch of the house of Israel, the Jews. I here quote a letter written by one of their number, on <Feelings of the Jews> hearing that his Son had embraced Christianity.
“Breslau May 21. 1839. My Dear Son— I received the letter of the Berlin Rabbi, and when I read it there ran tears out of my eyes in torrents; my inward parts shook, my heart became as a Stone! How! Do you not Know that the Lord sent me already many hard tribulations? That many sorrows do vex me? But this new harm which you are about to inflict makes me forget all the former, does horribly surpass them; as well respecting its sharpness as its stings! I write you this laying on my bed, because my body is affected not less than my soul, at the report that you was about to do something which I had not expected from you. I fainted, my nerves and feelings sunk, and only by the help of a physician for whom I sent immediately, I am able to write these lines to you with a trembling hand. Alas! you, my Son whom I have bred, nourished and fostered; whom I have strengthened spiritually as well as bodily, you will commit a crime on me! Do not shed [p. 941]
May 17 profess no authority in [HC 3:354] the case whatever; but we have thought, and do still think, that it is not doing our cause justice to make a political question of it in any manner whatever. We have not at any time thought there was any political party, as such chargeable with the barbarities, neither any religious society as such: They were committed by a Mob composed of all parties regardless of all difference of opinion either political or religious. The determined stand in this , and by the people of in particular made against the lawless outrages of the Mobbers by all parties in politics and religion have entitled them equally to our thanks and our profoundest regard, and such, Gentlemen, we hope they will always receive from us— Favors of this kind ought to be engraven on the rock to last for ever. We wish to say to the public, through your paper, that we disclaim any intention of making a political question of our difficulties with , believing that we are not justified in so doing. We ask the aid of all parties both in politics and religion to have justice done us, and obtain redress. We think Gentlemen in so saying, we have the feelings of our people generally, however individuals may differ, and we wish you to consider the letters of as the feelings and views of an individual, but not of the Society as such.
“We are satisfied that our people as a body disclaim all such sentiments and feel themselves equally bound to both parties in this , as far as kindness is concerned, and good will, and also believe that all political parties in are equally guilty. Should this note meet the public eye through the medium of your paper, it will much oblige your humble servants , Joseph Smith Jr. .” [HC 3:355]
18 May 1839 • Saturday
18 Saturday 18 finished my business at for the present—
19 May 1839 • Sunday
Joseph returned home 19 Sunday 19. I arrived at home this evening
20 May 1839 • Monday
20 Monday 20 at home attending to a variety of business
21 May 1839 • Tuesday
21 Tuesday 21 To shew the feelings of that long scattered branch of the house of Israel, the Jews. I here quote a letter written by one of their number, on Feelings of the Jews hearing that his Son had embraced Christianity.
“Breslau May 21. 1839. My Dear Son— I received the letter of the Berlin Rabbi, and when I read it there ran tears out of my eyes in torrents; my inward parts shook, my heart became as a Stone! How! Do you not Know that the Lord sent me already many hard tribulations? That many sorrows do vex me? But this new harm which you are about to inflict makes me forget all the former, does horribly surpass them; as well respecting its sharpness as its stings! I write you this laying on my bed, because my body is affected not less than my soul, at the report that you was about to do something which I had not expected from you. I fainted, my nerves and feelings sunk, and only by the help of a physician for whom I sent immediately, I am able to write these lines to you with a trembling hand. Alas! you, my Son whom I have bred, nourished and fostered; whom I have strengthened spiritually as well as bodily, you will commit a crime on me! Do not shed [p. 941]
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