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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 16  Joseph’s letter  in Liberty Jail> and shew his teeth, and scatter and devour the flock and satiate himself upon  his prey, and then sneak back into the bramble in order that he might conceal  himself in his well tried skin with the wool on. We are well aware that there  is a certain set of Priests and Satellites and Mobbers that would fain make  all the world believe that we are the dogs that barked at this howling wolf that  made such havoc among the sheep, who when he retreated, howled and  blated at such a desperate rate, that if one could have been there he would  have thought that all the wolves whether wrapped up in sheep skins, or in  goat skins or in any other skins, and in fine all the beasts of the forest were  awfully alarmed and catching the scent of innocent blood, they sallied forth  with one tremendous howl and crying of all sorts and such a howling and  such a tremendous havoc never was known, such a piece of inhumanity  and relentless cruelty and barbarity cannot be found in all the Annals  of history— These are the characters that would make the world believe  that we had committed murder by making an attack upon this howling  wolf while we were at home and in our beds and asleep, and knew  nothing of that transaction, any more than we know what is going on in  China while we are within these walls. Therefore we say again unto you  we are innocent of these things and they have represented us falsely.  Was it for committing adultery, we are aware that false slander has  gone abroad for it has been reiterated in our ears. These are falsehoods  also. Renegade Mormon Dissenters are running through the world  and spreading various foul and libelous reports against us thinking  thereby to gain the friendship of the world because they know that we  are not of the world, and that the world hates us, therefore they make a  tool of these fellows, by them try to do all the injury, they can and after  that they hate them worse than they do us, because they find them to be  base traitors and sycophants— Such characters God hates, we cannot  love them, the world hates them, and we sometimes think that the Devil  ought to be ashamed of them. We have heard that it is reported by  some, that some of us should have said, that we not only dedicated our property  but our families also to the Lord, and Satan taking advantage of this has  transfigured it into licentiousness, such as a community of wives which  is an abomination in the sight of God. When we consecrate our property to  the Lord it is to administer to the wants of the poor and needy, for this is  the law of God, it is not for the purpose of the rich, those who have no need; and  when a man consecrates or dedicates his wife and children, he does not give  them to his brother, or to his neighbor for there is no such law: for the law of  God is, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s Wife  He that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery  already in his heart. Now for a man to consecrate his <property> Wife, and Children  to the Lord, is, nothing more nor less, than to feed the hungry, clothe the naked,  visit the widow and the fatherless, the sick, and the afflicted, and do all he can  to administer to their relief in their afflictions, and for him, and his house to serve [p. 871]
December 16 Joseph’s letter in Liberty Jail and shew his teeth, and scatter and devour the flock and satiate himself upon his prey, and then sneak back into the bramble in order that he might conceal himself in his well tried skin with the wool on. We are well aware that there is a certain set of Priests and Satellites and Mobbers that would fain make all the world believe that we are the dogs that barked at this howling wolf that made such havoc among the sheep, who when he retreated, howled and blated at such a desperate rate, that if one could have been there he would have thought that all the wolves whether wrapped up in sheep skins, or in goat skins or in any other skins, and in fine all the beasts of the forest were awfully alarmed and catching the scent of innocent blood, they sallied forth with one tremendous howl and crying of all sorts and such a howling and such a tremendous havoc never was known, such a piece of inhumanity and relentless cruelty and barbarity cannot be found in all the Annals of history— These are the characters that would make the world believe that we had committed murder by making an attack upon this howling wolf while we were at home and in our beds and asleep, and knew nothing of that transaction, any more than we know what is going on in China while we are within these walls. Therefore we say again unto you we are innocent of these things and they have represented us falsely. Was it for committing adultery, we are aware that false slander has gone abroad for it has been reiterated in our ears. These are falsehoods also. Renegade Mormon Dissenters are running through the world and spreading various foul and libelous reports against us thinking thereby to gain the friendship of the world because they know that we are not of the world, and that the world hates us, therefore they make a tool of these fellows, by them try to do all the injury, they can and after that they hate them worse than they do us, because they find them to be base traitors and sycophants— Such characters God hates, we cannot love them, the world hates them, and we sometimes think that the Devil ought to be ashamed of them. We have heard that it is reported by some, that some of us should have said, that we not only dedicated our property but our families also to the Lord, and Satan taking advantage of this has transfigured it into licentiousness, such as a community of wives which is an abomination in the sight of God. When we consecrate our property to the Lord it is to administer to the wants of the poor and needy, for this is the law of God, it is not for the purpose of the rich, those who have no need; and when a man consecrates or dedicates his wife and children, he does not give them to his brother, or to his neighbor for there is no such law: for the law of God is, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s Wife He that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already in his heart. Now for a man to consecrate his property Wife, and Children to the Lord, is, nothing more nor less, than to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the widow and the fatherless, the sick, and the afflicted, and do all he can to administer to their relief in their afflictions, and for him, and his house to serve [p. 871]
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