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

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<June 23> in every possible manner, that he could never dare to lift up his head before an enlightened public, with the design either to misrepresent or persecute; but be that as it may, we neither dread him, nor his influence; but this much we believe, that unless he is determined to fill up the measure of his iniquity, and bring sudden destruction upon himself from the hand of the Almighty; he will be silent, and never more attempt to injure those concerning whom he has testified upon oath he knows nothing but that which is good and virtuous. Thus I have laid before the Church of Latter Day Saints, and before the public, the character and conduct of a man who has stood high in the estimation of many; but from the foregoing facts it will be seen that he is not entitled to any credit. but rather to be stamped with indignity and disgrace so far as <he> may be known. What I have stated, I am prepared to prove, having all the documents concerning the matter in my possession, but I think that to say further is unnecessary, as the subject is so plain, that no one can mistake the true nature of the case. I remain, yours respectfully Joseph Smith. June 23. 1842.”
I have been engaged in domestic affairs and counselling the brethren the last week.
<(see Addenda page 6)> [HC 5:40]
<The Affghan War has cost Great Britain $15,000,000 Per Annum since its commencement.>
24 June 1842 • Friday
<24> Friday 24 called St. John’s Day I rode in Masonic procession to the where a large assembly of Masons and others listened to an address from [HC 5:41] dined at the “Masonic Hall <Hotel> kept by brother Alexander Mills.
Wrote as follows
June 24. 1842 . Governor of the State of — Dear Sir— It becomes my duty to lay before you some facts relative to the conduct of our Major General which have been proven beyond the possibility of dispute and which he himself has admitted to be true in my presence. It is evident that his general character is that of an adulterer of the worst kind and although he has a Wife and Children living, circumstances which have transpired in , have proven to a demonstration that he cares not whose character is disgraced, whose honor is destroyed, nor who suffers so that his lustful appetite may be gratified and further he cares not how many, nor how abominable the falsehoods he has to make use of to accomplish his wicked purposes, even should it be that he brings disgrace upon a whole community. Some time ago, it having been reported to me that some of the most aggravating cases of adultery had been committed upon some previously respectable females in our , I took proper measures to ascertain the truth of the report, and was soon enabled to bring sufficient witnesses before proper authority to establish the following facts. More than twelve months ago, went to a Lady in the and began to teach her that promiscuous intercourse between the sexes was lawful and no harm in it, and requested the privilege of gratifying his passions, but she refused in the strongest terms saying that it was very wrong to do so, and it would bring a disgrace on the Church. Finding this argument ineffectual he told her that men in higher standing in the Church than himself not only sanctioned but [p. 1346]
June 23 in every possible manner, that he could never dare to lift up his head before an enlightened public, with the design either to misrepresent or persecute; but be that as it may, we neither dread him, nor his influence; but this much we believe, that unless he is determined to fill up the measure of his iniquity, and bring sudden destruction upon himself from the hand of the Almighty; he will be silent, and never more attempt to injure those concerning whom he has testified upon oath he knows nothing but that which is good and virtuous. Thus I have laid before the Church of Latter Day Saints, and before the public, the character and conduct of a man who has stood high in the estimation of many; but from the foregoing facts it will be seen that he is not entitled to any credit. but rather to be stamped with indignity and disgrace so far as he may be known. What I have stated, I am prepared to prove, having all the documents concerning the matter in my possession, but I think that to say further is unnecessary, as the subject is so plain, that no one can mistake the true nature of the case. I remain, yours respectfully Joseph Smith. June 23. 1842.”
I have been engaged in domestic affairs and counselling the brethren the last week.
(see Addenda page 6) [HC 5:40]
The Affghan War has cost Great Britain $15,000,000 Per Annum since its commencement.
24 June 1842 • Friday
24 Friday 24 called St. John’s Day I rode in Masonic procession to the where a large assembly of Masons and others listened to an address from [HC 5:41] dined at the “Masonic Hall Hotel kept by brother Alexander Mills.
Wrote as follows
June 24. 1842 . Governor of the State of — Dear Sir— It becomes my duty to lay before you some facts relative to the conduct of our Major General which have been proven beyond the possibility of dispute and which he himself has admitted to be true in my presence. It is evident that his general character is that of an adulterer of the worst kind and although he has a Wife and Children living, circumstances which have transpired in , have proven to a demonstration that he cares not whose character is disgraced, whose honor is destroyed, nor who suffers so that his lustful appetite may be gratified and further he cares not how many, nor how abominable the falsehoods he has to make use of to accomplish his wicked purposes, even should it be that he brings disgrace upon a whole community. Some time ago, it having been reported to me that some of the most aggravating cases of adultery had been committed upon some previously respectable females in our , I took proper measures to ascertain the truth of the report, and was soon enabled to bring sufficient witnesses before proper authority to establish the following facts. More than twelve months ago, went to a Lady in the and began to teach her that promiscuous intercourse between the sexes was lawful and no harm in it, and requested the privilege of gratifying his passions, but she refused in the strongest terms saying that it was very wrong to do so, and it would bring a disgrace on the Church. Finding this argument ineffectual he told her that men in higher standing in the Church than himself not only sanctioned but [p. 1346]
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