History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<September 5.> his published statements concerning Joseph Smith, are barefaced, unblushing falsehoods. We would further represent to your concerning Joseph Smith, that we have the utmost confidence in him, as being a man of virtue, integrity, honesty, truth, and patriotism, we have never either in public or private heard him teach any principles, but the principles of virtue and—— righteousness, and so we have knowledge, we know him to be a pure, chaste, virtuous and godly man. Under these circumstances we would petition your to exert your privileges in an official capacity, and not to suffer him, should he be demanded, to go into the State of , for we know that if he should, it would be the delivering up the innocent to be murdered. We would represent to your that we are a law abiding people, a virtuous people, and we would respectfully refer your to the official Documents of this during our three years residence in it, in proof of this, if we transgress laws, we are willing to be tried by those laws, but we dread mobs, we dread illegal process, we dread—— fermentation, calumny, and lies knowing that our difficulties in first commenced with these things. We pray that we may not be delivered into the hands of Mob or illegal proceedings of the Militia, but that we may have the privilege of self defence in case of attack without having to contend with legalized Mobs as in . and we therefore appeal to the honor, philanthropy, justice, benevolence and patriotism of your , to afford us all legal protection, and to grant us our request, and we as in duty bound will ever pray.”
6 September 1842 • Tuesday
<6> Tuesday 6 I wrote as follows,
, September 6. 1842— To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, sendeth Greeting. As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I would write to you from time to time, and give you information in relation to many subjects, I now resume the subject of the baptism for the dead; as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies. I wrote a few words of revelation to you concerning a Recorder. I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which I now certify. That is, it was declared in my former letter that there should be a Recorder, who should be eye witness, and also to hear with his ears, that he might make a record of a truth before the Lord. Now in relation to this matter, it would be very difficult for one recorder to be present at all times, and to do all the business. To obviate this difficulty, there can be a Recorder appointed in each ward of the , who is well qualified for taking accurate minutes; and let him be very particular and precise in taking the whole proceedings: certifying in his record that he saw with his eyes, and heard with his ears; giving the date and names— &c— and the history of the whole transaction; naming also, some three individuals that are present, if there be any present, who can at any time when called upon, certify to the same, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Then let there be a general recorder, to whom these other records can be handed, being attended with certificates over their own signatures; certifying that the record which they have made is true. Then the general Church Recorder can enter the Record on the general Church Book, with the Certificates and all the attending witnesses, with his own statement that he [p. 1392]
September 5. his published statements concerning Joseph Smith, are barefaced, unblushing falsehoods. We would further represent to your concerning Joseph Smith, that we have the utmost confidence in him, as being a man of virtue, integrity, honesty, truth, and patriotism, we have never either in public or private heard him teach any principles, but the principles of virtue and—— righteousness, and so we have knowledge, we know him to be a pure, chaste, virtuous and godly man. Under these circumstances we would petition your to exert your privileges in an official capacity, and not to suffer him, should he be demanded, to go into the State of , for we know that if he should, it would be the delivering up the innocent to be murdered. We would represent to your that we are a law abiding people, a virtuous people, and we would respectfully refer your to the official Documents of this during our three years residence in it, in proof of this, if we transgress laws, we are willing to be tried by those laws, but we dread mobs, we dread illegal process, we dread—— fermentation, calumny, and lies knowing that our difficulties in first commenced with these things. We pray that we may not be delivered into the hands of Mob or illegal proceedings of the Militia, but that we may have the privilege of self defence in case of attack without having to contend with legalized Mobs as in . and we therefore appeal to the honor, philanthropy, justice, benevolence and patriotism of your , to afford us all legal protection, and to grant us our request, and we as in duty bound will ever pray.”
6 September 1842 • Tuesday
6 Tuesday 6 I wrote as follows,
, September 6. 1842— To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, sendeth Greeting. As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I would write to you from time to time, and give you information in relation to many subjects, I now resume the subject of the baptism for the dead; as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies. I wrote a few words of revelation to you concerning a Recorder. I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which I now certify. That is, it was declared in my former letter that there should be a Recorder, who should be eye witness, and also to hear with his ears, that he might make a record of a truth before the Lord. Now in relation to this matter, it would be very difficult for one recorder to be present at all times, and to do all the business. To obviate this difficulty, there can be a Recorder appointed in each ward of the , who is well qualified for taking accurate minutes; and let him be very particular and precise in taking the whole proceedings: certifying in his record that he saw with his eyes, and heard with his ears; giving the date and names— &c— and the history of the whole transaction; naming also, some three individuals that are present, if there be any present, who can at any time when called upon, certify to the same, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Then let there be a general recorder, to whom these other records can be handed, being attended with certificates over their own signatures; certifying that the record which they have made is true. Then the general Church Recorder can enter the Record on the general Church Book, with the Certificates and all the attending witnesses, with his own statement that he [p. 1392]
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