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

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<September 12> — Morley Settlement— Septr. 12. 1842.
I was at home all day in company with brothers [Arza] Adams and and counselling  brother Adams to write a letter to the — In the evening received ’s letter of the 7th. instant—
13 September 1842 • Tuesday
<13> Tuesday 13. at home all day— settled with .
14 September 1842 • Wednesday
<14> Wednesday 14 at home. gave me a deed of one half his landed property  in , though it will be a long time, <if ever> before it will be of any benefit to me— Had  a consultation with Esqre.— In the evening I received the following  letter from General
Septr. 1. 1842—   Lieutenant General Smith— Dr. Sir— ’s letter to Mrs. [Mary Ann] Bennett containing  a very lucid account of Dr. has been received, and the only thing——  concerning him that I regard of importance, is, that you found it necessary to expose him.  I wish most ardently that you had let him depart in peace, because the public  generally think no better of either the one party or the other in consequence of the  pretended exposures with which the Newspapers have teemed. But then on the  long run you will have the advantage, inasmuch as the universal notoriety  which you are now acquiring will be the means of adding to three——  hundred fold. That you ought to be given up to the tender mercies of   no man in his senses will allow, as you would be convicted on the  shadow of evidence when the people’s passions and prejudices are so strongly  enlisted against you, and under such a state of things how easy it would be to  suborn witnesses against you, who would seal your fate. Add to this, too, the great  difficulty under which an impartial jury, if such could be found, would labor in  their attempt to render an honest verdict, being coerced by surrounding public  prejudice and malice. And yet as you are now circumstanced it will not do  to oppose force to force, for your protection, as this in the present case would be treason  against the State and would ultimately bring to ruin all those concerned.  Your only plan I think will be to keep out of the way until this excitement  shall have subsided, as from all I can understand, even from the himself,  there is no evidence on which an honest jury could find <a verdict> against you, and  this opinion I have expressed to him. I most ardently wish that you had  one hundred thousand true men at and that I had the command of them  Times and things would soon alter. I hope to see the day before I die that  such an army will dictate times from to the enemies of the Mormon  people. I say this in the most perfect candor as I have nothing to gain by the——  Mormons, nor am I a Mormon in creed, yet I regard them in as favorable a light,  (and a little more so) as I do any other sect. In fact I am a philosophical Christian  and wish to see an entire change in the religious world. I have been long a  Mormon in sympathy alone, and probably can never be one in any other way,  yet I feel that I am the friend of the people, as I think them honest and sincere  in their faith and these I know as good and honorable men as any other——  professing Christians. has been the means of bringing me before your  people, you will therefore see, for this act I am in honor bound to say “Peace to his  Manes” To act otherwise would be ungrateful and dishonorable, both of which qualities  are strangers to my nature. Nevertheless by leaving him as he is, I can still be your friend, [p. 1402]
September 12 — Morley Settlement— Septr. 12. 1842.
I was at home all day in company with brothers [Arza] Adams and and counselling brother Adams to write a letter to the — In the evening received ’s letter of the 7th. instant—
13 September 1842 • Tuesday
13 Tuesday 13. at home all day— settled with .
14 September 1842 • Wednesday
14 Wednesday 14 at home. gave me a deed of one half his landed property in , though it will be a long time, if ever before it will be of any benefit to me— Had a consultation with Esqre.— In the evening I received the following letter from General
Septr. 1. 1842— Lieutenant General Smith— Dr. Sir— ’s letter to Mrs. [Mary Ann] Bennett containing a very lucid account of Dr. has been received, and the only thing—— concerning him that I regard of importance, is, that you found it necessary to expose him. I wish most ardently that you had let him depart in peace, because the public generally think no better of either the one party or the other in consequence of the pretended exposures with which the Newspapers have teemed. But then on the long run you will have the advantage, inasmuch as the universal notoriety which you are now acquiring will be the means of adding to three—— hundred fold. That you ought to be given up to the tender mercies of no man in his senses will allow, as you would be convicted on the shadow of evidence when the people’s passions and prejudices are so strongly enlisted against you, and under such a state of things how easy it would be to suborn witnesses against you, who would seal your fate. Add to this, too, the great difficulty under which an impartial jury, if such could be found, would labor in their attempt to render an honest verdict, being coerced by surrounding public prejudice and malice. And yet as you are now circumstanced it will not do to oppose force to force, for your protection, as this in the present case would be treason against the State and would ultimately bring to ruin all those concerned. Your only plan I think will be to keep out of the way until this excitement shall have subsided, as from all I can understand, even from the himself, there is no evidence on which an honest jury could find a verdict against you, and this opinion I have expressed to him. I most ardently wish that you had one hundred thousand true men at and that I had the command of them Times and things would soon alter. I hope to see the day before I die that such an army will dictate times from to the enemies of the Mormon people. I say this in the most perfect candor as I have nothing to gain by the—— Mormons, nor am I a Mormon in creed, yet I regard them in as favorable a light, (and a little more so) as I do any other sect. In fact I am a philosophical Christian and wish to see an entire change in the religious world. I have been long a Mormon in sympathy alone, and probably can never be one in any other way, yet I feel that I am the friend of the people, as I think them honest and sincere in their faith and these I know as good and honorable men as any other—— professing Christians. has been the means of bringing me before your people, you will therefore see, for this act I am in honor bound to say “Peace to his Manes” To act otherwise would be ungrateful and dishonorable, both of which qualities are strangers to my nature. Nevertheless by leaving him as he is, I can still be your friend, [p. 1402]
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