Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Editorial Note
Scribes and here copied eight letters into JS’s journal, with occasional explanatory notes interspersed. The letters were written by JS, his wife , Legion major general , and governor . Daily journal entries resumed on Tuesday, 23 August 1842.

Copied Correspondence • 30 June–17 August 1842
Letters
June 30eth 1842
Dear Sir
I have recieved by the last mail your letter of the 24 instant, in which you have thought proper to give me a Statement of charges against the conduct, and character, of Gen, I can say that I regret that any individual should so far disgrace his obligations to his God, and to his fellow man, as to condesend to the commission of the crimes alledged in your letter to have been perpetrated by , it is however in accordance with representations of his character, made to me more than two years since, and which I then felt constrained to believe ware true, since which time I have desired to have as little intercourse with him as possible, No resignation of his commishion as of the Legion, has reached me, Some weeks since I recieved a short note from him stating, that, you had reason to believe that a conspiracy was getting up in the state of , for the purpose of mobing the Mormons at , and Kidnaping you, and taking you to that state, and requested to be informed in case of such mob, whether you would be protected by the authorities of this state &c to which I replied, that as all men ware held held ameanable to the Laws so in like maner the rights of all would be protected, and the dignity of the state maintained to the letter of the constitution and laws, the above is in substance the contents of his note to me and my reply to him, hoving [having] destroyed his letter as I considered it of no use— should it be returned <retained>,
you state that you have heard that I have of late entertained unfavorable feelings towards you (the Mormons) as a people and especially so with regard to yourself &c &c. if this should be true, you would be pleased to know from me the reasons of such hostile feelings,
In reply I can in truth say that I do not entertain nor cherish hostile or revengeful feelings towards any man or set of men on Earth, but that I may have used strong expressions in reference to your self, at times— when my indignation has been some what aroused by repeated admonitions of my friends, (both before and since the attempt to assassinate ) to be upon my guard, that you had prophesied that should die a violent death— and that I should die in a ditch all this however if true, I looked upon as idle boasting untill since the assassination of — and ever even since then in reference to my self, I cannot view it in any other light, because whatever your feelings may have been to-wards , the mere discharge of an official duty on my part enjoins enjoined upon me by the constitution and Laws, of this state, and of the could not possibly engender feelings of such deepe malignity, [p. 168]

Editorial Note
Scribes and here copied eight letters into JS’s journal, with occasional explanatory notes interspersed. The letters were written by JS, his wife , Legion major general , and governor . Daily journal entries resumed on Tuesday, 23 August 1842.

Copied Correspondence • 30 June–17 August 1842
Letters
June 30eth 1842
Dear Sir
I have recieved by the last mail your letter of the 24 instant, in which you have thought proper to give me a Statement of charges against the conduct, and character, of Gen, I can say that I regret that any individual should so far disgrace his obligations to his God, and to his fellow man, as to condesend to the commission of the crimes alledged in your letter to have been perpetrated by , it is however in accordance with representations of his character, made to me more than two years since, and which I then felt constrained to believe ware true, since which time I have desired to have as little intercourse with him as possible, No resignation of his commishion as of the Legion, has reached me, Some weeks since I recieved a short note from him stating, that, you had reason to believe that a conspiracy was getting up in the state of , for the purpose of mobing the Mormons at , and Kidnaping you, and taking you to that state, and requested to be informed in case of such mob, whether you would be protected by the authorities of this state &c to which I replied, that as all men ware held held ameanable to the Laws so in like maner the rights of all would be protected, and the dignity of the state maintained to the letter of the constitution and laws, the above is in substance the contents of his note to me and my reply to him, hoving [having] destroyed his letter as I considered it of no use— should it be retained,
you state that you have heard that I have of late entertained unfavorable feelings towards you (the Mormons) as a people and especially so with regard to yourself &c &c. if this should be true, you would be pleased to know from me the reasons of such hostile feelings,
In reply I can in truth say that I do not entertain nor cherish hostile or revengeful feelings towards any man or set of men on Earth, but that I may have used strong expressions in reference to your self, at times— when my indignation has been some what aroused by repeated admonitions of my friends, (both before and since the attempt to assassinate ) to be upon my guard, that you had prophesied that should die a violent death— and that I should die in a ditch all this however if true, I looked upon as idle boasting untill since the assassination of — and even since then in reference to my self, I cannot view it in any other light, because whatever your feelings may have been to-wards , the mere discharge of an official duty on my part enjoined upon me by the constitution and Laws, of this state, and of the could not possibly engender feelings of such deepe malignity, [p. 168]
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