Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and would be so if he were Turk, Jew or Saint. He is Ab initio a good man  and to you a most true, enthusiastic and devoted disciple. He has no guile.   of too, is a most excellent man and true christian.  These are men with whom I could associate forever, even if I never joined their  church or acknowledged their faith.
General called on me last friday and spent just two hours  when he left as he said for the Eastern . Being aware that  was here he had very little to say. He however proposed to me to aid him,  wether serious or not, in arranging materials for publishing “an exposition of  Mormon Secrets and practices”— which I peremptorily refused on two grounds.  1st. That I had nothing to do with any quarrel that might arise between you  and him, as I could not be a judge of the merits or demerits of the matter  and 2ndly that inasmuch as he himself had proposed to you and your council  to confer on me honors which I never sought, yet which I highly prize, it  would be the height of ingratitude as well as inconsistent with every prin ciple of common honesty and propriety, for me to join him in an effort  to lower my own honors by attempting to lower in public estimation the  people from whom those honors emanated. He gave of the  Herald his commission which I opposed from the very first, and you  now see by that paper the sport which that man has made of it.  I tell you there is no dependance on the friendship of that Editor when  his interest is at issue. I am assured that is going to publish  conjointly with on half profit, the exposition against you and  your people, which is going to contain a great number of scandalous  cuts and plates. But dont be concerned, you will receive no injury  whatever from any thing that any man or set of men may say against  you. The whole of this muss is only extending your fame and will  increase your numbers ten fold. You have nothing to expect from  that part of community who are bigotedly attached to the other churches.  They have always believed, and still believe every thing said to your dis advantage; and what General is now saying in the  papers is nothing more than what was common report before,  throughout this whole community, insomuch that I had to contradict  it in the Herald under the signature of “Cincinatus”, and even  requested the Elders at the Mormon Church to do so long ago. You  therefore have lost not a whit of ground by it. I must in charity  forbear commenting on the course of in this matter—  considering all things, delicacy forbids such a course. There are some  things however, I feel very sorely and could wish they had not transpired  He and the Herald will make money out of the Book and then the  matter will end, as you will find that the Herald will puff it to  the skies. The books which I sent you, you will retain in your hands  for the present. My respects to your amiable lady and all friends and  believe me as ever, tho, not a Mormon, your sincere friend—
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and would be so if he were Turk, Jew or Saint. He is Ab initio a good man and to you a most true, enthusiastic and devoted disciple. He has no guile. of too, is a most excellent man and true christian. These are men with whom I could associate forever, even if I never joined their church or acknowledged their faith.
General called on me last friday and spent just two hours when he left as he said for the Eastern . Being aware that was here he had very little to say. He however proposed to me to aid him, wether serious or not, in arranging materials for publishing “an exposition of Mormon Secrets and practices”— which I peremptorily refused on two grounds. 1st. That I had nothing to do with any quarrel that might arise between you and him, as I could not be a judge of the merits or demerits of the matter and 2ndly that inasmuch as he himself had proposed to you and your council to confer on me honors which I never sought, yet which I highly prize, it would be the height of ingratitude as well as inconsistent with every principle of common honesty and propriety, for me to join him in an effort to lower my own honors by attempting to lower in public estimation the people from whom those honors emanated. He gave of the Herald his commission which I opposed from the very first, and you now see by that paper the sport which that man has made of it. I tell you there is no dependance on the friendship of that Editor when his interest is at issue. I am assured that is going to publish conjointly with on half profit, the exposition against you and your people, which is going to contain a great number of scandalous cuts and plates. But dont be concerned, you will receive no injury whatever from any thing that any man or set of men may say against you. The whole of this muss is only extending your fame and will increase your numbers ten fold. You have nothing to expect from that part of community who are bigotedly attached to the other churches. They have always believed, and still believe every thing said to your disadvantage; and what General is now saying in the papers is nothing more than what was common report before, throughout this whole community, insomuch that I had to contradict it in the Herald under the signature of “Cincinatus”, and even requested the Elders at the Mormon Church to do so long ago. You therefore have lost not a whit of ground by it. I must in charity forbear commenting on the course of in this matter— considering all things, delicacy forbids such a course. There are some things however, I feel very sorely and could wish they had not transpired He and the Herald will make money out of the Book and then the matter will end, as you will find that the Herald will puff it to the skies. The books which I sent you, you will retain in your hands for the present. My respects to your amiable lady and all friends and believe me as ever, tho, not a Mormon, your sincere friend—
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