Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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P.S. I know of no reason why the Wasp was not continued to be sent to me.  I dont like the name. Mildness should characterise every thing that comes  from and even a name as Paley says in his Ethics has much in fluence on one side or the other. My respects to your brother its Editor.  I would just say that , appeared to me to be in very  low spirits. And I find that many communications intended for you  from me, has never reached you. Those Books were made over to on the presumption that he would in his own name present them  for the benifit of the
In consequence of president Joseph not having the foregoing with him  he concluded to write his answer tomorrow. He however wrote—or  rather dictated a long Epistle to the Saints which he ordered to be read  next Sabbath and which will be recorded under that date.
In the P.M. brothers & came to visit him again. They  conversed upon the present persecution &c president Joseph in his discourse  to brothers and shewed the many great interpositions of  the Almighty in his behalf not only during the present trouble, but  more especially during the persecution in &c. The remarks  drop[p]ed on this occasion was truly encouraging and calculated to increase  the confidence of those present.

8 September 1842 • Thursday

Thursday 8th. This A.M president Joseph dictated the following letter to Gen. as before stated— The letter is as follows.—
September 8th. 1842
Dear Sir—
I have just received your very consoling letter dated August  16th. 1842; which I think, is the first letter you ever addressed to me; in which  you speak of the arrival of Dr. , and of his person very respectfully.  In this I rejoice; for I am as warm a friend to as he possibly  can be to me: And in relation to his almost making a Mormon of yourself,  it puts me in mind of the saying of Paul in his reply to Agrippa, Acts ch. 26th  v. 29th, “I would to God that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day;  were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.” And  I will here remark, my dear Sir; that Mormonism is the pure  doctrine of Jesus Christ; of which I myself, am not asham’d.
You speak also of , President of the Church in , in high terms: and of of . These men  I am acquainted with by information; and it warms my heart, to  know that you speak well of them; and as you say, could be willing  to associate with them forever, if you never joined their church, or acknowle dged their faith. This is a good principle; for when we see virtuous qualities  in men, we should always acknowledge them, let their understanding be  what it may in relation to creeds and doctrine; for all men are, or ought to  be free; possessing unalienable rights, and the high, and noble  qualifications of the laws of nature and of self-preservation; to think, and act,  and say as they please; while they maintain a due respect to the rights  and privileges of all other creatures; infringing upon none. This [p. 192]
P.S. I know of no reason why the Wasp was not continued to be sent to me. I dont like the name. Mildness should characterise every thing that comes from and even a name as Paley says in his Ethics has much influence on one side or the other. My respects to your brother its Editor. I would just say that , appeared to me to be in very low spirits. And I find that many communications intended for you from me, has never reached you. Those Books were made over to on the presumption that he would in his own name present them for the benifit of the
In consequence of president Joseph not having the foregoing with him he concluded to write his answer tomorrow. He however wrote—or rather dictated a long Epistle to the Saints which he ordered to be read next Sabbath and which will be recorded under that date.
In the P.M. brothers & came to visit him again. They conversed upon the present persecution &c president Joseph in his discourse to brothers and shewed the many great interpositions of the Almighty in his behalf not only during the present trouble, but more especially during the persecution in &c. The remarks dropped on this occasion was truly encouraging and calculated to increase the confidence of those present.

8 September 1842 • Thursday

Thursday 8th. This A.M president Joseph dictated the following letter to Gen. as before stated— The letter is as follows.—
September 8th. 1842
Dear Sir—
I have just received your very consoling letter dated August 16th. 1842; which I think, is the first letter you ever addressed to me; in which you speak of the arrival of Dr. , and of his person very respectfully. In this I rejoice; for I am as warm a friend to as he possibly can be to me: And in relation to his almost making a Mormon of yourself, it puts me in mind of the saying of Paul in his reply to Agrippa, Acts ch. 26th v. 29th, “I would to God that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day; were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.” And I will here remark, my dear Sir; that Mormonism is the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ; of which I myself, am not asham’d.
You speak also of , President of the Church in , in high terms: and of of . These men I am acquainted with by information; and it warms my heart, to know that you speak well of them; and as you say, could be willing to associate with them forever, if you never joined their church, or acknowledged their faith. This is a good principle; for when we see virtuous qualities in men, we should always acknowledge them, let their understanding be what it may in relation to creeds and doctrine; for all men are, or ought to be free; possessing unalienable rights, and the high, and noble qualifications of the laws of nature and of self-preservation; to think, and act, and say as they please; while they maintain a due respect to the rights and privileges of all other creatures; infringing upon none. This [p. 192]
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