Journal, December 1841–December 1842

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to pronounce him innocent.
With sentiments of high regard and esteem
Your Obt. servant
Mrs.
13 September 1842 • Tuesday
Tuesday 13th. At home all day. This day effected <affected> a settlement with Mr
14 September 1842 • Wednesday
Wednesday 14th. At home. of gave president Joseph a Deed for one half of the Land and property he owned in amounting to many thousand dollars. Had consultation with Esqr— In the P.M. received the following letter from Genl.
Sepr 1— 1842
Lieut. Gen. Smith
Dr Sir,— s letter to Mrs 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 peoples passions and prejudices are so strongly enlisted against you and under such a state of things how easy it would be to subern [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 cohersed 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 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 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 alight, (and a little more so) as I do any other sect. In fact I am a Philosophical Christian [p. 203]
to pronounce him innocent.
With sentiments of high regard and esteem
Your Obt. servant
Mrs.
13 September 1842 • Tuesday
Tuesday 13th. At home all day. This day affected a settlement with Mr
14 September 1842 • Wednesday
Wednesday 14th. At home. of gave president Joseph a Deed for one half of the Land and property he owned in amounting to many thousand dollars. Had consultation with Esqr— In the P.M. received the following letter from Genl.
Sepr 1— 1842
Lieut. Gen. Smith
Dr Sir,— s letter to Mrs 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 peoples passions and prejudices are so strongly enlisted against you and under such a state of things how easy it would be to subern [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 cohersed 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 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 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 alight, (and a little more so) as I do any other sect. In fact I am a Philosophical Christian [p. 203]
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