Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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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 dishonor able, both of which qualities are strangers to my nature. Nevertheless  by leaving him as he is I can still be your friend, for be assured that  nothing I have yet seen from his pen has in the least altered my  opinion of you. I will well know what allowance to make in such cases.
and [Origen] Bachelor are now delivering lectures in against you and your doctrines and asserted practises at .   told me this forenoon that the seats have been torn to  pieces out of his church in Canal St, and that the congregation had  to move to another place. I intimated to you in my last that  of the Herald was about to publish conjointly with the Dr his Book of  Exposures but since have learned that it is about to come out in  . He expects to make a fortune out of it, and I presume he  needs it, but I feel sure that it will only make converts to the  Mormon faith. He has borrowed largely from Com. Morris’ lacivious  Poems.
A general Order signed by ; Agt. [Adjutant] General and authorised  by you has appeared in the Herald, ordering me to repair to  to take command of the Legion, and to bring with me Brig. Gen.  , which states that if the requisition be persisted in  blood must be shed. I have assured of the Herald that  I deem it a hoax but he insists upon it that it is genuine.  My reply to it has appeared to day in that paper. I have there  stated that I have written to for instructions, this is  not so, it is only a rub. On the whole you will only be made a  greater Prophet and a greater man a great Emperor by the affliction  and consideration of your good friends. My respects with those of  Mrs B. to your lady
I am Dr Sir your sincere friend.
[This is a broken underline.].[”]
This letter was placed in the hands of Genl who  immediately wrote a refutation of the clause concerning himself  to , and also one for the Wasp. The general order  was not wrote by neither had he a knowledge of its existence  untill shown to him in the letter. It is evidently got up by our  enemies to increase excitement and anger, and is barely another  addition to the many slanderous reports put in circulation by evil  and designing men. [p. 204]
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, for be assured that nothing I have yet seen from his pen has in the least altered my opinion of you. I well know what allowance to make in such cases.
and Origen Bachelor are now delivering lectures in against you and your doctrines and asserted practises at . told me this forenoon that the seats have been torn to pieces out of his church in Canal St, and that the congregation had to move to another place. I intimated to you in my last that of the Herald was about to publish conjointly with the Dr his Book of Exposures but since have learned that it is about to come out in . He expects to make a fortune out of it, and I presume he needs it, but I feel sure that it will only make converts to the Mormon faith. He has borrowed largely from Com. Morris’ lacivious Poems.
A general Order signed by ; Agt. [Adjutant] General and authorised by you has appeared in the Herald, ordering me to repair to to take command of the Legion, and to bring with me Brig. Gen. , which states that if the requisition be persisted in blood must be shed. I have assured of the Herald that I deem it a hoax but he insists upon it that it is genuine. My reply to it has appeared to day in that paper. I have there stated that I have written to for instructions, this is not so, it is only a rub. On the whole you will only be made a greater Prophet and a greater man a great Emperor by the affliction and consideration of your good friends. My respects with those of Mrs B. to your lady
I am Dr Sir your sincere friend.
[This is a broken underline.].”
This letter was placed in the hands of Genl who immediately wrote a refutation of the clause concerning himself to , and also one for the Wasp. The general order was not wrote by neither had he a knowledge of its existence untill shown to him in the letter. It is evidently got up by our enemies to increase excitement and anger, and is barely another addition to the many slanderous reports put in circulation by evil and designing men. [p. 204]
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