Journal, March–September 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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a line from you at any time will be thankfully  Received through the mail or otherwise
I expect is on the buisness which I have  named to you in this, We have consulted on this  buisness by others——

Letter to John Whitmer • 9 April 1838

Letter Sent to in consequence  of witholding the records of the church in the  city of when called for by the Clerk &c
April 9th 1838
Mr
Sir. We were desireous of  honouring you by giving publicity to your  notes on the history of the , after such corrections as we thaught  would be necessary; knowing your incom petency as a historian, and that your writ ings coming from your pen, could not be  put to the press, without our correcting  them, or elce the Church must suffer rep roach; Indeed Sir, we never supposed you  capable of writing a history; but were willing  to let it come out under your name notwith standing it would realy not be yours but  ours. We are still willing to honour you,  if you can be made to know your own interest  and give up your notes, so that they can be corr ected, and made fit for the press. But if not, we  have all the materials for another, which we  shall commence this week to write
your humble Servents
AttestJoseph Smith Jr
Clerk of the whole
Church of Latterday Saints
N.B. * over— [p. 28]
a line from you at any time will be thankfully Received through the mail or otherwise
I expect is on the buisness which I have named to you in this, We have consulted on this buisness by others——

Letter to John Whitmer • 9 April 1838

Letter Sent to in consequence of witholding the records of the church in the city of when called for by the Clerk &c
April 9th 1838
Mr
Sir. We were desireous of honouring you by giving publicity to your notes on the history of the , after such corrections as we thaught would be necessary; knowing your incompetency as a historian, and that your writings coming from your pen, could not be put to the press, without our correcting them, or elce the Church must suffer reproach; Indeed Sir, we never supposed you capable of writing a history; but were willing to let it come out under your name notwithstanding it would realy not be yours but ours. We are still willing to honour you, if you can be made to know your own interest and give up your notes, so that they can be corrected, and made fit for the press. But if not, we have all the materials for another, which we shall commence this week to write
your humble Servents
AttestJoseph Smith Jr
Clerk of the whole
Church of Latterday Saints
N.B. * over— [p. 28]
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