Letter from B. F. Withers, 28 December 1841

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Natchez Mi Dec 28th. 1841
Majr. Genl. Jos. Smith
Dr Sir,
As the agent of a large and  respectable secret association of Gentlmen asso ciated together for the purpose of [blank] I  am required to ask of you first, whether or not the  Mormons would not prefer building their  in a better and a richer country than you now oc cupy, and where you would not only remain free  from molestation, but would in a short time in  all probability become the rulers of the Land
Secondly— whether or not the officers & privates  of the Nauvoo Legion would unite with our associ ation in an expedition which if successful wou ld secure to all engaged honor & wealth, and  whose united strength we believe cannot fail of  success— I feel that although an entire stranger  to you the importance of the subject matter of this let ter is a sufficient apology for my sending it, and  as it is written in good faith and for the mutual ben efit of both parties I trust it will be answered punctually  and candidly— should you be disposed to form the proposed  alliance, on rec’t of your answer our expedition and plans  so far as matured, together with our strength which exceeds  yours shall be fully made known to you— in conclusion per mit me to express the high regard and esteem I have  for yourself—
respectfully— yr obt st
B. F. Withers [p. [1]]
Natchez Mi Dec 28th. 1841
Majr. Genl. Jos. Smith
Dr Sir,
As the agent of a large and respectable secret association of Gentlmen associated together for the purpose of [blank] I am required to ask of you first, whether or not the Mormons would not prefer building their in a better and a richer country than you now occupy, and where you would not only remain free from molestation, but would in a short time in all probability become the rulers of the Land
Secondly— whether or not the officers & privates of the Nauvoo Legion would unite with our association in an expedition which if successful would secure to all engaged honor & wealth, and whose united strength we believe cannot fail of success— I feel that although an entire stranger to you the importance of the subject matter of this letter is a sufficient apology for my sending it, and as it is written in good faith and for the mutual benefit of both parties I trust it will be answered punctually and candidly— should you be disposed to form the proposed alliance, on rec’t of your answer our expedition and plans so far as matured, together with our strength which exceeds yours shall be fully made known to you— in conclusion permit me to express the high regard and esteem I have for yourself—
respectfully— yr obt st
B. F. Withers [p. [1]]
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