Letter from John C. Bennett, 8 March 1842

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store the label, unbind the bird, and let  her tower unfettered in the air—then will  the nation have repose, and the present  minions of power hide their faces in the  dust. Many of ’s noble sons de test her acts of cruelty and crime, and  gladly would they wipe them from the  escutcheon of her fame, and will; yes,  they will lend a helping hand—and all  must help, for the time is at hand,—and  if man, rebellious, cowardly, faltering  man, will not do the work, the thunderings  of Sinai will wind up the scene—the blood  of the murdered Mormons cries aloud for  help, and the restoration of the inherit ances of the saints; and God has heard  the cry—and if the moral battle must be  fought, and the victory won, he who an swers by fire will cause sword and flame  to do their office, and again make the  Constitution and the Laws paramount to  every other consideration—and I swear  by the Lord God of Israel, that the sword  shall not depart from my thigh, nor the  buckler from my arm, until the trust is  consummated, and the hydra-headed, fiery  dragon slain. This done, the proud south ron will no longer boast of ill-gotten gain,  or wash his hands in the blood of the in nocent, or immure the freemen of the   within ’s sullied,  poisoned, deathly prison walls. Let us  always take refuge under the broad folds  of the Constitution and the Laws, and  fear no danger, for the day of vengence  will assuredly come when the Omnipo tent hand of the Great God will effect the  restitution of the trophies of the brigand  victories of , and again place the  saints on high.
Yours, Respectfully,
.
General Joseph Smith. [p. 725]
store the label, unbind the bird, and let her tower unfettered in the air—then will the nation have repose, and the present minions of power hide their faces in the dust. Many of ’s noble sons detest her acts of cruelty and crime, and gladly would they wipe them from the escutcheon of her fame, and will; yes, they will lend a helping hand—and all must help, for the time is at hand,—and if man, rebellious, cowardly, faltering man, will not do the work, the thunderings of Sinai will wind up the scene—the blood of the murdered Mormons cries aloud for help, and the restoration of the inheritances of the saints; and God has heard the cry—and if the moral battle must be fought, and the victory won, he who answers by fire will cause sword and flame to do their office, and again make the Constitution and the Laws paramount to every other consideration—and I swear by the Lord God of Israel, that the sword shall not depart from my thigh, nor the buckler from my arm, until the trust is consummated, and the hydra-headed, fiery dragon slain. This done, the proud southron will no longer boast of ill-gotten gain, or wash his hands in the blood of the innocent, or immure the freemen of the within ’s sullied, poisoned, deathly prison walls. Let us always take refuge under the broad folds of the Constitution and the Laws, and fear no danger, for the day of vengence will assuredly come when the Omnipotent hand of the Great God will effect the restitution of the trophies of the brigand victories of , and again place the saints on high.
Yours, Respectfully,
.
General Joseph Smith. [p. 725]
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