Letter to Justin Butterfield, 18 March 1843

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Joseph Smith To , March 19 1843
March 18th. 1843
Esqr—
Dr Sir.—
Your letter of the 3d ultimo twas received after the rapid Journey of one month, I. E. it has just arrived. So The information it has containd was is satisfactory but a new subject having recently arisen. I propose to dispat[c]h a messenger to you on the morrow, with this, the mails are so tardy.— , (whom you well know, has been reported as the author of <of the outrage on> — last year, & myself as instigator) has been <was> taken <on the 6th inst> and lodged in jail at Missisour— and on the next day— took his departure for , according to the letter of R. S. Blennenhassett [Richard S. Blennerhassett]. Esqr of Dated; March 7. Just receved, <in this place —> stating that had called on him for council, & he had advised according to the nature of the case & the information in his possession, that he had written to the , demanding protection of the Laws for , agist [against] personal violence &c.— & proposing in his letter to promise a change of venue to from to some adjoining county, & waiting for instruction from his friends &c.— Mr Blennerhasset has been informed that the it is wished by s friend that he should take such measures as will secure the personal safety of the prisoner and defer trial until such time as preperation can be made by the collection of affidavits & the presence of the attorney— for the Discrt [District] of , an or of <Gen> , of — (one or both.) are prese[n]t, of is in possession of some important testimony <& appears, he says, to destroy will be important in Rockwells.—> necessary to be joined with what can be obtained here— <in defence of > to destroy the testimony of who will [be] the principel witness against & if possible— shall endeavire to have him attend the trial with yourself— for I wish you to defend friend , & J will be responsible for your compensation.— is innocent, & must be defended.—
Having the facts before you in my case, you [p. [1]]
Joseph Smith To , March 19 1843
March 18th. 1843
Esqr—
Dr Sir.—
Your letter of the 3d ultimo was received after the rapid Journey of one month, I. E. it has just arrived. The information it containd is satisfactory but a new subject having recently arisen. I propose to dispatch a messenger to you on the morrow, with this, the mails are so tardy.— , (who you well know, has been reported as the author of the outrage on — last year, & myself as instigator) was taken on the 6th inst and lodged in jail at Missisour— and the next day— took his departure for , according to the letter of R. S. Blennenhassett [Richard S. Blennerhassett]. Esqr of — Dated; March 7. Just receved, in this — stating that had called on him for council, & he had advised according to the nature of the case & the information in his possession, that he had written to the , demanding protection of the Laws for , agist [against] personal violence &c.— & proposing in his letter to promise a change of venue from to some adjoining county, & waiting for instruction from his friends &c.— Mr Blennerhasset has been informed that it is wished by s friend that he should take such measures as will secure the personal safety of the prisoner and defer trial until such time as preperation can be made by the collection of affidavits & the presence of the attorney— for the Discrt [District] of , or of Gen , of — (one or both.) are present, of is in possession of some important testimony & appears, he says, to destroy will be .— necessary to be joined with what can be obtained here— in defence of possible— shall endeavire to have him attend the trial with yourself— for I wish you to defend friend , & J will be responsible for your compensation.— is innocent, & must be defended.—
Having the facts before you in my case, you [p. [1]]
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