Letter to Noah C. Saxton, 12 February 1833

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of God, and I am quite anxious  to have it all laid before the public for it is  of importance to them, But I have no clame  upon you, neither do I wish to urge you beyond  that which is reasonable to do it. I have only to appeal  to your extended geneorsity to all religious societies  that claim that Christ has come in the flesh  and also tell you what will be the consequen[c]es  of a neglect to publish it— some parts of the  letter were very severe upon the wickedness of  sectarianism— I acknowledge and the truth,  remember is hard and severe against all iniq uity and wickedness, but this is no reason  why it should not be published but the  very reason why it should, It lays the axe  at the root of the tree and I long to see  many of the sturdy oaks which I have long  cumbred the ground fall prostrate. I now  say unto you that if you wish to clear  your garments from the blood of you[r] readers  I exhort you to publish that letter entire  but if not the sin be upon your head—
Accept sir the good wishes and tender  regard of your unworthy servant—
Joseph Smith Jr
12th Feby. 1833 [p. 28]
of God, and I am quite anxious to have it all laid before the public for it is of importance to them, But I have no clame upon you, neither do I wish to urge you beyond that which is reasonable to do it. I have only to appeal to your extended geneorsity to all religious societies that claim that Christ has come in the flesh and also tell you what will be the consequences of a neglect to publish it— some parts of the letter were very severe upon the wickedness of sectarianism— I acknowledge and the truth, remember is hard and severe against all iniquity and wickedness, but this is no reason why it should not be published but the very reason why it should, It lays the axe at the root of the tree and I long to see many of the sturdy oaks which have long cumbred the ground fall prostrate. I now say unto you that if you wish to clear your garments from the blood of your readers I exhort you to publish that letter entire but if not the sin be upon your head—
Accept sir the good wishes and tender regard of your unworthy servant—
Joseph Smith Jr
12th Feby. 1833 [p. 28]
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