Letterbook 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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many have received the book as a revelation from God  I have resided in the vicinity of the Smiths ever since the  work commenced in , which is between two and three  years and have been personally acquainted with all the  family; but sir I must confess that the story respecting  the woman Conceiving by the holy ghost is something which  never saluted my ears untill I read it in your letter
Dear Sir I believe in giving  to all people their just dues and if I do justice to  this people Called Mormonites I must say they have  been shamefully traduced— reports have been put into  Circulation— respecting them which I am confident  never had any foundation in truth The Mormonites  seem to mind their own business and worship God—  in the midst of much persecution, they prophecy  Considerable. Speak in unknown tongues, an[d] also  interpret, the sick are <have been> healed by them &c and from  what I have seen and heard I am about pursua ded to call them the people of God— But Sir  if I had been residing in a distant Land and  heard all the evil reports which wicked men and  the Devil could put in Circulation I presume I  should not be so believing as I am but I have  lived among them and know their faith and  practice and I cannot say that I know of any  thing reprehensible
Your Sincerely

Letter to John S. Carter • 13 April 1833

13th April 1833
Dear your Letter to is just put into  my hand and I have carefully purrused its contents and  imbrace this oppertunity to answer it we proceed to answer  your questions first concerning your labour in the region where  you live we acqu[i]esce in your feelings on this subject until the  the mouth of the Lord shall name and as it respects the  vision you speak of we do not consider ourselves bound [p. 29]
many have received the book as a revelation from God I have resided in the vicinity of the Smiths ever since the work commenced in , which is between two and three years and have been personally acquainted with all the family; but sir I must confess that the story respecting the woman Conceiving by the holy ghost is something which never saluted my ears untill I read it in your letter
Dear Sir I believe in giving to all people their just dues and if I do justice to this people Called Mormonites I must say they have been shamefully traduced— reports have been put into Circulation— respecting them which I am confident never had any foundation in truth The Mormonites seem to mind their own business and worship God— in the midst of much persecution, they prophecy Considerable. Speak in unknown tongues, and also interpret, the sick have been healed by them &c and from what I have seen and heard I am about pursuaded to call them the people of God— But Sir if I had been residing in a distant Land and heard all the evil reports which wicked men and the Devil could put in Circulation I presume I should not be so believing as I am but I have lived among them and know their faith and practice and I cannot say that I know of any thing reprehensible
Your Sincerely

Letter to John S. Carter • 13 April 1833

13th April 1833
Dear your Letter to is just put into my hand and I have carefully purrused its contents and imbrace this oppertunity to answer it we proceed to answer your questions first concerning your labour in the region where you live we acquiesce in your feelings on this subject until the the mouth of the Lord shall name and as it respects the vision you speak of we do not consider ourselves bound [p. 29]
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