Letterbook 2

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After these things, and some <other> were said, the Committee refused to consult on the subject. Only the same three attended that were in yesterday— The Chairman observed, they had not expressed any opinion relative to the subject; but observed that his mind was made up in relation to the matter— I think from all I have discovered, Mr. Smith of Indiana will be on the side of justice But how the thing will terminate I cannot tell—
Mr. Crittendon & Mr. Strange are the two absent members of the committee—
Yours in the bonds of love,
.
Joseph Smith. Jr.
Letter from Elias Higbee • 26 February 1840
Feb 26th 1840
Dr. Brother
I am just informed by Gen. Wall, (the chairman of the committee) before whom, or to whom our business is referred, that the decision is against us or in other words unfavorable; that they believe redress can only be had in , the Courts & Legislature— He says they will report this week— I desire to get a copy of it, and also the papers— I feel a conscience void of offence towards God & man in this matter; that I have discharged my duty here— and as I wish not to be on expence, as soon as I can write to ; get my papers; and draw some money to bear my expences I shall bid adieu to this , for, to return to my family and friends— I feell now, as though that we have made our last appeald to all earthly tribunals; that we we should no[w] put our whole trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob— We have a right now which we could not heretofore so fully claim— That is of asking God for redress & redemption; as it they have been refused us by man— Those who have been ordained to do this business—
Jos. Smith Jr. [p. 103]
After these things, and some other were said, the Committee refused to consult on the subject. Only the same three attended that were in yesterday— The Chairman observed, they had not expressed any opinion relative to the subject; but observed that his mind was made up in relation to the matter— I think from all I have discovered, Mr. Smith of Indiana will be on the side of justice But how the thing will terminate I cannot tell—
Mr. Crittendon & Mr. Strange are the two absent members of the committee—
Yours in the bonds of love,
.
Joseph Smith. Jr.
Letter from Elias Higbee • 26 February 1840
Feb 26th 1840
Dr. Brother
I am just informed by Gen. Wall, (the chairman of the committee) before whom, or to whom our business is referred, that the decision is against us or in other words unfavorable; that they believe redress can only be had in , the Courts & Legislature— He says they will report this week— I desire to get a copy of it, and also the papers— I feel a conscience void of offence towards God & man in this matter; that I have discharged my duty here— and as I wish not to be on expence, as soon as I can write to ; get my papers; and draw some money to bear my expences I shall bid adieu to this , , to return to my family and friends— I feell now, that we have made our last appeal to all earthly tribunals; that we we should now put our whole trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob— We have a right now which we could not heretofore so fully claim— That is of asking God for redress & redemption; as they have been refused us by man— Those who have been ordained to do this business—
Jos. Smith Jr. [p. 103]
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