Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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P.S. If you do not intend to be in this week would you favor us with your opinions  on this subject &c &c.
Monday Morning
13th May 1839.

Letter to Robert B. Thompson • 25 May 1839

, Hancock Co Ill 25,th May 1839
Dear Sir
In answer to your’s of the 13th Inst. to us concerning  the writings of Col, on the subject of our late sufferings in the State of  ; we wish to say that as to a statement of our persecutions being brought  before the world as a political question, we entirely disapprove of it.
Having however great confidence in ’s good intentions  and considering it to be the indefeisible right of every free man to hold his own opinion  in politics as well as to religion, we will only say that we consider it to be unwise as  it is unfair to charge any one party in politics, or any one sect of religionists with  having been our oppressors, since we do well know that our persecutors in the State of   were of every sect, and of all parties both religious and political: and as   disclaims having spoken evil of any administration save that of  , we presume that it need not be feared that men of sense will now suppose  him wishful to implicate any other.— We consider that in making these remarks  we express the sentiments of the in general as well as our own individually, and  also when we say in conclusion that we feel the fullest confidence, that when the subject  of our wrongs has been fully investigated by the authorities of the , we  shall receive the most perfect justice at their hands; whilst our unfeeling oppressors  shall be brought to condign punishment with the approbation of a free and an enlight ened people without respect to sect or party.
We desire that you may make whatever use you may  think proper of this letter, and remain Your Sincere friends and Brethren.
Joseph Smith Jr
Elder R[obert] B. Thompson.

Letter to George W. Harris • 24 May 1839

Ill, May 24th 1839
Dear Sir
I write you to say that I have selected a Town lot for you  just across the street from my own, and immediately beside yours one for Mr [John] Cleveland [p. 11]
P.S. If you do not intend to be in this week would you favor us with your opinions on this subject &c &c.
Monday Morning
13th May 1839.

Letter to Robert B. Thompson • 25 May 1839

, Hancock Co Ill 25,th May 1839
Dear Sir
In answer to your’s of the 13th Inst. to us concerning the writings of Col, on the subject of our late sufferings in the State of ; we wish to say that as to a statement of our persecutions being brought before the world as a political question, we entirely disapprove of it.
Having however great confidence in ’s good intentions and considering it to be the indefeisible right of every free man to hold his own opinion in politics as well as to religion, we will only say that we consider it to be unwise as it is unfair to charge any one party in politics, or any one sect of religionists with having been our oppressors, since we do well know that our persecutors in the State of were of every sect, and of all parties both religious and political: and as disclaims having spoken evil of any administration save that of , we presume that it need not be feared that men of sense will now suppose him wishful to implicate any other.— We consider that in making these remarks we express the sentiments of the in general as well as our own individually, and also when we say in conclusion that we feel the fullest confidence, that when the subject of our wrongs has been fully investigated by the authorities of the , we shall receive the most perfect justice at their hands; whilst our unfeeling oppressors shall be brought to condign punishment with the approbation of a free and an enlightened people without respect to sect or party.
We desire that you may make whatever use you may think proper of this letter, and remain Your Sincere friends and Brethren.
Joseph Smith Jr
Elder Robert B. Thompson.

Letter to George W. Harris • 24 May 1839

Ill, May 24th 1839
Dear Sir
I write you to say that I have selected a Town lot for you just across the street from my own, and immediately beside yours one for Mr [John] Cleveland [p. 11]
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