Letterbook 2

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shall be wanting to give you satisfaction & liquidate your claims, but  for a little season you are aware that all proceedings are staid, but I will  seek the earliest moment to acquaint you with anything new on this  matter
I remain Sir with sentiments of  Respect your friend & well wisher
Joseph Smith
pr clerk

Letter to Thomas Carlin • 24 June 1842

Copy of a Letter to
Governor of the State of
June 24th. 1842
Governor of the State of .
Dr. Sir
It becomes my duty to lay before  you some facts relative to the conduct of our Major General :  which have been proven beyond the possibility of dispute, and which he himself  has admitted to be true, in my presence.
It is evident that his general character  is that of an adulterer of the worst kind, and although he has a wife and  Children living, circumstances which have transpired in , have  proven to a demonstration that he cares not whose character is disgraced whose  honor is destroyed nor who suffers so that his lustful appetite may be gratified  and further he cares not how many, nor how abominable the falsehood he has to  make use of to accomplish his wicked purposes, even should it be that he brings  disgrace upon a whole community.
Some time ago, it having been reported to me  that some of the most aggravating cases of adultery had been committed upon  some previously respectable females in our , I took proper measures to ascertain  the truth of the report, and was soon enabled to bring sufficient witnesses before  proper Authority to establish the following facts, More than twelve months ago   went to a Lady in the and began to teach her that promiscuous  intercourse between the sexes was lawful and no harm in it, and requested  the privilege of gratifying his passions but she refused in the strongest terms say ing that it was very wrong to do so, and it would bring a disgrace on the Church  Finding this argument ineffectual he told her that men in higher standing in  the church than himself not only sanctioned but practised the same deeds, and in  order to finish the controversy said and affirmed that I both taught and acted in [p. 233]
shall be wanting to give you satisfaction & liquidate your claims, but for a little season you are aware that all proceedings are staid, but I will seek the earliest moment to acquaint you with anything new on this matter
I remain Sir with sentiments of Respect your friend & well wisher
Joseph Smith
pr clerk

Letter to Thomas Carlin • 24 June 1842

Copy of a Letter to
Governor of the State of
June 24th. 1842
Governor of the State of .
Dr. Sir
It becomes my duty to lay before you some facts relative to the conduct of our Major General : which have been proven beyond the possibility of dispute, and which he himself has admitted to be true, in my presence.
It is evident that his general character is that of an adulterer of the worst kind, and although he has a wife and Children living, circumstances which have transpired in , have proven to a demonstration that he cares not whose character is disgraced whose honor is destroyed nor who suffers so that his lustful appetite may be gratified and further he cares not how many, nor how abominable the falsehood he has to make use of to accomplish his wicked purposes, even should it be that he brings disgrace upon a whole community.
Some time ago, it having been reported to me that some of the most aggravating cases of adultery had been committed upon some previously respectable females in our , I took proper measures to ascertain the truth of the report, and was soon enabled to bring sufficient witnesses before proper Authority to establish the following facts, More than twelve months ago went to a Lady in the and began to teach her that promiscuous intercourse between the sexes was lawful and no harm in it, and requested the privilege of gratifying his passions but she refused in the strongest terms saying that it was very wrong to do so, and it would bring a disgrace on the Church Finding this argument ineffectual he told her that men in higher standing in the church than himself not only sanctioned but practised the same deeds, and in order to finish the controversy said and affirmed that I both taught and acted in [p. 233]
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