Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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proceedings may be before you in due season
It can be proven by hundreds of  witnesses that he is one of the basest of liars that his whole routine of proceed ings whilst amongst us has been of the basest kind.
He also stated here that  he had resigned his commission as Major General to the weither this  be true or not I have no knowledge. I wish to be informed on the subject that  we may know how to act in relation to the Legion.
A short time ago I was told  by a friend of mine (not a member of the Church) that some of the Missourians  were conspiring to come up to and Kidnap me, and not doubting but  that it might be true I consulted with upon the most proper course  to be pursued. We concluded to write to you on the subject, and I requested him  to do so. I understand he has wrote to you but I know not in what mann er, and I should be very much pleased if you would write to me on reciept  of this giving me the contents of his communication.
I have also heard that  yourself has entertained of late very unfavourable feelings towards us as a  People, and espicially so with reguard to myself and that you have said I  ought to be shot &c. If this be true I should be pleased to know from your  self the reason of such hostile feelings, for I know of no cause which can  possibly exist that might produce such feelings in your breast.
It is rumoured and strong evidence exists that and  and have posted Bills in calling upon the people  to hold meetings and have themselves in readiness at a moments warning to  assemble and come here and mob us out of the place and try to kidnap me  we know not as to the truth of this report but we have conversed with some  transient persons who had the report from a Gentleman who lately came from  there and had seen those hand Bills posted in
In case of a Mob  coming upon us I wish to be informed by the what will be the  best course for us to pursue, and how he wished us to act in reguard  to this matter
Joseph Smith Leu. General
Nauvoo Legion [p. 235]
proceedings may be before you in due season
It can be proven by hundreds of witnesses that he is one of the basest of liars that his whole routine of proceedings whilst amongst us has been of the basest kind.
He also stated here that he had resigned his commission as Major General to the weither this be true or not I have no knowledge. I wish to be informed on the subject that we may know how to act in relation to the Legion.
A short time ago I was told by a friend of mine (not a member of the Church) that some of the Missourians were conspiring to come up to and Kidnap me, and not doubting but that it might be true I consulted with upon the most proper course to be pursued. We concluded to write to you on the subject, and I requested him to do so. I understand he has wrote to you but I know not in what manner, and I should be very much pleased if you would write to me on reciept of this giving me the contents of his communication.
I have also heard that yourself has entertained of late very unfavourable feelings towards us as a People, and espicially so with reguard to myself and that you have said I ought to be shot &c. If this be true I should be pleased to know from your self the reason of such hostile feelings, for I know of no cause which can possibly exist that might produce such feelings in your breast.
It is rumoured and strong evidence exists that and and have posted Bills in calling upon the people to hold meetings and have themselves in readiness at a moments warning to assemble and come here and mob us out of the place and try to kidnap me we know not as to the truth of this report but we have conversed with some transient persons who had the report from a Gentleman who lately came from there and had seen those hand Bills posted in
In case of a Mob coming upon us I wish to be informed by the what will be the best course for us to pursue, and how he wished us to act in reguard to this matter
Joseph Smith Leu. General
Nauvoo Legion [p. 235]
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