Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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as such. I wish also to say through you, to your people, that Isaac Van Allen Esqr  the Attorney General of is a personal, and tried friend of mine, and  I feel fully authorised from a conversation which I have had with him on the subject,  to say, that I can assure you of his utmost endeavours to protect you from insult or  violence. I will here repeat what I have already wrote to Mr Barlow, that  I do believe, that under a Territorial form of government which is directly connected  with the general government of the , your Church will be better  secured against the capriciousness of public opinion, than under a State govern ment where murder, ravin, and robbery are admirable treats in the Character  of a demagogue: and where the greatest villains often reach the highest offices.
I have wrote to Governor Lucas on the subject, and when I receive his  answer I will communicate it to your Church. I desire very much to know  how your Captive brethren in are faring.— I should like to know  if Joseph Smith Jr is at liberty, or not, and what his prospects are. I shall  be at , our County Seat, during the fore part of next week, and soon  after that (perhaps the next week following) I expect to go to , I. T.  when I expect to see the Governor and converse with him on the subject. I will  probably be at home from the 6th untill the 12th of March— I shall be pleased to see  you or any of your people at my house at any time when you can make it  Convenient. It is now necessary that something definite should be done in rela tion to renting farms, as the season for commencing such operations is fast  approaching us. A Mr Whitney a merchant in is owner or proprie tor of several farms in this vicinity, and it might be well to see him on the subject.
I wish to serve your cause in any matter which  providence may afford me the opportunity of doing, And I therefore request that  you feel no hesitancy, or reluctance in communicating to me your wishes, at all  times, and on any subject. I should be much gratified if it could be convenient  for , or some one or more of the leading members of your Church to spend  some time with me in travelling through the tract, and in hearing and learning the  <state of the> public mind, and feelings of the community in relation to the location of the  Church. I feel that I am assuming a very great responsibility in this under taking, and I wish to be governed by the dictates of wisdom, and discretion, while  at the same time I am aware that we are often disposed to view things as we  would wish to have them, rather than as they really are: And our great anxiety  to accomplish an object, may sometimes diminish the obstacles below their real  measure. The little knowledge which I have as yet of the doctrines, order or  practice of the church, leaves me under the necessity of acting in all this matter as [p. 2]
as such. I wish also to say through you, to your people, that Isaac Van Allen Esqr the Attorney General of is a personal, and tried friend of mine, and I feel fully authorised from a conversation which I have had with him on the subject, to say, that I can assure you of his utmost endeavours to protect you from insult or violence. I will here repeat what I have already wrote to Mr Barlow, that I do believe, that under a Territorial form of government which is directly connected with the general government of the , your Church will be better secured against the capriciousness of public opinion, than under a State government where murder, ravin, and robbery are admirable treats in the Character of a demagogue: and where the greatest villains often reach the highest offices.
I have wrote to Governor Lucas on the subject, and when I receive his answer I will communicate it to your Church. I desire very much to know how your Captive brethren in are faring.— I should like to know if Joseph Smith Jr is at liberty, or not, and what his prospects are. I shall be at , our County Seat, during the fore part of next week, and soon after that (perhaps the next week following) I expect to go to , I. T. when I expect to see the Governor and converse with him on the subject. I will probably be at home from the 6th untill the 12th of March— I shall be pleased to see you or any of your people at my house at any time when you can make it Convenient. It is now necessary that something definite should be done in relation to renting farms, as the season for commencing such operations is fast approaching us. A Mr Whitney a merchant in is owner or proprietor of several farms in this vicinity, and it might be well to see him on the subject.
I wish to serve your cause in any matter which providence may afford me the opportunity of doing, And I therefore request that you feel no hesitancy, or reluctance in communicating to me your wishes, at all times, and on any subject. I should be much gratified if it could be convenient for , or some one or more of the leading members of your Church to spend some time with me in travelling through the tract, and in hearing and learning the state of the public mind, and feelings of the community in relation to the location of the Church. I feel that I am assuming a very great responsibility in this undertaking, and I wish to be governed by the dictates of wisdom, and discretion, while at the same time I am aware that we are often disposed to view things as we would wish to have them, rather than as they really are: And our great anxiety to accomplish an object, may sometimes diminish the obstacles below their real measure. The little knowledge which I have as yet of the doctrines, order or practice of the church, leaves me under the necessity of acting in all this matter as [p. 2]
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