Journal, December 1842–June 1844; Book 3, 15 July 1843–29 February 1844

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evening. Joseph. . . & were in Josephs prayed that s father might live & rec[e]ive the gospel & our families beli[e]ve & rejoice & be saved.
Copy of the letter refered to on the previous page
Ill. aug 18. 1843.—
Dear sir—
yours of the 15th in[s]t was rec[e]ived but not in time to answer it by return mail “You say that a Mr on board of the Steam Boat Anawawan a short time since was told by an offic[e]r of the Boat— That a Mr Prentice in the vicinity of . said that some person in high standing. in the church of Latter Day Saints in this place () had an intervew with you (me) said he would use all the influence <​that​> his circumstances would admit of. to have Joseph Smith arrested, and deliverd into the hands of the Missourians &c. This intervew is said to have taken place at the time the first warrant was issued against Smith. and that since the last warrant was issued. that the same person had written to you (me) or had an intervi[e]w with you giving the same assurances It has been publicly said in this town that I () was the person who had this intervew or intervews. & correspondence with you.[”] Now. Sir. it gives me pleasure to be perfitly [perfectly] able to disabuse you. I have not seen you to my recollection. nor had any correspondenc[e] with you. until the present. since 1839. and in all the intercourse I have had with you. I have always looked upon you as one of the most devotd followe[r]s of Joseph Smith. and one of the pillars of the Church of the Latter Days Saints.— I never sought th[r]ough the aid of any person to entrap Joseph Smith. A faithful discharge of my official duties. was all that I attempted or desir[e]d. very respetfuly [respectfully] your obt Sevt.
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evening. Joseph. . . & were in Josephs prayed that s father might live & receive the gospel & our families believe & rejoice & be saved.
Copy of the letter refered to on the previous page
Ill. aug 18. 1843.—
Dear sir—
yours of the 15th inst was received but not in time to answer it by return mail “You say that a Mr on board of the Steam Boat Anawawan a short time since was told by an officer of the Boat— That a Mr Prentice in the vicinity of . said that some person in high standing. in the church of Latter Day Saints in this place () had an intervew with you (me) said he would use all the influence that his circumstances would admit of. to have Joseph Smith arrested, and deliverd into the hands of the Missourians &c. This intervew is said to have taken place at the time the first warrant was issued against Smith. and that since the last warrant was issued. that the same person had written to you (me) or had an interview with you giving the same assurances It has been publicly said in this town that I () was the person who had this intervew or intervews. & correspondence with you.” Now. Sir. it gives me pleasure to be perfitly [perfectly] able to disabuse you. I have not seen you to my recollection. nor had any correspondence with you. until the present. since 1839. and in all the intercourse I have had with you. I have always looked upon you as one of the most devotd followers of Joseph Smith. and one of the pillars of the Church of the Latter Days Saints.— I never sought through the aid of any person to entrap Joseph Smith. A faithful discharge of my official duties. was all that I attempted or desired. very respetfuly respectfully your obt Sevt.
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