Letter from Aldrich & Chittenden, 28 July 1842

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July 28th 1842
To Genl. Joseph Smith
Dear Sir; Your letter of the 24th inst by , came to hand yesterday— It has afforded us an opportunity to treat with curtesy the bearer and his Suite, which we embraced with real Satisfaction to ourselves—
The object of the visit of & her fair Companions would have been accomplished, if it had been even doubly delicate & difficult. They were in earnest, favorably received, attentively heard, and kindly dismissed at their audience with the — One disclosure made by the on this occasion, is conclusive on the exciting subject of a demand by the of — that is this— a nolle prosequi has been entered in the Cases of Indictment against yourself & associates in — the effect of which is to place you beyond the power of executive influence on either side the , in those old cases— the murder is the only remaining point of difficulty, & interests every other man, so far as any evidenced as yet disclosed can determine, as much as yourself. A certificate from the Clk of the Circuit Court, showing the attendance of Genl. as a Juror during the May term of said Court, will we think set this difficulty at rest also. The here has promised us to write to the of and transmit this evidence to counteract any effect which ’s array of proofs, might be calculated to produce—
Now as to the authority and disposition of , to delegate the power of resistance to and protection [p. [1]]
July 28th 1842
To Genl. Joseph Smith
Dear Sir; Your letter of the 24th inst by , came to hand yesterday— It has afforded us an opportunity to treat with curtesy the bearer and his Suite, which we embraced with real Satisfaction to ourselves—
The object of the visit of & her fair Companions would have been accomplished, if it had been even doubly delicate & difficult. They were in earnest, favorably received, attentively heard, and kindly dismissed at their audience with the — One disclosure made by the on this occasion, is conclusive on the exciting subject of a demand by the of — that is this— a nolle prosequi has been entered in the Cases of Indictment against yourself & associates in — the effect of which is to place you beyond the power of executive influence on either side the , in those old cases— the murder is the only remaining point of difficulty, & interests every other man, so far as any evidenced as yet disclosed can determine, as much as yourself. A certificate from the Clk of the Circuit Court, showing the attendance of Genl. as a Juror during the May term of said Court, will we think set this difficulty at rest also. The here has promised us to write to the of and transmit this evidence to counteract any effect which ’s array of proofs, might be calculated to produce—
Now as to the authority and disposition of , to delegate the power of resistance to and protection [p. [1]]
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