Letter from James Arlington Bennet, 16 August 1842

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Augt. 16th. 1842
Dear Sir. Your polite & friendly note was handed to me a few days since by Dr. , who I must say is a very fine specimen of the Mormon people if they are all like him, and indeed I think him a very excellent representative of yourself, as I find he is your most devoted admirer & true diciple. He spent two days with me & from his arguments & extremely mild & gentlemanly demeanor almost made me a Mormon.
You have another representative here, (who spent a day with me some time since), of the Name of , who is I think President of the Church in & most unquestionably is a most excellent & good man & would be so if he were Turk, Jew or Saint. He is Ab initio a good man & to you a most true enthusiastic & devoted disiple. He has no guile. [John M. Bernhisel] of too, is a most excellent man & true Christian. These are men with whom I could associate with forever even if I never joined their Church or acknowledged their faith.
Gen. called on me last Friday & spent just two hours when he left as he said for the Eastern States. Being aware that was here he had very little to say. <​This letter is strictly Confidential as regards the Bennetts.​> [p. 1]
Augt. 16th. 1842
Dear Sir. Your polite & friendly note was handed to me a few days since by Dr. , who I must say is a very fine specimen of the Mormon people if they are all like him, and indeed I think him a very excellent representative of yourself, as I find he is your most devoted admirer & true diciple. He spent two days with me & from his arguments & extremely mild & gentlemanly demeanor almost made me a Mormon.
You have another representative here, (who spent a day with me some time since), of the Name of , who is I think President of the Church in & most unquestionably a most excellent & good man & would be so if he were Turk, Jew or Saint. He is Ab initio a good man & to you a most true enthusiastic & devoted disiple. He has no guile. [John M. Bernhisel] of too, is a most excellent man & true Christian. These are men with whom I could associate forever even if I never joined their Church or acknowledged their faith.
Gen. called on me last Friday & spent just two hours when he left as he said for the Eastern States. Being aware that was here he had very little to say. This letter is strictly Confidential as regards the Bennetts. [p. 1]
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