Letter from James Arlington Bennet, 16 August 1842

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He however proposed to me to aid him, whether serious or not, in arranging materials for publishing “an exposition of Mormon Secrets & practices”— which I preemptorily refused,— On two grounds. 1th. That I had nothing to do with any quarrel that might arise between you & him as I could not be a judge of the Merits or demerits of the matter— and— 2ly That inasmuch as he himself had proposed to you & your council to confer on me honors which I never sought, yet which I highly prize, it would be the height of ing[r]atitude in me as well as inconsistent with every principle of common honesty & proprity for me to join him in an effort to lower my own honors by attempting to lower in public estimati[o]n the people from whom those honors emenated. He gave of the Herald his commission which I opposed from the very first & you now see by that paper the Sport which that man has made of it. I tell you there is no dependance on the friendship of that when his interest is at issue— I am assured that is going to publish conjointly with on half profit the exposition against you & you[r] people, which is going to contain a great number of scandalous cuts & plates. [p. [2]]
He however proposed to me to aid him, whether serious or not, in arranging materials for publishing “an exposition of Mormon Secrets & practices”— which I preemptorily refused,— On two grounds. 1th. That I had nothing to do with any quarrel that might arise between you & him as I could not be a judge of the Merits or demerits of the matter— and— 2ly That inasmuch as he himself had proposed to you & your council to confer on me honors which I never sought, yet which I highly prize, it would be the height of ingratitude as well as inconsistent with every principle of common honesty & proprity for me to join him in an effort to lower my own honors by attempting to lower in public estimation the people from whom those honors emenated. He gave of the Herald his commission which I opposed from the very first & you now see by that paper the Sport which that man has made of it. I tell you there is no dependance on the friendship of that when his interest is at issue— I am assured that is going to publish conjointly with on half profit the exposition against you & your people, which is going to contain a great number of scandalous cuts & plates. [p. [2]]
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