Letter from James Arlington Bennet, 16 August 1842

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But dont be concerned, you will recieve no injury whatever from any thing that any man or set of men may Lay against you. The whole of this muss is only extending you[r] fame & will increase your numbers ten fold. You have nothing to expect from that part of the community who are bigot<​ed​>ly attached to the other churches. They have always believed & still believe every thing said to you[r] disadvantage and what Gen. is now saying in the papers is nothi[n]g more than what was common report before throughout this whole community insomuch that I had to contradict it in the Herald under the Signature of “Cincinatusand even requested the Elders at the Mormon Chur[c]h to do so long ago. you therefore have lost not a whit of ground by it. I must in charity forbear commenting on the course of in this matter— Considering all things, delicacy forbids such a course— There are some things, however, I feel very sorely & could wish they had not transpired. He & the Herald will make mony out of the Book & then the matter will end, as you will find that the Herald will puff it to the skies. The books which I sent you, you will retain in you[r] hands for the present. My repects to your Amiable & all friends & believe me as ever, tho’ not a Mormon, you[r] sincere friend—
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But dont be concerned, you will recieve no injury whatever from any thing that any man or set of men may Lay against you. The whole of this muss is only extending your fame & will increase your numbers ten fold. You have nothing to expect from that part of the community who are bigotedly attached to the other churches. They have always believed & still believe every thing said to your disadvantage and what Gen. is now saying in the papers is nothing more than what was common report before throughout this whole community insomuch that I had to contradict it in the Herald under the Signature of “Cincinatus” and even requested the Elders at the Mormon Church to do so long ago. you therefore have lost not a whit of ground by it. I must in charity forbear commenting on the course of in this matter— Considering all things, delicacy forbids such a course— There are some things, however, I feel very sorely & could wish they had not transpired. He & the Herald will make mony out of the Book & then the matter will end, as you will find that the Herald will puff it to the skies. The books which I sent you, you will retain in your hands for the present. My repects to your Amiable & all friends & believe me as ever, tho’ not a Mormon, your sincere friend—
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