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Letter from James Arlington Bennet, 20 February 1843

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must have officers far superior to him at . Well peace be to his Manes— Let him go. His own conscience if he has any will be a sufficient punishm[en]t. I understand that the Book so far as sales & profit are concerned has been a total failure. I should prefer a wide Circulati[o]n as the Book could hardly have been better for your cause <​yourselves​> if you had directed it yourself. The secret wife system is not believed to exist & the rest of the Book is recommendation. Go a head my dear Sir, the way is now clear. I may join you myself before I die. Surely the system of Religion cannot be bad that reforms bad men & makes them good members of Society & good Christians & this we know to be the result of your Teachings.
You will see by the Herald that continues to make sport of you. He mixes Mormonish up with all the isms and I have had hard work to restrain him from such base behavior, notwithstanding the honors you have so indiscreetly heaped upon him. There never was a greater disgrace cast on a Major General of character, than to appoint this same his Aid-de-Camp. A man that is totally without the least particle of moral principle, who has been whipped, kicked, spit upon & who is held by most all men of charactr in the greatest detestation. A person without the smallest manly property to resist an insult, without destitute of every kind of military knowlege and the degree of LL.D. if it has been granted him at all disgrases your University as he has not the smallest Scientific allowment to predicate it on. Even when tried by a jury for one offence his counsel must warn the Jury not to Convict him for any other offence but to act on the merits of the case before them.
The cause of this mans abuse of “ expose” was not from any friendly feeling to you but to be revenged of s conduct in breaking the bargain for publishing the work on half halves what was made in my presence & what I advised you of at the time. And his sole object in publishing your Articles from the Times & Seasons, was as he assured me [p. [2]]
must have officers far superior to him at . Well peace be to his Manes— Let him go. His own conscience if he has any will be a sufficient punishment. I understand that the Book so far as sales & profit are concerned has been a total failure. I should prefer a wide Circulation as the Book could hardly have been better for yourselves if you had directed it yourself. The secret wife system is not believed to exist & the rest of the Book is recommendation. Go a head my dear Sir, the way is now clear. I may join you myself before I die. Surely the system of Religion cannot be bad that reforms bad men & makes them good members of Society & good Christians & this we know to be the result of your Teachings.
You will see by the Herald that continues to make sport of you. He mixes Mormonish up with all the isms and I have had hard work to restrain him from such base behavior, notwithstanding the honors you have so indiscreetly heaped upon him. There never was a greater disgrace cast on a Major General of character, than to appoint this same his Aid-de-Camp. A man that is totally without the least particle of moral principle, who has been whipped, kicked, spit upon & who is held by most all men of charactr in the greatest detestation. A person without the smallest manly property to resist an insult, destitute of every kind of military knowlege and the degree of LL.D. if it has been granted him at all disgrases your University as he has not the smallest Scientific allowment to predicate it on. Even when tried by a jury for one offence his counsel must warn the Jury not to Convict him for any other offence but to act on the merits of the case before them.
The cause of this mans abuse of “ expose” was not from any friendly feeling to you but to be revenged of s conduct in breaking the bargain for publishing the work on halves what was made in my presence & what I advised you of at the time. And his sole object in publishing your Articles from the Times & Seasons, was as he assured me [p. [2]]
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