Letter from John Cleminson, between 1 and 15 May 1842

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May 1842
Brother Joseph
Must not expect from me a very learned epistle but what I have to say shall at least have truth and sincerity to recommend it. You might have concluded after our brief interview the other day that I had some disclosures to make of an important character but this is not the case. I choose this method of speaking my feelings to you relative to my own case, because it is much easier for me to do it by writing than otherwise. In my former letter to you. I gave a relation of the circumstances in a brief manner and exactly as they transpired that gave rise to my testimony at I therefore consider that it would be unnecessary to repeat them here. I say now as I have said two or three times already that I am sorry that I have been in any wise instrumental in bringing down trouble on you or any other of the Presidency. It grieves me to reflect that I should have occasioned you any trouble when you were suffering so much at the hand of your foes and also at the hand of some who had been your friends. I do not wonder at your harsh dealing toward those who have been your friends and afterwards turn to be enemies when you most need there friendship. I hate ingratitude whereever it makes its appearance whether in myself or others I have never sought occasion against you notwithstanding it has been my misfortune to be found in the list of those arrayed against you However I have received a pretty good cudgeling. my character, has been torn to pieces and I represented as one of the worst of men, some of this harsh treatment I have deserved some I have not. I am accused of being in partnership with old Johnson [p. [1]]
May 1842
Brother Joseph
Must not expect from me a very learned epistle but what I have to say shall at least have truth and sincerity to recommend it. You might have concluded after our brief interview the other day that I had some disclosures to make of an important character but this is not the case. I choose this method of speaking my feelings to you relative to my own case, because it is much easier for me to do it by writing than otherwise. In my former letter to you. I gave a relation of the circumstances in a brief manner and exactly as they transpired that gave rise to my testimony at I therefore consider that it would be unnecessary to repeat them here. I say now as I have said two or three times already that I am sorry that I have been in any wise instrumental in bringing down trouble on you or any other of the Presidency. It grieves me to reflect that I should have occasioned you any trouble when you were suffering so much at the hand of your foes and also at the hand of some who had been your friends. I do not wonder at your harsh dealing toward those who have been your friends and afterwards turn to be enemies when you most need there friendship. I hate ingratitude whereever it makes its appearance whether in myself or others I have never sought occasion against you notwithstanding it has been my misfortune to be found in the list of those arrayed against you However I have received a pretty good cudgeling. my character, has been torn to pieces and I represented as one of the worst of men, some of this harsh treatment I have deserved some I have not. I am accused of being in partnership with old Johnson [p. [1]]
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