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Letter from Thomas Carlin, 27 July 1842

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persons to excite the least apprehensions of danger or injury, and whilst I should consider it my imptive imperative duty to promptly take measures, to suppress and repel, any invasion by violence, of the peoples rights, I nevertheless think that it is not my province to interpose my official authority gratuitously where no such exigency exists.
From the late disclosures, as made by it is not strange, that <​the​> apprehensions of the Citizens of are excited, but so far as I can learn, from the expression of public opinion the excitement is confined to the Mormons them selves, and only extends to the community at large as a matter of curiosity, and wonder.
very respectfully your obt. servt.
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persons to excite the least apprehensions of danger or injury, and whilst I should consider it my imperative duty to promptly take measures, to suppress and repel, any invasion by violence, of the peoples rights, I nevertheless think that it is not my province to interpose my official authority gratuitously where no such exigency exists.
From the late disclosures, as made by it is not strange, that the apprehensions of the Citizens of are excited, but so far as I can learn, from the expression of public opinion the excitement is confined to the Mormons them selves, and only extends to the community at large as a matter of curiosity, and wonder.
very respectfully your obt. servt.
Genl. Joseph Smith jr. [10 lines blank] [p. [2]]
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