Letter from Willard Richards, 9 August 1842

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as any <​other​> but does not conceive it would make him a better man to Join any. If he Joins any party with his present views, it would be to do them good, to defend the oppressed, for he hates persecution with a perfect hatred, one of the fundamental principles of his religion is, that man should never take the life of an animal to gratify his appetite, but live on vegetables.— & would Joseph make this a starting point in his creed he would join his church.— He is open frank in all his communications, wished to be rememberd to the p[r]ophet Joseph, would be happy to receive a letter of his own dictation, signed by his own hand;— believes the mormon Empire to be not of the west alone; but eventually to overrun the world.— and although it is no honor to a man now to be a Mormon General, (I. E. in this region) yet he accepts the appointment with the same good feelings it was inten[ded] by the Legion & is ready to repair to the his command when occasion requires, & being an experienced engineer is ready to superintend the creation of fortifications &c.— & suggests the appointment of. George Clinton Beekman (grandson of Governor Geo. Clinton, Vice President of the United States) as his aid-de-camp, with the title of Col— if it meet the approbation of the Legion. (Mr Beekman is of Flatbush Long Island,) from the representation of the I would thing think the appointme[n]t a Judicious one,— I think the would also have nominated another. gentleman, to be attached to his staff as Surgeon, had it not been a matter of delicacy, & I think an expression on your part to him on this point would be very kindly received. from my acquanttnce [acquaintance] with I feel confident he would nominate no one, but those of high order. &— [p. [3]]
as any other but does not conceive it would make him a better man to Join any. If he Joins any party with his present views, it would be to do them good, to defend the oppressed, for he hates persecution with a perfect hatred, one of the fundamental principles of his religion is, that man should never take the life of an animal to gratify his appetite, but live on vegetables.— & would Joseph make this a starting point in his creed he would join his church.— He is open frank in all his communications, wished to be rememberd to the prophet Joseph, would be happy to receive a letter of his own dictation, signed by his own hand;— believes the mormon Empire to be not of the west alone; but eventually to overrun the world.— and although it is no honor to a man now to be a Mormon General, (I. E. in this region) yet he accepts the appointment with the same good feelings it was intended by the Legion & is ready to repair to his command when occasion requires, & being an experienced engineer is ready to superintend the creation of fortifications &c.— & suggests the appointment of. George Clinton Beekman (grandson of Governor Geo. Clinton, Vice President of the United States) as his aid-de-camp, with the title of Col— if it meet the approbation of the Legion. (Mr Beekman is of Flatbush Long Island,) from the representation of the I would think the appointment a Judicious one,— I think the would also have nominated another. gentleman, to be attached to his staff as Surgeon, had it not been a matter of delicacy, & I think an expression on your part to him on this point would be very kindly received. from my acquanttnce [acquaintance] with I feel confident he would nominate no one, but those of high order. &— [p. [3]]
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