Letter, James Arlington Bennet to Willard Richards, 24 October 1842
, Letter, , New Utrecht, Kings Co., NY, to , , Hancock Co., IL, 24 Oct. 1842; handwriting of ; four pages; Willard Richards, Journals and Papers, 1821–1854, CHL. Includes address, postal notation, postal stamp, and docket.
Indians in Florida & then it would end only <in> driving them farther West, even if the troops were called in. It is not easy to conquer a people who are fighting for th[e]ir religion. [blank] You may rely on it that the whole of this noise made by the little cunning Yankee John, from your own dear state my dear , what has given bre[a]th to many a noble fellow whatever mistake she happened to make in produ[ci?]ng him, will do the Mormons no possible harm— It will at first dispose the hart but will in the end add five hundred per cent to your people of her loyal Subjects.
When I have formed a good opinion of a man it required much wisdom to [illegible] it, & I regret that it has been the Case with regard to , but evidence I have what you know nothing of that establishes his Character as of the very worst stamp. Because he was the means of bringing my Name before your people I felt friendly towards him but I have the Motives of his Conduct in his own letter & they are very far from being of the most honorable Kind— He therefore understands that I have Cut his acquaintance. I regret that his name is Bennett, but there is not much in a mans name. I made over to him Ninety Copies of My Book keeping what you have & ten Copies to pay for the times & Seasons & Wasp, with the intention that he might give any portion of them in his own name to benefit the , but with the exception of ten Copies to pay for the paper just mentioned you are at liberty so far as I am conc[er]ned to sell them for the . [p. ]