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Letter to Emma Smith, 27 June 1844

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Jail, June 26— <​27th​> 1844,—
20 . Past 6 8. P. A. M.
Dear <​;​>
The continues his courtesies, and permits us to see our friends. We hear this morning that the will not go down with his troops to day <​(to )​> as was anticipated last Evening, but, if he does come down with his troops to day you will be protected,— & I want you to tell to instruct the people to stay at home and attend to their own business<​,​> and let there be no groups or gathering together unless by permission of the they are called together to receive communications from the — which would please our people. but let the direct.— of course, will obey the orders of the government officers, and render them the assistance they require. There is no dangers of any “exterminating order” Should there be a meeting among the troops, (which we do not anticipate, excitment is abating,) a part will remain Loyal, and stand for the defence of the & our rights; There is one principle which is Eternal, it is the duty of all men to protect their lives from every and the lives if their household whenever occasion <​necessity​> requires, and no power has a right to forbidid it.<​,​> when ◊◊◊◊st should the last extreme arrive,— but I anticipate no such extreme,— but caution is the parent of safety.—
Joseph Smith
P. S. Dear ,
I am very much resigned to my lot, knowing I am justified and have done the best that could be done. Give my love to the children [p. 1]
Jail, June 27th 1844,—
20 . Past 8. A. M.
Dear ;
The continues his courtesies, and permits us to see our friends. We hear this morning that the will not go down with his troops to day (to ) as was anticipated last Evening, but, if he does come down with his troops to day you will be protected,— & I want you to tell to instruct the people to stay at home and attend to their own business, and let there be no groups or gathering together unless by permission of the — they are called together to receive communications from the — which would please our people. but let the direct.— of course, will obey the orders of the government officers, and render them the assistance they require. There is no dangers of any “exterminating order” Should there be a meeting among the troops, (which we do not anticipate, excitment is abating,) a part will remain Loyal, and stand for the defence of the & our rights There is one principle which is Eternal, it is the duty of all men to protect their lives and the lives if their household whenever necessity requires, and no power has a right to forbid it, should the last extreme arrive,— but I anticipate no such extreme,— but caution is the parent of safety.—
Joseph Smith
P. S. Dear ,
I am very much resigned to my lot, knowing I am justified and have done the best that could be done. Give my love to the children [p. 1]
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