Letter to James Arlington Bennet, 13 November 1843

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the wicked and principled, as a matter of course, would sieze the opportunity, to flintify the heart of the nation against <​me​> for dabbling at a sly game in politics; verily, I say, when I leave <​the​> dignity and honor of heaven, to gratify the ambition and vanity of man or men, may my power cease, like the Strenth of Samsan, when he was shorn of his locks while asleep in the lap of Delilah. Truly said the Savior, Cast not your your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you.
Shall I, who have witnessed the visions etof eternity; and beheld the glories of the mansions of bliss; and the regions and misery of the damned; shall I turn <​to a​> ◊◊a Judas? Shall I, who have heard the voice of God, and communed with angels; and spake as moved by the Holy Ghost for the renewal of the everlasting covenant, and for the gathering of Israel in the last days; Shall I worm myself into a political hypocrite? Shall I, who hold the keys of the last kingdom, in which is the dispensation of the fulness of all things spoken by the mouth of all the <​holy​> prophets since the world began; under the authority <​sealing power​> of the Melchizedek priesthood; shall I stoop from the sublime authority of Almighty God, to be handled as a monkey’s cat’s paw,— and pettify myself into a clown to act the farce of political demagoguery? No, no <​verily​>; no! The whole earth shall bear me witness that I <​like the towering Rock, in the midst of the ocean, which has withstood the mighty surges of the warring waves, for centuries, am impregnable,​> <​and​> am a faithful friend to virtue, and a fearless <​foe​> to vice; no odds whether the former was sold as a pearl in Asia, or hid as a gem in ; and the latter dazzles in palaces or glimmers among the tombs.
I combat the errors of ages; and <​I​> meet the violence of mobs; and <​I​> cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I and cut the Gordian knot of powers; and I solve mathematical problems of Universities; with truth, diamond truth, and God is my "right hand man.” [p. [4a]]
the wicked and principled, as a matter of course, would sieze the opportunity, to flintify the heart of the nation against me for dabbling at a sly game in politics; verily, I say, when I leave the dignity and honor of heaven, to gratify the ambition and vanity of man or men, may my power cease, like the Strenth of Samsan, when he was shorn of his locks while asleep in the lap of Delilah. Truly said the Savior, Cast not your your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you.
Shall I, who have witnessed the visions of eternity; and beheld the glories of the mansions of bliss; and the regions and misery of the damned; shall I turn to a a Judas? Shall I, who have heard the voice of God, and communed with angels; and spake as moved by the Holy Ghost for the renewal of the everlasting covenant, and for the gathering of Israel in the last days; Shall I worm myself into a political hypocrite? Shall I, who hold the keys of the last kingdom, in which is the dispensation of the fulness of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began; under the sealing power of the Melchizedek priesthood; shall I stoop from the sublime authority of Almighty God, to be handled as a monkey’s cat’s paw,— and pettify myself into a clown to act the farce of political demagoguery? No, verily; no! The whole earth shall bear me witness that I like the towering Rock, in the midst of the ocean, which has withstood the mighty surges of the warring waves, for centuries, am impregnable, and am a faithful friend to virtue, and a fearless foe to vice; no odds whether the former was sold as a pearl in Asia, or hid as a gem in ; and the latter dazzles in palaces or glimmers among the tombs.
I combat the errors of ages; I meet the violence of mobs; I cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I cut the Gordian knot of powers; and I solve mathematical problems of Universities; with truth, diamond truth, and God is my "right hand man.” [p. [4a]]
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