Letter from Thomas Ford, 17 December 1842

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Dec 17. 1842
Dear Sir
Your petition requesting me to rescind proclamation and recall the writ issued against you has been received and duly considered. I submitted your case and all the papers relating thereto, to the judges of the Supreme Court, Or at least to six of them who happened to be present. They were unanimous in the opinion that the requesition from was illegal and insufficient to cause your arrest but were equally divided as to the propriety and justice of my interference with the acts of . It being therefore a case of great doubt as to my power and I not wishing ever in an Official Station to assume the exercise of doubtful powers; and in as much as you have a sure and effectual remedy in the Courts, I have decided to decline interfering. I can only advise that you submit to the laws and have a judicial investigation of your rights If it should become necessary, for this purpose to repair to , I do not believe that there will be any disposition to use illegal violence towards you; and I would feel it my duty in your case, as [p. [1]] as in the case of any other person, to protect you with any necessary amount of force from mob violence whilst asserting your rights before the courts, going to and returning
I am most Respectfully Yours
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Gen. Joseph Smith
Dec 17. 1842
Decr. 17. 1842
to Genrl. Joseph Smith [p. [4]]


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