Letter, John M. Bernhisel to Thomas Ford, 14 June 1844

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, June 14, 1844
To His Excellency ,
Sir,
Though I have not the honor of a personal acquaintance with you, I take the liberty of stating to you, that I arrived here from the city of about a year since, where I was engaged in the practice of medicine for many years, that Gen. [Joseph] Smith’s letter to you of this date has been read in my hearing, that the statements contained therein, in relation to the proceedings of the Municipal Authorities for the removal of the press whence issued a scandalous sheet entitled the “Nauvoo Expositor” are correct, having been an eye and ear witness of them— The whole affair was conducted by the city and his posse in the most quiet and orderly manner, without the least noise, riot or tumult, and when the nuisance was abated they <​immediately​> retired were dismissed— Having been a boarder in Gen. Smith’s family for more than nine months, and having therefore had abundent opportunities of contemplating his character, and observing his conduct, I have concluded to give you a few of my “impressions” of him— Gen. Joseph Smith is naturally a man of strong mental powers, and is possessed of much energy and decision of character, great penetration, and a profound knowledge of human nature— He is a man of calm judgement, [p. [1]] enlarged views, and is eminently distinguished by his love of justice— He is kind and obliging, generous and benevolent, sociable and cheerful, and is possessed of a mind of a contemplative & reflective character; he is honest, frank, fearless, and independent, and as free from dissimulation as any man to be found— But it is in the gentle charities of domestic life, as the tender and affectionate husband & parent, the warm and sympathising friend, that the prominent traits of his character are revealed, and his heart is felt to be keenly alive to the kindest and softest emotions of which human nature is susceptible, and I feel assured that his family and friends formed one of the greatest consolations to him, while the vials of wrath were poured upon his head, while his foots[t]eps were pursued by malice and envy, and reproach and slander were strewed in his path, as well as during numerous and cruel persecutions, and severe and protracted sufferings in chains and loathsome prisons, for worshipping God according to the dictates of his own conscience— He is a true lover of his , and a bright and shining example of integrity and moral excellence in all the relations of life— As a religious teacher as well as a man he greatly beloved by this people— It is almost superfluous to add that the numerous rediculous and scandelous reports in circulation respecting him, have not the least foundation in truth— [p. [2]] In haste I have the honor to be Your ’s
most obedient & humble Servant
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His Excellency &c. &c
Illinois
 
June 14 (44
 
June 14— 1844
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    Docket in handwriting of Willard Richards.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.