Letter to James Arlington Bennet, 30 June 1842

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June 30th. 1842
Genl. Esqr
Dr Sir / Permit me to introduce to your kindness and attention, Dr , my private secretary, and General Business Agent. Any attention or favors conferred upon him, I shall esteem in the same degree as though conferred upon myself.
We have been under the necessity of publishing the character and conduct; of our major General Dr , a circumstance which has been to us truly unpleasant; but his conduct whilst amongst us at , and up to the present time, has been such as to make it a matter of duty, which I consider we owe to the public generally, and could not be dispensed with. As is conversant with all the facts relative to his case, it would be superfluous to state them in this brief communication. Any information you may desire on the subject; or concerning the Legion, the prog[r]ess of the , prospects of business, or any other matter he will cheerfully give, and to greater satisfaction than could be done with pen.
I should be highly pleased if you should see proper to open a correspondence with me as soon as convenient; and also to receive a visit from you whenever circumstances shall render it consistent.
You will please accept of my kind thanks for the several instances of remembrance from your pen, both as poetic effusions, and in defence of the glorious principles of truth, and I pray my heavenly Father that his spirit may continue to rest upon you forever.
I am Sir.— Yours resp[ectfull]y
Joseph Smith
Genl. Esqr [p. [1]]
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L. I. [Long Island]
New York
<​From the Prophet at Illinois.​>
<​Aug. 6th. left the 8 1842​> [p. [4]]


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    Notation in handwriting of Willard Richards.  

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    Endorsement in handwriting of James Arlington Bennet. These dates may refer to when Richards stayed with Bennet, although in a letter Richards wrote to JS on 9 August, he indicated that he arrived at Arlington House on Friday, 5 August. (Letter from Willard Richards, 9 Aug. 1842.)