Letter to James Arlington Bennet, 8 September 1842

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all the churches. I must be excused therefore for any wrongs that may have taken place, in relation to this matter. And so far as I obtain a knowledge of that which is right, shall meet with my hearty approval. I feel to tender you my most hearty & sincere thanks for every expression of kindness you have tendered toward me or my brethren, and would beg the privilege of obtruding myself a little while upon your patience in offering a short relation of my circumstances. I am at this time persecuted the worst of any man on the earth; as well as this people, here in this place; and all our sacred rights, are trampled under the feet of the mob. I am now hunted as an hart by the mob, under the pretense, or shadow of law, to cover their abominable deeds. An unhallowed demand has been made from the Governor of on oath of , that I made an attempt to assassinate him, on the night of the sixth of May, when on that day <​and on the seventh​> it is well known <​that I was attending the officers drill and answered to my name when the roll was called​> by the thousands that assembled here in , that I was at my post in reviewing the in the presence of twelve thousand people; and the Gov. of the State of <​notwithstanding his being​> knowing to all these facts, <​yet he​> immediately granted a writ, and by an unhallowed usurption, has taken away our chartered rights, and denied the right of Habeus Corpus; and <​I am informed​> has now about thirty of the most blood-thirsty kind of men <​from now on their way to​> in this place in search for me, threatening death, and destruction, and extermination upon all the Mormons; and searching my house almost continually from day to day, menacing, and threatening, [p. 4]
all the churches. I must be excused therefore for any wrongs that may have taken place, in relation to this matter. And so far as I obtain a knowledge of that which is right, shall meet with my hearty approval. I feel to tender you my most hearty & sincere thanks for every expression of kindness you have tendered toward me or my brethren, and would beg the privilege of obtruding myself a little while upon your patience in offering a short relation of my circumstances. I am at this time persecuted the worst of any man on the earth; as well as this people, here in this place; and all our sacred rights, are trampled under the feet of the mob. I am now hunted as an hart by the mob, under the pretense, or shadow of law, to cover their abominable deeds. An unhallowed demand has been made from the Governor of on oath of , that I made an attempt to assassinate him, on the night of the sixth of May, when on that day and on the seventh it is well known I was attending the officers drill and answered to my name when the roll was called by the thousands that assembled here in , that I was at my post in reviewing the in the presence of twelve thousand people; and the Gov. of the State of notwithstanding his being knowing to all these facts, yet he immediately granted a writ, and by an unhallowed usurption, has taken away our chartered rights, and denied the right of Habeus Corpus; and I am informed has now about thirty of the most blood-thirsty kind of men now on their way to this place in search for me, threatening death, and destruction, and extermination upon all the Mormons; and searching my house almost continually from day to day, menacing, and threatening, [p. 4]
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