Letter to John C. Calhoun, 4 November 1843

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Correspondence of General Joseph Smith, and Hon ——
<​Copy​>
, Ill, Nov 4th 1843.
Hon .
Dear Sir,
As we understand that you are a candidate for the Presidency at the ensueing election; And as the Latter Day Saints (sometimes called Mormons, who now constitute a numerous class in the school politic of this vast republic,) have been robbed of an immense amount of property, and endured nameless sufferings by the State of , and from her borders have been driven by force of arms, contrary to our National Covenants; and as in vain we have sought redress by all Constitutional, Legal and honorable means, in her courts, here [her] Executive <​Councils​>, and her Legislative Halls: and as we have petitioned Congress to take cognizance of our sufferings without effect; We have judged it wisdom to address you this communication, and solicit an immediate, specific and candid reply to What will be your rule of action relative to us, as a people, should fortune favor your ascension to the Chief Magistracy.?
Most Respectfully, Sir— Your Friend, And the friend of peace, good order, And constitutional Rights,
Joseph Smith, In behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Hon ,
Fort Hill,
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Correspondence of General Joseph Smith, and Hon ——
Copy
, Ill, Nov 4th 1843.
Hon .
Dear Sir,
As we understand that you are a candidate for the Presidency at the ensueing election; And as the Latter Day Saints (sometimes called Mormons, who now constitute a numerous class in the school politic of this vast republic,) have been robbed of an immense amount of property, and endured nameless sufferings by the State of , and from her borders have been driven by force of arms, contrary to our National Covenants; and as in vain we have sought redress by all Constitutional, Legal and honorable means, in her courts, here [her] Executive Councils, and her Legislative Halls: and as we have petitioned Congress to take cognizance of our sufferings without effect; We have judged it wisdom to address you this communication, and solicit an immediate, specific and candid reply to What will be your rule of action relative to us, as a people, should fortune favor your ascension to the Chief Magistracy.?
Most Respectfully, Sir— Your Friend, And the friend of peace, good order, And constitutional Rights,
Joseph Smith, In behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Hon ,
Fort Hill,
S. C: [p. 1]
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