Appendix 1: Letter to Oliver Cowdery and Others, circa 17 June 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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regard for righteousness you dreded. and not only you but your wives and children led by yourselves were busily engaged in it. Neither were you contented with slandering and vilifying here: but you kept up continual correspondance with your gang of Marauders in incourageing them to go on with their inequity which they did to perfection by smearing falsely to injure the character and property of innocent men—cheating stealing, lying, and instituting vexatious Law Suits, selling bogus money, and also stones and sand for bogus money, in which nefarious business you and were engaged while at . Since your arrival here you have commenced a general system of the same kind of conduct in this place you got up a nasty dirty pettifoggers office pretending to be judges of the law when it is a notorious fact that you are profoundly ignorant of it, and of every other thing calculated to do mankind good or if you know it you take good care never to practice it. And in order to bring yourselves into notice you began to interfere with all the business of the place trying to distroy the character of our merchants and bring their creditors upon them and break them up. In addition to this you steared up men of weak minds to prosecute one another, for the vile purpose of geting a fee for a pettifogger from them. You have been also been threatening continually to enter into a general system of prosecuting—determined as you said to peck a flaw in the titles of those who have purchased city lots and built upon them not that you can do any thing but cause vexatious [p. [6]]
regard for righteousness you dreded. and not only you but your wives and children led by yourselves were busily engaged in it. Neither were you contented with slandering and vilifying here: but you kept up continual correspondance with your gang of Marauders in incourageing them to go on with their inequity which they did to perfection by smearing falsely to injure the character and property of innocent men—cheating stealing, lying, and instituting vexatious Law Suits, selling bogus money, and also stones and sand for bogus , in which nefarious business you and were engaged while at . Since your arrival here you have commenced a general system of the same kind of conduct in this place you got up a nasty dirty pettifoggers office pretending to be judges of the law when it is a notorious fact that you are profoundly ignorant of it, and of every other thing calculated to do mankind good or if you know it you take good care never to practice it. And in order to bring yourselves into notice you began to interfere with all the business of the place trying to distroy the character of our merchants and bring their creditors upon them and break them up. In addition to this you steared up men of weak minds to prosecute one another, for the vile purpose of geting a fee for a pettifogger from them. You have also been threatening continually to enter into a general system of prosecuting—determined as you said to peck a flaw in the titles of those who have purchased city lots and built upon them not that you can do any thing but cause vexatious [p. [6]]
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