History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​March 20.​> right out in favor of a bank and a tariff; taking the true Whig ground; and ought to be regarded as the real Whig Candidate for President, until can so far recover from his shuffling and dodging, as to declare his sentiments like a man. At present we can form no opinion of ’s principles, except as they are professed by his friends in these parts. himself has adopted the notion which was once entertained by an eminent grammarian; who denied that language was intended as a means to express one’s ideas; but insisted that it was invented on purpose to aid us in concealing them.”
The Democrat, publishes:—
“A new Candidate in the Field.
We see from the Neighbor that Gen. Joseph Smith, the great Mormon prophet, has become a Candidate for the next Presidency. We do not know whether he intends to submit his claims to the National Convention or not; but judging from the language of his own Organ, we conclude that he considers himself a full team for all of them.
All that we have to say on this point, is that if superior talent, genius, and intelligence combined with virtue, integrity and enlarged views, are any guarantee to General Smith’s being elected, we think that he will be a “full team of himself.” [HC 6:268]
The “ Republican believes, that it will be death to , and all agree that it must be injurious to the Democratic ranks, inasmuch as it will throw the Mormon vote out of the field.”
A Traveller having visited for a few days wrote to the Times and Seasons:
: Before I take my departure, permit me to express my views relative to the leading men of your , where I have been these few days.
I have been conversant with the great men of the age, and last of all, I feel that I have met with the greatest, in the presence of your esteemed prophet, Gen. Joseph Smith. From many reports, I had reason to believe him a bigoted religionist, as ignorant of politics as the savages; but to my utter astonishment, on the short acquaintance, I have found him as familiar in the cabinet of nations, as with his Bible; and in the knowledge of that book, I have not met with his equal in Europe or . Although if I should beg leave to differ with him in some items of faith; his nobleness of soul will not permit him to take offence at me, No Sir, I find him open, frank and generous, as willing others should enjoy their opinions, as to enjoy his own.
The General appears perfectly at home on every subject: and his familiarity with many languages affords him ample means to become informed concerning all nations and principles, which his familiar and dignified deportment towards all, must secure to his interest the affections of every intelligent and virtuous man that may chance to fall in his way; [p. 1934]
March 20. right out in favor of a bank and a tariff; taking the true Whig ground; and ought to be regarded as the real Whig Candidate for President, until can so far recover from his shuffling and dodging, as to declare his sentiments like a man. At present we can form no opinion of ’s principles, except as they are professed by his friends in these parts. himself has adopted the notion which was once entertained by an eminent grammarian; who denied that language was intended as a means to express one’s ideas; but insisted that it was invented on purpose to aid us in concealing them.”
The Democrat, publishes:—
“A new Candidate in the Field.
We see from the Neighbor that Gen. Joseph Smith, the great Mormon prophet, has become a Candidate for the next Presidency. We do not know whether he intends to submit his claims to the National Convention or not; but judging from the language of his own Organ, we conclude that he considers himself a full team for all of them.
All that we have to say on this point, is that if superior talent, genius, and intelligence combined with virtue, integrity and enlarged views, are any guarantee to General Smith’s being elected, we think that he will be a “full team of himself.” [HC 6:268]
The “ Republican believes, that it will be death to , and all agree that it must be injurious to the Democratic ranks, inasmuch as it will throw the Mormon vote out of the field.”
A Traveller having visited for a few days wrote to the Times and Seasons:
: Before I take my departure, permit me to express my views relative to the leading men of your , where I have been these few days.
I have been conversant with the great men of the age, and last of all, I feel that I have met with the greatest, in the presence of your esteemed prophet, Gen. Joseph Smith. From many reports, I had reason to believe him a bigoted religionist, as ignorant of politics as the savages; but to my utter astonishment, on the short acquaintance, I have found him as familiar in the cabinet of nations, as with his Bible; and in the knowledge of that book, I have not met with his equal in Europe or . Although if I should beg leave to differ with him in some items of faith; his nobleness of soul will not permit him to take offence at me, No Sir, I find him open, frank and generous, as willing others should enjoy their opinions, as to enjoy his own.
The General appears perfectly at home on every subject: and his familiarity with many languages affords him ample means to become informed concerning all nations and principles, which his familiar and dignified deportment towards all, must secure to his interest the affections of every intelligent and virtuous man that may chance to fall in his way; [p. 1934]
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