History Draft [1 March–31 December 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 14​> At noon stopt at the house of Mr. [blank] McMahon <​a notorious anti mormon​> at Green Plains, and waited some time for Mac to come in, Joseph & spent this time <​in conversation​> on the grass plot. South of Mac’s <​the​> house, Joseph asked my opinon of as an Editor, I told him that I considered the sixth part of an Editor, that was, the Satyrist, when it came to the cool discretion necessary<​ly​> to be intrusted to an Editor in the control of public opinion, the soothing of enmity, he was deficient, and would always make more enemies than friends, but for my part if I were able I would be willing to pay for editing a paper Provided nobody else should have the privilege of reading it but <​myself.​> Joseph laughed heartily, said I had the thing just right, says he, makes such a severe use of language as to make enemies all the time: at the close of the conversation, Joseph wrapped his arms round me and squeezed me to his bosom, and said, I love you as I do my own life; I felt so affected I could hardly speak, but replied, I hope bro. Joseph that my whole life and actions will ever prove my feelings and affection towards you.
<​To come in page Book D​>
May 14 At noon stopt at the house of Mr. [blank] McMahon a notorious anti mormon at Green Plains, and waited some time for Mac to come in, Joseph & spent this time in conversation on the grass plot. South of the house, Joseph asked my opinon of as an Editor, I told him that I considered the sixth part of an Editor, that was, the Satyrist, when it came to the cool discretion necessaryly intrusted to an Editor in the control of public opinion, the soothing of enmity, he was deficient, and would always make more enemies than friends, but for my part if I were able I would be willing to pay for editing a paper Provided nobody else should have the privilege of reading it but myself. Joseph laughed heartily, said I had the thing just right, says he, makes such a severe use of language as to make enemies all the time: at the close of the conversation, Joseph wrapped his arms round me and squeezed me to his bosom, and said, I love you as I do my own life; I felt so affected I could hardly speak, but replied, I hope bro. Joseph that my whole life and actions will ever prove my feelings and affection towards you.
To come in page Book D
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