Journal, December 1841–December 1842

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to excite the least appearance of danger or injury, [and] whilst I should consider it my imperative duty to promptly take measures [to] suppress and repell any invasion by violence of the peoples rights, I nevertheless think that it is not my province to interpose my official authority gratuitously where no such exigency exists— From the late disclosures as made by it is not strange that the citzens aprehension of the cit[i]zens of are excited, but so far as I can learn from the expression of public opinion, the excitement is confined to to the Mormons them selves, and only extends to the community at large as a matter of curiosity and wonder,
very respectfully your obedient servent
General Joseph Smith jr
Head Quarters of Legion
August 16th 1842
Beloved Brother and friend those few lines which I recieved from you writen on the 15th was to me like apples of Gold in pictures of Silver, I rejoice with exceding greate Joy to be associated in the high and responcible stations which wee hold whose mind and feelings and heart is so congenial with my own, I love that soul that is so nobly entabernacled in that clay of yours, may God Allmighty grant that it may be satiated with seeing a fullfilment of evry virtuous and manly desire that you possess, may wee be able to triumph Gloriously over those who seek our destruction and overthrow which I believe weee shall, the news you wrote me was more favorable than that which was communicated by the Brethren, they seamed a little agitated for my safety, and advised me for the but I succeded admirably calming all their fears, but nevertheless as I said in my former letter I was willing to exile myselfe for months and years if it would be for the safety and wellfare of the people, and I do not know but it would be as well for me to take a trip to the pine countries and remain untill arrangements can be made for my most perfect safety when I returned, these are there fore to confer with you on this subject as I want to have a concert of action in evry thing I do, if I knew that they would oppress me alone and let the rest of you dwell peac[e]ably and quietly, I think it would be the wisest plan to absent myself for a little season, if by that means wee could prevent the profusion [of] Blood,— Pleas write and give me your views <​mind​> on this <​that​> subject and all other information that has come to hand to day, and what are the signs of the times,— I have no news for I am where I cannot get any news <​much​> all is quiet and peacible around I [p. 170]
to excite the least appearance of danger or injury, and whilst I should consider it my imperative duty to promptly take measures [to] suppress and repell any invasion by violence of the peoples rights, I nevertheless think that it is not my province to interpose my official authority gratuitously where no such exigency exists— From the late disclosures as made by it is not strange that the aprehension of the citizens of are excited, but so far as I can learn from the expression of public opinion, the excitement is confined to to the Mormons them selves, and only extends to the community at large as a matter of curiosity and wonder,
very respectfully your obedient servent
General Joseph Smith jr
Head Quarters of Legion
August 16th 1842
Beloved Brother and friend those few lines which I recieved from you writen on the 15th was to me like apples of Gold in pictures of Silver, I rejoice with exceding greate Joy to be associated in the high and responcible stations which wee hold whose mind and feelings and heart is so congenial with my own, I love that soul that is so nobly entabernacled in that clay of yours, may God Allmighty grant that it may be satiated with seeing a fullfilment of evry virtuous and manly desire that you possess, may wee be able to triumph Gloriously over those who seek our destruction and overthrow which I believe weee shall, the news you wrote me was more favorable than that which was communicated by the Brethren, they seamed a little agitated for my safety, and advised me for the but I succeded admirably calming all their fears, but nevertheless as I said in my former letter I was willing to exile myselfe for months and years if it would be for the safety and wellfare of the people, and I do not know but it would be as well for me to take a trip to the pine countries and remain untill arrangements can be made for my most perfect safety when I returned, these are there fore to confer with you on this subject as I want to have a concert of action in evry thing I do, if I knew that they would oppress me alone and let the rest of you dwell peaceably and quietly, I think it would be the wisest plan to absent myself for a little season, if by that means wee could prevent the profusion of Blood,— Pleas write and give me your mind on that subject and all other information that has come to hand to day, and what are the signs of the times,— I have no news for I am where I cannot get much all is quiet and peacible around I [p. 170]
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