Letter from Thomas Carlin, 30 June 1842

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mere discharge of an official duty on my part, enjoined upon me by the constitution and laws, of this , and of the Could not possibley engender feelings of such deep malignity. Be assured that this matter gives me no uneaseness, nor would the subject now have been mentioned, had you not requested a reply to your enquiries I have seen your denial published in the wasp of the prediction attributed to you, of the death (or assassination) of , be that true or false, nothing has Contributed more towards fixing the belief upon the public mind, that you had made such prediction, than the repeated statements of a portion of your followers, that the manner of his death had been revealed to you— and their exultation that it must needs be fulfilled.
In reference to your request to be advised, how you should act in Case a mob should Come upon you, I should feel very much at a loss to recommend any corse for you to adopt, other than a resort to the first law of nature viz.— to defend your own rights, because were I to advise a quiet submission on your part, I could not expect that you would fold your arms, and silently look on, whilst those rights were violated, and outraged, as long as you have the power to protect them.
I however have not the most distant thought that there exists at present, any real cause for the apprehension of a mob Coming upon you, otherwise I should feel it my duty to endeavor to arrest it.
very respectfully your Obt. Servt.
Genrl Joseph Smith— [p. 239]
mere discharge of an official duty on my part, enjoined upon me by the constitution and laws, of this , and of the Could not possibley engender feelings of such deep malignity. Be assured that this matter gives me no uneaseness, nor would the subject now have been mentioned, had you not requested a reply to your enquiries I have seen your denial published in the wasp of the prediction attributed to you, of the death (or assassination) of , be that true or false, nothing has Contributed more towards fixing the belief upon the public mind, that you had made such prediction, than the repeated statements of a portion of your followers, that the manner of his death had been revealed to you— and their exultation that it must needs be fulfilled.
In reference to your request to be advised, how you should act in Case a mob should Come upon you, I should feel very much at a loss to recommend any corse for you to adopt, other than a resort to the first law of nature viz.— to defend your own rights, because were I to advise a quiet submission on your part, I could not expect that you would fold your arms, and silently look on, whilst those rights were violated, and outraged, as long as you have the power to protect them.
I however have not the most distant thought that there exists at present, any real cause for the apprehension of a mob Coming upon you, otherwise I should feel it my duty to endeavor to arrest it.
very respectfully your Obt. Servt.
Genrl Joseph Smith— [p. 239]
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