Letter to Justin Butterfield, 18 March 1843

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can readily infer the situation of ,— I am ready to testify that I never instigated to murder and never had any knowledge of the case only from public reports. & that , has sworn revenge on myself— & ,— in pa[r]ticular & the mormons generally for the expose we have made of his abominable conduct, & there is abundance of other such like testimony, or witnesses to the same, and simlar facts— I shall write , <​of . N. Y.—​> immediately, to forward me the particular facts in his possession, req[u]esting him to be ready to attend the trial when the day shall be ascertai[ne]d.——
I wish you to answer this, per bearer, informing the best plan of defence procedure, whether by defe[n]ce before the Courts, or by Habeus Corpus— in the district Court.— and in either case. when it will be best to bring the case forward.— or, when it can be done. Have you any instruction for Blennerhasset Esqr— at this time? Will it be consistent for you to call here and direct in the taking of affidavits— previous to the trial? Would it be well for to procure a change of venue from . to the North east Co in . where which will bring the trial so near his friends can <​convenetly [conveniently]​> attend? or some other County? Are you acquainted with Esqr Blennhaset— if so what is his standing <​Reputation​> at the Bar?
Please to answ[e]r these questions, and give me all necessary information which may not happen to be attended to on this sheet and, believe me, as ever, your Fnd. in grateful reme[m]brance of the past.—
Joseph Smith.— [p. [2]]
can readily infer the situation of ,— I am ready to testify that I never instigated to murder — and never had any knowledge of the case only from public reports. & that , has sworn revenge on myself— & ,— in particular & the mormons generally for the expose we have made of his abominable conduct, & there is abundance of other such like testimony, or witnesses to the same, and simlar facts— I shall write , of . N. Y.— immediately, to forward me the particular facts in his possession, requesting him to be ready to attend the trial when the day shall be ascertained.——
I wish you to answer this, per bearer, informing the best plan of procedure, whether by defence before the Courts, or by Habeus Corpus— in the district Court.— and in either case. when it will be best to bring the case forward.— or, when it can be done. Have you any instruction for Blennerhasset Esqr— at this time? Will it be consistent for you to call here and direct in the taking of affidavits— previous to the trial? Would it be well for to procure a change of venue from . to the North east Co in . which his friends can convenetly [conveniently] attend? or some other County? Are you acquainted with Esqr Blennhaset— if so what is his Reputation at the Bar?
Please to answer these questions, and give me all necessary information which may not happen to be attended to on this sheet and, believe me, as ever, your Fnd. in grateful remembrance of the past.—
Joseph Smith.— [p. [2]]
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