Letter to Richard S. Blennerhassett, 17 March 1843
[JS], Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , St. Louis Co., MO, 17 Mar. 1843; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of ; one page; CHL.
March 17th 1843.—
your letter of the 7 inst, in relation to was <is> received this hour <day>, and in reply, I would state that his friends have been advised of his situation, and will make all due prepeation [preparation] for his defence. has done has acted wisely in imploying council, and it is important he should have some one near the scene of action who will cause the trial to be deferred till Prepertions are made. but <X #> in the multitude of councillors there is safety & his friends will retain, in addition to his council. the for the District of , or of , <as council in his behalf—> & you must not suffer the trial to go forward till one or the other is present.— His friends have a flood of testimony— some of which he is not aware of, which must be gathered by affidavit. & some of the most important is in the state of and it will take some time to to collect the whole <# X> your communication to the was an <wise,> important <& wise> move, and if you will continue to take such furether steps as the nature of the case demands for his personal safety and comfort, till further inteligence may be received and also convey their inteligence to Prisoner, to your client, you will find all things well in the end. <#>
<X> I answer your letter at sight, without waiting to consult s friends about reta[i]ning you for council, It is sufficient for me to say to you that has friends and any assistan[ce] you may render him as your client will be duly appreciated by them.— Do your duty as councillor— & you have nothing to fear conce[rn]ing your clients poverty. <X #> The whole farce is a trick of s [Bennett’s]— to be revenged on the mormons for exposing his rascality and whoredoms to the world & turning him out of decent society.— and if in the end it should appear that was the instigator of the base plot against the life of no one need be frightened.
If all knew all of s, threats against the peace & happiness of their they would not keep him quite so close to their hearts as they now do.— but more on, its proper place, will appear. <Read this to >
You will advise us, at the earliest date, of any new move, concerning the matter, & when there will be any <a> probability of a the day of trial.—