Letter to Sylvester Bartlett, 22 May 1842

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, Ill., May 22d, 1842.
Mr. [Sylvester] Bartlett
Dear Sir: In your paper, (the Quincy Whig,) of the 21st inst., you have done me manifest injustice, in ascribing to me a prediction of the demise of , ex-governor of , by violent hands. was a candidate for the State Senate, and I presume, fell by the hand of a political opponent, with his “hands and face yet dripping with the blood of murder,” but he died not through my instrumentality. My hands are clean, and my heart pure, from the blood of all men. I am tired of the misrepresentation, calumny and detraction heaped upon me by wicked men; and desire and claim only those privileges guaranteed to all men by the Constitution and Laws of the , and of .
Will you do me the justice to publish this communication, and oblige
Yours respectfully,
JOSEPH SMITH. [p. [2]]
, Ill., May 22d, 1842.
Mr. [Sylvester] Bartlett
Dear Sir: In your paper, (the Quincy Whig,) of the 21st inst., you have done me manifest injustice, in ascribing to me a prediction of the demise of , ex-governor of , by violent hands. was a candidate for the State Senate, and I presume, fell by the hand of a political opponent, with his “hands and face yet dripping with the blood of murder,” but he died not through my instrumentality. My hands are clean, and my heart pure, from the blood of all men. I am tired of the misrepresentation, calumny and detraction heaped upon me by wicked men; and desire and claim only those privileges guaranteed to all men by the Constitution and Laws of the , and of .
Will you do me the justice to publish this communication, and oblige
Yours respectfully,
JOSEPH SMITH. [p. [2]]
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