Letters from Amasa Bonney and John C. Bennett, 16 May 1842

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Gen. Joseph Smith— If you direct me to act in the within case, over your own name, I will certainly obey your order; but until then I do not feel authorised to act on a case where it is evident that your name had been erased and mine inserted— it may not have been done by your order, or it may, I cannot tell— but one thing is certain, and that is— I shall take no action in any case unless I know it is your desire. While I am in office you shall be strictly ob[e]yed as my superior and commanding officer.
May 16— 1842.
Yours, Respectfully,
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Gen. Joseph Smith— If you direct me to act in the within case, over your own name, I will certainly obey your order; but until then I do not feel authorised to act on a case where it is evident that your name had been erased and mine inserted— it may not have been done by your order, or it may, I cannot tell— but one thing is certain, and that is— I shall take no action in any case unless I know it is your desire. While I am in office you shall be strictly obeyed as my superior and commanding officer.
May 16— 1842.
Yours, Respectfully,
,
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