Letter from John P. Greene, 30 June 1839

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, June 30th 1839
Honrd & Ever respected Brother & also to Prests. &
It is with great satisfaction that I address you at this time, Altho I have been detained in this place much longer than I intended— but I very believe the Lord has directed my way since I left — when I first came to the doors seemed all colosed [closed] for about a week before I could get a hearing & at that time but very few came out: for some said the Mormons deserved all that had done to them and others believed what the priests said: But some came out & heard as they said the tale of woe for themselves,— the Lord helping me to tell the things in quite a systematic course & the people with Doctors Lawyers Priests & Drunkards all opened their ears eyes & mouth & then there hearts were accessible, and when I had done credulity had no place in the Colledge Mr— [Thomas] Morris Esqr & Mr Wm Greene Esq with others spoke freely on the Subject, and declared they believed all that I had stated to the letter.— then appropriate resolutions were adopted— the meeting was then adjourned for one week so as to be accomodated with the House but when the week came the house could not be occupied by us & the friends of liberty got there eyes pealed— & to See the Spirit of opposition & I think that all the wrath of man will yet work for our good. At the meeting I was advised to publish my documents— a committee was appointed of the Citizens to examine the proof that was affixed on that subject. This Committee after examining my papers requested me to publish: and accepted their invitation; I have compiled the whole documents with an appendix & it is now in the press a pamphlet of more than forty pages (of which I will send you as soon as they are out of press) the Sound of Mormon representative in makes a great fuss here and also a far off the fifth day after I arrived in my arrival was announced in the City of in one of the most noted papers of the Union, with strong terms of disapprobation of the [p. 75] administration of & also a very pathetic invitation for the Mormon representative to soon appear on the Sea Board that the Citizens of the East might have an oppertunity to sympathize with them in their afflictions. At the same time the “ Republican[”] complains very bitterly of the Editors of for their sympathies expressed for the Mormons & also accuse them of that wicked & notorious crime (which deserved all the abuse that had given them) their leader Jo Smith pretended to hold converse with the Deity So we see that the people are stirred up for some reason— But Dear Sirs this course of things will have the desired Effect— it awakens up the attention of the people to hear and read and know for themselves & when ever these things are laid before them every honest man must believe them from the very nature of things & the former reffuse of lies are swept away the Missourians appear in her own garb of Mobocracy while the Mormons are strip[p]ed of that dark sable mantle of all manner crime & wickedness which has come from th[e] pulpit and the press; & the credulity of the people allows them to believe the truth: and the church does appear in its own native plain[n]ess with<​out​> partiality and without hypocracy but I must bid you adieu for the present, but I will write you again & I wish you to write to me at or and express your mind and feelings on this subject.
I am Yours in the of the Gospel of Christ
Joseph Smith Jr)
N B Excuse all the imperfections of this scrawl & ever pray for me as I do for you
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