Letter from Sidney Rigdon, 27 March 1843

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Mar 27th, 1843
Prest. J Smith.
Dear Sir
I received your letter by the hand of a few minutes since, the contents of which are surprising to me, though I am glad that you have let me know your feelings, so as to give me a chance to reply to them. Why it is that you have the feelings which you seem to entertain I know not and what caused you to think that I had any connection with . at any time is not within my power to say. As to the Post office I never asked one word about it when I made application for it. If he ever wrote to the Department at any thing about it, it was, and is without my knowledge for surely I know of no such thing being done without it <​at any time​> neither did I know; at the time I applied for the office, that you were intending to apply for it, nor did I know it for some time afterwards. as far as the Post office is concerned these are the facts. I wrote myself to the department offering myself as an applicant and refered the Department to several members of congress to ascertain my character. This is all I ever did on the subject, I never wrote but the one letter to the Department on the subject, neither had I at the time any acquaintence of any amount with , nor for a very considerable time afterwards. He never was at our house but very little and then always on business and always in a hurry did his business and went off immediately. I know not that ever knew that I had applied for the office and I am quite satisfied he did not, till some time after I had written to the Department on the subject, and, if he ever did any thing about it, it was and is to this day without my having any knowledge of it. [p. [1]] As to the difficulties here I never at any time gave any countanance in relation to it, and he knows it as well as I do and feels it keenly he has threatened me severely that he could do with me as he pleased, and if I did not cease to aid you and quit trying to save my Prophet—as he calls you—from the punishment of law he would turn against me, and while at on his way to Upper Missouri he in one of his speeches made a violent attack on myself, all predicated on the fact that I would not aid him. Such are his feelings on the subject. and his threatnings. As to if there is any thing in his mind unfavorably disposed to you he has as far as I know kept it to himself for he never said any thing to me nor in my hearing from which I could draw even an inference of that kind, He was here yesterday when you came much dejected in spirit in relation to his temporal affairs. and commenced telling of the great injuries he had received by his Son-in law and the great losses he had sustained by him, and seemed greatly dejected on account of it. but he never mentioned any other subject. When I went to on Friday, I it was purely in relation to temporal matters making arangements for provisions for the ensuing season and to regulate some matters in relation to property only. While there I heard the report of the new indictments, and told me the day before I went out that I was among the number of those indicted, <​who were to be demanded,​> in relation to this I made such inquiry as I thought would enable me to determine the fact, but failed in the attempt I confess I felt some considerable interest in determining this fact. and felt anxious to know if I could find out how it was. Now on the broad scale I can assert in truth, that with myself and no any other person on this globe there never was nor is there now existing any <​thing​> privately or publickly to injure your character, in any respect whatever neither has any person spoken to me on any such subject. All that has ever [p. [2]] been said by me has been said to your face all of which you know as well as I. As to your rights in the Post office you have just the same as any other man In the new case which occured yesterday I have examined all the laws and rules in this office and find but one section in relation to it and that indirectly. but gives the Post Master no right to abate the postage nor make any disposition of the letter or letters, but address the Department, and they will give such instruction in the case as they may deem correct I have written, on the subject to the Department
I can conclude by only saying that <​I​> had hoped that all former difficulties had ceased forever on my part they were never mentioned to any person nor a subject of discourse at any time nor in any place I was tired hearing of them, and was in hopes that they slumbered forever, while at the subject was never once mentioned. The only thing was the inquiry I made myself to find out as far as could whether the report made to me by was correct or no and this in relation to myself only. If being intirely silent on the subject at all times and in all places is an error then I am guilty. If evading the subject at all times when ever introduced by others be a crime then I am guilty for such is my uniform custom. If this letter is not satisfactory let me know wherein for it is peace I want. I have been interrupted a great many times since I began to write by people calling at the office
P. S.
I do consider it a matter of just offence to me to hear about ’s assisting me to office I shall have a lower opinion of myself than I now have when I think I need his assistance
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Presd. J Smith
Present [p. [4]]