Letter from Thomas Carlin, 30 June 1842

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June 30th. 1842
Dear Sir
I have received by the last mail your letter of the 24th. instant; in which you have thought proper to give me a statement of Charges against the Conduct, and Character, of General. . I Can say that I regret that any individual should so far disregard his obligations to his God, and to his fellow man, as to Condesend to the Commission of the Crimes alledged in your letter to have been perpetrated by . It is however in accordance with representations of his Character, made to me more than two years since, and which I then felt Constrained to beleive were true, since which time I have desired to have as little intercourse with him as possible. No resignation of his Commission as Mgr [Major] General of the Nauvoo legion has reached me, some weeks since I re[a]d a short note from him stating that you had reason to beleive that a conspiracy was geting up in the State of , for the purpose of mob[b]ing the Mormons at , and Kidnapping you, and taking you to that , and requested to be informed in case of such Mob, whether you would be protected by the authorities of this &c, to which I replied that as all men were held amenable to the laws, so in like manner the rights of all would be protected, and the dignity of the maintained, to the letter of the Constitution and Laws; the above is in substance the contents of his note to me and my reply to him; having destroyed his Letter, as I considered it of no use should it be retained.
You state that you have heard that I have “of late entertained unfavourable feelings towards you (the mormons) as a people, and especially so with regard to your self &c. &c. If this should be true, you would be pleased to know from me the reasons— of such hostile feelings”
In reply I can in truth say that I do not entertain nor cherish, hostile or revengeful, feelings, towards any man or set of men on Earth, but that I may have used strong expressions in reference to yourself, at times— when my indignation has been some what aroused, by repeated adminitions of my friends, (both before and, since the attempt to assassinate ) to be upon my guard, that you had prophesied— that should die a violent death,— and that I should die in a ditch, all this however if true, I looked upon as idle boasting until since the assassination of — and even since then in reference to myself, I cannot view it in any other light, because what ever your feelings may have been towards ; the [p. 238] mere discharge of an official duty on my part, enjoined upon me by the constitution and laws, of this , and of the Could not possibley engender feelings of such deep malignity. Be assured that this matter gives me no uneaseness, nor would the subject now have been mentioned, had you not requested a reply to your enquiries I have seen your denial published in the wasp of the prediction attributed to you, of the death (or assassination) of , be that true or false, nothing has Contributed more towards fixing the belief upon the public mind, that you had made such prediction, than the repeated statements of a portion of your followers, that the manner of his death had been revealed to you— and their exultation that it must needs be fulfilled.
In reference to your request to be advised, how you should act in Case a mob should Come upon you, I should feel very much at a loss to recommend any corse for you to adopt, other than a resort to the first law of nature viz.— to defend your own rights, because were I to advise a quiet submission on your part, I could not expect that you would fold your arms, and silently look on, whilst those rights were violated, and outraged, as long as you have the power to protect them.
I however have not the most distant thought that there exists at present, any real cause for the apprehension of a mob Coming upon you, otherwise I should feel it my duty to endeavor to arrest it.
very respectfully your Obt. Servt.
Genrl Joseph Smith— [p. 239]