Letter to the Citizens of Jackson County, 5 November 1838

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A CARD.
To the citizens of :
It is with feelings of no ordinary kind that the undersigned take this method of tendering their most unfeigned gratitude to you for the kind treatment and great attention they have received at your hands since they were committed to your charge as prisoners: having received every degree of kindness that could be expected at the hands of a magnanimous and honourable people. This, gentlemen, is not designed as flattery, but a debt that they feel they owe to you. We hope that Generals and , and all the officers and privates under their command, will receive this expression of our feelings, as due to them from us, in return for the kind treatment received at their hands. Gentlemen, we found you friends at a time when we most needed them; and since the time arrived at this , we have not received the first insult from any individual. Gentlemen, we are prisoners in your hands, and such has been your magnanimity, that while we remain prisoners, we shall desire to continue in your care.
For your prosperity in this life, and rest eternal in that which is to come, you have the sincere desire and devout prayer of your prisoners in tribulation.
JOSEPH SMITH, Jr.
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, Nov. 5th, 1838. [p. [2]]