Letter to the Editors, 17 May 1839

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May 17th 1839.
To the Editors of the Whig
Gentlemen— Some letters in your paper have appeared over the signature of in relation to our affairs with .
We consider it is ’s privilege to express his opinion in relation to political or religious matters, and we profess no authority in the case whatever; but we have thought, and do still think, that it is not doing our cause justice to make a political question of it in any manner whatever. We have not at any time thought that there was any political party as such chargeable with the [p. 14] barbarities, neither any religious society as such: They were committed by a Mob Composed of all parties regardless of all difference of opinion either political or religious.
The determined stand in this , and by the people of in particular made against the lawless outrages of the Mobbers by all parties in politics And religion have entitled them equally to our thanks and our profoundest regard, And such, Gentlemen, we hope they will always receive from us.—— Favours of this kind ought to be engraven in on the rock to last forever. We wish to say to the public through your paper, that we disclaim any intention of making a political question of our difficulties with , believing that we are not justified in so doing. We ask the aid of all parties both in politics and religion to have justice done us, And obtain redress. We think, Gentlemen in so saying we have the feelings of our people generally, however individuals may differ, and we wish you to consider the letters of as the feelings And views of an individual but not of the as such.
We are satisfied that our people as a body disclaim all such sentiments And feel themselves equally bound to both parties in this , as far as kindness is concerned, and good will, And also believe that all political parties in are equally guilty.—— Should this note meet the public eye through the medium of your paper it will much oblige your humble servants.
Joseph Smith Jr
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