Letter from Harvey Whitlock, 28 September 1835

Frederick G. Williams handwriting begins.  

Copy of a Letter from  Harvey Whitloc[k]
Dear sir having a few leisure moment  I have at last concluded to do what my own  Judgment has long dictated would be right  but the allurements of many vices has long  retarded the hand, that would wield the  pen to make intelligent the communication  that I wish to send to you: And even now that  ambition which is a prevaling and predominent  principles among the great mass of natural men  even now forbids that plainness of sentiment  with which I wish to unbosom my feelings  write. For know assuredly sir to you I wish  to unbosom my feelings, and unravil the  secrets of my heart: as before the omnicient  Judge of all the earth.
Be not surprised when I declare unto  you, as the spirit will bear record that  my faith is firm and unshaken in the  things of the everlasting gospel as it is  proclaimed by the servants of the latter- day saint.
Dear brother Joseph (If I may be allow ed the expression) when I considder the happy  times and peaseful moments, and pleasant seasons  I have enjoyed with you, and and this people;  contrasted with my now degraded state; together with  the high, and important station I have held before [p. 38]
Harvey Whitlock, letter, location unknown, to JS, Kirtland, OH, 28 Sept. 1835; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams and Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 38–41; JS Collection, CHL.