Letter to Lyman Wight, 27 May 1839

at all approve of the course which you have thought proper to take in making  the subject of our sufferings a political question, at the same time you will  percieve that we there express, what we really feel, that is, a confidence  of your good intentions in so doing. And (as I took occasion to state to the  council) knowing your integrity of principle and steadfastness in the cause  of Christ, I feel not to exercise even the privilege of council on the subject  save only to request that you will endeavor to bear in mind the importance  of the subject, and how easy it might be to get into difficulty a misunder standing with the brethren concerning it, and though last, not least that  whilst you continue to go upon your own credit, you will also steer clear  of making the Church appear as either supporting or opposing you in your  politics, lest such a course may have a tendency to bring about persecu tion on the Church where a little wisdom and caution may avoid it.
I do not know that there is any occasion for my thus cau tioning you in this thing, but having done so, I hope it will be well taken  and that all things shall eventually be found to work together for the good of  the Saints. I should be happy to have you here to dwell amongst us, and  am in hopes soon to have that pleasure. I was happy to receive your favour  of the 20th Inst and to observe the contents, and beg to say in reply that I  shall attend to what you therein suggest, and shall feel pleasure at all  times to answer any request of yours, and attend to them also in the best man ner possible. With every possible feeling of love and friendship for an old  fellow-prisoner, and brother in the Lord. I remain Sir,
Your Sincere Friend
Joseph Smith Jr
Quincy Ill. [p. 14]
JS, letter, Commerce, IL, to Lyman Wight, Quincy, IL, 27 May 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 13–14; JS Collection, CHL.