, Hancock Co Ill
25,th May 1839
In answer to your’s of the 13th Inst. to us concerning the writings of Col, on the subject of our late sufferings in the State of ; we wish to say that as to a statement of our persecutions being brought before the world as a political question, we entirely disapprove of it.
Having however great confidence in ’s good intentions and considering it to be the indefeisible right of every free man to hold his own opinion in politics as well as to religion, we will only say that we consider it to be unwise as it is unfair to charge any one party in politics, or any one sect of religionists with having been our oppressors, since we do well know that our persecutors in the State of were of every sect, and of all parties both religious and political: and as disclaims having spoken evil of any administration save that of , we presume that it need not be feared that men of sense will now suppose him wishful to implicate any other.— We consider that in making these remarks we express the sentiments of the in general as well as our own individually, and also when we say in conclusion that we feel the fullest confidence, that when the subject of our wrongs has been fully investigated by the authorities of the , we shall receive the most perfect justice at their hands; whilst our unfeeling oppressors shall be brought to condign punishment with the approbation of a free and an enlight ened people without respect to sect or party.
We desire that you may make whatever use you may think proper of this letter, and remain Your Sincere friends and Brethren.
Joseph Smith Jr
Elder R[obert] B. Thompson. [p. 11]