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Affidavit, 29 November 1841

after as to my real sentiments, or those of  the leaders of the church, in relation to  this important matter,—
State of Illinois,)ss.
Hancock County.)
Before me, John C. Bennett,  Mayor of the City of Nauvoo, personally  came Joseph Smith, President of the Church  of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,  (commonly called Mormons,) who being  duly sworn according to law, deposeth  and saith, that he has never directly or  indirectly encouraged the purloining of  property, or taught the doctrine of steal ing, or any other evil practice, and  that all such vile and unlawful acts  will ever receive his unqualified and un reserved disapproval, and the most vigor ous opposition of the church over which  he presides, and further this deponent  saith not.
JOSEPH SMITH, President  of the Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter Day Saints.
Sworn to, and subscribed before me, at  my office, in the City of Nauvoo, this  twenty ninth day of November, Anno  Domini 1841.
Mayor of the City of Nauvoo.
Now it is to be hoped that none will  hereafter be so reckless as to state that I,  or the church to which I belong, approve  of thieving—but that all the friends of  law and order will join in ferreting out  thieves wherever, and whenever, they  may be found, and assist in bringing them  to that condign punishment which such  infamous crimes so richly merit.
JOSEPH SMITH, President  of the Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter Day Saints. [p. 618]
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JS, Affidavit, Nauvoo, IL, 29 Nov. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 Dec. 1841, 3:617–618.

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