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Affidavit, 29 November 1841

PRES’T. J. SMITH’S AFFIDAVIT.
City of Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, Ill.,
Nov. 29th A. D. 1841.
To the Public:—
The transpiration of recent events makes it criminal for me to remain longer silent. The tongue of the vile yet speaks, and sends forth the poison of asps—the ears of the spoiler yet hear, and he puts forth his hands to iniquity. It has been proclaimed upon the house-top and in the secret chamber, in the public walks and private circle, throughout the length and breadth of this vast continent, that stealing by the Latter Day Saints has received my approval; nay, that I have taught the doctrine, encouraged them in plunder, and led on the van—than which nothing is more foreign from my heart. I disfellowship the perpetrators of all such abominations—they are devils and not saints, totally unfit for the society of Christians, or men. It is true that some professing to be Latter Day Saints have taught such vile heresies, but all are not Israel that are of Israel; and I wish it to be distinctly understood in all coming time, that the church over which I have the honor of presiding will ever set its brows like brass, and its face like steel, against all such abominable acts of villany and crime; and to this end I append my affidavit of disavowal taken this day before General [John C.] Bennett

3 Aug. 1804–5 Aug. 1867. Physician, minister, poultry breeder. Born at Fairhaven, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Bennett and Abigail Cook. Moved to Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, 1808; to Massachusetts, 1812; and back to Marietta, 1822. Married ...

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, that there may be no mistake here [p. 617]
PRES’T. J. SMITH’S AFFIDAVIT.
City of Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, Ill.,
Nov. 29th A. D. 1841.
To the Public:—
The transpiration of recent events  makes it criminal for me to remain long er silent. The tongue of the vile yet  speaks, and sends forth the poison of asps —the ears of the spoiler yet hear, and he  puts forth his hands to iniquity. It has  been proclaimed upon the house-top and  in the secret chamber, in the public walks  and private circle, throughout the length  and breadth of this vast continent, that  stealing by the Latter Day Saints has re ceived my approval; nay, that I have taught  the doctrine, encouraged them in plunder,  and led on the van—than which nothing is  more foreign from my heart. I disfel lowship the perpetrators of all such abom inations—they are devils and not saints,  totally unfit for the society of Christians,  or men. It is true that some professing  to be Latter Day Saints have taught such  vile heresies, but all are not Israel that  are of Israel; and I wish it to be distinct ly understood in all coming time, that the  church over which I have the honor of  presiding will ever set its brows like brass,  and its face like steel, against all such  abominable acts of villany and crime; and  to this end I append my affidavit of disa vowal taken this day before General [John C.] Ben nett

3 Aug. 1804–5 Aug. 1867. Physician, minister, poultry breeder. Born at Fairhaven, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. Son of John Bennett and Abigail Cook. Moved to Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, 1808; to Massachusetts, 1812; and back to Marietta, 1822. Married ...

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, that there may be no mistake here [p. 617]
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JS, Affidavit, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 29 Nov. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 Dec. 1841, 3:617–618.

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