October 18’ 1841
Sir. The undersigned having embarked in a controversy with some of the traducers of the Mormon Sect will be viewed I trust as a sufficient apology for my troubling you with this communication, If however your opinion should not accord with my own I have no excuse to offer and you may dismiss the subject as a matter of no moment
It is possible that one or more communications published in the Public Ledger and Daily Chronicle of this over the signature of J L in refutation of the aspersions Cast upon the “Latter Day Saints” has met your eye if this shall have been the Case you can more readily estimate the motives of the writer in seeking for information from the only source that will be relied on. The authors of the communications refered to was prompted to the task by feelings of indignation at what he believed to be a conspiracy of News Paper Editors and others to overthrow Mormonism by the summary process of exterminating its proselytes by sanguinary means and not by reason and argument It is very evident that the unexpected and unwished for oppositions to their schemes has had a salutary effect in causing a cessation of hostilities for the present but whether to be revived again time will make manifest.
But what I wish to call your attention to is this. In a number of the Saturday Courier of August last may be found the following “last Saturday we were at the plantation of a friend of ours in Chester County and there we learned that the Mormon Preachers took the Deed of a Farm belonging to a Mr Pearce that they pretended to give him a Claim for land in for $6000 the sum which [p. ]