Letter from John Laws, 18 October 1841

Philadelphia 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 City 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 Nauvo[o] for $6000 the sum which [p. [1]]
John Laws, Letter, Philadelphia, PA, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 18 Oct. 1841; presumably handwriting of John Laws; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.