Letter from John Laws, 18 October 1841

his late farm was worth and the very next week afterwards they sold  the same farm which they had pretended to purchase at $6000  to a grocer in Philadelphia for the sum of $3000 just one half, the poor  duped farmer has a wife and Children and their little homestead  has now been forever lost to them by the swindlings of these pretend ed latter day Saints, are there no thunders in Heaven”
Now although I firmly believe that the whole of the above  Charge (as regards its criminality) is utterly destitute of truth like  the “cruel Murder of Mr Harris” I think it proper to be prepared  in case of another attack by the Press and to enable me to be so  if Mr Pearce resides in Nauvo (as Mr [John E.] Page informs me he does)  I wish to obtain his deposition touching the facts of the Case.
The following form I suggest for the benefit of the functionary  who may be employed.
State of Illinois)ss
County of [blank])
Be it Known that on the [blank] day of [blank] AD 1841  Before me A B [blank] a Justice of the Peace (or Judge of the Court of &c as the  case may be) in and for the said County personally appeard [blank] Pierce  of the city of Nauvo in the County and State aforesaid Farmer late of Chester  County in the State of Pennsylvania who being duly sworn according to law  doth depose and say that (state the facts touching the sale and all the Materials  points concerning it) and such other matters as may be deemed by you  important and comporting with the truth) and further deponent saith  not.
Sworn to and subscribed  the Day and year first  above written, Before me
Justice of the Peace or Judge of &c  (as the case may be) [p. [2]]
John Laws, Letter, Philadelphia, PA, to JS, Nauvoo, IL, 18 Oct. 1841; presumably handwriting of John Laws; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.