Letter from William Smith, 18 December 1835

18th Inst.
Copy of a letter from Br. William Smith
Br. Joseph— Though I do not know but  I have forfeited all right and title to the  word brother, in concequence of what I have  done, for I concider myself; that I am unw orthy to be called one, after coming to myself  and concidering upon what I have done  I feel as though it was a duty, to make  a humble confession to you for what I  have done or what took place the other  evening,— but leave this part of the sub ject at present,— I was called to an acco unt by the 12, yesterday for my conduct; or  they desired to know my mind or det ermination and what I was going to do  I told them that on reflection upon the  many difficulties that I had had  with the church and the much  disgrace I had brought upon my self in concequence of these things  and also that my health would  not permit me to go to school to  <make> any preperations for the endument  and that my health was such that  I was not able to travel, I told them  that it would be better for them to  appoint one in the office that would  be better able to fill it, and by doing  this they would throw me into the  hands of the church, and leave me  where I was before I was chosen—
Then I would not be in a situation [p. 77]
William Smith, letter, Kirtland, OH, to JS, Kirtland, OH, 18 Dec. 1835; handwriting of Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 77–79; JS Collection, CHL.