Letter from William Smith, 18 December 1835

gh all the confessions that I could make  verbally or by writing would not be suff icient to atone for the transgression— be this  as it may I am willing to make all the  restitution you shall require, If I can stay in  the church as a member— I will try to ma ke all the satisfaction possible—
yours with respect
do not cast me off for what I have done  but strive to save me in the church as a  member I do repeat repent of what I have done  to you and ask your forgiveness— I concider  the transgression the other evening of no  small magnitude,— but it is done and  I cannot help it now— I know brother  Joseph you are always willing to forgive.
But I sometimes think when I ref lect upon the many inguries I have  done you I feel as though a confession  was not hardly sufficient— but have  mercy on me this once and I will  try to do so no more—
The 12, called a council yesterday and  sent over after me and I went over
This council rem[em]ber was called together  by themselves and not by me
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.