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Letter to Editor, 22 January 1840

gious Society is fostered and an other proscribed in its spiritual privaleges and the individual rights of its members as citizens denied
10 I believe that all religious Societies have a right to deal with their members for disorderly conduct according to the rules and regulations of such societies provided that such dealing be for fellowship and good Standing but I doo not believe that any religious Society has authority to try men on the right of property or life to take from them this world’s goods or put them in Jepardy either life or limb neither to inflict any fisical [physical] punishment upon them They can onley excommunicate them from their society and with draw from their fellowship
11 I believe that men should appeal to the Civel law for redress of all wrongs and grieveences where personal abuse is inflicted or the right of propperty or character infringed where such laws exist as will protect the Same but I believe that all men are Justified in defending them Selves their friends and property and the government from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigincies where immediate appeal cannot be— made to the Laws and relief afforded
12 I believe it just to preach the Gospel to the Nations of the Earth and warn the Righteous to Save themselves from the corruptions of the world But I do not believe it right to interfear with bond Servants neither preach the gospel to nor baptize

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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them contrary to the will and wish of their masters nor to meddle with or influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their Sittuations in this life theirby jeopardiseing the lives of men Such interfearence I believe to be unlawful and unjust and dangerous to the peace of every government allowing human beings to be held in Servitude
13 It has been reported by some vicious or designing characters that the church of Latter Day Saints

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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believe in having their property in common and also the leaders of sade church controlls Said— propperty This is a base fabrication without the least the least shadow or collering of any thing to make it out of but on the contrary no persons feelings can be more repugnant to such [p. [3]]
gious Society is fostered and an other proscribed in  its spiritual privaleges and the individual rights  of its members as citizens denied
<10> I believe that all religious Society Societies have a right  to deal with its <their> members for disorderly conduct  according to the rules and regulations of such so cieties provided that such dealing be for fellow ship and good Standing but we <I> doo not be lieve that any religious Society has authority  to try men for <on> the right of property or life to take  away <from them> this world’s goods or put them in Jepar dy either life or limb neither to inflict any  fisical [physical] punishment upon them They can onley  excommunicate them from their society and  with their with draw their <from their> fellowship
<11> I believe that men should appeal to the  Civel law for redress of all wrongs and grieve ences where personal abuse is inflicted or the  right of propperty or character infringed where  such laws exist as will protect the Same but  we <I> believe that all men are Justified in  defending thems Selves their friends and prop erty and the government from <the> unlawful assau lts and encroachments of all persons in times of ex igincies where immediate appeal cannot be—  made to the Laws and relief afforded
<12> I believe it just to preach the Gospel to  the Nations of the Earth and warn the Righteous  to Save themselves from the corruptions of the world  But I do not believe it right to interfear with  bond Servants neither preach the gospel to nor  baptize

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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them contrary to the will and wish of  their masters nor to meddle with or influence  them in the least contrary to the wish to cause  them to be dissatisfied with their Sittuations  in this life theirby jeopardiseing the lives of men  Such interfearence we I believe to be unlawful  and unjust and dangerous to the peace of  every government allowing human beings to  be held in Servitude
<13> It has been reported by some vicious or de[s]igning  characters that the church of Latter Day Saints

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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 believe in having their pro[p]erty in common and  also the leaders of sade church controlls Said—  propperty This is a base fabrication without  the least the least shadow or collering of any th ing to make it out of but on the contrary no  persons feelings can be more repugnant to such [p. [3]]
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JS, Letter, Brandywine, PA, to the editor of The Chester County Register and Examiner, 22 Jan. 1840; unidentified handwriting with signature of JS; four pages; private possession.

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