Letter to Editors, 17 May 1839

barbarities, neither any religious society as such: They were committed by a Mob  composed of all parties regardless of all difference of opinion either political or religious.
The determined stand in this State, and by the people of Quincy in  particular made against the lawless outrages of the Missouri Mobbers by all parties in politics  and religion have entitled them equally to our thanks and our profoundest regard, and  such, Gentlemen, we hope they will always receive from us.— — Favours of this kind  ought to be engraven on the rock to last forever. We wish to say to the public through  your paper, that we disclaim any intention of making a political question of our difficulties  with Missouri, believing that we are not justified in so doing. We ask the aid of all parties  both in politics and religion to have justice done us, and obtain redress. We think,  Gentlemen in so saying we have the feelings of our people generally, however individuals  may differ, and we wish you to consider the letters of Lyman Wight as the feelings and  views of an individual but not of the society as such.
We are satisfied that our people as a body disclaim all such senti ments and feel themselves equally bound to both parties in this State, as far as kindness  is concerned, and good will, and also believe that all political parties in Missouri are  equally guilty.— — — — — Should this note meet the public eye through the  medium of your paper it will much oblige your humble servants.
Joseph Smith Jr
First Presidency, letter, Commerce, IL, to the editors of The Quincy Whig, 17 May 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 14–15; JS Collection, CHL.