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Letter to Emma Smith, 31 March 1842

favorable opportunity wherein so goodly number of you may be informed that no such authority ever has, ever can, or ever will be given. to any man & if any man has been guilty of any such thing let him be treated with utter contempt & let the curse of God fall on his head, & let him be turned out of Society as unworthy of a place among men, & denounced as the blackest & the most unprincipled wretch & finally let him be damned.
We have been informed that some unprincipled men whose names we will not mention at present have been guilty of such crimes, we do not mention their names, not knowing but what there may be some among you who are not sufficiently skilled in Masonry as to keep a secret, therefore suffice it to say there are those & we therefore warn you & forewarn you in the name of the Lord to check and destroy any faith that any innocent person may have in any such character for we don’t want any body to believe any thing as coming from us contrary to the old established morals & virtues & scriptural laws regulating the habits customs & conduct of Faith [p. [2]]
favorable opportunity wherein so goodly  number of you may be informed that  no such authority ever has, ever can, or  ever will be given. to any man &  if any man has been guilty of any  such thing let him be treated with  utter contempt & let the curse of God  fall on his head, & let him be  turned out of Society as unworthy  of a place among men, & denounced  as the blackest & the most unprincipled  wretch & finally let him be damned.
We have been informed that some  unprincipled men whose names we  will not mention at present have  been guilty of such crimes, we do  not mention their names, not knowing  but what there may be some among  you who are not sufficiently skilled  in Masonry as to keep a secret, therefore  suffice it to say there are those &  we therefore warn you & forewarn you in  the name of the Lord to check and  destroy any faith that any innocent  person may have in any such  character for we don’t want any  body to believe any thing as coming  from us contrary to the old established  morals & virtues & scriptural laws regulating  the habits customs & conduct of Faith [p. [2]]
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; four pages; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: On the dating of this letter, see JS, Journal, 31 March 1842.

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