that while you reflect upon the fact, that the citizens of are
urgent for our friends to leave you, that you will also bear in mind, that
by their complying with your re quest to leave, is surrendering some
of the dearest rights and first, among those inherent principles,
guaranteed in the constitution of our country; and that human
nature can be driven to a cer tain extent, when it will yield no far ther.
Therefore, while our friends suffer so
much, and forego so many sacred rights, we sincerely hope, and we
have every reason to expect it, that a suitable forbearance may be
shown by the people of , which if done, the cloud that
has been obscuring your horizon, will disperse, and you be left to
enjoy peace, harmony and prosper ity.
With sentiments of esteem and pro found respect, we are, gentlemen,
your obedient servants.
JOSEPH SMITH, Jr.
. [p. 359]