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Letter to John Thornton and Others, 25 July 1836

gentlemen, that while you reflect upon  the fact, that the citizens of Clay coun ty 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 Clay, 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.
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JS, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, Frederick G. Williams, and Hyrum Smith, letter, Kirtland, OH, to John Thornton, Peter Rogers, Andrew Robertson, James T. V. Thompson, William T. Wood, Woodson J. Moss, James Hughs, David R. Atchison, and Alexander Doniphan, Clay County, MO, 25 July 1836; Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, Aug. 1836, pp. 355–359.

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