Letter to John Whitmer, 9 April 1838

Far West April 9th 1838
Sir. We were desireous of  honouring you by giving publicity to your  notes on the history of the Church of Latter day  Saints, after such corrections as we thaught  would be necessary; knowing your incom petency as a historian, and that your writ ings coming from your pen, could not be  put to the press, without our correcting  them, or elce the Church must suffer rep roach; Indeed Sir, we never supposed you  capable of writing a history; but were willing  to let it come out under your name notwith standing it would realy not be yours but  ours. We are still willing to honour you,  if you can be made to know your own interest  and give up your notes, so that they can be corr ected, and made fit for the press. But if not, we  have all the materials for another, which we  shall commence this week to write
your humble Servents
AttestJoseph Smith Jr
E[benezer] RobinsonSidney Rigdon
ClerkPresidents of the whole
Church of Latterday Saints
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JS and Sidney Rigdon, letter, Far West, MO, to John Whitmer, MO, 9 Apr. 1838; handwriting of George W. Robinson; in JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838, p. 28; CHL.