at all approve of the course which you have thought proper to take in making the subject of our sufferings a political question, at the same time you will percieve that we there express, what we really feel, that is, a confidence of your good intentions in so doing. And (as I took occasion to state to the council) knowing your integrity of principle and steadfastness in the cause of Christ, I feel not to exercise even the privilege of council on the subject save only to request that you will endeavor to bear in mind the importance of the subject, and how easy it might be to get into difficulty a misunder standing with the brethren concerning it, and though last, not least that whilst you continue to go upon your own credit, you will also steer clear of making the Church appear as either supporting or opposing you in your politics, lest such a course may have a tendency to bring about persecu tion on the Church where a little wisdom and caution may avoid it.
I do not know that there is any occasion for my thus cau tioning you in this thing, but having done so, I hope it will be well taken and that all things shall eventually be found to work together for the good of the Saints. I should be happy to have you here to dwell amongst us, and am in hopes soon to have that pleasure. I was happy to receive your favour of the 20th Inst and to observe the contents, and beg to say in reply that I shall attend to what you therein suggest, and shall feel pleasure at all times to answer any request of yours, and attend to them also in the best man ner possible. With every possible feeling of love and friendship for an old fellow-prisoner, and brother in the Lord. I remain Sir,
Your Sincere Friend
Joseph Smith Jr