I have, of late, been perusing Mr.
Harbin ger.” I never have rejoiced to see men of corrupt hearts step forward and
assume the authority and pretend to teach the ways of God—this is, and always has
been a matter of grief; therefore I cannot but be thankful, that I have been
instrumental in the provi dence of our heavenly Father in drawing forth, before
the eyes of the world, the spirits by which certain ones,
who profess to be “Reformers, and Restorers of ancient princi ples,” are
actuated! I have always had the
satisfaction of seeing the truth triumph over error, and darkness give way before
light, when such men were provoked to expose the
corruption of their own hearts, by crying delusion, deception, and false prophets,
accusing the innocent, and condemning the guiltless, and exalting themselves to
the stations of gods, to lead blind-fold, men to perdition!
I have never been blessed, (if it
may be called such,) with a personal acquaintance with , neither a personal interview; but the great
man, not unfrequently condescends to notice an
individual of as obscure birth as myself, if I am at liberty to in terpret the
language of his “Harbinger,” where he says, “Joe Smith! Joe Smith! im posture!
imposture!” I have
noticed a strange thing! I will inform you of my mean ing, though I presume you
have seen the same ere this. was very lav ish of his expositions of
the falsity and incorrectness of the book of Mormon, some time
since, but of late, since the publication of the Evening and the Morning
Star, has said little or nothing, except some of his back-handed cants. He did, to
be sure, about the time the was established in , come
out with a lengthy article, in which he undertook to prove that it was incorrect
and contrary to the former revelations of the Lord. Perhaps, he is
of opinion that he so completely overthrew the foundation on which it was based,
that all that is now wanting to effect an utter downfall of those who have
embraced its principles is, to continue to bark and howl, and cry, Joe Smith! false prophet! and
ridicule every man who may be disposed to examine the evidences which God has
given to the world of its truth!
I have never
, nor received a communication from him but a public notice
in his paper:—If you will give this short note a place in the Star you
will do me a kindness, as I take this course to inform the gentleman, that
while he is breathing out scurrility he is effectually showing the honest,
the motives and principles by which he is governed, and often causes men
to investigate and embrace the book of Mormon, who might otherwise never
have perused it. I am satisfied, therefore he should continue his
scurrility; indeed, I am more than gratified, because his cry of
Joe Smith! false prophet!
false prophet! must manifest to all men the spirit he is of, and serves to open the
eyes of the people.
I wish to inform him further, that
as he has, for a length of time, smitten me upon one cheek, and I have offered no
resistance, I have turned the other also, to obey the commandment of our
Savior; and am content to sit awhile longer in silence and see the great
work of God roll on, amid the opposition of this world in the face of every
scan dal and falsehood which may be invented and put in circulation.
I am your
brother in the testamony of the book of Mormon,
and shall ever