I have, of
late, been perusing Mr.
Campbell’s “Millennial 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
Campbell, 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.
Campbell was very lav ish of his expositions of the falsity and
incorrectness of the
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
Campbell, 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