Having learned from the first No.
Ad vocate, that you were, not only about to “give a history of
the rise and progress of the
that said “history would necessarily embrace my life and
character,” I have been induced to give you the time and place of my
birth; as I have learned that many of the opposers of those
principles which I have held forth to the world, profess a personal
acquaintance with me, though when in my presence, rep resent me to be
another person in age, edu cation, and stature, from what I am.
I was born, (according to the record of the same, kept by
my parents,) in the town of Sharon, Windsor Co. Vt.
on the 23rd of December,
At the age of ten
my father’s family remo ved to
N.Y. where, and in the vi cinity of which, I lived, or, made it my
place of residence, until I was twenty one—the
lat ter part, in the town of
During this time, as is common to most, or all youths, I
fell into many vices and fol lies; but as my accusers are, and have been
forward to accuse me of being guilty of gross and outragious
violations of the peace and good order of the community, I take the
oc casion to remark, that, though, as I have said above, “as is common
to most, or all youths, I fell into many vices and follies,” I have
not, neither can it be sustained, in truth, been guilty of wronging or
injuring any man or society of men; and those imperfections to which
I alude, and for which I have often had occasion to lament, were a light,
and too often, vain mind, exhibiting a foolish and tri fling
This being all, and the worst, that my
ac cusers can substantiate against my moral character, I wish to add,
that it is not with out a deep feeling of regret that I am thus called
upon in answer to my own conscience, to fulfill a duty I owe to myself, as
well as to the cause of truth, in making this public confession of my
former uncircumspect walk, and unchaste conversation: and more
partic ularly, as I often acted in violation of those holy precepts
which I knew came from God. But as the “” of this
church are plain upon this particular point, I do not deem it
important to proceed fur ther. I only add, that I do not, nor never
have, pretended to be any other than a man “subject to passion,” and
liable, without the assisting grace of the Savior, to deviate from
that perfect path in which all men are
By giving the
above a place in your valuable paper, you will confer a lasting favor
up on myself, as an individual, and, as I humbly hope, subserve the
cause of righteousness.
I am, with feelings of esteem, your
fellow laborer in the gospel of our Lord.
JOSEPH SMITH jr.