Letter to Robert B. Thompson, 25 May 1839

Commerce, Hancock Co Ill 25,th May 1839
Dear Sir
In answer to your’s of the 13th Inst. to us concerning  the writings of Col, Lyman Wight on the subject of our late sufferings in the State of  Missouri; we wish to say that as to a statement of our persecutions being brought  before the world as a political question, we entirely disapprove of it.
Having however great confidence in Col, Wight’s good intentions  and considering it to be the indefeisible right of every free man to hold his own opinion  in politics as well as to religion, we will only say that we consider it to be unwise as  it is unfair to charge any one party in politics, or any one sect of religionists with  having been our oppressors, since we do well know that our persecutors in the State of  Missouri were of every sect, and of all parties both religious and political: and as  Brother Wight disclaims having spoken evil of any administration save that of  Missouri, we presume that it need not be feared that men of sense will now suppose  him wishful to implicate any other.— We consider that in making these remarks  we express the sentiments of the Church in general as well as our own individually, and  also when we say in conclusion that we feel the fullest confidence, that when the subject  of our wrongs has been fully investigated by the authorities of the United States, we  shall receive the most perfect justice at their hands; whilst our unfeeling oppressors  shall be brought to condign punishment with the approbation of a free and an enlight ened people without respect to sect or party.
We desire that you may make whatever use you may  think proper of this letter, and remain Your Sincere friends and Brethren.
Joseph Smith Jr
Elder R[obert] B. Thompson. [p. 11]
First Presidency, letter, Commerce, IL, to Robert B. Thompson, 25 May 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 11; JS Collection, CHL.