City of . May 6, 1841.
To the Editors of the Times & Seasons,
I wish, through the me dium of your paper, to make known, that on Sunday last, I had the honor of receiving a visit from the Hon. , Justice of the Su preme Court and Judge of the fifth Judi cial Circuit of the State of , and Esq. of , who expressed great pleasure in visiting our , and were astonished at the im provements which were made. They were officially introduced to the con gregation who had assembled on the meeting ground, by the ; and they severally addressed the assembly. , expressed his satis faction of what he had seen and heard respecting our people and took that op portunity of returning thanks to the citizens of , for confering upon him the freedom of the city, stating that he was not aware of rendering us any service, sufficiently important to deserve such marked honor; and like wise spoke in high terms of our loca tion and the improvements we had made, and that our enterprise and indus try were highly creditable to us indeed.
spoke much in
favor of the place, the industry of the citizens &c. and
hoped they would continue to enjoy all the blessings and priveleges
of our free and glorious Constitution, and as a patriot and a
freeman he was willing at all times to stand boldly in defence
of liberty and law.
It must indeed be satisfactory to this community to know, that kind and gen erous feelings exist in the hearts of men of such high reputation and mor al and intellectual worth.
has ever proved him self friendly to this people; and inter ested himself to obtain for us our several charters, holding at that time the office of Secretary of State. also ranks high, and has long held a standing at the bar, which few attain, and is considered one of the most able and profound jurists in the .
The sentiments they expressed on the occasion, were highly honorable to them as American citizens, and as gentlemen.
How different their conduct, from that of the official characters in the state of , whose minds were prejudiced to such an extent, that in stead of mingling in our midst and as certaining for themselves our charac ter, kept entirely aloof, but were ready at all times to listen to those who had the “poison of adders under their tongues,” and who sought our over throw.
Let every person who may have in bibed sentiments prejudicial to us, imi tate the honorable example of our dis tinguished visitors, ( & ) and I believe they will find much less to condemn then they anticipated, and probably a great deal to commend.
What makes the late visit more pleasing, is the fact, that Messrs. & , have long been held in high estimation as politicians, being champions of the two great par ties that exist in the ; but laying aside all party strife, like brothers, citizens, and friends, they mingle with us, mutually disposed to extend to us courtesy, respect and friendship, which I hope, we shall ever be proud to re ciprocate.
I am, very respectfully, yours &c.
JOSEPH SMITH. [p. 414]