Letter to the Editors, 6 May 1841

City of Nauvoo. 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. Ste phen A. Douglass [Douglas], Justice of the Su preme Court and Judge of the fifth Judi cial Circuit of the State of Illinois, and  Cyrus Walker Esq. of Macomb, who  expressed great pleasure in visiting our  city, 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 Mayor; and  they severally addressed the assembly.  Judge Douglass, 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 Nauvoo, 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.
Mr.Walker 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.
Judge Douglass 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. Mr.  Walker 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  state.
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 Missouri, 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, (Douglass & Walk er) 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.  Douglass & Walker, have long been  held in high estimation as politicians,  being champions of the two great par ties that exist in the State; 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]
JS, Letter, Nauvoo, IL, to Editors of the Times and Seasons, Nauvoo, IL, 6 May 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 May 1841, 2:414.