Letter to William Smith, 18 December 1835

not feel to cast any reflections, upon any  one that had spoken; but I felt that it  was my <the> duty of old men that set as presi dents to be as grave, at least as young men,  and that it was our duty to smile at solid  arguments, and sound reasoning, and be im preesed, with solemnity, which should be man ifest in our countanance, when folly and that  which militates against truth and righteousn ess, rears its head
Therefore in the spirit of my calling and  in view of the authority of the priesthood that  has been confered upon me, it would be my du ty to reprove whatever I esteemed to be wrong fon dly hoping in my heart that all parties, would  concider it right, and therefore humble themsel ves, that satan might not take the advantage  of us, and hinder the progress of our School.
Now Br. William I want you should bear  with me, notwithstanding my plainness—
I would say to you that my feelings, were  grieved at the interuption you made upon  Elder McLellen [William E. McLellin], I thought, you should have  concidered your relation, with him, in your  Apostle ship, and not manifest any division  of sentiment, between you, and him, for a  surrounding multitude to take the advan tage of you:— Therefore by way of entreaty, on  the account of the anxiety I had for your inf luence and wellfare, I said, unto you, do  not have any feelings, or something to that  amount, why I am thus particular, is that  if You, have misconstrued, my feelings,  toward you, you may be corrected.— [p. 81]
JS, letter, Kirtland, OH, to William Smith, Kirtland, Ohio, 18 Dec. 1835; handwriting of Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 80–87; JS Collection, CHL.