Letter to William Smith, 18 December 1835

But to procede— after the school was closed  Br. Hyrum [Smith], requested, the privilege, of speaking,  you objected, however you said if he would  not abuse the school, he might speak, and  that you would not allow any man to  abuse the school in your house,—
Now you had no reason to suspect that  Hyrum, would abuse the school, therefore  my feelings were mortifyed, at those unnecessa[r]y  observations, I undertook to reason, with you  but you manifisted, an inconciderate and  stubourn spirit, I then dispared, of benefiting  you, on the account of the spirit you manif ested, which drew from, me the expression  that you was as ugly as the Devil.
Father then commanded silence and I formed  a determination, to obey his mandate, and  was about to leave the house, with the impr ession, that You was under the influence of  a wicked spirit, you replyed that you, would  say what you pleased in your own house, Father  replyed, say what you please, but let the  rest hold their, toungs, then a reflection, rushed  through my mind, of the, anxiety, and care  I had <hav> had for you and your family, in doing  what I did, in finishing your house and  providin flour for your family &c and also  father had possession in the house, as well,  as your self; and when at any time have  I transgressed, the commandments of my  father? or sold my birthright, that I  should not have the privilege of spea king in my fathers house, or in other words  in my fathers family, or in your house, [p. 82]
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.