Letter to William W. Phelps, 22 July 1840

Nauvoo Hancock Co Ills
July 22nd. 1840
I must say that it is with no ordinary  feelings I endeavour to write a few lines to you in answer  to yours of the 29th. Ultimo, at the same time I am rejoiced  at the priveledge granted me. You may in some measure  realise what my feelings, as well as Elder [Sidney] Rigdon’s & Bro  Hyrum [Smith]’s were when we read your letter, truly our hearts were  melted into tenderness and compassion when we assertained  your resolves &c
I can assure you I feel a disposition to act on  your case in a manner that will meet the approbation of  Jehovah (whose servant I am) and agreeably to the principles  of truth and righteousness which have been revealed  and inasmuch as long-suffering patience and mercy have  ever characterized the dealings of our heavenly Father towards  the humble and penitent, I feel disposed, to copy the  example and cherish the same principles, by so doing be  a savior of my fellow men
It is true, that we have suffered much in consequence  of your behavior— the cup of gall already full enough for  mortals to drink, was indeed filled to overflowing when you  turned against us: One with whom we had oft taken  sweet council to gether, and enjoyed many refreshing seasons  from the Lord “Had it been an enemy we could have borne it”  In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day when  Strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered  into his gates and cast lots upon Far West even thou wast as  one of them. But thou shouldst not have looked on [p. 157]
JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to William W. Phelps, Dayton, OH, 22 July 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 157–158; JS Collection, CHL.