Letter to William W. Phelps, 22 May 1839

Commerce Illinois May 22nd 1839
In answer to yours of 23rd April to John P Green[e]  we have to say that we shall feel obliged by your not making yourself officious  concerning any part of our business in future. We shall be glad if you can  make off a living by minding your own affairs, and we desire (so far as you are  concerned) to be left to manage yours as well as you we can. We would much rather  loose our properties, than be molested by such interference, and as we consider  that we have already experienced much over officiousness at your hand, concerning  men and things pertaining to our concerns, we now request once for all, that  you will avoid all interference in our business or affairs, from this time henceforth  and for ever. Amen.
Joseph Smith Jr.
JS, letter, Commerce, IL, to William W. Phelps, 22 May 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, p. 7; JS Collection, CHL.