Letterbook 2

P.S. If you do not intend to be in Quincy this week would you favor us with your opinions  on this subject &c &c.
Quincy Monday Morning
13th May 1839.

First Presidency to Robert B. Thompson • 25 May 1839

Commerce, Hancock Co Ill 25,th May 1839
Dear Sir
In answer to your’s of the 13th Inst. to us concerning  the writings of Col, Lyman Wight on the subject of our late sufferings in the State of  Missouri; we wish to say that as to a statement of our persecutions being brought  before the world as a political question, we entirely disapprove of it.
Having however great confidence in Col, Wight’s good intentions  and considering it to be the indefeisible right of every free man to hold his own opinion  in politics as well as to religion, we will only say that we consider it to be unwise as  it is unfair to charge any one party in politics, or any one sect of religionists with  having been our oppressors, since we do well know that our persecutors in the State of  Missouri were of every sect, and of all parties both religious and political: and as  Brother Wight disclaims having spoken evil of any administration save that of  Missouri, we presume that it need not be feared that men of sense will now suppose  him wishful to implicate any other.— We consider that in making these remarks  we express the sentiments of the Church in general as well as our own individually, and  also when we say in conclusion that we feel the fullest confidence, that when the subject  of our wrongs has been fully investigated by the authorities of the United States, we  shall receive the most perfect justice at their hands; whilst our unfeeling oppressors  shall be brought to condign punishment with the approbation of a free and an enlight ened people without respect to sect or party.
We desire that you may make whatever use you may  think proper of this letter, and remain Your Sincere friends and Brethren.
Joseph Smith Jr
Elder R[obert] B. Thompson.

JS to George W. Harris • 24 May 1839

Commerce Ill, May 24th 1839
Dear Sir
I write you to say that I have selected a Town lot for you  just across the street from my own, and immediately beside yours one for Mr [John] Cleveland [p. 11]
Letterbook 2, [1839–ca. summer 1843]; handwriting of Howard Coray, James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, Willard Richards, John Fullmer, William Clayton, and George Walker; 238 leaves, 245 pages of letters, plus 26 pages of index and 83 pages of company records for Rigdon, Smith, & Co.; JS Collection, CHL.
Note: This book was originally used as a ledger, then turned over and repurposed as a letterbook. The ledger portion will be posted on this website at a later date.