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Letterbook 2

the same manner, but publicly proclaimed against it in consequence of  the prejudace of the people and fear of trouble in my own house. By this means he accom plished his designs, he seduced a respectable female with lying and subjected her to  public infamy and disgrace.
Not contented with what he had already done he made  the attempt on others and by using the same language seduced them also.
about the early part of July 1841 I received a letter from Pittsburgh Pa  In it was contained information setting forth that said Bennett had a wife and  two or three children then living. This I red to him and he acknowledged it was true
A very short time after this he attempted to destroy himself by taking poison  but being discovered before it had taken sufficient affect, and proper antidotes  administered he again recovered.
The impression made on the minds of the public  by this event was; that he was so ashamed of his base conduct that he took this  coursse to escape the censures of a justly indignant community. It might have  been supposed that after this he would have broke off his adulterous proceedings but  to the contrary the public consternation had scarcly ceased before he was again deeply  involved in the same wicked proceedings, and continued untill a knowledge of the  fact reached my ears. I immediately charged him with the whole circumstance  and he candidly acknowledged the truth of the whole.
The foregoing facts were  established on oath before an alderman of the City.— the affidavits are now in  my possession.
In order that the truth might be fully established I asked  Bennett to testify before an alderman w[h]ether I had given him any cause  for such aggravating conduct He testified that I never taught to him that  illicit intercourses with females was under any circumstances justifiable  neither did he ever hear me teach any thing but the strictest principles of  righteousness and virtue. This affidavit is also in my possession.
I have also a similar affidavit taken before the City Council and signed by  the members of the council.
after these things transpired, and finding that  I should resist all such wicked conduct and knowing that he could no longer  maintain himself as a respectable citizen he has seen fit to leave Nauvoo, and  that very abruptly
I have been credibly informed that he is colleaguing  with some of our former cruel persecuters the missourians and that he is  threatening destruction upon us; and under these circumstances I consider it  my duty to give you information on the subject that a knowledge of his [p. 234]
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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.

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