JS to Justin Butterfield • 16 January 1843
Jany 16th. 1843
Dr Sir/ I now sit down to inform you of our safe arrival home on tuesday last after a cold and troublesome journey of four days. We found our families well and cheerful. the news of our arrival was soon generally known, and when it was understood that justice had once more triumphed over oppression, and the innocent been rescued from the power of Mobocracy gladness filled the hearts of the citizens of , and gratitude to those who had so nobly and manfully defended the cause of justice and innocence was universally manifest, and of course I rejoiced with them and felt like a free man at home.
Yesterday a letter was recieved by Esqr from which was handed to me this A.M. From that letter it appears that was at a few days after we left there and that he is determined if possible to keep up the perse cution against me. I herewith transmit a copy of his letter and shall rely upon your council in the event of any further attempt to oppress me and deprive me of liberty; but I am in hopes that will not gratify the spirit of oppression and mobocracy so glaringly manifest in the conduct of .
The following is a copy of his letter
“. Ill. Jan 10— 1843”
“Mr. and ”
“It is a long time since I have written you, and I should now much desire to see you, but I leave to night for to meet the Messenger charged with the arrest of Joseph Smith, , , and others; for murder, burglary, treason &c &c who will be demanded in a few days on new indictments found by the grand jury of a called court on the original evidence, and in relation to which a nolle prosequi was entered by the district Attorney. New proceedings have been gotten up on the old charges— and no Habeas Corpus can then save them. We shall try Smith on the case when we get him into .
The war goes bravely on, and altho’ Smith thinks he is now safe the enemy is near, even at the door. He has awoke the wrong passenger. The will relinquish Joe up at once on the new requisition there is but one opinion on the case, and that is nothing can save Joe on a new requisition and demand predicated on the old charges, on the institution of a new writs. He must go to , but he shall not be harmed if he is not guilty, but he is a murderer and must suffer the penalty of the law. Enough on that subject.”
“I hope that both of your kind and amiable families are well, and you will please give them all my best respects. I hope to see you all soon. When the officer arrives I shall be near at hand— I shall see you all again. [p. 243]