country will again prosper, and plenty, and un parallelled prosperity abound.
TO THE PUBLIC.
Lest wrong impressions should obtain abroad, detrimental to the interest and influence of President Joseph Smith, respecting a marriage notice, which appeared in the Times and Sea sons, of the 15th February ult. I deem it a privilege to make a short statement of facts con cerning the matter, which, I am confident, will entirely exonerate that gentleman from all blame or censure, which may have been put upon him on account of the publication of said notice.
On the 6th of Feb. I gave possession of the establishment, to the purcha ser on the behalf of the Twelve; at which time my responsibility ceased as editor. On the 7th this marriage took place, and the notice was written by one of the hands in the office, and put in type by one of the boys, without, undoubtedly, any expectation of its being printed. At this time it was not fully decided whether President Smith should take the responsibility of editor, or not, therefore that paper went
to press with out his personal inspection; and as this article was standing in type with the other matter, it found its way into the paper unnoticed, as both the person who wrote it, and the boy, together with other journeymen, had been discharged by the purchasers, also, the proof reader did not observe it, as the words used were printer’s phrases and he was not looking for any thing indecorous or unbecoming. The first time Pres’t. Smith or saw the article, was af ter the papers had been struck off, when it was too late to remedy the evil. We both felt very sorely mortified, at the time; but I am fully per suaded that the kind readers of the Times will cheerfully overlook whatever fault there may be, as that was the first time any such thing ever appeared in the columns of this paper, and not attribute any blame to Pres’t. Smith, as he is not guilty in the least, and had no knowledge of the thing until it was too late.
I will here take the liberty to state that from an intimate acquaintance of near seven years with Pres’t. Joseph Smith, I never yet have seen a single indecent or unbecoming word or sentence, from his pen, but to the reverse; therefore I can with all confidence, assure the patrons of this paper, that they have nothing to fear, but every thing to hope for, in the ex change of editors.
For the Times and Seasons.
March 14, 1842.
President Joseph Smith:—
I see, in the last ‘War saw Signal,’ a very wanton and ungen tlemanly attack upon yourself, made by the of that paper. The editor’s article, however, is in perfect keeping with his fell and natural spirit for calum niating the innocent and oppressed. I have, for some time past, been a con stant reader of that paper, and feel my self perfectly safe in saying, that scarce ly a single number of it has ever been is sued, that was not surcharged with epi thets of the foulest and basest character, perpetrated against a high-minded and intelligent portion of community, and fab ricated by himself—or some individual equally as corrupt—to answer his own wicked and nefarious purposes.
What I allude to, more particularly, is his remarks relative to a marriage no tice which appeared in a former num ber of the Times and Seasons, charging you with being its author. I should have remained silent upon this subject, had he made the attack upon any individual but yourself. But justice to your character renders it an imperious duty for me to speak and exonerate you from the false imputations of the . Therefore, be it known to that gentleman—if his heart is not wholly impervious to declarations of TRUTH—that the little notice that has so much ruffled his very chaste and moral feelings. emenated from the pen of no indi vidual other than—myself (!) “Urekah! Urekah!!” Then I would say to the sa gacious editor of the Signal—
“Hush, babe, lay still and slumber!”
I speak knowingly when I say, that notice went in the Times and Seasons entirely without your sanction, and you knew nothing of its existence until that edition had been ‘worked off’ and circu lated—the proof sheet not being examin ed by you.
After this declaration, I hope the edi tor of the Signal will do you the justice to exculpate you from the wholesale char ges which I have been, in some degree, the means of calling upon your head; and, if he must blame any person for the notice, let his anathemas, like an ava lanche, flow upon me—I will bear the burthen of my own foibles.
With sentiments of respect,
I remain, Sir, your ob’t serv’t,
L[yman] O. LITTLEFIELD.