William W. Phelps to John P. Greene • 23 April 1839
Mo— April 23rd 1839
The summit end of Mr Benson’s Mill dam was carried away by the late freshet, and unless repaired, it will all go the next. The Committee have gone, and if would send me a power of attorney in connection with Mr Benson’s and s, I have a chance to sell it before it is all lost. May be I might save the Old Gentleman something which I promised I would do if possible because they now need.
Will you have them do so.
JS to William W. Phelps • 22 May 1839
May 22nd 1839
In answer to yours of 23rd April to 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.
Robert B. Thompson to the First Presidency • 13 May 1839
To the of the , Greeting.
I beg leave to call your attention to a subject of considerable importance to our Church, and which if not attended to is calculated (in my humble opinion) to raise a prejudice in the minds of a considerable portion of the community and destroy those benevolent and philanthropic feelings which have been manifested towards us as a people by a large portion of this community: I have reference to the Letters of Bro [p. 7]