<July 2> We are anxious for a settlement of the difficulties existing between us, upon honorable and constitutional principles.
We are willing for twelve disinterested men, six to be chosen by each party, and these men shall say what the possessions of those men are worth who cannot live with us in the ; and they shall have their money in one year; and none of the Mormons shall enter that county to reside until the money is paid. The damages that we have sustained in consequence of being driven away, shall also be left to the above twelve men. Or they may all live in the , if they
choose, and we will never molest them if they will let us alone, and permit us to enjoy our rights. We want to live in peace with all men, and equal rights is all we ask. We wish to be come permanent citizens of this , and wish to bear our proportion in support of the government, and to be protected by its laws. If the above proposi tions are complied with, we are willing to give security on our part; and we shall want the same of the people of for the performance of
this agreement. We do not wish to settle down in a body, except where we can purchase the lands with money; for to take possession by the Conquest or the shedding of blood, is entirely foreign to our feelings. The shedding of blood we shall not be guilty of, until all just and honorable means among men, prove insufficient to restore peace.”
(signed) Joseph Smith, Junr, , , , , John S. Carter.”
“To John Lincoln, Geo. K. Morehead John Sconce, James H. Long, James Collins