Letter from James Adams, 4 January 1840

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4th. Jany 1840
Respected Sir
I had the gratifications of the receipt of yours of the 16th Decr.; which gave me pleasure to learn that your prospects were at that early period, in a measure flattering— I also <​saw​> yours of the 19th Dec. to
We are now consulting and feeling the pulsations relative to your case— being brought before the Legislature now in session by [way] of resolutions instructing our Senators; and requesting our Representatives to urge relief in your case; what will be done yet remains uncertain; still it is my strongest impression, it will be found prudent <​to​> get the matter before our Legislature for their action thereon—
I am happy to learn that all our delegation are friendly to your intended application for relief in some shape, and it strikes me, that the views of the at this period may be the best and perhaps the only way that relief <​could​> at this time be obtained; and in that event be no injury to a future application to be restored to all your rights, when prejudice shall in a measure have subsided, and the true state of the matter be more readily received even by those whose prejudices, may have closed the avenues to reason and Justice in a matter identified with the odium so commonly attached to the sound of mormonism
This odium will naturally wear off, when [p. 95] they have time to learn that Mormons are neither or cannibals—
Your friends are generally well
I am &c
J. Smith Jr
& his associate [p. 96]


  1. 1

    This letter has not been located. (See Letter from John B. Weber, 6 Jan. 1840.)  

  2. 2

    In a letter to JS two days later, John B. Weber reported that the group of state legislators working with Weber and Adams had decided not to present any formal legislation to the Illinois legislature. (Letter from John B. Weber, 6 Jan. 1840.)  

  3. 3

    JS had previously written church leaders in Commerce, Illinois, that President Van Buren had expressed an unwillingness to help the Saints in their petitioning efforts. (Letter to Hyrum Smith and Nauvoo High Council, 5 Dec. 1839.)  

  4. 4

    This statement may refer to the position that the church’s delegation eventually took in its memorial to Congress that the redress the church sought would come only through the United States Congress. (Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, ca. 30 Oct. 1839–27 Jan. 1840.)  

  5. 5

    Elias Higbee.