JOSEPH SMITH.—"Young Joe Smith" has made a communication, defining his position. It is as follows:
In taking the head of the Mormon Church, I am running counter to the opinions of many people; but believing that "there is a destiny which shapes our ends," I am contented to let those who are astonished and opposed to each a measure stand the test of time, and an opportunity for reflection, satisfied that an in-vestigation will result in my favor.
To those familiar with the hooks upon whish our faith is founded, the Bible being the groundwork, I have no apologies to offer, and to those not familiar with them, and those who do not believe them, none is due.
I know that many stories are now being circulated in reference to what will be the result of the step I have taken. I know that many believe that I will emigrate to Salt Lake. To those who know me, it is needless for me to say that I am not going to do any such thing while the doctrine of polygamy and diso-bedience to the laws are countenanced there; to those who do not know me personally, and to whom my principles are unknown, I must say, withhold your censure until such time as I shall, by some flagrant act of disobedience to the law of the land, or some strik-ing breach of morality, deserve the just indignation of society; when I do either the one or the other, I am ready "for the opening of the vial of wrath of enraged society, and shall cheerfully receive the condemnation I shall merit.
Numbers of the readers of the Democratic press know me personally and have been warm friends to me; they know my sentiments in regard to those obnoxicus features in Utah Mormonism, and I trust in their knowledge of me as a pledge to them of what, my future actions shall be.
Religious toleration is one of the principles of our Government, and so long as any denomination shall keep within the pale of the law, so long is it entitled to the consideration and protection of Government, but when those bounds are exceeded, the claim is for-feited, and society ought to ignore it, and the law pro- claim against it.
A man is known by his acts; I have been judged heretofore by mine and I am willing still to be so judged, asking all to do so fairly and impartially, lay-ing their prejudices aside, relying not upon rumor for their knowledge, but investigating for themselves. I leave the result in the hands of him who "doeth all things well," hoping no man will judge me without knowledge.
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