WASHINGTON, MAY 18, 1850.
Messrs. GALES & SEATON : I shall consider myself under particular obligations to you if you will give a conspicuous place in the National Intelligencer to the notes of the Hon. RICHARD H. STANTON, of the House of Representatives, and of the Hon. JOSEPH R. UNDERWOOD, of the United States Senate, and to the accompanying extracts of a letter from Mr. Isaac Sheen, of Kentucky.
Respectfully yours, JOHN M. BERNHISEL.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MAY 14, 1850. SIR : It is proper that I should submit to you the enclosed letter from Mr. Isaac Sheen, one of the signers of a petition which I presented to the House at an early part of the present session, remonstrating against the admission of Deseret into the Union, and charging the Mormon population of that Ter-ritory with immorality, treason, and other crimes. Mr. Sheen, I presume, desires by this recantation to remove all prejudices against the interests of the people of Deseret which may have been produced by that memorial; and I know of no more effectual means of accomplishing his wishes than by publishing so much of his letter as may be necessary to show his withdrawal of the charges, and his reasons for doing so.
With much respect, your obedient servant,
Dr. J. M. BERNHISEL, R. H. STANTOXX.
Agent at Washington from Deseret.
WASHINGTON, MAY 14, 1850.
SIR : Having seen a letter from the Hon. R. H. STANTON to yourself, and which you propose to publish, containing an extract of a letter written by Isaac Sheen, I deem it just to the Mormons in the Great Salt Lake Valley to state that I have received a letter from Mr. Sheen to the same purport with that addressed by him to Mr. Stanton. You are autho-rized to publish this statement should you think proper to do so.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Dr. J. M. BERNHISEL. J. R. UNDERWOOD.
COVINGTON, (KY.) MAY 4, 1850.
DEAR SIR : About five months since a memorial was sent to your address, signed by Wm. Smith and several others, to which my name was attached, remonstrating against a State organization for the people of Deseret. Now, sir, permit me to say, that, although I cannot fellowship the religious doc-trines of the people resident there known as Mormons, yet I have become satisfied that there are many false statements in that memorial, and also in the memorial of Wm. Smith and others from Illinois. It was my firm belief at the time that the representations of Wm. Smith, on which those false state-ments were based, could be relied on, but I have ascertained that I have been greatly deceived in regard to his veracity. His complaints against the Deseret Mormons are unworthy of any attention. I cannot think of troubling you with a de-tail of all the disclosures which have been made concerning Wm. Smith. * * * I find that his accusations against the Deseret Mormons are the ebullitions of a malicious heart, and have also been made by him to divert attention from his own outrageous villany and licentiousness. I have been cre-dibly informed that to the memorial which Wm. Smith sent from Illinois he attached the names of persons who never au-thorized him to do so.
I have the honor of being your obedient servant,
Hon. R. H. STANTON, Washington.
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