185 years ago today - Apr 9, 1838

Letter [from Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon] Sent to John Whitmer in consequence of [his] with[h]olding the records [history] of the Church ...// Sir, We were desireous of hononoring you by giving publicity to your notes on the history of the Church of Latter-day Saints After Such corrections as we thought would be necessary. Knowing your incompetency as a historian and that your writings coming from your pen could not be put to the press without our correcting them, or elce [else] the Church must Suffer reproach.// Indeed Sir, we never Supposed you capable of writing a history ... //[Whitmer does not return the history. It can be viewed here: http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/john-whitmer-history-1831-circa-1847/1]

[Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1838, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

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