I’ve been concerned, lately, that blogging encourages a kind of discourse that we wouldn’t otherwise see in the Saints. I was wrong.
The Warsaw Signal was a newspaper published in a small town just a little south of Nauvoo. Initially, it reported neutrally on the affairs of the Saints, but that didn’t last. It finally got to the point where Joseph Smith sent this letter:
SIR–You will discontinue my paper–its contents are calculated to pollute me, and to patronize the filthy sheet–that tissue of lies–that sink of iniquity–is disgraceful to any moral man. Yours, with utter contempt. JOSEPH SMITH
P.S. Please publish the above in your contemptible paper.
It was published, labelled “a highly important revelation . . . forwarded us, from his holiness, the Prophet.” It was followed by something that was also called a revelation: a statement of how much Joseph Smith still owed on his subscription.
quotations and information are from Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman.