James Arlington Bennet
Bennet, James Arlington (1788-1863), was born on 21 Dec. 1788 in New York. He married Sophia Smith around 1811. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1842, from the University of Nauvoo while Wilford Woodruff was serving on the Nauvoo City Council. Bennet was baptized by Brigham Young in 1843. He died in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York on 25 Dec. 1863.
Excerpt:than to have the indians & British upon us & destroy us all. we should grasp all the territory we can and I know, much that I do not tell I have had bribes offered me, but I have rejected them. The government will not receive any thing from me they are self sufficient, but they must go to Hell & work out their own salvation with fear & trembling as soon as texas was annexed I would liberate two or three states & pay them for their slaves & let them go to Mexico whare they ...Dates:March 8, 1844 March 9, 1844