Henry Caswall writes about the death of Joseph.
Henry Caswall, Letter, August 3, 1844, rep. "Death of the Mormon Prophet," Millennial Star 5, no. 4 (September 1844): 58
My Dear Sir,—As several accounts have been published respecting the death of the Mormon Prophet, I send you the following, which you may rely upon as authentic. It is extracted from a letter written by a gentleman living near Nauvoo, who extended to me his kind hospitality while I was collecting on the spot, in 1842, materials for the history of Mormonism.—There is something extremely awful in the termination of the earthly career of the daring impostor, and we may imagine his agony when about the enter upon eternity, he uttered his last exlamation, "O God!" At the early age of thirty-nine, after an unprecedented career in villany, he has met with a terrible retribution. He "ploughed wickedness," and "reaped iniquity." "His years have been shortened," he has "perished, and come to a fearful end."
I remain, my dear sir, yours very truly,
Henry Caswall, Curate of Figheldean.