Joseph admits to having his own infirmities just like how "the brethren" have their own infirmities.

Oct 29, 1842
Speech / Court Transcript
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Scribed Paraphrase

Discourse, 29 October 1842, 208, The Joseph Smith Papers website, accessed November 6, 2023

William Clayton
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

President Joseph spoke to them considerable, showing them the proper course to pursue and how to act in regard to making purchases of land &c. He showed them that it was generally in consequence of the brethren disobeying or disregarding council, that they became dissatisfied and murmered; and many when they arrived here were dissatisfied with the conduct of some of the saints because every thing was not done perfectly right, and they get mad and thus the devil gets advantage over them to destroy them. He said he was but a man and they must not expect him to be perfect; if they expected perfection from him, he should expect it from them, but if they would bear with his infirmities and the infirmities of the brethren, he would likewise bear with their infirmities. He said, it was likely he would have again to hide up in the woods, but they must not be discouraged but roll on the city, the Temple &c. When his enemies took away his rights he would bear it and keep out of the way but “if they take away your rights I will fight for you.”

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