History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 4​> to enter into an argument to prove a position which is evident from an inspection of the laws themselves. I am very respectfully your friend .”
The Legion is not as has been falsely represented by its enemies, exclusively a Mormon Military association, but a body of citizen soldiers organized (without regard to political preferences or religious sentiments) for the public defence, the general good, and the preservation of law and order— to save the innocent, unoffending citizen from the iron grasp of the oppressor, and perpetuate and sustain our free institutions against misrule, anarchy, and mob violence— no other views are entertained or tolerated— The general parades of the Legion will be in the City of , but all other musters will be within the bounds of the respective Companies, Battalions, Regiments, and Cohorts. The 8th. sec of “An Act for the organization and government of the Militia of this ” in force July 2. 1833, provides, that “when any person shall enroll himself in a volunteer company, he shall forthwith give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the Company in which he was enrolled,” &c, and that the commanding officer of a regiment or battalion, may in a certain contingency, “dissolve such company”; and some of the petty, ignorant and impudent— militia officers maintain that such is still the law: but those blind leaders of the blind are informed, that the 11th. Sec. of “An Act encouraging volunteer companies. approved March 2. 1837” reads as follows, “So much of the 8th. section of an act entitled an act for the organization and government of the Militia of this , in force July 2nd. 1833, as requires a volunteer to give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the company in which he was enrolled, and authorizes commandments of regiments to disband Independent Companies, be, and the same is hereby repealed.” If officers act upon the obsolete laws of the “little book” which have been repealed years since, it will be sweet to the taste, but “make the belly bitter;” and should any civil or military officer attempt to enforce the collection of any military fines upon the members of the Legion, excepting when such fines are assessed by the Court Martial of the Legion, such persons are directed to apply to the Master in Chancery, for , for an injunction to stay the illegal proceedings. The Militia companies of , and citizens generally, are respectfully invited to unite with the Legion, and partake of its privileges. [HC 4:355] All officers are required to enforce the most rigid discipline on all days of public parade: Persons holding enrolling orders are directed to act with energy, consummate their trust, and make prompt returns to the office of the . The Lieutenant General desires that all his Friends should attach themselves to some company, either in the 1st. or 2nd. Cohort. This will enable them to receive correct military instruction, under the teachings of experienced officers, according to the drill and discipline of the Army— and qualify them for efficient service in the cause of their beloved , and , in the hour of peril. The eleven companies of minute men will at all times hold themselves in readiness to execute the laws as originally instructed by the general officers— The officers and troops of the Legion are directed to treat with proper respect and decorum, all other officers and troops in the service of this , or of the . Officers are ordered to treat their troops with [p. 1200]
May 4 to enter into an argument to prove a position which is evident from an inspection of the laws themselves. I am very respectfully your friend .”
The Legion is not as has been falsely represented by its enemies, exclusively a Mormon Military association, but a body of citizen soldiers organized (without regard to political preferences or religious sentiments) for the public defence, the general good, and the preservation of law and order— to save the innocent, unoffending citizen from the iron grasp of the oppressor, and perpetuate and sustain our free institutions against misrule, anarchy, and mob violence— no other views are entertained or tolerated— The general parades of the Legion will be in the City of , but all other musters will be within the bounds of the respective Companies, Battalions, Regiments, and Cohorts. The 8th. sec of “An Act for the organization and government of the Militia of this ” in force July 2. 1833, provides, that “when any person shall enroll himself in a volunteer company, he shall forthwith give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the Company in which he was enrolled,” &c, and that the commanding officer of a regiment or battalion, may in a certain contingency, “dissolve such company”; and some of the petty, ignorant and impudent— militia officers maintain that such is still the law: but those blind leaders of the blind are informed, that the 11th. Sec. of “An Act encouraging volunteer companies. approved March 2. 1837” reads as follows, “So much of the 8th. section of an act entitled an act for the organization and government of the Militia of this , in force July 2nd. 1833, as requires a volunteer to give notice in writing to the commanding officer of the company in which he was enrolled, and authorizes commandments of regiments to disband Independent Companies, be, and the same is hereby repealed.” If officers act upon the obsolete laws of the “little book” which have been repealed years since, it will be sweet to the taste, but “make the belly bitter;” and should any civil or military officer attempt to enforce the collection of any military fines upon the members of the Legion, excepting when such fines are assessed by the Court Martial of the Legion, such persons are directed to apply to the Master in Chancery, for , for an injunction to stay the illegal proceedings. The Militia companies of , and citizens generally, are respectfully invited to unite with the Legion, and partake of its privileges. [HC 4:355] All officers are required to enforce the most rigid discipline on all days of public parade: Persons holding enrolling orders are directed to act with energy, consummate their trust, and make prompt returns to the office of the . The Lieutenant General desires that all his Friends should attach themselves to some company, either in the 1st. or 2nd. Cohort. This will enable them to receive correct military instruction, under the teachings of experienced officers, according to the drill and discipline of the Army— and qualify them for efficient service in the cause of their beloved , and , in the hour of peril. The eleven companies of minute men will at all times hold themselves in readiness to execute the laws as originally instructed by the general officers— The officers and troops of the Legion are directed to treat with proper respect and decorum, all other officers and troops in the service of this , or of the . Officers are ordered to treat their troops with [p. 1200]
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