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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 22​> we have done wrong, we appeal to the Laws of this — Having heard a report that your had called upon several companies of Militia to prepare themselves and be in readiness, in case of emergency, we would further ask of your , that if the or should be in danger, that the Nauvoo Legion may have the privilege of shewing their loyalty in the defence thereof. We have the fullest confidence in the honor, justice, and integrity of your , and feel confidence that we have only to present our case before you to ensure protection believing that the cries of so many peaceable and patriotic citizens will not be disregarded by your . We therefore ask you, as the Chief Magistrate of this , to grant us our request’s, and we as in duty bound, will ever pray.” Signed by the , and — — — City Council,
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This forenoon I attended a general meeting of the Citizens at the Esqre. Presiding— The object of the meeting was to correct the public mind relative to false reports, put in circulation by and others, and General presented the following Resolution “Resolved— That having heard that was circulating many base falsehoods respecting a number of the Citizens of , and especially against our worthy and respected Mayor, Joseph Smith, we do hereby manifest to the world that so far as we are acquainted with Joseph Smith, we know him to be a good, moral, virtuous, peaceable and patriotic man, and a firm supporter of law, justice, and equal rights; that he at all times upholds and keeps inviolate the Constitution of this , and of the ” which resolution was adopted by the numerous assembly. The assembly came together in the <​afternoon​> <​afternoon​> and [HC 5:70] about 800 signed the foregoing petition presented by the City Council to . The “Ladies Relief Society” also drew up a petition signed by about one thousand Ladies speaking in the highest terms of the virtue, philanthrophy; and benevolence of Joseph Smith; begging that he might not be injured, and that they and their families might have the privilege of enjoying their peaceable rights. A Petition was also drawn up by many Citizens in, and near , who were not Mormons, setting forth the same things—
“State of Illinois— County of . I hereby certify that on the 17th. day of May last subscribed and swore to the Affidavit over my signature of that date, and published in the Wasp, after writing the same in my presence, in the office where I was employed in taking depositions of witnesses. The door of the room was open and free for all or any person to pass or repass. After signing and being qualified to the affidavit aforesaid, he requested to speak with me at the door; I followed him out— he told me some persons had been lying about him and showed me a writing granting him the privilege to withdraw from the Church, and remarked that the matter was perfectly understood between him and the heads of the Church; and that he had resigned the Mayors Office, and should resign the office he held in the Legion; but as there was a Court Martial to be held in a few days, Joseph Smith desired that he would wait until that was over. I was in the City Council on the 19th. day [p. 1359]
July 22 we have done wrong, we appeal to the Laws of this — Having heard a report that your had called upon several companies of Militia to prepare themselves and be in readiness, in case of emergency, we would further ask of your , that if the or should be in danger, that the Nauvoo Legion may have the privilege of shewing their loyalty in the defence thereof. We have the fullest confidence in the honor, justice, and integrity of your , and feel confidence that we have only to present our case before you to ensure protection believing that the cries of so many peaceable and patriotic citizens will not be disregarded by your . We therefore ask you, as the Chief Magistrate of this , to grant us our request’s, and we as in duty bound, will ever pray.” Signed by the , and — — — City Council,
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This forenoon I attended a general meeting of the Citizens at the Esqre. Presiding— The object of the meeting was to correct the public mind relative to false reports, put in circulation by and others, and General presented the following Resolution “Resolved— That having heard that was circulating many base falsehoods respecting a number of the Citizens of , and especially against our worthy and respected Mayor, Joseph Smith, we do hereby manifest to the world that so far as we are acquainted with Joseph Smith, we know him to be a good, moral, virtuous, peaceable and patriotic man, and a firm supporter of law, justice, and equal rights; that he at all times upholds and keeps inviolate the Constitution of this , and of the ” which resolution was adopted by the numerous assembly. The assembly came together in the afternoon and [HC 5:70] about 800 signed the foregoing petition presented by the City Council to . The “Ladies Relief Society” also drew up a petition signed by about one thousand Ladies speaking in the highest terms of the virtue, philanthrophy; and benevolence of Joseph Smith; begging that he might not be injured, and that they and their families might have the privilege of enjoying their peaceable rights. A Petition was also drawn up by many Citizens in, and near , who were not Mormons, setting forth the same things—
“State of Illinois— County of . I hereby certify that on the 17th. day of May last subscribed and swore to the Affidavit over my signature of that date, and published in the Wasp, after writing the same in my presence, in the office where I was employed in taking depositions of witnesses. The door of the room was open and free for all or any person to pass or repass. After signing and being qualified to the affidavit aforesaid, he requested to speak with me at the door; I followed him out— he told me some persons had been lying about him and showed me a writing granting him the privilege to withdraw from the Church, and remarked that the matter was perfectly understood between him and the heads of the Church; and that he had resigned the Mayors Office, and should resign the office he held in the Legion; but as there was a Court Martial to be held in a few days, Joseph Smith desired that he would wait until that was over. I was in the City Council on the 19th. day [p. 1359]
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