History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<June 12> on the opposite shore, and far away in the distance, blue along the Western horizon, the retreating,  undulating hills of — all these objects are spread out like a map before the eye, at a coup  doeil, from the walls of the ; and the scene is as grand as it is beautiful.”
13 June 1844 • Thursday
<13> Thursday 13 At nine A. M. presided in Municipal Court which sat in the .  Present, , , , Gustavus Hills, and ,  Associate Justices. , , , ,  , , , , ,  , , , , and were arrested on the complaint of before ,  J. P. of , by , a constable of . They petitioned  for and obtained a writ of Habeas Corpus. I sat as Chief Justice, ,  , , Gustavus Hills and , as Associate Justices.
Addison Everett and James Jackson gave their testimony under oath,  when they were all honorably discharged from the accusations and arrest, the Court  deciding that said pay the costs; whereupon execution was issued for the  amount.
Evening, I attended meeting in the ;  preached, <and I made some observations afterwards, and related a dream which I had * -[see margin]->  <had a short time since. I thought I was riding out in my carriage, and my guardian angel was along with me; we went past the , and had not gone much further before we espied two large snakes so fast locked together that neither of them had  any power. I enquired of my guide what I was to understand by that; he answered “those snakes represent and — they are your enemies, and <desire to> destroy you, but you see they are so fast locked together that they have no power of themselves to  hurt you”. I then thought I was riding up Mullholland Street, but my guardian angel was not along with me. On arriving at the Prairie I was overtaken and seized by & and others saying “Ah, Ah! we have got you at last, we will secure you and put you in a safe  place”; and without any ceremony, dragged me out of my carriage, tied my hands behind me, and threw me into a deep dry pit, where I remained in a perfectly helpless condition, and <they> went away. While strugging to get out I heard screaming for help hard by; I managed  to unloose myself so as to make a spring, when I caught hold of some grass which grew at the edge of the pit; I looked out of the pit and saw at a little distance attacked by ferocious wild beasts and heard him cry out “Oh brother Joseph, come and save me”. I replied  “I cannot for you have put me into this deep pit”. On looking out another way I saw with outstretched tongue, blue in the face; and the green poison forced out of his mouth caused by the coiling of a large snake round his body; it had also grabbed him by the arm a little above the elbow  ready to devour him. He cried out in the intensity of his agony “Oh brother Joseph, brother Joseph come and save me or I die”. I also replied to him “I cannot — I would willingly, but you have tied me and put me in this pit and I am powerless to help you or to liberate myself”. In a short time  after my guide came and said aloud “Joseph, Joseph! what are you doing there? I replied “my enemies fell upon me, bound me, and threw me in”. He then took me by the hand, drew me out of the pit, set me free, and we went away rejoicing. >
Two of the brethren arrived this evening from , and said that  about 300 mobbers were assembled there, with the avowed intention of coming against  . Also that Hamilton was paying a dollar per bushel for corn to feed their  animals.
The following was published in the Warsaw Signal Office; I insert it  as a specimen of the unparalelled corruption and diabolical falsehood <of> which  the human race has become capable in this generation:—
“At a mass meeting of the Citizens of , convened at   on the 13th day of June, 1844, Mr Knox was appointed President, John  Doty and Lewis F Evans, Vice Presidents, and William Y. Head, Secretary.
“Henry Stephens, Esq. presented the following resolutions passed at a  meeting of the Citizens of , and urged the adoption of them as the sense of this meeting:
Preamble and Resolutions.
Whereas, information has reached us, about which there can be no question, that  the authorities of did recently pass an Ordinance declaring a Printing  Press and Newspaper published by the opponents of the prophet, a Nuisance, and  in pursuance thereof, did direct the of the , and his adherents, to enter  by force the building from whence the paper was issued, and violently (if necessary)  to take possession of the press and printing materials, and thereafter to burn and destroy  the same. And whereas, in pursuance of said ordinance, the and his  adherents, together with a mob of Mormons, did after sun set on the evening of the  10th inst., violently enter said building in a tumultuous manner, burn and destroy  the press and other material found on the premises.
“And whereas, did in presence of the City Council, and  the citizens of , offer a reward for the destruction of the printing press and  materials of the Warsaw Signal,— a newspaper also opposed to his interest.
“And whereas the liberty of the press is one of the cardinal principles  of our Government, firmly guaranteed by the several Constitutions of the States, as [p. 94]
June 12 on the opposite shore, and far away in the distance, blue along the Western horizon, the retreating, undulating hills of — all these objects are spread out like a map before the eye, at a coup doeil, from the walls of the ; and the scene is as grand as it is beautiful.”
13 June 1844 • Thursday
13 Thursday 13 At nine A. M. presided in Municipal Court which sat in the . Present, , , , Gustavus Hills, and , Associate Justices. , , , , , , , , , , , , , and were arrested on the complaint of before , J. P. of , by , a constable of . They petitioned for and obtained a writ of Habeas Corpus. I sat as Chief Justice, , , , Gustavus Hills and , as Associate Justices.
Addison Everett and James Jackson gave their testimony under oath, when they were all honorably discharged from the accusations and arrest, the Court deciding that said pay the costs; whereupon execution was issued for the amount.
Evening, I attended meeting in the ; preached, and I made some observations afterwards, and related a dream which I had * -[see margin]- had a short time since. I thought I was riding out in my carriage, and my guardian angel was along with me; we went past the , and had not gone much further before we espied two large snakes so fast locked together that neither of them had any power. I enquired of my guide what I was to understand by that; he answered “those snakes represent and — they are your enemies, and desire to destroy you, but you see they are so fast locked together that they have no power of themselves to hurt you”. I then thought I was riding up Mullholland Street, but my guardian angel was not along with me. On arriving at the Prairie I was overtaken and seized by & and others saying “Ah, Ah! we have got you at last, we will secure you and put you in a safe place”; and without any ceremony, dragged me out of my carriage, tied my hands behind me, and threw me into a deep dry pit, where I remained in a perfectly helpless condition, and they went away. While strugging to get out I heard screaming for help hard by; I managed to unloose myself so as to make a spring, when I caught hold of some grass which grew at the edge of the pit; I looked out of the pit and saw at a little distance attacked by ferocious wild beasts and heard him cry out “Oh brother Joseph, come and save me”. I replied “I cannot for you have put me into this deep pit”. On looking out another way I saw with outstretched tongue, blue in the face; and the green poison forced out of his mouth caused by the coiling of a large snake round his body; it had also grabbed him by the arm a little above the elbow ready to devour him. He cried out in the intensity of his agony “Oh brother Joseph, brother Joseph come and save me or I die”. I also replied to him “I cannot — I would willingly, but you have tied me and put me in this pit and I am powerless to help you or to liberate myself”. In a short time after my guide came and said aloud “Joseph, Joseph! what are you doing there? I replied “my enemies fell upon me, bound me, and threw me in”. He then took me by the hand, drew me out of the pit, set me free, and we went away rejoicing.
Two of the brethren arrived this evening from , and said that about 300 mobbers were assembled there, with the avowed intention of coming against . Also that Hamilton was paying a dollar per bushel for corn to feed their animals.
The following was published in the Warsaw Signal Office; I insert it as a specimen of the unparalelled corruption and diabolical falsehood of which the human race has become capable in this generation:—
“At a mass meeting of the Citizens of , convened at on the 13th day of June, 1844, Mr Knox was appointed President, John Doty and Lewis F Evans, Vice Presidents, and William Y. Head, Secretary.
“Henry Stephens, Esq. presented the following resolutions passed at a meeting of the Citizens of , and urged the adoption of them as the sense of this meeting:
Preamble and Resolutions.
Whereas, information has reached us, about which there can be no question, that the authorities of did recently pass an Ordinance declaring a Printing Press and Newspaper published by the opponents of the prophet, a Nuisance, and in pursuance thereof, did direct the of the , and his adherents, to enter by force the building from whence the paper was issued, and violently (if necessary) to take possession of the press and printing materials, and thereafter to burn and destroy the same. And whereas, in pursuance of said ordinance, the and his adherents, together with a mob of Mormons, did after sun set on the evening of the 10th inst., violently enter said building in a tumultuous manner, burn and destroy the press and other material found on the premises.
“And whereas, did in presence of the City Council, and the citizens of , offer a reward for the destruction of the printing press and materials of the Warsaw Signal,— a newspaper also opposed to his interest.
“And whereas the liberty of the press is one of the cardinal principles of our Government, firmly guaranteed by the several Constitutions of the States, as [p. 94]
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