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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 10​> of the mob spirit which they tend to produce; he had made the statements he had, and called the witnesses to prepare the council to act in the case.
was blackguarded out of , and dubbed with the title of Judge (as he, had understood from citizens of ); was poor, and Mayor helped him to cloth for a coat before he went away last fall, and he () labored all winter to get the post office from , (as informed.)
“Mayor referred to a writing from , showing that the Laws presented the communication from the ‘Female Relief Society’ in the Nauvoo Neighbor to , as the bone of contention, and said, if God ever spake by any man, it will not be five years before this is in ashes and we in our graves, unless we go to , , or some other place, if the does not put down every thing which tends to mobocracy, and put down their murderers, bogus makers, and scoundrels; all the sorrow he ever had in his family <​in this ​> has arisen through the influence of .
“Councilor spoke in relation to the Laws, Fosters, Higbees, of the Signal, &c, and of the importance of suppressing that spirit which has driven us from &c; that he would go in for an effective ordinance.
“Mayor said, at the time was pursuing him with his writs, came to his house with a band of Missourians for the purpose of betraying him. Came to his gate, and was presented by Daniel Carn, who was set to watch; came within his gate, and called ‘Mayor’, and the Mayor reproved for coming at that time of night with a company of strangers.
“Daniel Carn sworn; said that about 10 o’clock at night, a boat came up the with about a dozen men. came to the gate with them, witness on guard, stopped them. called Joseph to [HC 6:438] the door, and wanted an interview. Joseph said, ‘, you know better than to come here at this hour of the night’, and retired. Next morning wrote a letter to apologize, which witness heard read, which was written apparently to screen himself from the censure of a conspiracy, and the letter betrayed a conspiracy on the face of it.
“Adjourned at half past 6 p. m., till Monday 10th, at 10 o’clock A. M.
“Adjourned session, June 10th, 10 o’clock, A. M. presiding.
“Mayor referred to , and again read his letter of the 7th inst., as before quoted.)
“Cyrus Hills, (a stranger) sworn; said one day last week, believed it Wednesday, a gentleman whom witness did not know, came into the sitting room of the ‘’, and requested the Hon. Mayor to step aside, he wanted to speak with him. Mayor stepped through the door into the entry, by the foot of the stairs, and the General (Mayor) asked him what he wished? , (as witness learned since was his name) said he wanted some conversation on some business witness did not understand at the time; the General refused to go any farther, and said he would have no conversation in private, <​&​> what should be said should be in public; and told if he would choose three or four men, he would meet with the same number of men (among whom was his brother .) And they would have a cool and calm investigation of the subject, and by his making a proper satisfaction, things should be honorably adjusted. witness judged from the manner in which expressed himself that he agreed to the Mayor’s proposals, and would meet him the same day in the presence of friends; heard no proposals made by Mayor to for settlement; heard nothing about any offers of dollars, or money, or any other offer except those [p. 78]
June 10 of the mob spirit which they tend to produce; he had made the statements he had, and called the witnesses to prepare the council to act in the case.
was blackguarded out of , and dubbed with the title of Judge (as he, had understood from citizens of ); was poor, and Mayor helped him to cloth for a coat before he went away last fall, and he () labored all winter to get the post office from , (as informed.)
“Mayor referred to a writing from , showing that the Laws presented the communication from the ‘Female Relief Society’ in the Nauvoo Neighbor to , as the bone of contention, and said, if God ever spake by any man, it will not be five years before this is in ashes and we in our graves, unless we go to , , or some other place, if the does not put down every thing which tends to mobocracy, and put down murderers, bogus makers, and scoundrels; all the sorrow he ever had in his family in this has arisen through the influence of .
“Councilor spoke in relation to the Laws, Fosters, Higbees, of the Signal, &c, and of the importance of suppressing that spirit which has driven us from &c; that he would go in for an effective ordinance.
“Mayor said, at the time was pursuing him with his writs, came to his house with a band of Missourians for the purpose of betraying him. Came to his gate, and was presented by Daniel Carn, who was set to watch; came within his gate, and called ‘Mayor’, and the Mayor reproved for coming at that time of night with a company of strangers.
“Daniel Carn sworn; said that about 10 o’clock at night, a boat came up the with about a dozen men. came to the gate with them, witness on guard, stopped them. called Joseph to [HC 6:438] the door, and wanted an interview. Joseph said, ‘, you know better than to come here at this hour of the night’, and retired. Next morning wrote a letter to apologize, which witness heard read, which was written apparently to screen himself from the censure of a conspiracy, and the letter betrayed a conspiracy on the face of it.
“Adjourned at half past 6 p. m., till Monday 10th, at 10 o’clock A. M.
“Adjourned session, June 10th, 10 o’clock, A. M. presiding.
“Mayor referred to , and again read his letter of the 7th inst., as before quoted.)
“Cyrus Hills, (a stranger) sworn; said one day last week, believed it Wednesday, a gentleman whom witness did not know, came into the sitting room of the ‘’, and requested the Hon. Mayor to step aside, he wanted to speak with him. Mayor stepped through the door into the entry, by the foot of the stairs, and the General (Mayor) asked him what he wished? , (as witness learned since was his name) said he wanted some conversation on some business witness did not understand at the time; the General refused to go any farther, and said he would have no conversation in private, & what should be said should be in public; and told if he would choose three or four men, he would meet with the same number of men (among whom was his brother .) And they would have a cool and calm investigation of the subject, and by his making a proper satisfaction, things should be honorably adjusted. witness judged from the manner in which expressed himself that he agreed to the Mayor’s proposals, and would meet him the same day in the presence of friends; heard no proposals made by Mayor to for settlement; heard nothing about any offers of dollars, or money, or any other offer except those [p. 78]
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