Times and Seasons, 15 September 1842

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masses and hanging over our devoted , solemn, dark and terrible.”
“We do not contend that we have the least right, under the constitution and laws of the , to expel them by force. But we would indeed be blind, if we did not foresee that the first blow, that is struck at this moment of deep excitement, must and will speedily involve every individual in a war, bearing ruin, woe, and desolation in its course. It matters but little how, where, or by whom the war may begin, when the work of destruction commences, we must all be borne onward by the storm, or crushed beneath its fury. In a civil war when our home is the theatre, on which it is fought, there can be no neutrals; let our opinions be what they may, we must fight in self-defence.”
To save this horrible bloodshed and show our respect for the constitution and laws of our beloved , we removed by compromise, and soon after had the joy and honor to occupy a new , which was made expressly for our people, and called . Here we began to spread and beautify the country more in two years than the whole State of had done in ten, notwithstanding the expense of our removal could not have been less than twenty five thousand dollars. But alas, as we began to enjoy our rights in common with other citizens, that same wild, ferocious, jealous disposition which had dictated, and consummated our expulsion from the counties of and , agreeably to the before quoted edicts of blind infatuation, now assumed the character of official dignity and “authority,” and after struggling some months, against such fearful odds, the whole church of twelve to fifteen thousand souls, yielded to the third specimen of mobocracy, viz:—
“Head Quarters of Militia, City of Jefferson, Oct. 27th 1838.
Sir,—Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to come with four hundred mounted men, to be raised within your division, I have received, by , Esq. and Wiley C. Williams, Esq., one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which changes entirely the face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of an avowed defiance of the Laws, and of having made war upon the people of this . Your orders are therefore, to hasten your operations and endeavor to reach , in Ray county, with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated, or driven from the , if necessary for the public peace.
Their outrages are beyond all description. If you can increase your force, you are authorized to do do so, to any extent you may deem necessary. I have just issued orders to Major General Wollock of Marion county, to raise five hundred men, and to march them to the northern part of and there to unite with of —who has been ordered with five hundred men, to proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have been directed to communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore, of proceeding as at first directed to reinstate the citizens of in their houses, you will proceed immediately to and there operate against the Mormons. , of , has been ordered to have four hundred of his Brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your command.
(Signed) ,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief.”
Let it be remembered that this self same , is now swearing out affidavits constantly for the purpose of transporting Joseph Smith to , to obtain justice!Friends of humanity, if there are any, what think ye, can do unto others as she would that others should do unto her? Is she justified, as a member of our great Republican family, professing to be governed by constitutional privileges, and equal laws, while as one man, her citizens rise up and put at defiance the civil law, acknowledged as the only rule of right between man and man, for the damning and forever disgracing mob laws, by which she has disfranchised and expelled from her blood stained soil, the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints? The blood of our fathers; the blood of our martyrs who have stained her soil; the voice of suffering humanity; the whispering of honest consciences: and the spirits waiting for redemption, aside from the heavenly hosts, exclaim, NO! Every honest patriot says no!— And sooner or later, in awful judgment, God, in his anger, will thunder—No! Then, and not till then will weak humanity and weak authirity learn and know how much better it is to follow after righteousness, than to sport with innocence! Then will wicked men, bearing rule, ascertain that vengeance belongs to the Lord and he will repay! and that calamity shall cover the mocker.
 
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“FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS.”
From the extract from “Stephens’ Incidents of Travel in Central America,” it will be seen that the proof of the Nephites and Lamanites [p. 921]
masses and hanging over our devoted , solemn, dark and terrible.”
“We do not contend that we have the least right, under the constitution and laws of the , to expel them by force. But we would indeed be blind, if we did not foresee that the first blow, that is struck at this moment of deep excitement, must and will speedily involve every individual in a war, bearing ruin, woe, and desolation in its course. It matters but little how, where, or by whom the war may begin, when the work of destruction commences, we must all be borne onward by the storm, or crushed beneath its fury. In a civil war when our home is the theatre, on which it is fought, there can be no neutrals; let our opinions be what they may, we must fight in self-defence.”
To save this horrible bloodshed and show our respect for the constitution and laws of our beloved , we removed by compromise, and soon after had the joy and honor to occupy a new , which was made expressly for our people, and called . Here we began to spread and beautify the country more in two years than the whole State of had done in ten, notwithstanding the expense of our removal could not have been less than twenty five thousand dollars. But alas, as we began to enjoy our rights in common with other citizens, that same wild, ferocious, jealous disposition which had dictated, and consummated our expulsion from the counties of and , agreeably to the before quoted edicts of blind infatuation, now assumed the character of official dignity and “authority,” and after struggling some months, against such fearful odds, the whole church of twelve to fifteen thousand souls, yielded to the third specimen of mobocracy, viz:—
“Head Quarters of Militia, City of Jefferson, Oct. 27th 1838.
Sir,—Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to come with four hundred mounted men, to be raised within your division, I have received, by , Esq. and Wiley C. Williams, Esq., one of my aids, information of the most appalling character, which changes entirely the face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of an avowed defiance of the Laws, and of having made war upon the people of this . Your orders are therefore, to hasten your operations and endeavor to reach , in Ray county, with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated, or driven from the , if necessary for the public peace.
Their outrages are beyond all description. If you can increase your force, you are authorized to do do so, to any extent you may deem necessary. I have just issued orders to Major General Wollock of Marion county, to raise five hundred men, and to march them to the northern part of and there to unite with of —who has been ordered with five hundred men, to proceed to the same point for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have been directed to communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore, of proceeding as at first directed to reinstate the citizens of in their houses, you will proceed immediately to and there operate against the Mormons. , of , has been ordered to have four hundred of his Brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your command.
(Signed) ,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief.”
Let it be remembered that this self same , is now swearing out affidavits constantly for the purpose of transporting Joseph Smith to , to obtain justice!— Friends of humanity, if there are any, what think ye, can do unto others as she would that others should do unto her? Is she justified, as a member of our great Republican family, professing to be governed by constitutional privileges, and equal laws, while as one man, her citizens rise up and put at defiance the civil law, acknowledged as the only rule of right between man and man, for the damning and forever disgracing mob laws, by which she has disfranchised and expelled from her blood stained soil, the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints? The blood of our fathers; the blood of our martyrs who have stained her soil; the voice of suffering humanity; the whispering of honest consciences: and the spirits waiting for redemption, aside from the heavenly hosts, exclaim, NO! Every honest patriot says no!— And sooner or later, in awful judgment, God, in his anger, will thunder—No! Then, and not till then will weak humanity and weak authirity learn and know how much better it is to follow after righteousness, than to sport with innocence! Then will wicked men, bearing rule, ascertain that vengeance belongs to the Lord and he will repay! and that calamity shall cover the mocker.
 
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“FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS.”
From the extract from “Stephens’ Incidents of Travel in Central America,” it will be seen that the proof of the Nephites and Lamanites [p. 921]
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