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 ev ery 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 be loved , 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 oth er citizens, that same wild, ferocious, jealous  disposition which had dictated, and consumma ted our expulsion from the counties of  and , agreeably to the before quoted edicts  of blind infatuation, now assumed the charac ter of official dignity and “authority,” and af ter struggling some months, against such fear ful odds, the whole church of twelve to fifteen  thousand souls, yielded to the third specimen of  mobocracy, viz:—
“Head Quarters of Militia, City of Jef ferson, 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 divis ion, I have received, by , Esq. and  Wiley C. Williams, Esq., one of my aids, in formation of the most appalling character,  which changes entirely the face of things, and  places the Mormons in the attitude of an avow ed defiance of the Laws, and of having made  war upon the people of this . Your orders  are therefore, to hasten your operations and en deavor 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 author ized 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 pro ceed to the same point for the purpose of inter cepting 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 hou ses, you will proceed immediately to  and there operate against the Mormons. , of , has been order ed to have four hundred of his Brigade in readi ness 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 Jo seph 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 constitu tional 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, ex claim, 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 authiri ty learn and know how much better it is to fol low after righteousness, than to sport with in nocence! 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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