We have read ’s great sine qua non: Russian ukase: and and dictorial egotism. Desperate cases, require desperate doses and so we will give a little of as he w[a]s, and as he is.
as he was.
is the author of the communications signed ‘Joab General in Israel.’ Wonder if he was in duress when he made the following?
From the Times and Seasons, September, 1840,
I feel disposed to address you a few lines in relation to one of the darkest events that ever blackened the history of man in his most savage and barbarous state. The history of the Goths and Vandals, the cruel arabs, or the savage Indians, does not contain a parallel—the heart sickens at the thought, and turns from the contemplation of it with loathing and disgust. In the year of our Lord 1838, it is generally known, (for it came heralded from the Grampion hills of the Saints of light, was written by a celestial messenger on the altar of God and reflected on the heavenly canopy that all the world might see,) , Governor of , and Prince of midnight assassins and cowardly brigands, issued, in the face of high heaven, exterminating order (which was ratified by the Legislature,) against the Mormon people residing within his jurisdiction—directing his general officers, first to drive them from the ;’ second to ‘intercept their retreat;’ and third to exterminate them’ with the weapons of war: but the Mormons threw their banners on the air, and under the proudest motto that ever blazed upon a warrior’s shield—Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis; As God was with our fathers, so may he be with us. * * *
wages war on the entire Mormon church—the —violates their women; shoots down, and scalps, their innocent, defenceless, children; confiscates their property, and throws it to the four winds of heaven—brings them from affluence to beggary in an hour; and orders them all exterminated, murdered, buchered, by an infuriated, savage, fiendish, diabolical, infernal, mob of ruthless brigands, or driven from the —and declares them outlaws from the common family of man. * * *
All this in a land of boasted liberty—and simply because the Mormons wish, and are determined, to exercise one of our greatest and most dear and sacred constitutional rights—the liberty of conscience—the inestimable privilege of worshiping the God of heaven in the way that they believe to be pointed out! Should they be given up into the hands of wicked men and devils in order to enable them to celebrate a kind of Auto-de-fe, by burning them to the stake, or butchering them in the shambles, at , to satiate ’s inordinate thirst for blood? No. They will not be given up. has too long bathed her hands in crimson gore, and drank the blood of the innocent; she must now be checked in her wild and mad career—she has passed from the balmy state of her political glory to the sear and yellow leaf—the civilized world now turns from her with horror and ineffible contempt—and, should it become necessary, (which may God avert,) she must be met— must be met, not only by the Mormon people, but by the States—and all the friends of liberty and equal rights should gird on their armour, and swear by the everlasting God that the sword shall not depart from the thigh, nor the buckler from the arm until the contest is ended. * * *
has hewn down the innocent and defenceless, it is true, but she is entirely destitute of military knowledge or prowess. The Poet truly describes her citizens when he says—
‘Their pow’r to hurt, each little creature feels,
Bulls aim their horns, and asses lift their heels;’
but the blood of the slain is crying from the ground for condign vengeance, and should she continue to pursue her present murderous policy, the day of righteous retribution and the avenging of blood will not be procrastinated—for her plains shall be bleached with the bones of the slain, and her rivers flow with blood, before another massacre will be suffered. More anon.
General in Israel.’
as he is.
From the St. Louis Bulletin.
On the evening of the 29th ultimo, twelve of the , dressed in female apparel, approahed my boarding house, (Gen. Robinson’s,) in , with their carriage wheels wrapped with blankets, and their horses’ feet covered with cloths, to prevent noise, about 10 o’clock, for the purpose of conveying me off and assassinating me, and thus prevent disclosures—but I was so admirably prepared with arms, as were also my friends, that after prowling around the house for some time, they retired.
On Friday, the 1st inst., I went to ; and on the 5th I had a call from Mr. , the result of which is detailed in the following affi[da]vits, To-wit:
State of Illinois,)
Personally appeared before me, , a Justice of the Peace in and for said , , who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith, that on the 5th of July, 1842, at the house of Mr. Hamilton, in , Mr. came to him and desired a private interview, to which deponent replied that if he () had any thing to say, he could speak it out before the gentlemen present. said it was a private matter which interested them only—deponent then went out with him. said “Doctor you do not know your friends,—I am not your enemy—and I do not wish you to make use of my name in your publications;” deponent replied that he recognised Joe Smith and all his friends, as his personal enemies: to which replied “I have been informed by Warner and Davis that you said Smith gave me fifty dollars and a wagon for shooting and I can and will whip any man that will tell such a cursed lie—did you say so or not?’ After looking at him for a moment or two said, “I never said so, sir, but I did say, and I now say it to your face, that you left about two months before the attempted assassination of , of , and returned the day before the report of his assassination reached there; and that two persons, in , told me that yon [you] told them that you had been over the upper part of , and in ’ neighborhood,” to which replied, “well, I was there; and if I shot they have got to prove it—I never done an act in my life that I was ashamed of, and I do not fear to go any where that I have ever been, for I have done nothing criminal.” replied “certainly they have got to prove it on you, if you did shoot him: I know nothing of what you did, as I was not there, I only know the circumstanees, and from them I draw my own inferences, and the public will theirs—and now, sir, if either you, or Joe Smith, think you can intimidate me by your threats, you are mistaken in your man, and I wish you to understand distinctly that I am opposed to Joe and his holy host—I shall tell the truth fearlessly, and regardless of consequences.”— replied, “If you say that Joe Smith gave me fifty dollars and a wagon to shoot , I can whip you, and will do it, in any crowd.” then said—“why are you harping on what I have not said, I have told you what I have said to your face and in the presence of these gentlemen, and you have acknowledge the truth of all I have said, and I shall say it again, and if you wish to fight I am ready for you.” The conversation then ceased on that subject. told that he had been accused wrongfully of wishing to assassinate him, or of being ordered by Smith to do so; but said, “I believe that Joe ordered you to do it—I know that orders went from him to the Danites for that purpose.” said that Smith had never given him any such orders, neither was it his intention; and further this saith not.
Sworn to, and subscribed, this 7th day of July, 1842, before me, at my offiec in .
, j. p.
as he was.
How a man can talk with the ‘livery of heaven on to serve the devil in.’ Hear him again.
From the Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840.
‘Fudge! We repeat, Smith and should not be given up. The law requiring the Governor of our to deliver up fugitives from justice, is a salutary and wise one, and should not in ordinary circumstances be disregarded, but as there are occasions that authorize the citizens of a State to resent a tyrannical and oppressive government, so there are occasions [w]hen it is not only the privilege, but the duty of the Governor of the State to refuse to surrender the citizens of his State upon the requisition of the Executive of another,—and this we consider as the case of Smith and .’—Quincy Whig.
‘The foregoing article, from the pen of the editor of the Quincy Whig, reflects great credit on the head and heart of the writer. The sentime[n]ts it contains are liberal, noble, just—the offspring of wisdom and understanding. It completely uses up the Uncircumcised Philistians of , and places the Mormon people just where they have ever taken shelter—under the broad folds of the Constitution—and I, therefore, commend it to the favorable consideration of all the saints of light. The grievances of this people must be redressed, and my hands shall help to do it—should they have to reach to the highest courts of heaven, dig to the lowest bowels of hell, or encompass the broad expanse of the universe of God, to consumate so desirable a result.
General in Israel.’
From the Times and Seasons, June [January] 1, 1841.
‘Our worthy is certainly disposed to do us ample justice in every respect, and to extend to us every facility for our future happiness and prosperity. has certainly done her duty, and her whole duty; and now it becomes us to show ourselves upright, honest, just—worthy of the favors bestowed by noble, generous, and magnanimous statesmen.’
as he is.
Extract from the Sangamo.
‘If , of , will make another demand for Joe Smith alone, disconnected with any other person,—(for there are thousands of innocent, unoffending good and holy people among the Mormons who never ought to suffer, and never shall by my hands, or through my instrumentality—men, women and children who have suffered more than death for the infamous prophet)—and if will place the writ in my hands, I will deliver him up to justice, or die in the attempt, unless restrained by the constituted civil authority.— Thousands and tens of thousands are ready to obey the call, and enforce the laws, and the holy Joe shall tremble at the sight of gathering hosts. Let the watchword pass with the celerity of lightning, and let the citizen soldier be ready.— I will lead you on to victory, and lay the rebels low. The Constitution and the laws shall triumph; and misrule, violence, and oppression wither like a blighted flower. Let not the Executive whom he has vilified and abused, as he has , both in the private circle and public congregation, fear or neglect to do his duty in this case, and deliver up this noted refugee, charged with the blackest crimes known to the laws, who now boldly stalks abroad in our public ways. If Joe is innocent, let him be acquitted; but if he is guilty, let his life atone for it. I regard him as a foul and poluted murderer, and on the forthcoming of the State writ, Joe shall be delivered up.’
must have had a great desire to please the , eh!
‘It is true I had Joe Smith appointed, or elected Lieutenant General, as a mere plaything, knowing that there was no such officer contemplated by the Constitution; but, it answers Joe well enough, as he does not know enough of military matters to tell the difference between a Corporal and a General,—so, Lieutenant General is as good as any other ral to Joe.’
‘Now Governor, do your duty,’ says the imperious —which amounts to, as much as to say, Governor, you have never done your duty, but do it now, and I will forgive you, for your power ‘is little nipperkins of milk, compared to my great aquafortis Jars!’ An Irishman would tell the story thus: Tommy, bring me the butcher knife and hammer, our puppy has got his head into the big stone pot, and I can’t get it out without cutting it off and breaking the pot.
From the following it would seem that has acted as the herald of holiness:
“Well, ,’ says Joe, ‘as you have refused me, it becomes sin, unless sacrifice is offered;’ and turning to me he said, ‘General, if you are my friend I wish you to procure a lamb, and have it slain, and sprinkle the door posts and the gate with its blood, and take the kidneys and the entrails and offer them upon an altar of twelve stones that have not been touched with a hammer, as a burnt offering, and it will save me and my priesthood. Will you do it?’ I will, I replied. So I procured the lamb from Capt. , and it was slain by Lieut. , and I offered the kidneys and entrails in sacrifice for Joe as he desired.’
Never, since Cain, with his peck of potatoes, operated against Abel’s Lamb, has flesh and blood, with a sacerdotal Tunic on, officiated with such dignified pomposity as the great Mayor of ; Major General of the ; Master-in-Chancery; Doctor of Medicine; and Elder in Israel, even . Auctor pur[i]sime impuritatis! This is the first clue we have that is a Levite—guess, however, he acted as one of the priests of Baal. says in the Sangamo:
‘Now, remember that if I should be missing, Joe Smith, either by himself or his Band, will be the murderer. Illinoians, then let my blood be avenged!’
To save beating up for volunteers, as the General may have another turn of mind, and slope or Texas, would it not be better to have the stereotyped, ensured, or even embalmed, if it can be done without duress, and not injure him, or jeopardise his future usefulness: under Gynecocracy; and embryo infanticide. Doctor, murder will out.
Speaking of Jo Smith, in his insanity, or fogmatically, in his Bennettiana, he says,
‘I now defy him, and all his holy hosts. I dare him to personal violence. There are eyes that see that he knows not of, and ears to hear that he understands not.’
‘This reminds us of the time when the undertook to poison himself to death, but some good Samaritan like Mormons saved his life; though a wag or two fixed a pile of sand, and monument and fingered on it the following epitaph,
‘In memory of Major General , who died at the seige of Philter, in the defence of the cause of Venus, July 27, 1841.
A Psalm of Joab, when Jacob stole his tombstone and his harp:
‘O Jacob Morris mercy have,
Now I am dead and in my grave;
While on the earth you slandered me;
Now I am dead pray let me be.
If you this tomb stone ever steal,
With me the flames of hell you’ll feel;
Bring back my other and my harp;
Cease to increase my mis’ry sharp.’
‘Joe’s extensive land frauds in and , will soon come to light. I will save his Eastern creditors some hundreds of thousands of dollars, by exposing these frauds in the face of open day.’
This is noble; if the will save enough to pay what he forgot to pay when he acted as bishop of the Campbellite church, and also that he may be wise enough to hold to a sufficient quantity of the needful to save himself the trouble of filling up spurious Diplomas—whereby he quackifies himself as the chief of quackery, he certainly will do some good.
Now has tried to terrify some with his affidavit that assassinated —insinuating that he went to fulfill prophecies—But we think the has now taked the burden upon himself—and that too, to fulfill his own prophecies.
as he was.
From the Times and Seasons, Feb. 1, 1842.
I stood on Mount Zion, by the Temple of the Great King, and looked down through the vista of time, and saw people like great waters, for they were many—gathered from all nations under the whole heavens: and I saw mighty chieftains upon noble steeds, and armies of chariots and horsemen, and strong cohorts of footmen, great and terrible, with spears and banners, and the implements of war, forming to the sound of the clarion. And a great shout was heard in the camp of the saints, and a voice, like the sound of a mighty trumpet, saying—Go and possess your inheritances, and avenge the wrongs of your progenitors—and the battle was set in array, and the armies of the saints moved forward, attended by by thunder and hail, and fire and storm, conquering and to conquer. And the armies of the aliens tremble at the voice, like Belshazzar at the hand writing on the wall—and the hearts of their great warriors, and valiant men, fainted within them, and they fled like grasshoppers, and were consumed like stubble before the devouring flame. The plains were bleached with the bones of the slain, and the rivers flowed with blood. The fierce [p. ]