History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​February 17.​> Zephyr; and with a charitable prayer, mellow as the morning dew, it is now our highest consolation to hope that all difficulties will cease: and give way to reason, sense, peace and good will. The Saints if they will be humble and wise, can now practice what they preach and soften by good examples, rather than harden by a distant course of conduct, the hearts of the people.
For general information it may be well to say that there has never been any cause for alarm as to the Latter Day Saints. The legislature of granted a liberal charter for the city of ; and, let every honest man in the union, who has any knowledge of her, say whether she has not flourished beyond the most sanguine anticipations of all; and while they witness her growing glory; let them solemnly testify whether has wilfully injured the country, , or a single individual one cent: With the strictest scrutiny publish the facts whether a particle of law has been evaded or broken: virtue and innocence need no artificial covering: Political views and party distinctions, never should disturb the harmony of society; and when the whole truth comes before a virtuous people; we are willing to abide the issue.
We will here refer to the three late dismissals, upon writs of , of Joseph Smith, when arrested under the requisitions of . The first, in June 1841, was tried at Monmouth, before , of the fifth Judicial Circuit, and as no exceptions have been [HC 6:218] taken to that decision, by this or , but had previously entered a on all the old indictments against the Mormons in the difficulties of 1838, it is taken and granted that that decision was just! The second, in December, 1842, was tried at before in the U. S. District Court, and from that honorable discharge, as no exceptions from any source have been made to those proceedings, it follows as a matter of course, that that decision was just!! and the third, in July 1843, was tried at the city of , before the Municipal court of said : and as no exceptions to that discharge, have been taken, and as the says there is “evidence on the other side to shew that the Sheriff of voluntarily carried (who had Mr. Smith in custody,) to the city of , without any coercion on the part of any one.” it must be admitted that that decision was just!!!
But is any man still unconvinced of the justness of these strictures relative to the <​two​> last cases, let the astounding fact go forth, that, , who, swore, was the principal in his assassination, and, as accessary to which Mr. Smith was arrested, has returned home, “clear of that sin.” In fact <​there​> was not a witness to get up an indictment against him.
The Messrs. Averys, who were unlawfully “transported out of this ”, have returned to their families in peace, and there seems to be no ground for contention: no cause for jealousy; and no excuse for a surmise that any man woman or child, will suffer the least inconvenience, from General Smith; the charter of ; the city of ; or even any of her citizens. There is nothing for a bone of contention! even those ordinances which appeared to excite the feeling of some people, have recently been repealed— so that, if the “intelligent” inhabitants of [p. 1893]
February 17. Zephyr; and with a charitable prayer, mellow as the morning dew, it is now our highest consolation to hope that all difficulties will cease: and give way to reason, sense, peace and good will. The Saints if they will be humble and wise, can now practice what they preach and soften by good examples, rather than harden by a distant course of conduct, the hearts of the people.
For general information it may be well to say that there has never been any cause for alarm as to the Latter Day Saints. The legislature of granted a liberal charter for the city of ; and, let every honest man in the union, who has any knowledge of her, say whether she has not flourished beyond the most sanguine anticipations of all; and while they witness her growing glory; let them solemnly testify whether has wilfully injured the country, , or a single individual one cent: With the strictest scrutiny publish the facts whether a particle of law has been evaded or broken: virtue and innocence need no artificial covering: Political views and party distinctions, never should disturb the harmony of society; and when the whole truth comes before a virtuous people; we are willing to abide the issue.
We will here refer to the three late dismissals, upon writs of , of Joseph Smith, when arrested under the requisitions of . The first, in June 1841, was tried at Monmouth, before , of the fifth Judicial Circuit, and as no exceptions have been [HC 6:218] taken to that decision, by this or , but had previously entered a on all the old indictments against the Mormons in the difficulties of 1838, it is taken and granted that that decision was just! The second, in December, 1842, was tried at before in the U. S. District Court, and from that honorable discharge, as no exceptions from any source have been made to those proceedings, it follows as a matter of course, that that decision was just!! and the third, in July 1843, was tried at the city of , before the Municipal court of said : and as no exceptions to that discharge, have been taken, and as the says there is “evidence on the other side to shew that the Sheriff of voluntarily carried (who had Mr. Smith in custody,) to the city of , without any coercion on the part of any one.” it must be admitted that that decision was just!!!
But is any man still unconvinced of the justness of these strictures relative to the two last cases, let the astounding fact go forth, that, , who, swore, was the principal in his assassination, and, as accessary to which Mr. Smith was arrested, has returned home, “clear of that sin.” In fact there was not a witness to get up an indictment against him.
The Messrs. Averys, who were unlawfully “transported out of this ”, have returned to their families in peace, and there seems to be no ground for contention: no cause for jealousy; and no excuse for a surmise that any man woman or child, will suffer the least inconvenience, from General Smith; the charter of ; the city of ; or even any of her citizens. There is nothing for a bone of contention! even those ordinances which appeared to excite the feeling of some people, have recently been repealed— so that, if the “intelligent” inhabitants of [p. 1893]
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