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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 7.​> President said “Those who have not paid their property tithing we shall call upon, and take dinner; and we had rather be saved that trouble, and have them come up and pay; you will want a blessing in the when it is done.”
President Joseph Smith remarked;
“In relation to those who give in property for the ; we want them to bring it to the proper source, and to be careful into whose hands it comes, that it may be entered into the church books, so that those whose names are found in the church books shall have the first claim to receive their endowments in the . I intend to keep the door at the dedication myself, and not a man shall pass who has not paid his bonus.
As to politics, I care but little about the Presidential Chair; I would not give half as much for the office of President of the as I would for the one I now hold as Lieutt. General of the Legion. We have as good a right to make a political party to gain power to defend ourselves, as for demagogues to make use of our religion to get power to destroy us; in other words, as the world has used the power of Government to oppress and persecute us, it is right for us to use it for the protection of our rights; We will whip the mob by getting up a Candidate for President. When I get hold of the eastern papers, and see how popular I am, I am afraid myself that I shall be elected; but if I should be, I would not say “your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you”.
What I have said in my views in relation to the annexation of is with some unpopular; the people are opposed to it. Some of the Anti-Mormons are good fellows— I say it however in anticipation that they will repent. They object to on account of slavery; why it is the very reason she ought to be received, so that we may watch over them; for of the two evils we should reject the greatest. of says, “if you refuse to receive us into the , we must go to the British Government for protection” This would certainly be bad policy for this nation; the British are now throughout that whole country trying to bribe all they can; and the first thing they would do if they got possession would be to set the negroes and Indians to fight, and they would use us up. British officers are now running all over to establish British influence in that country. It will be more honorable for us to receive , and set the negroes [HC 6:243] free, and use the negroes and Indians against our foes. Don’t let go, lest our mothers, and the daughters of the land should laugh us in the teeth; and if these things are not so, God never spoke by any prophet since the world <​began​>. How much better it is for the nation to bear a little expense than to have the Indians and British upon us, and destroy us all. We should grasp all the Territory we can. I know much that I do not tell. I have had bribes offered me, but I have rejected them. The Government will not receive any advice or counsel from me— they are self-sufficient; but they must go to hell, and work out their own salvation with fear and trembling.
The South holds the balance of power; by annexing I can [p. 1913]
March 7. President said “Those who have not paid their property tithing we shall call upon, and take dinner; and we had rather be saved that trouble, and have them come up and pay; you will want a blessing in the when it is done.”
President Joseph Smith remarked;
“In relation to those who give in property for the ; we want them to bring it to the proper source, and to be careful into whose hands it comes, that it may be entered into the church books, so that those whose names are found in the church books shall have the first claim to receive their endowments in the . I intend to keep the door at the dedication myself, and not a man shall pass who has not paid his bonus.
As to politics, I care but little about the Presidential Chair; I would not give half as much for the office of President of the as I would for the one I now hold as Lieutt. General of the Legion. We have as good a right to make a political party to gain power to defend ourselves, as for demagogues to make use of our religion to get power to destroy us; in other words, as the world has used the power of Government to oppress and persecute us, it is right for us to use it for the protection of our rights; We will whip the mob by getting up a Candidate for President. When I get hold of the eastern papers, and see how popular I am, I am afraid myself that I shall be elected; but if I should be, I would not say “your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you”.
What I have said in my views in relation to the annexation of is with some unpopular; the people are opposed to it. Some of the Anti-Mormons are good fellows— I say it however in anticipation that they will repent. They object to on account of slavery; why it is the very reason she ought to be received, so that we may watch over them; for of the two evils we should reject the greatest. of says, “if you refuse to receive us into the , we must go to the British Government for protection” This would certainly be bad policy for this nation; the British are now throughout that whole country trying to bribe all they can; and the first thing they would do if they got possession would be to set the negroes and Indians to fight, and they would use us up. British officers are now running all over to establish British influence in that country. It will be more honorable for us to receive , and set the negroes [HC 6:243] free, and use the negroes and Indians against our foes. Don’t let go, lest our mothers, and the daughters of the land should laugh us in the teeth; and if these things are not so, God never spoke by any prophet since the world began. How much better it is for the nation to bear a little expense than to have the Indians and British upon us, and destroy us all. We should grasp all the Territory we can. I know much that I do not tell. I have had bribes offered me, but I have rejected them. The Government will not receive any advice or counsel from me— they are self-sufficient; but they must go to hell, and work out their own salvation with fear and trembling.
The South holds the balance of power; by annexing I can [p. 1913]
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