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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 27​> And Whereas there is an almost boundless extent of Territory on the West and South of these , where exists little or no organization of protective government; And Whereas the lands thus unknown, unowned or unoccupied, are among some of the richest and most fertile of the Continent; And Whereas many of the inhabitants of the Union would gladly embrace the opportunity of extending their researches, and acquirements, so soon as they can receive protection in their enterprize; thereby adding strength, durability, and wealth to the nation; And Whereas the red man, the robber, and the desperado have frequently interrupted such research and acquisition without justifiable cause; And Whereas Joseph Smith has offered, and does hereby offer these : To show his loyalty to our confederate union and the constitution of our Republic; To prevent quarrel and bloodshed on our frontiers: To extend the arm of deliverance to ; To protect the inhabitants of from foreign aggression, and domestic broils; To prevent the crowned nations from encircling us as a nation on our Western and Southern borders, and save the Eagle’s talon from the Lion’s paw; To still the tongue of slander, and show the world that a Republic can be, and not be ungrateful; To open the vast regions of the unpeopled West and South to our enlightened and enterprising yeomanry; To protect them in their researches; To secure them in their locations; and thus strengthen the government and enlarge her borders; To extend her influence; To inspire the nations with the spirit of freedom, and win them to her standard; To promote intelligence: To cultivate and establish peace among all with whom we may have intercourse as neighbors: To settle all existing difficulties among those not organized into an acknowledged government, bordering upon the , and territories; To save the national revenue in the nation’s coffers: To supersede the necessity of a standing army on our Western and Southern frontiers; To create and maintain the principles of peace, and suppress mobs, insurrections, and oppression in , and all lands bordering upon the , and not incorporated into any acknowledged national government; To explore the unexplored regions of our continent; To open new fields for enterprize to our citizens, and protect them therein; To search out the antiquities of the land and thereby promote the arts, and sciences, and general information; To amalgamate the feelings of all with whom he may have intercourse, on the principles of equity, liberty, justice, humanity, and benevolence. To break down tyranny and oppression, and exalt the standard of universal peace; Provided he shall be protected in those rights and privileges which constitutionally belong to every citizen of this Republic; Therefore that the said Memorialist may [HC 6:276] have the privilege; and that no citizen of these , shall obstruct, or attempt to obstruct or hinder, so good [p. 1941]
March 27 And Whereas there is an almost boundless extent of Territory on the West and South of these , where exists little or no organization of protective government; And Whereas the lands thus unknown, unowned or unoccupied, are among some of the richest and most fertile of the Continent; And Whereas many of the inhabitants of the Union would gladly embrace the opportunity of extending their researches, and acquirements, so soon as they can receive protection in their enterprize; thereby adding strength, durability, and wealth to the nation; And Whereas the red man, the robber, and the desperado have frequently interrupted such research and acquisition without justifiable cause; And Whereas Joseph Smith has offered, and does hereby offer these : To show his loyalty to our confederate union and the constitution of our Republic; To prevent quarrel and bloodshed on our frontiers: To extend the arm of deliverance to ; To protect the inhabitants of from foreign aggression, and domestic broils; To prevent the crowned nations from encircling us as a nation on our Western and Southern borders, and save the Eagle’s talon from the Lion’s paw; To still the tongue of slander, and show the world that a Republic can be, and not be ungrateful; To open the vast regions of the unpeopled West and South to our enlightened and enterprising yeomanry; To protect them in their researches; To secure them in their locations; and thus strengthen the government and enlarge her borders; To extend her influence; To inspire the nations with the spirit of freedom, and win them to her standard; To promote intelligence: To cultivate and establish peace among all with whom we may have intercourse as neighbors: To settle all existing difficulties among those not organized into an acknowledged government, bordering upon the , and territories; To save the national revenue in the nation’s coffers: To supersede the necessity of a standing army on our Western and Southern frontiers; To create and maintain the principles of peace, and suppress mobs, insurrections, and oppression in , and all lands bordering upon the , and not incorporated into any acknowledged national government; To explore the unexplored regions of our continent; To open new fields for enterprize to our citizens, and protect them therein; To search out the antiquities of the land and thereby promote the arts, and sciences, and general information; To amalgamate the feelings of all with whom he may have intercourse, on the principles of equity, liberty, justice, humanity, and benevolence. To break down tyranny and oppression, and exalt the standard of universal peace; Provided he shall be protected in those rights and privileges which constitutionally belong to every citizen of this Republic; Therefore that the said Memorialist may [HC 6:276] have the privilege; and that no citizen of these , shall obstruct, or attempt to obstruct or hinder, so good [p. 1941]
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