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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​1843 <​Sepr. 6​>​> to escape the tyranny and oppression of this modern Caligula.
He has caused the writ of to be issued by the Municipal Court of the city of , in a case not provided for in the Charter of that , and indeed contrary to the letter of that instrument; and, himself a prisoner, arrested under grave charges made by a neighboring , brought before said Court, tried, and acquitted:— Thereby procuring his own rescue from the custody of the law.
Citizens from the adjoining counties have been denied the right to regain property stolen and taken to , even after they have discovered both the thief and the property; and themselves, under the most frivolous pretences, arrested, fined, and other property rifled from them, to satisfy the mock judgments and costs of his cormorant officers.
Persons upon whom stolen property has been found in the city of , have been brought before this religio-political chief, and he in the capacity of Mayor of the city has refused to convict—— where the cases have been most clear and palpable.
We have had men of the most vicious and abominable habits, imposed upon us, to fill our most important offices, by his dictum, in order as we verily believe, that he may the more certainly control our destinies, and render himself, through the instrumentality of these base creatures of his ill-directed power as absolute a despot over the citizens of this , as he now is, over the serfs of his own servile clan.
And to crown all, he claims to merge all religion, all law, and both moral and political justice, in the knavish pretension that he receives fresh from heaven, divine instructions, in all matters pertaining to these things; thereby making his own depraved will, the rule by which he would have all men governed.
He has caused large bodies of his ragamuffin soldiery to arm themselves, and turn out in pursuit of officers, legally authorized to arrest himself; he being charged with high crimes and misdemeanors committed in the State of and those officers arrested by the vilest hypocrisy, and placed in duress, that he might enable himself, to march triumphantly into , and bid defiance to the laws of the land.
In view of the above grievances, this meeting feel, that it is their bounden duty, to resist, by every laudable means, all such unwarrantable attacks upon their liberties, Therefore,
Resolved, 1st. That inasmuch, as we honestly believe that the combination of people, calling themselves Mormons, or latter day saints, have given strong indications, in their recent movements, that they are unwilling to submit to the ordinary restraints of law; we are therefore forced to the conclusion, that the time is not far distant, when the citizens of this will be compelled to assert their rights in some way.
Resolved 2nd. That while we would deprecate anything like lawless violence, without justifiable cause; yet we pledge ourselves in the most solemn manner, to resist all the wrongs, which may be here after, attempted to be imposed on this community by the Mormons, to the utmost of our ability; peace [p. 5 [addenda]]
1843 Sepr. 6 to escape the tyranny and oppression of this modern Caligula.
He has caused the writ of to be issued by the Municipal Court of the city of , in a case not provided for in the Charter of that , and indeed contrary to the letter of that instrument; and, himself a prisoner, arrested under grave charges made by a neighboring , brought before said Court, tried, and acquitted:— Thereby procuring his own rescue from the custody of the law.
Citizens from the adjoining counties have been denied the right to regain property stolen and taken to , even after they have discovered both the thief and the property; and themselves, under the most frivolous pretences, arrested, fined, and other property rifled from them, to satisfy the mock judgments and costs of his cormorant officers.
Persons upon whom stolen property has been found in the city of , have been brought before this religio-political chief, and he in the capacity of Mayor of the city has refused to convict—— where the cases have been most clear and palpable.
We have had men of the most vicious and abominable habits, imposed upon us, to fill our most important offices, by his dictum, in order as we verily believe, that he may the more certainly control our destinies, and render himself, through the instrumentality of these base creatures of his ill-directed power as absolute a despot over the citizens of this , as he now is, over the serfs of his own servile clan.
And to crown all, he claims to merge all religion, all law, and both moral and political justice, in the knavish pretension that he receives fresh from heaven, divine instructions, in all matters pertaining to these things; thereby making his own depraved will, the rule by which he would have all men governed.
He has caused large bodies of his ragamuffin soldiery to arm themselves, and turn out in pursuit of officers, legally authorized to arrest himself; he being charged with high crimes and misdemeanors committed in the State of and those officers arrested by the vilest hypocrisy, and placed in duress, that he might enable himself, to march triumphantly into , and bid defiance to the laws of the land.
In view of the above grievances, this meeting feel, that it is their bounden duty, to resist, by every laudable means, all such unwarrantable attacks upon their liberties, Therefore,
Resolved, 1st. That inasmuch, as we honestly believe that the combination of people, calling themselves Mormons, or latter day saints, have given strong indications, in their recent movements, that they are unwilling to submit to the ordinary restraints of law; we are therefore forced to the conclusion, that the time is not far distant, when the citizens of this will be compelled to assert their rights in some way.
Resolved 2nd. That while we would deprecate anything like lawless violence, without justifiable cause; yet we pledge ourselves in the most solemn manner, to resist all the wrongs, which may be here after, attempted to be imposed on this community by the Mormons, to the utmost of our ability; peace [p. 5 [addenda]]
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