History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 16​> “To precinct, Messrs. , , and .
“Rocky Run precinct, Messrs. Anson Call, E. Horner, Nicholas Boscow, and David Evans.
precinct, Messrs. Lewis Robinson [Robison], and .
precinct, Messrs. Wm. Allen, E<​lam​> Luddington, and Charles Warner.
and Pilot Grove, Messrs. , and .
“Spilman’s Landing and Appanoose, Messrs. Elijah R. Swackhammer, and
“St. Marys and Chili, Messrs. Philander Colton, and [blank] [Elisha] Averett.
and Macedonia, Messrs. Moses Clare, and Andrew H. Perkins.
and , Messrs. , , and John McIllwrick.
“On motion meeting adjourned sine die.
, President.”
, Secretary [HC 6:483]
And I issued the following:—
Proclamation.
“Mayor’s Office, , June 16th, 1844.
“As there are a number of statements in circulation which have for their object the injury of the ‘Latter Day Saints’, all of which are false and prompted by black-hearted villains: I therefore deem it my duty to disabuse the public mind in regard to them, and to give a plain statement of facts which have taken place in the within a few days past, and, which has brought upon us the displeasure of the unprincipled and the uninformed, and seems to afford an opportunity to our enemies, to unite and arouse themselves to mob; and already they have commenced their hellish operations by driving a few defenceless Mormons from their houses and homes in the vicinity of and .
A short time since a press was started in this which had for its object the destruction of the institutions of the , both civil and religious: its proprietors are a set of unprincipled scoundrels who attempted in every possible way to defame the character of the most virtuous of our community, and change our peaceful and prosperous into a place as evil and polluted as their own black hearts. To rid the of a paper so filthy and pestilential as this, became the duty of every good citizen, who loves good order and morality; a complaint was made before the City Council, and after a full and impartial investigation it was voted— without one dissenting voice, a public nuisance, and to be immediately destroyed; the peace and happiness of the place demanded it, the virtue of our wives and daughters demanded <​it​> and our consciences demanded it at our hands as conservators of the public peace. That we acted right in this matter we have the assurance of one of the ablest expounders of the laws of , viz: Blackstone— the constitution of the State of , and our own chartered rights. If then our charter gives us the power to decide what shall be a nuisance and cause it to be removed, where is the offence? What law is violated? If then no law has been violated, why this ridiculous excitement and bandying with lawless ruffians to destroy the happiness of a people whose religious motto is ‘peace and good will toward all men’? [p. 108]
June 16 “To precinct, Messrs. , , and .
“Rocky Run precinct, Messrs. Anson Call, E. Horner, Nicholas Boscow, and David Evans.
precinct, Messrs. Lewis Robinson [Robison], and .
precinct, Messrs. Wm. Allen, Elam Luddington, and Charles Warner.
and Pilot Grove, Messrs. , and .
“Spilman’s Landing and Appanoose, Messrs. Elijah R. Swackhammer, and
“St. Marys and Chili, Messrs. Philander Colton, and [blank] [Elisha] Averett.
and Macedonia, Messrs. Moses Clare, and Andrew H. Perkins.
and , Messrs. , , and John McIllwrick.
“On motion meeting adjourned sine die.
, President.”
, Secretary [HC 6:483]
And I issued the following:—
Proclamation.
“Mayor’s Office, , June 16th, 1844.
“As there are a number of statements in circulation which have for their object the injury of the ‘Latter Day Saints’, all of which are false and prompted by black-hearted villains: I therefore deem it my duty to disabuse the public mind in regard to them, and to give a plain statement of facts which have taken place in the within a few days past, and, which has brought upon us the displeasure of the unprincipled and the uninformed, and seems to afford an opportunity to our enemies, to unite and arouse themselves to mob; and already they have commenced their hellish operations by driving a few defenceless Mormons from their houses and homes in the vicinity of and .
A short time since a press was started in this which had for its object the destruction of the institutions of the , both civil and religious: its proprietors are a set of unprincipled scoundrels who attempted in every possible way to defame the character of the most virtuous of our community, and change our peaceful and prosperous into a place as evil and polluted as their own black hearts. To rid the of a paper so filthy and pestilential as this, became the duty of every good citizen, who loves good order and morality; a complaint was made before the City Council, and after a full and impartial investigation it was voted— without one dissenting voice, a public nuisance, and to be immediately destroyed; the peace and happiness of the place demanded it, the virtue of our wives and daughters demanded it and our consciences demanded it at our hands as conservators of the public peace. That we acted right in this matter we have the assurance of one of the ablest expounders of the laws of , viz: Blackstone— the constitution of the State of , and our own chartered rights. If then our charter gives us the power to decide what shall be a nuisance and cause it to be removed, where is the offence? What law is violated? If then no law has been violated, why this ridiculous excitement and bandying with lawless ruffians to destroy the happiness of a people whose religious motto is ‘peace and good will toward all men’? [p. 108]
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