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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 17​> saith that from the public papers, especially the papers, and from reports from the various precincts, a mob may be expected to make an immediate attack upon the citizens and City of , on account of the gatherings at the various precincts, and threats to exterminate the Latter day saints.
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“Sworn and subscribed to before me this 17th day of June, 1844
, Recorder of the City of .” [HC 6:492]
As soon as this affidavit came to my knowledge, I issued the following:—
, June 17th, 1844.
“To , Marshal of the City of ; &c,
Sir:— Complaint having been made to me on oath, that a mob is collecting at sundry points to make an attack on this , you will therefore take such measures as shall be necessary to preserve the peace of said , according to the provisions of the Charter, and the laws of the ; and with the police and Legion, see that no violent act is committed. is hereby instructed to co-operate with the in keeping the peace according to law.
Joseph Smith, Mayor.”
And also:—
“Headquarters, Nauvoo Legion, June 17th, 1844
“To Major Gen. in command, ;
“Complaint having been made on oath that a mob is preparing to make an attack upon this and citizens of , and having directed the to keep the peace, you are hereby commanded to order the Nauvoo Legion to be in readiness to assist said in keeping the peace, and doing whatever may be necessary to preserve the dignity of the and .
Joseph Smith
Lieut. Gen. N. L.”
Also:—
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion, June 17th, 1844.
“To Major Gen. in Command, ;
“You are hereby instructed to execute all orders of the , and perform all services with as little noise and confusion as possible, and take every precaution to prevent groups of citizens &c from gathering on the bank of the on the landing of boats or otherwise, and allay every cause and pretext of excitement as well as suspicion, and yet let your operations be efficient and decided.
Joseph Smith,
Lieut. Gen. N. L.”
I also issued an order to Col. to call out [HC 6:493] my guard and staff immediately to my head quarters, and I also ordered the Legion to parade tomorrow at 10 A M:—
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion, Lieut. Genl’s. Office, June 17th, 1844.
“To Col. ,
“You are hereby commanded to notify the <​my​> guard and staff, to appear at Head Quarters, without delay, armed and equipped according to law for military duty and inspection, with powder and ball.
Joseph Smith,
Lieut. Genl. N. L.” [p. 114]
June 17 saith that from the public papers, especially the papers, and from reports from the various precincts, a mob may be expected to make an immediate attack upon the citizens and City of , on account of the gatherings at the various precincts, and threats to exterminate the Latter day saints.
.
“Sworn and subscribed to before me this 17th day of June, 1844
, Recorder of the City of .” [HC 6:492]
As soon as this affidavit came to my knowledge, I issued the following:—
, June 17th, 1844.
“To , Marshal of the City of ; &c,
Sir:— Complaint having been made to me on oath, that a mob is collecting at sundry points to make an attack on this , you will therefore take such measures as shall be necessary to preserve the peace of said , according to the provisions of the Charter, and the laws of the ; and with the police and Legion, see that no violent act is committed. is hereby instructed to co-operate with the in keeping the peace according to law.
Joseph Smith, Mayor.”
And also:—
“Headquarters, Nauvoo Legion, June 17th, 1844
“To Major Gen. in command, ;
“Complaint having been made on oath that a mob is preparing to make an attack upon this and citizens of , and having directed the to keep the peace, you are hereby commanded to order the Nauvoo Legion to be in readiness to assist said in keeping the peace, and doing whatever may be necessary to preserve the dignity of the and .
Joseph Smith
Lieut. Gen. N. L.”
Also:—
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion, June 17th, 1844.
“To Major Gen. in Command, ;
“You are hereby instructed to execute all orders of the , and perform all services with as little noise and confusion as possible, and take every precaution to prevent groups of citizens &c from gathering on the bank of the on the landing of boats or otherwise, and allay every cause and pretext of excitement as well as suspicion, and yet let your operations be efficient and decided.
Joseph Smith,
Lieut. Gen. N. L.”
I also issued an order to Col. to call out [HC 6:493] my guard and staff immediately to my head quarters, and I also ordered the Legion to parade tomorrow at 10 A M:—
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion, Lieut. Genl’s. Office, June 17th, 1844.
“To Col. ,
“You are hereby commanded to notify my guard and staff, to appear at Head Quarters, without delay, armed and equipped according to law for military duty and inspection, with powder and ball.
Joseph Smith,
Lieut. Genl. N. L.” [p. 114]
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