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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 1​>
“A. Jonas Esq., and Col. Fellows:
Messrs:— In reply to your communication to the City Council of the City of , on behalf of His Excellency , I have been instructed by the Council to communicate the foregoing resolutions which I respectfully solicit for your consideration, and at the same time would inform you that a public meeting of our citizens will take place at the , east of the , at 4 P. M., and solicit your attendance.
Most respectfully, Your ob’t serv’t,
Public Meeting
“At a meeting of a large portion of the citizens of , convened at the , in the afternoon of July 1. 1844, after hearing the above instructions, and resolutions of the City Council read, and being addressed by A. Jonas Esq., and others, the meeting responded to the same with a hearty Amen! The citizens then passed a vote of thanks to the ’s agents [HC 7:151] for their kindly interference in favor of peace among the citizens of and elsewhere around us. They also passed a vote of thanks to Messrs and , the counsel for the Gens. Smith for their great exertions to have even-handed justice meted to the Latter Day Saints; and they also passed a vote of thanks to Messrs. Chambers and Field, the former, one of the editors of the ‘ Republican,’ and the latter, one of the editors of the ‘Reveille’, of , for their honorable course of coming to for facts, instead of spreading rumors concerning the Latter Day Saints. Mr Chambers made a very appropriate speech, containing inuendoes for the benefit of our citizens, that appeared as the wise man said, ‘like apples of gold in pictures of silver.’ They also passed a vote of thanks to Messrs. Wood and Conyers, Mayor, and Ex-Mayor of , for their friendly disposition in establishing peace in this region, and we are happy to say that all appears to be peace at
To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
“Deeply impressed for the welfare of all, while mourning the great loss of President Joseph Smith our ‘prophet and seer’, and President , our ‘patriarch,’ we have considered the occasion demanded of us a word of consolation. As has been the case in all ages, these saints have fallen martyrs for the truth’s sake, and their escape from the persecution of a wicked world, in blood to bliss, only strengthens our faith, and confirms our religion, as pure and holy. We, therefore, as servants of the Most High God, having the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, together with thousands of witnesses, for Jesus Christ; would beseech the Latter Day Saints, in and elsewhere, to hold fast to the faith that has been delievered to them in the last days, abiding in the perfect law of the gospel. Be peaceable, quiet citizens, doing the works of righteousness, and as soon as the Twelve and other authorities can assemble, or a majority of them, the onward course to the great gathering of Israel, and the final consummation of the dispensation of the fulness of times will be pointed out; so that the murder of Abel; the assassination of [p. 244]
July 1
“A. Jonas Esq., and Col. Fellows:
Messrs:— In reply to your communication to the City Council of the City of , on behalf of His Excellency , I have been instructed by the Council to communicate the foregoing resolutions which I respectfully solicit for your consideration, and at the same time would inform you that a public meeting of our citizens will take place at the , east of the , at 4 P. M., and solicit your attendance.
Most respectfully, Your ob’t serv’t,
Public Meeting
“At a meeting of a large portion of the citizens of , convened at the , in the afternoon of July 1. 1844, after hearing the above instructions, and resolutions of the City Council read, and being addressed by A. Jonas Esq., and others, the meeting responded to the same with a hearty Amen! The citizens then passed a vote of thanks to the ’s agents [HC 7:151] for their kindly interference in favor of peace among the citizens of and elsewhere around us. They also passed a vote of thanks to Messrs and , the counsel for the Gens. Smith for their great exertions to have even-handed justice meted to the Latter Day Saints; and they also passed a vote of thanks to Messrs. Chambers and Field, the former, one of the editors of the ‘ Republican,’ and the latter, one of the editors of the ‘Reveille’, of , for their honorable course of coming to for facts, instead of spreading rumors concerning the Latter Day Saints. Mr Chambers made a very appropriate speech, containing inuendoes for the benefit of our citizens, that appeared as the wise man said, ‘like apples of gold in pictures of silver.’ They also passed a vote of thanks to Messrs. Wood and Conyers, Mayor, and Ex-Mayor of , for their friendly disposition in establishing peace in this region, and we are happy to say that all appears to be peace at
To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
“Deeply impressed for the welfare of all, while mourning the great loss of President Joseph Smith our ‘prophet and seer’, and President , our ‘patriarch,’ we have considered the occasion demanded of us a word of consolation. As has been the case in all ages, these saints have fallen martyrs for the truth’s sake, and their escape from the persecution of a wicked world, in blood to bliss, only strengthens our faith, and confirms our religion, as pure and holy. We, therefore, as servants of the Most High God, having the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, together with thousands of witnesses, for Jesus Christ; would beseech the Latter Day Saints, in and elsewhere, to hold fast to the faith that has been delievered to them in the last days, abiding in the perfect law of the gospel. Be peaceable, quiet citizens, doing the works of righteousness, and as soon as the Twelve and other authorities can assemble, or a majority of them, the onward course to the great gathering of Israel, and the final consummation of the dispensation of the fulness of times will be pointed out; so that the murder of Abel; the assassination of [p. 244]
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