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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 15​> so small a machine interposed between time and eternity.— was not wounded by a single ball, though one passed so near his ear as to leave a mark. If such scenes do not awaken the best feelings of freemen for personal safety, what will? We pause! solemnly pause for the opinion of millions, because all are interested: life is the last boon— all is blank without it, death blots the rest— and where is man?
“To conclude, if the good people of our <​common​> country, and our common world, do not arise with a union of feeling and energy to help wash off the blood of these two innocent men from : from the plighted faith of : from the boasted and wide spreading fame of the , and from the dignity of our globe; then let all but the righteous be smitten with a curse:— but methinks I see a ‘union of all honest men’, aside from religion, stand forth to magnify the law, who will never rest till justice and judgement have made the offenders, abettors and accessories, whether apostates, officers, or mere men, atone for the innocent blood of Joseph and .”
The following was written by the undersigned members of the Council:—
To the Saints Abroad.
Dear Brethren;
On hearing of the martyrdom of our beloved prophet and , you will doubtless need a word of advice and comfort, and look for it from our hands. We would say therefore, first of all, be still and know that the Lord is God; and that He will fulfil all things in His own due time; and not one jot or tittle of all his purposes and promises shall fail. Remember, remember that the priesthood, and the keys of power are held in eternity as well as in time; and, therefore, the servants of God who pass the veil of death are prepared to enter upon a greater and more effectual work, in the speedy accomplishment of the restoration of all things spoken of by His holy prophets.
“Remember that all the prophets and saints who have existed since the world began, are engaged in this holy work, and are yet in the vineyard, as well as the laborers of the eleventh hour; and are all pledged to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth, and to give judgement unto the Saints; therefore, none can hinder the rolling on of the eternal purposes of the Great Jehovah. And we have now every reason to believe that the fulfilment of His great purposes are much nearer than we had supposed, and that not many years hence, we shall see the Kingdom of God coming with power and great glory to our deliverance. [HC 7:189]
“As to our country and nation, we have more reason to weep for them, than for those they have murdered; for they are destroying themselves and their institutions and there is no remedy: and as to feelings of revenge, let them not have place for one moment in our bosoms, for God’s vengeance will speedily consume to that degree that we would fain be hid away and not endure the sight.
“Let us then humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and endeavor to put away all our sins and imperfections as a people, and as [p. 270]
July 15 so small a machine interposed between time and eternity.— was not wounded by a single ball, though one passed so near his ear as to leave a mark. If such scenes do not awaken the best feelings of freemen for personal safety, what will? We pause! solemnly pause for the opinion of millions, because all are interested: life is the last boon— all is blank without it, death blots the rest— and where is man?
“To conclude, if the good people of our common country, and our common world, do not arise with a union of feeling and energy to help wash off the blood of these two innocent men from : from the plighted faith of : from the boasted and wide spreading fame of the , and from the dignity of our globe; then let all but the righteous be smitten with a curse:— but methinks I see a ‘union of all honest men’, aside from religion, stand forth to magnify the law, who will never rest till justice and judgement have made the offenders, abettors and accessories, whether apostates, officers, or mere men, atone for the innocent blood of Joseph and .”
The following was written by the undersigned members of the Council:—
To the Saints Abroad.
Dear Brethren;
On hearing of the martyrdom of our beloved prophet and , you will doubtless need a word of advice and comfort, and look for it from our hands. We would say therefore, first of all, be still and know that the Lord is God; and that He will fulfil all things in His own due time; and not one jot or tittle of all his purposes and promises shall fail. Remember, remember that the priesthood, and the keys of power are held in eternity as well as in time; and, therefore, the servants of God who pass the veil of death are prepared to enter upon a greater and more effectual work, in the speedy accomplishment of the restoration of all things spoken of by His holy prophets.
“Remember that all the prophets and saints who have existed since the world began, are engaged in this holy work, and are yet in the vineyard, as well as the laborers of the eleventh hour; and are all pledged to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth, and to give judgement unto the Saints; therefore, none can hinder the rolling on of the eternal purposes of the Great Jehovah. And we have now every reason to believe that the fulfilment of His great purposes are much nearer than we had supposed, and that not many years hence, we shall see the Kingdom of God coming with power and great glory to our deliverance. [HC 7:189]
“As to our country and nation, we have more reason to weep for them, than for those they have murdered; for they are destroying themselves and their institutions and there is no remedy: and as to feelings of revenge, let them not have place for one moment in our bosoms, for God’s vengeance will speedily consume to that degree that we would fain be hid away and not endure the sight.
“Let us then humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and endeavor to put away all our sins and imperfections as a people, and as [p. 270]
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