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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 10​> said he was not; (Hundreds know this statement to be false); he also asked if he did not state before hundreds of people that he believed Joseph to be a prophet; ‘no’, said . They were under oath when they said it. (Many hundreds of people are witness to this perjury.)
“Alderman accorded with the views expressed that the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’ is a nuisance; did not consider it wise to give them time to trumpet a thousand lies; their property could not pay for it; if we pass only a fine or imprisonment, have we any confidence that they will desist? none at all! we have found these men covenant breakers with God! with their wives!! &c, have we any hope of their doing better? their characters have gone before them, shall they be suffered to go on, and bring a mob upon us; and murder our women and children, and burn our beautiful city? No! I had rather my blood would be spilled at once, and would like to have the press removed as soon as the ordinance would allow; and wish the matter might be put into the hands of the Mayor, and every body stand by him in the execution of his duties, and hush every murmer.
“Councilor said he had felt deeply on this subject, and concurred fully in the view General Smith had expressed of it this day; thought it unnecessary to repeat what the Council perfectly understood; considered private interest as nothing in comparison with the public good; every time a line was formed in he was there, for what? to defend it against just such scoundrels and influ[HC 6:446]ence as the Nauvoo Expositor and its supporters; were directly calculated to bring against us again. Considered the doings of the council this day of immense moment, not to this alone, but to the whole world; would go in to put a stop to the thing at once; let it be thrown out of this , and the responsibility of countenancing such a press be taken off our shoulders and fall on the , if corrupt enough to sustain it.
“Councilor said that he had not forgotten the transactions at , and that he recollected that his son George Spencer then lay in the well referred to on the day previous, without a winding sheet, shroud, or coffin; he said he could not sit still when he saw the same spirit raging in this place; he considered the publication of the Expositor as much murderous at heart as David was before the death of Uriah; was for making a short work of it; was prepared to take his stand by the Mayor, and whatever he proposes; would stand by him to the last. The quicker it is stopped the better.
had investigated the Constitution, charter, and laws; the power to declare that office a nuisance is granted to us in the charter, and a resolution declaring it a nuisance is all that is required.
“John Birney sworn— said and declared they had commenced their operations, and would carry them out, law or no law.
sworn— said that said the interest of this is done the moment a hand is laid on their press.
continued, and referred to in destroying the character of a child— an orphan child, who had the charge of another child.
“Warren Smith sworn— said came to him, and proposed to have him go in as a partner in making bogus money. said he would not work for a living; that witness might go in with him if he would advance fifty dollars, and shewed him (witness) a half dollar which he said was made in his dies.
continued and said he felt deeper this day than ever he felt before, and wanted to know, by yes, if there was any present who wanted to avenge the blood [p. 84]
June 10 said he was not; (Hundreds know this statement to be false); he also asked if he did not state before hundreds of people that he believed Joseph to be a prophet; ‘no’, said . They were under oath when they said it. (Many hundreds of people are witness to this perjury.)
“Alderman accorded with the views expressed that the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’ is a nuisance; did not consider it wise to give them time to trumpet a thousand lies; their property could not pay for it; if we pass only a fine or imprisonment, have we any confidence that they will desist? none at all! we have found these men covenant breakers with God! with their wives!! &c, have we any hope of their doing better? their characters have gone before them, shall they be suffered to go on, and bring a mob upon us; and murder our women and children, and burn our beautiful city? No! I had rather my blood would be spilled at once, and would like to have the press removed as soon as the ordinance would allow; and wish the matter might be put into the hands of the Mayor, and every body stand by him in the execution of his duties, and hush every murmer.
“Councilor said he had felt deeply on this subject, and concurred fully in the view General Smith had expressed of it this day; thought it unnecessary to repeat what the Council perfectly understood; considered private interest as nothing in comparison with the public good; every time a line was formed in he was there, for what? to defend it against just such scoundrels and influ[HC 6:446]ence as the Nauvoo Expositor and its supporters; were directly calculated to bring against us again. Considered the doings of the council this day of immense moment, not to this alone, but to the whole world; would go in to put a stop to the thing at once; let it be thrown out of this , and the responsibility of countenancing such a press be taken off our shoulders and fall on the , if corrupt enough to sustain it.
“Councilor said that he had not forgotten the transactions at , and that he recollected that his son George Spencer then lay in the well referred to on the day previous, without a winding sheet, shroud, or coffin; he said he could not sit still when he saw the same spirit raging in this place; he considered the publication of the Expositor as much murderous at heart as David was before the death of Uriah; was for making a short work of it; was prepared to take his stand by the Mayor, and whatever he proposes; would stand by him to the last. The quicker it is stopped the better.
had investigated the Constitution, charter, and laws; the power to declare that office a nuisance is granted to us in the charter, and a resolution declaring it a nuisance is all that is required.
“John Birney sworn— said and declared they had commenced their operations, and would carry them out, law or no law.
sworn— said that said the interest of this is done the moment a hand is laid on their press.
continued, and referred to in destroying the character of a child— an orphan child, who had the charge of another child.
“Warren Smith sworn— said came to him, and proposed to have him go in as a partner in making bogus money. said he would not work for a living; that witness might go in with him if he would advance fifty dollars, and shewed him (witness) a half dollar which he said was made in his dies.
continued and said he felt deeper this day than ever he felt before, and wanted to know, by yes, if there was any present who wanted to avenge the blood [p. 84]
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