History draft; handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw, , , James Ure, and Robert L. Campbell; 76 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 January 1844 to 21 June 1844.
Monday 29 At 10 A.M., the <together with my brother & > met at the Mayor’s Office <to take into consideration the subject of the <the proper course for this people to pursue in relation to the> coming Presidential Election,> present my brother & being present. <(Note A)> It was <therefore> moved by , and voted unanimously “that we will have a ticket of <an> independen[t] electoral <ticket> and that Joseph Smith be a candidate for the next Presidency; and that we use all honorable means <in our power> to secure his election.” I told the brethren thatto <said> <“If you attempt to> accomplish this you must send every man in the who <is able to> can speak <in public> throughout the land to electioneer <and make> stump speeches <and advocate the> Mormon religion, & <purity of> election, <and call upon the people to stand by the law, and put down mobocracy.> alaw that must go— to , to , & to . After the April we will have general conferences all over the nation, and I will attend them. Tell the people we have had Whig and democratic presidents long enough; we want a president of the . If I ever get into the Presidential chair, I will protect the people in their rights and liberties. I will not electioneer for myself. , , , and must go. < must go or he will apostatize.> The Whigs are striving for a King under the garb of democracy. There is oratory enough in the to carry me into the Presidential Chair the first slide.”
“Capt. White of was at the last night, and this morning drank a toast:— “May all you enemies be skinned, and their skins [p. 6]