History Draft [1 January–21 June 1844]

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16 June 1844 • Sunday
Sunday June 16th. I preached at the at 10 AM; <​before I closed my remarks it rained severely.​> The following synopsis was reported by , <​whom I had released <​transferred​> from the duties of​> Clerk of the “Maid of Iowa.”:— <​to my office.​>
Judge came <​to ​> and advised me to go before some Justice of the Peace of the , <​and have an examination of the charges specified in s <​(of ​> writ, and if acquitted is bound over it would allay all excitement, answer the law, and cut off all legal pretext for a Mob, and he would be bound to order them to keep the peace.​>
Some forty gentlemen from came down in a steamer to enquire into our difficulties; I met them at the at 2 P. M, and gave them the desired information.
, clerk of the City Council <​Recorder​>, read the Minutes of the Council, declaring the Nauvoo Expositor a nuisance. They expressed themselves satisfied. I the then went to the , and met some thousands of the brethren. I instructed them to keep cool, and prepare their arms for defence of the ; as it was reported that a mob was collecting in and other places. I exhorted them to be quiet and make no disturbance, and instructed the brethren to organize into <​the capacity of​> a public meeting, and send delegates to all the surrounding towns and villages to explain the cause of the disturbance, and show them that all was peace at , and that there was no cause for any mobs.
A Messenger arrived, stating that the clerk of the Court expected to be driven out of tomorrow, and the only way to prevent the shedding of blood was to get the in person to come down with his staff.
I wrote to stating the facts as follows:— “His Excellency (see file) Smith”
and <​I​> enclosed <​a copy of​> the following affidavit:— “State of (see file) of .”
Bror. Butler from came in and made affidavit <​Insert when found​> before the Recorder that 1500 Missourians were to cross the to the next morning on their way to .
I received a letter from and answered it:— “President (see file) 1844.” <​and answered​>
“Head Quarters (see file) .” [p. 62]
16 June 1844 • Sunday
Sunday June 16th. I preached at the at 10 AM; before I closed my remarks it rained severely. The following synopsis was reported by , whom I had transferred from the duties of Clerk of the “Maid of Iowa.”:— to my office.
Judge came to and advised me to go before some Justice of the Peace of the , and have an examination of the charges specified in s (of writ, and if acquitted is bound over it would allay all excitement, answer the law, and cut off all legal pretext for a Mob, and he would be bound to order them to keep the peace.
Some forty gentlemen from came down in a steamer to enquire into our difficulties; I met them at the at 2 P. M, and gave them the desired information.
, the City Recorder, read the Minutes of the Council, declaring the Nauvoo Expositor a nuisance. They expressed themselves satisfied. I then went to the , and met some thousands of the brethren. I instructed them to keep cool, and prepare their arms for defence of the ; as it was reported that a mob was collecting in and other places. I exhorted them to be quiet and make no disturbance, and instructed the brethren to organize into the capacity of a public meeting, and send delegates to all the surrounding towns and villages to explain the cause of the disturbance, and show them that all was peace at , and that there was no cause for any mobs.
A Messenger arrived, stating that the clerk of the — Court expected to be driven out of tomorrow, and the only way to prevent the shedding of blood was to get the in person to come down with his staff.
I wrote to stating the facts as follows:— “His Excellency (see file) Smith”
I enclosed a copy of the following affidavit:— “State of (see file) of .”
Bror. Butler from came in and made affidavit Insert when found before the Recorder that 1500 Missourians were to cross the to the next morning on their way to .
I received a letter from “President (see file) 1844.” and answered
“Head Quarters (see file) .” [p. 62]
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