History Draft [1 January–21 June 1844]

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18 June 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesday June 18th. At 9 <​8​> A M the assembled <​according to orders​> and organized <​at 9 AM under <​acting​> Major General +​>. <​+ The first cohort under the command of Coll. , acting Brigadier General; and the second cohort under Coll , acting Brigadier General.​>
Just before, I was informed that there were several boxes of arms landed at the upper stone house, which were secured by the . Soon after it was discovered that the arms, 40 stand, had been sent by [blank] and the bought them for the .
<​*​> About 2 P M the Legion was drawn up in the street close by the ; I stood <​in full uniform​> on the top of the frame of a building, and addressed the Legion for about 1½ hours <​*​>
-[Insert sketch by Robt [L.] Campbell.]-
<​*​> About <​1¾​> P M I proclaimed the under Martial law, and caused the following orders to be issued from the Mayor’s Office:— “Mayor’s Office (see file) Mayor.”
<​*​> read the Warsaw Signal Extra of the 17th., wherein all the <​“old​> citizens” were called upon to assist the mob. <​in exterminating the leaders of the Saints & driving away the people​> and I <​then​> called upon all honest men from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to come to his <​my​> assistance. <​The following synopsis of this address was compiled by from the verbal reports of Joseph G. Hovey, Edwin D. Holley <​William G. Sterrett Robert Campbell,​> & many others who heard the Prophet on the occasion.​>
<​I told the brethren that the​> it was <​is​> thought by some, <​that​> our enemies would be satisfied with my destruction, but <​I told the brethren I tell you​> that as soon as they have <​have​> shed my blood they would <​will​> thirst for the blood of every man in whose heart dwells a single spark of the spirit of the fulness of the gospel, the opposition of these men is moved by the Spirit of the adversary of all righteousness, it is not only to destroy me but every man & woman who dares believe the doctrines that God hath inspired me to teach to this generation; we have never violated the laws <​of our ​>; we have <​every right to live​> lived under their protection, & r [are] entitld to all the privileges guaranteed by our & National Constitutions; we have turned the barren bleak prairies, & swamps of this into beautiful towns farms & cities, by our industry; & the men who seek our destruction & cry thief, treason, riot, &c, r those who themselves violate the laws, steal & plunder their neighbors, & seek to destroy the innocent, heralding forth lies to screen themselves from the just punishment of their crimes, by bringing destruction upon this innocent people. I call God Angels & all men to witness, that we are innocent of the charges which are heralded forth thus the public points against us by our enemies, & while they assemble together in unlawful mobs to take away our rights, & destroy our lives, they think to shield themselves under the refuge of lies which they have thus widedly fabricated. We have forwarded a particular account of all our doings to the , we are ready to obey his commands & we expect that protection at his hands which we know to be our just due; we have taken the Counsel of , & been tried before a civil magistrate <​on the charge of riot,​> not that the law required it, but because the advised it, as a precautionary measure to allay all possible pretext, for excitement; we were <​legally​> acquitted by who is a good judge of law; [p. 65]
18 June 1844 • Tuesday
Tuesday June 18th. At 8 A M the assembled according to orders and organized at 9 AM under acting Major General +. + The first cohort under the command of Coll. , acting Brigadier General; and the second cohort under Coll , acting Brigadier General.
Just before, I was informed that there were several boxes of arms landed at the upper stone house, which were secured by the . Soon after it was discovered that the arms, 40 stand, had been sent by [blank] and the bought them for the .
* About 2 P M the Legion was drawn up in the street close by the ; I stood in full uniform on the top of the frame of a building, and addressed the Legion for about 1½ hours
-[Insert sketch by Robt [L.] Campbell.]-
* About 1¾ P M I proclaimed the under Martial law, and caused the following orders to be issued from the Mayor’s Office:— “Mayor’s Office (see file) Mayor.”
read the Warsaw Signal Extra of the 17th., wherein all the “old citizens” were called upon to assist the mob. in exterminating the leaders of the Saints & driving away the people The following synopsis of this address was compiled by from the verbal reports of Joseph G. Hovey, William G. Sterrett Robert Campbell, & many others who heard the Prophet on the occasion.
it is thought by some, that our enemies would be satisfied with my destruction, but I tell you that as soon as they have shed my blood they will thirst for the blood of every man in whose heart dwells a single spark of the spirit of the fulness of the gospel, the opposition of these men is moved by the Spirit of the adversary of all righteousness, it is not only to destroy me but every man & woman who dares believe the doctrines that God hath inspired me to teach to this generation; we have never violated the laws of our ; we have every right to live under their protection, & r [are] entitld to all the privileges guaranteed by our & National Constitutions; we have turned the barren bleak prairies, & swamps of this into beautiful towns farms & cities, by our industry; & the men who seek our destruction & cry thief, treason, riot, &c, r those who themselves violate the laws, steal & plunder their neighbors, & seek to destroy the innocent, heralding forth lies to screen themselves from the just punishment of their crimes, by bringing destruction upon this innocent people. I call God Angels & all men to witness, that we are innocent of the charges which are heralded forth thus the public points against us by our enemies, & while they assemble together in unlawful mobs to take away our rights, & destroy our lives, they think to shield themselves under the refuge of lies which they have thus widedly fabricated. We have forwarded a particular account of all our doings to the , we are ready to obey his commands & we expect that protection at his hands which we know to be our just due; we have taken the Counsel of , & been tried before a civil magistrate on the charge of riot, not that the law required it, but because the advised it, as a precautionary measure to allay all possible pretext, for excitement; we were legally acquitted by who is a good judge of law; [p. 65]
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