Minutes and Discourses, 6–9 April 1844, as Reported by Thomas Bullock

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I will say to the defiance of all men— that I infringe no man is not an honorable man if he is not above all law— I see in our town we have need of Government some study law only to know how many feuds, broils they can kick up and say I am above “I know my rights and will have them”— “I did not know it was the marshall or I would not have done it” he is no Gentleman— no marshall nor no any one else should pull me up— I would live a great way inside where law rules— I would live far above all law— it is far more righteous than living as they do—
<​(the Prophet)​> will rest a few moments from his exertion
The Choir sung 104th.
— I address this congregation with pleasure— to tell those principles— to enlarge their minds or produce any beneficial results I am well repaid— many things have been spoken by with edification— their hearts must be touched by those things that have been recited at pleasure— we trace the rise of kingdoms— of nations &c historians dwells with great minuteness into the history of those men who took the lead of those kingdoms— chieftains— republics— we look back to the time when this was under the rule and tyranny of G. Britain— we trace the names of Washington La Fayette &c— all men look upon this thing with as great a view as any of these things— how much more great— more noble <​are​> than these things— can we be surprized when we see an a man of God who can contemplate the glories— the visions of eternity— and a man of God who now beholds the things roll on which he has beheld in prophetic vision. where is the comparison of things which are past and things which are present— most men have established their kingdoms by blood by tyranny— whence did most of the mighty men get their glory— one history of blood, carnage and desolation— and yet these great men were called honorable by their deeds of rapine and slay their thousands— cause the orphans to weep and the widows to mourn— they have made themselves immortal— as great men the Patriot’s of this had a laudable view they stood up in defence of freedom &c &c but where is it now— alas the gold has become dim— where are those laws that say that all men are born free— where is the Constitution that says they shall worship God according to the dictates of your conscience— ye are exiles in a land of freedom— let it not be told among the monarchs of Eurpoe lest they laugh and say Ah Ah as we would have it— let it not go abroad that your are exiles— but tell your rulers all their deeds of fame are tarnished— are we now in a land of Liberty freedom No we are stripped of our possessions and our Government authorities say your cause is just but we can do nothing for you— here are thousands of men in bondage and you say you are in a land of freedom— shake off your fetters and proclaim us free— I spoke of this [p. 3]
I will say to the defiance of all men— no man is not an honorable man if he is not above all law— I see in our town we have need of Government some study law only to know how many feuds, broils they can kick up and say “I know my rights and will have them”— “I did not know it was the marshall or I would not have done it” he is no Gentleman— no marshall nor no one else should pull me up— I would live a great way inside where law rules— I would live far above all law— it is far more righteous than living as they do—
(the Prophet) will rest a few moments from his exertion
The Choir sung 104th.
— I address this congregation with pleasure— to tell those principles— to enlarge their minds or produce any beneficial results I am well repaid— many things have been spoken by with edification— their hearts must be touched by those things that have been recited at pleasure— we trace the rise of kingdoms— of nations &c historians dwells with great minuteness into the history of those men who took the lead of those kingdoms— chieftains— republics— we look back to the time when this was under the rule and tyranny of G. Britain— we trace the names of Washington La Fayette &c— all men look upon this thing with as great a view as any of these things— how much more great— more noble are these things— can we be surprized when we see a man of God who can contemplate the glories— the visions of eternity— and a man of God who now beholds the things roll on which he has beheld in prophetic vision. where is the comparison of things which are past and things which are present— most men have established their kingdoms by blood by tyranny— whence did most of the mighty men get their glory— one history of blood, carnage and desolation— and yet these great men were called honorable by their deeds of rapine and slay their thousands— cause the orphans to weep and the widows to mourn— they have made themselves immortal— as great men the Patriot’s of this had a laudable view they stood up in defence of freedom &c &c but where is it now— alas the gold has become dim— where are those laws that say that all men are born free— where is the Constitution that says they shall worship God according to the dictates of your conscience— ye are exiles in a land of freedom— let it not be told among the monarchs of Eurpoe lest they laugh and say Ah Ah as we would have it— let it not go abroad that your are exiles— but tell your rulers all their deeds of fame are tarnished— are we now in a land of Liberty freedom No we are stripped of our possessions and our Government authorities say your cause is just but we can do nothing for you— here are thousands of men in bondage and you say you are in a land of freedom— shake off your fetters and proclaim us free— I spoke of this [p. 3]
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