Account of Meeting, 3 July 1841

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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On the the 3rd day of July 1841 the was called out to celebrate our National Independance <​the 4th being Sunday​>, and was reviewed by Lieutenant-General Joseph Smith. Who made an Eloquent and patriotic Speech to the troops and strongly testified of his regard for our national welfare and his willingness to lay down his life for his in defence of his if need be and closed with these <​remarkable​> words emphatically spoken. “I would ask no greater boon than to lay down my life for my country.” [p. 5]


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    Despite the Latter-day Saints’ grievances over their treatment in the United States and the failure of the federal government to intervene, JS still considered himself a devoted, patriotic American. In a letter JS wrote a year later to James Arlington Bennet, he asserted he was a “patriot and lover of [his] country, pleading at their feet for protection and deliverance, by the justice of their Constitutions.” (JS, Journal, 8 Sept. 1842.)  

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    The Warsaw Signal, a newspaper that advanced Whig politics and perceived the Saints as favoring the Democratic party, used a caustic tone in covering the celebration, but its account of the proceedings may shed some further light on what JS said in his address: “[the] Mormon orator held forth—to enumerate particulars would be tedious. He however appeared to be a democratic republican of the first water—said that in a Republican Government the people must at all events be obeyed by their representatives.— President Tyler was just the man for him.— Did’nt believe that there were any brave men, and told the troops that they need’nt be brave, but just obey orders, lift their guns and crack away &c. &c.” (“Great Parade at Nauvoo,” Warsaw [IL] Signal, 7 July 1841, [2].)  

    Warsaw Signal. Warsaw, IL. 1841–1853.