Letter from Elias Higbee, 26 February 1840

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  • Historical Introduction

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Feb 26th 1840
Dr. Brother
I am just informed by Gen. [Garret D.] Wall, (the chairman of the committee) before whom, or to whom our business is referred, that the decision is against us or in other words unfavorable; that they believe redress can only be had in , the Courts & Legislature— He says they will report this week— I desire to get a copy of it, and also the papers— I feel a conscience void of offence towards God & man in this matter; that I have discharged my duty here— and as I wish not to be on expence, as soon as I can write to ; get my papers; and draw some money to bear my expences I shall bid adieu to this , for, to return to my family and friends— I feell now, as though that we have made our last appeald to all earthly tribunals; that we we should no[w] put our whole trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob— We have a right now which we could not heretofore so fully claim— That is of asking God for redress & redemption; as it they have been refused us by man— Those who have been ordained to do this business—
Jos. Smith Jr. [p. 103]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    The Senate did not consider the committee’s report until 23 March 1840. (Journal of the Senate of the United States, 26th Cong., 1st Sess., 23 Mar. 1840, 259–260; Letter from Elias Higbee, 24 Mar. 1840; Historical Introduction to Report of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 4 Mar. 1840.)  

    Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, Being the First Session of the Twenty-Sixth Congress, Begun and Held at the City of Washington, December 2, 1839, and in the Sixty-Fourth Year of the Independence of the Said United States. Washington DC: Blair and Rives, 1839.

  2. 2

    The church’s delegation to Congress had submitted several documents in support of the memorial, including pamphlets and affidavits. (Journal of the Senate of the United States, 26th Cong., 1st Sess., 17 Feb. 1840, 179; Letter from Elias Higbee, 24 Mar. 1840; Report of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 4 Mar. 1840.)  

    Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, Being the First Session of the Twenty-Sixth Congress, Begun and Held at the City of Washington, December 2, 1839, and in the Sixty-Fourth Year of the Independence of the Said United States. Washington DC: Blair and Rives, 1839.

  3. 3

    See Acts 24:16.  

  4. 4

    Higbee made several attempts to correspond with Rigdon, who was in Philadelphia. Higbee ultimately heard back from Rigdon by 9 March through a letter from Philadelphia church member Samuel Bennett. (Letter from Elias Higbee, 9 Mar. 1840.)  

  5. 5

    Higbee probably intended to draw money from an account of Senator Richard M. Young, who had helped finance the church delegation’s trip to Washington DC. (Letter to Hyrum Smith and Nauvoo High Council, 5 Dec. 1839.)