History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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the following preamble and resolutions:
That we (the Mormons, so called,)  <July 1.  Meeting of Elders in  .> are grateful for the kindness which has been shown to us by the citizens of  , since we have resided with them, and being desirous for peace and  wishing the good rather than the ill-will of mankind, will use all  honorable means to allay the excitement, and so far as we can, remove  any foundation for jealousies against us as a people. We are aware  that many rumors prejudicial to us as a Society are afloat, and time only  <x> and time only can prove their falsity to the world at large. We deny having  claim to this or any other county, or country further than we purchase,  with money, or more than the constitution and laws allows us as free Amer ican Citizens. We have taken no part for or against slavery, but are oppo sed to the abolitionists, and consider that men have a right to hold  slaves or not according to law. We beleive it just to preach the Gospel  to the nations of the earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves  from the corruptions of the world, but we do not believe it right to interfere  with bond servants, nor preach the gospel to, nor meddle with, nor  influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their situ ation in this life, thereby jeopardizing the lives of men. Such interference  we beleive to be unlawful and unjust, and dangerous to the peace of  every government allowing human beings to be held in servitude. We  deny holding any communications with the Indians, and mean to hold  ourselves as ready to defend our country against their barbarous att tacks ravages, as any other people. We beleive that all men are bound  to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they  reside, while protected in their inherent rights an[d] unalienable rights,  by the laws of such governments, and that sedition and rebellion  are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished  accordingly. It is needless to enter into a further detail of our faith  or mention our sufferings: Therefore,
<Resolutions.> 1st Resolved. For the sake of friendship, and to be in a covenant of peace  with the citizens of to be in covenant of peace with us,  notwithstanding the necessary loss of property, and expence we  incur in moving, we comply with the requisitions of their resolu tions in leaving the county of , as explained by the preamble  accompanying the same; and that we will use our exertions to  have the church do the same; and and that we will also exert our selves to stop the tide of emigration to stop the tide of emigration of our  people to this .
2d. Resolved, that we accept of the friendly offer verbally tendered to us,  by the committee yesterday, to assist us in selecting a location and  removing to it.
3.d Resolved, unanimously, that this meeting accept and adopt the  above preamble and resolutions, which are here presented by the  committee.
4th. Resolved, that , , and S. Bent, be a Committee  to carry these proceedings to the meeting of the citizens of to be  held tomorrow at . The above was unanimously adopted  by the meeting.
, chairman. , Secretary. [p. 741]
the following preamble and resolutions:
That we (the Mormons, so called,) July 1. Meeting of Elders in . are grateful for the kindness which has been shown to us by the citizens of , since we have resided with them, and being desirous for peace and wishing the good rather than the ill-will of mankind, will use all honorable means to allay the excitement, and so far as we can, remove any foundation for jealousies against us as a people. We are aware that many rumors prejudicial to us as a Society are afloat, and time only x can prove their falsity to the world at large. We deny having claim to this or any other county, or country further than we purchase, with money, or more than the constitution and laws allow us as free American Citizens. We have taken no part for or against slavery, but are opposed to the abolitionists, and consider that men have a right to hold slaves or not according to law. We beleive it just to preach the Gospel to the nations of the earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves from the corruptions of the world, but we do not believe it right to interfere with bond servants, nor preach the gospel to, nor meddle with, nor influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their situation in this life, thereby jeopardizing the lives of men. Such interference we beleive to be unlawful and unjust, and dangerous to the peace of every government allowing human beings to be held in servitude. We deny holding any communications with the Indians, and mean to hold ourselves as ready to defend our country against their barbarous ravages, as any other people. We beleive that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and unalienable rights, by the laws of such governments, and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly. It is needless to enter into a further detail of our faith or mention our sufferings: Therefore,
Resolutions. 1st Resolved. For the sake of friendship, and to be in a covenant of peace with the citizens of to be in covenant of peace with us, notwithstanding the necessary loss of property, and expence we incur in moving, we comply with the requisitions of their resolutions in leaving the county of , as explained by the preamble accompanying the same; and that we will use our exertions to have the church do the same; and that we will also exert ourselves to stop the tide of emigration of our people to this .
2d. Resolved, that we accept of the friendly offer verbally tendered to us, by the committee yesterday, to assist us in selecting a location and removing to it.
3.d Resolved, unanimously, that this meeting accept and adopt the above preamble and resolutions, which are here presented by the committee.
4th. Resolved, that , , and S. Bent, be a Committee to carry these proceedings to the meeting of the citizens of to be held tomorrow at . The above was unanimously adopted by the meeting.
, chairman. , Secretary. [p. 741]
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