History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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<February 21> with the Clerk’s name attached thereto, after these things and some others were said, the Committee refused to consult on the subject, Only the same three attended that were in yesterday— The Chairman observed they had not expressed any opinion relative to the subject; but observed his mind was made up in relation to the matter, I think from all I have discovered, Mr. Smith of Indiana will be on the side of justice, but how the thing will terminate I cannot tell. Mr. [John] Crittenden and Mr. [Robert] Strange are the two absent members of the Committee— Yours in the bonds of love. .
22 February 1840 • Saturday
<22> Saturday 22 wrote me from
Feb. 22. 1840 Dear Brother I have just returned from the Committee Room, the Committee being present to day, a Mr. Corwin of , formerly a democratic Editor, emptied his Budget; which was as great a bundle of nonsense and stuff, as could be thought of; I suppose not what he knew, but what Gentlemen had told him, for instance the religious and others, I confess I had hard work to restrain my feelings some of the time; but I did succeed in keeping silence tolerably well. Himself, and summoned all the energies of their minds to impress upon the assembly that Jo. Smith as he called him, led the people altogether by Revelation, in their temporal, civil and political matters, and by this means caused all the Mormons to vote the whole hog ticket on one side, except two persons; but when I got an opportunity of speaking, I observed that Joseph Smith never led any of the Church in these matters; as we considered him to have no authority, neither did he presume to exercise any of that nature; that revelations were only concerning Spiritual things in the Church, and the Bible being our Standard, we received no revelation contrary to it, I also observed that we were not such ignoramuses perhaps, as he fain would have people believe us to be, and some other things on this subject, I then told him that every man exercised the right of suffrage according to his better judgment, or without any Ecclesiastical restraint being put upon him; that it was all false about a revelation on voting; and the reason of our voting that ticket was, in consequence of [HC 4:85] the democratic principles having been taught us from our infancy; That they ever believed and extended equal rights to all; and that we had been much persecuted previous to that time, many threatnings being made from the Counties round about, as well as among us, who took the lead in political affairs. It was true we advised our brethren to vote this ticket, telling them we thought that party would protect our rights, and not suffer us to be driven from our lands, as we had hitherto been; believing it to be far the most liberal party; but in that we were mistaken, because when it came to the test, there were as many democrats turned against us as Whigs; and indeed less liberality and political freedom was manifested by them, for one Whig Paper came out decidedly in our favor, I made these remarks partly from motives, which I may at another time explain to you. He laid great stress on the trials at , and a Constitution, that he said and others (who were in good standing in the Mormon Church at this time) swore to; then went on to relate what it contained, and that it was written by [p. 1020]
February 21 with the Clerk’s name attached thereto, after these things and some others were said, the Committee refused to consult on the subject, Only the same three attended that were in yesterday— The Chairman observed they had not expressed any opinion relative to the subject; but observed his mind was made up in relation to the matter, I think from all I have discovered, Mr. Smith of Indiana will be on the side of justice, but how the thing will terminate I cannot tell. Mr. John Crittenden and Mr. Robert Strange are the two absent members of the Committee— Yours in the bonds of love. .
22 February 1840 • Saturday
22 Saturday 22 wrote me from
Feb. 22. 1840 Dear Brother I have just returned from the Committee Room, the Committee being present to day, a Mr. Corwin of , formerly a democratic Editor, emptied his Budget; which was as great a bundle of nonsense and stuff, as could be thought of; I suppose not what he knew, but what Gentlemen had told him, for instance the religious and others, I confess I had hard work to restrain my feelings some of the time; but I did succeed in keeping silence tolerably well. Himself, and summoned all the energies of their minds to impress upon the assembly that Jo. Smith as he called him, led the people altogether by Revelation, in their temporal, civil and political matters, and by this means caused all the Mormons to vote the whole hog ticket on one side, except two persons; but when I got an opportunity of speaking, I observed that Joseph Smith never led any of the Church in these matters; as we considered him to have no authority, neither did he presume to exercise any of that nature; that revelations were only concerning Spiritual things in the Church, and the Bible being our Standard, we received no revelation contrary to it, I also observed that we were not such ignoramuses perhaps, as he fain would have people believe us to be, and some other things on this subject, I then told him that every man exercised the right of suffrage according to his better judgment, or without any Ecclesiastical restraint being put upon him; that it was all false about a revelation on voting; and the reason of our voting that ticket was, in consequence of [HC 4:85] the democratic principles having been taught us from our infancy; That they ever believed and extended equal rights to all; and that we had been much persecuted previous to that time, many threatnings being made from the Counties round about, as well as among us, who took the lead in political affairs. It was true we advised our brethren to vote this ticket, telling them we thought that party would protect our rights, and not suffer us to be driven from our lands, as we had hitherto been; believing it to be far the most liberal party; but in that we were mistaken, because when it came to the test, there were as many democrats turned against us as Whigs; and indeed less liberality and political freedom was manifested by them, for one Whig Paper came out decidedly in our favor, I made these remarks partly from motives, which I may at another time explain to you. He laid great stress on the trials at , and a Constitution, that he said and others (who were in good standing in the Mormon Church at this time) swore to; then went on to relate what it contained, and that it was written by [p. 1020]
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