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

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[HC 4:197]
15 September 1840 • Tuesday
<September 15> “The of after a silence of about two years, has at last made a demand on of for J. Smith Jr., , , , , and Alanson Brown, as fugitives from justice. The demand it seems has been complied with by , and an order issued for their apprehension accordingly our place has recently received a visit from the Sheriff for these men; but through the tender mercies of a kind Providence, who by his power has sustained, and once delivered them from the hands of the blood thirsty and savage race of beings in the shape of men that tread ’s delightful soil; they were not to be found; as the Lord would have it, they were gone from home, and the Sheriff returned, of course, without them. These men do not feel disposed to again try the solemn realities of mob law in that ; and a free and enlightened republic should respond against it, for has no claim on them, but they have claim on . What right have they <to> demand of , as fugitives from justice men against whom no process had ever been found in that . No not so much as the form of a process. They were taken by a mob militia, and dragged from every thing that was dear and sacred, and tried (without their knowledge) by a court martial, condemned to be shot, but failing in this, they were forced into confinement, galled with chains, deprived of the comforts of life, and even that which was necessary to save life, then brought to a pretended trial, without even having a legal process served, and then deprived of the privilege of defence. They were taken by a mob, tried, condemned and imprisoned by the same. and this cannot deny. What a beautiful picture has presented to the [HC 4:198] world, after driving 12 or 15,000 inhabitants from their homes, forcing them to leave the under the pain of extermination, and confiscating their property, and murdering innocent men, women, and children, then, because that a few made their escape from his murdering hand, and have found protection in a land of equal rights so that his plans and designs have all been unfruitful, to that extent that he has caused Mormonism to spread with double vigor; he now has the presumption to demand them back in order that his thirst for innocent blood may yet be satiated— He has no business with them, they have not escaped from justice, but from the hands of a cursed, infuriated, inhuman set, or race of beings who are enemies to their country, to their God, to themselves and to every principle of righteousness and humanity— They loathe Christianity and despise the people of God, they war against truth and inherit lies; virtue they tread under their feet, while vice with her ten thousand offspring is their welcome associate, therefore, men on whom has no claim, she cannot, no she never shall have.”
20 September 1840 • Sunday
<20> Sunday. Elder went to , held a Conference, Ordained 5 Elders, 11 Priests, 8 Teachers, 1 Deacon and returned to same day—
23 September 1840 • Wednesday
Septr. 23. 1840 To the first Presidency and High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We gladly embrace this opportunity of conveying a few times to you by who we expect will leave this place for in a few days. Brother and have visited the several branches of the Church in , Pike Co., and On our way we stopped at , and Pleasant Garden Indiana; we found the [p. 1099]
[HC 4:197]
15 September 1840 • Tuesday
September 15 “The of after a silence of about two years, has at last made a demand on of for J. Smith Jr., , , , , and Alanson Brown, as fugitives from justice. The demand it seems has been complied with by , and an order issued for their apprehension accordingly our place has recently received a visit from the Sheriff for these men; but through the tender mercies of a kind Providence, who by his power has sustained, and once delivered them from the hands of the blood thirsty and savage race of beings in the shape of men that tread ’s delightful soil; they were not to be found; as the Lord would have it, they were gone from home, and the Sheriff returned, of course, without them. These men do not feel disposed to again try the solemn realities of mob law in that ; and a free and enlightened republic should respond against it, for has no claim on them, but they have claim on . What right have they to demand of , as fugitives from justice men against whom no process had ever been found in that . No not so much as the form of a process. They were taken by a mob militia, and dragged from every thing that was dear and sacred, and tried (without their knowledge) by a court martial, condemned to be shot, but failing in this, they were forced into confinement, galled with chains, deprived of the comforts of life, and even that which was necessary to save life, then brought to a pretended trial, without even having a legal process served, and then deprived of the privilege of defence. They were taken by a mob, tried, condemned and imprisoned by the same. and this cannot deny. What a beautiful picture has presented to the [HC 4:198] world, after driving 12 or 15,000 inhabitants from their homes, forcing them to leave the under the pain of extermination, and confiscating their property, and murdering innocent men, women, and children, then, because that a few made their escape from his murdering hand, and have found protection in a land of equal rights so that his plans and designs have all been unfruitful, to that extent that he has caused Mormonism to spread with double vigor; he now has the presumption to demand them back in order that his thirst for innocent blood may yet be satiated— He has no business with them, they have not escaped from justice, but from the hands of a cursed, infuriated, inhuman set, or race of beings who are enemies to their country, to their God, to themselves and to every principle of righteousness and humanity— They loathe Christianity and despise the people of God, they war against truth and inherit lies; virtue they tread under their feet, while vice with her ten thousand offspring is their welcome associate, therefore, men on whom has no claim, she cannot, no she never shall have.”
20 September 1840 • Sunday
20 Sunday. Elder went to , held a Conference, Ordained 5 Elders, 11 Priests, 8 Teachers, 1 Deacon and returned to same day—
23 September 1840 • Wednesday
Septr. 23. 1840 To the first Presidency and High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We gladly embrace this opportunity of conveying a few times to you by who we expect will leave this place for in a few days. Brother and have visited the several branches of the Church in , Pike Co., and On our way we stopped at , and Pleasant Garden Indiana; we found the [p. 1099]
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