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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<November 6> deliver up your arms— this has been attended to— The third stipulation is, that you  sign over your properties to defray the expenses of the War— this you have also done  another article yet remains for you to comply with: and that is, that you leave the   forthwith, and whatever may be your feelings concerning this, or whatever your  innocence, it is nothing to me. , who is equal in authority with me,  has made this treaty with you. I approve of it— I should have done the same, had  I been here, I am therefore determined to see it fulfilled— The Character of this   has suffered almost beyond redemption— from the character, conduct and  influence that you have exerted, and we deem it an act of justice to restore  her character to its former standing among the States by every proper means—  The Orders of the to me were, that you should be exterminated, and not  allowed to remain in the , and had your leaders not have been given up  and the terms of the treaty complied with, before this, you and your families  would have been destroyed and your houses in ashes. There is a discretionary  power vested in my hands which I shall exercise in your favor for a Season,  for this lenity you are indebted to my clemency— I do not say that you  shall go now, but you must not think of staying here another Season, or of  putting in crops— for the moment you do this the Citizens will be upon you.  If I am called here again in case if a noncompliance of the treaty made,  do not think that I shall act any more as I have done— you need not  expect any mercy, but extermination— for I am determined the ’s  order shall be executed. As for your leaders, do not once think— do not  imagine for a moment— do not let it enter your mind— that they will be  delivered, or that you will see their faces again, for their fate is fixed, their  die is cast— their doom is sealed” I am sorry, Gentlemen, to see  so great a number of apparently intelligent men found in the situation  that you are; and oh! that I could invoke that Great Spirit— The unknown  God to rest upon you and make you sufficiently intelligent to break that chain  of Superstition, and liberate you from those fetters of fanaticism with which you  are bound— That you no longer worship a Man— I would advise you to  scatter abroad and never again organize yourselves with Bishops, Presidents &c  lest you excite the jealousies of the people, and subject yourselves to the same  calamities that have now come upon you— You have always been the aggressors  you have brought upon yourselves these difficulties by being disaffected, and not  being subject to rule— and my advice is, that you become as other Citizens, lest  by a recurrence of these events you bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin—”
< to > The wrote as follows
“It will also be necessary that you  hold a military Court of inquiry in , and arrest the Mormons who  have been guilty of the late outrages, committed towards the inhabitants of said .  My instructions to you are to settle this whole matter completely, if possible, before  you disband your forces; if the Mormons are disposed voluntarily to leave the ,  of course it would be advisable in you to promote that object, in any way deemed proper.  The ringleaders of this rebellion, though, ought by no means <to> be permitted to escape the punishment  they merit” [p. 855]
November 6 deliver up your arms— this has been attended to— The third stipulation is, that you sign over your properties to defray the expenses of the War— this you have also done another article yet remains for you to comply with: and that is, that you leave the forthwith, and whatever may be your feelings concerning this, or whatever your innocence, it is nothing to me. , who is equal in authority with me, has made this treaty with you. I approve of it— I should have done the same, had I been here, I am therefore determined to see it fulfilled— The Character of this has suffered almost beyond redemption— from the character, conduct and influence that you have exerted, and we deem it an act of justice to restore her character to its former standing among the States by every proper means— The Orders of the to me were, that you should be exterminated, and not allowed to remain in the , and had your leaders not have been given up and the terms of the treaty complied with, before this, you and your families would have been destroyed and your houses in ashes. There is a discretionary power vested in my hands which I shall exercise in your favor for a Season, for this lenity you are indebted to my clemency— I do not say that you shall go now, but you must not think of staying here another Season, or of putting in crops— for the moment you do this the Citizens will be upon you. If I am called here again in case if a noncompliance of the treaty made, do not think that I shall act any more as I have done— you need not expect any mercy, but extermination— for I am determined the ’s order shall be executed. As for your leaders, do not once think— do not imagine for a moment— do not let it enter your mind— that they will be delivered, or that you will see their faces again, for their fate is fixed, their die is cast— their doom is sealed” I am sorry, Gentlemen, to see so great a number of apparently intelligent men found in the situation that you are; and oh! that I could invoke that Great Spirit— The unknown God to rest upon you and make you sufficiently intelligent to break that chain of Superstition, and liberate you from those fetters of fanaticism with which you are bound— That you no longer worship a Man— I would advise you to scatter abroad and never again organize yourselves with Bishops, Presidents &c lest you excite the jealousies of the people, and subject yourselves to the same calamities that have now come upon you— You have always been the aggressors you have brought upon yourselves these difficulties by being disaffected, and not being subject to rule— and my advice is, that you become as other Citizens, lest by a recurrence of these events you bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin—”
to The wrote as follows
“It will also be necessary that you hold a military Court of inquiry in , and arrest the Mormons who have been guilty of the late outrages, committed towards the inhabitants of said . My instructions to you are to settle this whole matter completely, if possible, before you disband your forces; if the Mormons are disposed voluntarily to leave the , of course it would be advisable in you to promote that object, in any way deemed proper. The ringleaders of this rebellion, though, ought by no means to be permitted to escape the punishment they merit” [p. 855]
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