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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 16  Joseph’s letter in  Liberty Jail> not their consciences seared as with a hot iron. We confess that we are offended  but the Savior said, it must needs be that offences come, but wo unto them by  whom they come, and again blessed are ye when men shall revile you and  persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake”  Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted  they the prophets which were before you— Now dear brethren if any men ever  had reason to claim this promise, we are the men, for we know that the world not  only hates us, but they speak all manner of evil of us falsely, for no other reason than  that we have been endeavoring to teach the fullness <of the gospel> of Jesus Christ— After we were  bartered away by and were taken into the Militia Camp, we had all  the evidence we could have asked for that the world hated us— If there were  Priests among them of all the different sects they hated us, and that most  cordially too, If there were Generals they hated us, If there were Colonels  they hated us, and the Soldiers and Officers of every kind hated us, and  the most profane, blasphemous, and drunkards and whoremongers hated us—  they all hated us most cordially. And now what did they hate us for?  purely because of the testimony of Jesus Christ, Was it because we were  liars? We know that it has been reported by some, but it has been reported  falsely, Was it because we have committed treason against the Government?  in , or of burglary, or of larceny, or of arson, or any other  unlawful act in — We know that Priests, and certain  Lawyers, and certain Judges, who are the instigators, aiders and abettors  of a certain gang of murderers and robbers, who have been carrying on  a scheme of mobocracy to uphold their Priestcraft against the Saints  of the last days, for a number of years, and have tried by a well  contemplated and premeditated scheme to put down by physical  power a system of religion that all the world by their mutual——  attainments and by any fair means whatever were not able to resist.  Hence Mobbers were encouraged by Priests and Levites, by the Pharisees,  Saducees and Essenees and the Herodians, and the most worthless  abandoned and debauched, lawless and inhuman and the most beastly  set of men that the Earth can boast of— and indeed a parallell cannot  be found any where else, to gather together to steal, to plunder, to starve  and to exterminate and burn the houses of the Mormons— These  are the characters that by their treasonable and avert acts have desolated  and laid waste . these are the characters that would fain  make all the world believe that we are guilty of the above named acts—  but they represent us falsely— We stood in our own defence and we believe that  no man of us acted only in a just, a lawful and a righteous retaliation  against such Marauders. We say unto you, that we have not committed  treason nor any other unlawful act in — Was it for murder  in against Mob Militia who was a Wolf in the first instance,  Hide and hair, teeth, legs, and tail, who afterwards put on a Militia Sheepskin  with the wool on, who can sally forth in the day time into the flock and snarl [p. 870]
December 16 Joseph’s letter in Liberty Jail not their consciences seared as with a hot iron. We confess that we are offended but the Savior said, it must needs be that offences come, but wo unto them by whom they come, and again blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake” Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you— Now dear brethren if any men ever had reason to claim this promise, we are the men, for we know that the world not only hates us, but they speak all manner of evil of us falsely, for no other reason than that we have been endeavoring to teach the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ— After we were bartered away by and were taken into the Militia Camp, we had all the evidence we could have asked for that the world hated us— If there were Priests among them of all the different sects they hated us, and that most cordially too, If there were Generals they hated us, If there were Colonels they hated us, and the Soldiers and Officers of every kind hated us, and the most profane, blasphemous, and drunkards and whoremongers hated us— they all hated us most cordially. And now what did they hate us for? purely because of the testimony of Jesus Christ, Was it because we were liars? We know that it has been reported by some, but it has been reported falsely, Was it because we have committed treason against the Government? in , or of burglary, or of larceny, or of arson, or any other unlawful act in — We know that Priests, and certain Lawyers, and certain Judges, who are the instigators, aiders and abettors of a certain gang of murderers and robbers, who have been carrying on a scheme of mobocracy to uphold their Priestcraft against the Saints of the last days, for a number of years, and have tried by a well contemplated and premeditated scheme to put down by physical power a system of religion that all the world by their mutual—— attainments and by any fair means whatever were not able to resist. Hence Mobbers were encouraged by Priests and Levites, by the Pharisees, Saducees and Essenees and the Herodians, and the most worthless abandoned and debauched, lawless and inhuman and the most beastly set of men that the Earth can boast of— and indeed a parallell cannot be found any where else, to gather together to steal, to plunder, to starve and to exterminate and burn the houses of the Mormons— These are the characters that by their treasonable and avert acts have desolated and laid waste . these are the characters that would fain make all the world believe that we are guilty of the above named acts— but they represent us falsely— We stood in our own defence and we believe that no man of us acted only in a just, a lawful and a righteous retaliation against such Marauders. We say unto you, that we have not committed treason nor any other unlawful act in — Was it for murder in against Mob Militia who was a Wolf in the first instance, Hide and hair, teeth, legs, and tail, who afterwards put on a Militia Sheepskin with the wool on, who can sally forth in the day time into the flock and snarl [p. 870]
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