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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<June 28> from respectable sources that said has entered into a conspiracy  with some of the Citizens of your , to bring a mob upon us, and thereby disturb  our peaceful vocations of life, and destroy, and drive us from our homes, and  firesides. Believing that your cannot be influenced by the popular  prejudice, almost every where entertained against us, on account of our peculiar  religious tenets; I am the more free to write to you without reserve; knowing  that the high toned and honorable men of the Earth, will not be easily carried  away by popular opinion or vulgar prejudice; but will always be found on  the side of the law abiding portion of community; and will suppress so far  as in them lies, every movement that tends to abridge the rights, or mar the  peace and happiness of any portion of the Citizens of our Common Country.  I have resided in this near three years, and attached myself to the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, soon after their location here;  and have had a good opportunity of learning the feelings of the leading  members of the said Church, in regard to the Citizens of ,  which are of the most friendly nature; ever desiring to live in peace,  and cultivate friendship with all the Citizens of your as also all the  States, and all mankind generally; it being a principle of our faith,  to cultivate friendship and live in peace with all mankind; and if Dr.  , or any other person, may conspire with Citizens of your  , to bring upon us mob violence, we confide in you as one who will  under all circumstances interpose the strong arm of the law, in the  suppression of conspiracy or mobs, or any other violation of Law as Citizens  of the we claim the protection of the several States and  the in all our constitutional rights, and having learned  something of your character we the more confidently expect your protection  against all lawless aggressions by any of the Citizens of your .  Whatever may be reported concerning us, we assure your that our  feelings are as I have before stated, of the most friendly nature. And should   or any other person report any thing contrary your need  pay no attention to it; for it is not the truth, and is only designed by wicked men  to cause the overthrow of the innocent. Should any report have already reached  your ears I would esteem it as a great favor if you would give me information of  the same by letter immediately on receipt of this. I am, yours respectfully  .”
29 June 1842 • Wednesday
<29> Wednesday 29 I held a long conversation with . found  fault with being exposed but I told him I spoke of him in self defence. was,  or appeared humble and promised to reform— Heard the read in the Law  of the Lord, paid taxes, rode out in the on business with .
My Clerk being about to leave me for a season, committed  the business of my to Elder , who had been engaged with him  for a few weeks past.
30 June 1842 • Thursday
<30> Thursday 30. In the forenoon spent some time with Esqre. from  and others in the private and in the afternoon was in the Court Martial giving testimony [p. 1350]
June 28 from respectable sources that said has entered into a conspiracy with some of the Citizens of your , to bring a mob upon us, and thereby disturb our peaceful vocations of life, and destroy, and drive us from our homes, and firesides. Believing that your cannot be influenced by the popular prejudice, almost every where entertained against us, on account of our peculiar religious tenets; I am the more free to write to you without reserve; knowing that the high toned and honorable men of the Earth, will not be easily carried away by popular opinion or vulgar prejudice; but will always be found on the side of the law abiding portion of community; and will suppress so far as in them lies, every movement that tends to abridge the rights, or mar the peace and happiness of any portion of the Citizens of our Common Country. I have resided in this near three years, and attached myself to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, soon after their location here; and have had a good opportunity of learning the feelings of the leading members of the said Church, in regard to the Citizens of , which are of the most friendly nature; ever desiring to live in peace, and cultivate friendship with all the Citizens of your as also all the States, and all mankind generally; it being a principle of our faith, to cultivate friendship and live in peace with all mankind; and if Dr. , or any other person, may conspire with Citizens of your , to bring upon us mob violence, we confide in you as one who will under all circumstances interpose the strong arm of the law, in the suppression of conspiracy or mobs, or any other violation of Law as Citizens of the we claim the protection of the several States and the in all our constitutional rights, and having learned something of your character we the more confidently expect your protection against all lawless aggressions by any of the Citizens of your . Whatever may be reported concerning us, we assure your that our feelings are as I have before stated, of the most friendly nature. And should or any other person report any thing contrary your need pay no attention to it; for it is not the truth, and is only designed by wicked men to cause the overthrow of the innocent. Should any report have already reached your ears I would esteem it as a great favor if you would give me information of the same by letter immediately on receipt of this. I am, yours respectfully .”
29 June 1842 • Wednesday
29 Wednesday 29 I held a long conversation with . found fault with being exposed but I told him I spoke of him in self defence. was, or appeared humble and promised to reform— Heard the read in the Law of the Lord, paid taxes, rode out in the on business with .
My Clerk being about to leave me for a season, committed the business of my to Elder , who had been engaged with him for a few weeks past.
30 June 1842 • Thursday
30 Thursday 30. In the forenoon spent some time with Esqre. from and others in the private and in the afternoon was in the Court Martial giving testimony [p. 1350]
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