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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<February 27 Democratic Association in > The first idea that occurred to your Committee was, to obtain correctly the facts of the case, for without them the Committee could come [HC 3:267] to no conclusions, as to what it might be proper for us to do. Without them, they could form no basis upon which the Committee might recommend to this association what would be proper for us to do, or what measures to adopt. The Committee, soon after their appointment, sent invitations to , and several others, to meet the committee and give them a statement of the facts, and to disclose their situation. Those individuals accordingly met the Committee and entered into a free conversation and disclosure of the facts of their situation, and after some time spent therein, the committee concluded to adjourn and report to this meeting, but not without first requesting those individuals to draw up and send us, in writing, a condensed statement of the facts relative to the subjects in charge of your committee, which those individuals engaged to do, and which the Committee request may be taken as part of their report, That statement is herewith lettered A
The Committee believe that our duties at this time, and on this occasion, are all included within the limits of an expanded benevolence and humanity, and which are guided and directed by that charity which never faileth. From the facts already disclosed, independent of the Statement furnished to the committee, we feel it our duty to recommend to this Association that they adopt the following resolutions— Resolved that the Strangers recently arrived here from the State of , known by the name of the “Latter Day Saints,” are entitled to our sympathy and kindest regard, and that we recommend to the Citizens of to extend to them all the kindness in their power to bestow, as persons who are in affliction. Resolved that a numerous committee be raised, composed of some individuals in every quarter of the Town and its vicinity, whose duty it shall be to explain to our misguided fellow Citizens, if any such there be, who are disposed to excite prejudices and circulate unfounded rumors; and particularly to explain to them, that these people have no design to lower the wages of the laboring class, but to procure something to save them from starving. Resolved that a standing Committee be raised, and be composed of individuals who shall immediately inform and others, as many as they may think proper, of their appointment; and who shall be authorised to obtain information from time to time, and should they be of opinion that any individuals either from destitution or sickness, or if they find them houseless, that they appeal directly and promptly to the Citizens of to furnish them with the means to relieve all such cases. Resolved that the Committee last aforesaid, be instructed to use [HC 3:268] their utmost endeavors to obtain employment for all these people, who are able and willing to labor, and also to afford them all needful, suitable, and proper encouragement. Resolved that we recommend to all the Citizens of , that in all their intercourse with the Strangers, that they use and observe a becoming decorum and delicacy, and be particularly careful not to indulge in any conversation or expressions calculated to wound their feelings or in any way to reflect upon those, who, by every [p. 889]
February 27 Democratic Association in The first idea that occurred to your Committee was, to obtain correctly the facts of the case, for without them the Committee could come [HC 3:267] to no conclusions, as to what it might be proper for us to do. Without them, they could form no basis upon which the Committee might recommend to this association what would be proper for us to do, or what measures to adopt. The Committee, soon after their appointment, sent invitations to , and several others, to meet the committee and give them a statement of the facts, and to disclose their situation. Those individuals accordingly met the Committee and entered into a free conversation and disclosure of the facts of their situation, and after some time spent therein, the committee concluded to adjourn and report to this meeting, but not without first requesting those individuals to draw up and send us, in writing, a condensed statement of the facts relative to the subjects in charge of your committee, which those individuals engaged to do, and which the Committee request may be taken as part of their report, That statement is herewith lettered A
The Committee believe that our duties at this time, and on this occasion, are all included within the limits of an expanded benevolence and humanity, and which are guided and directed by that charity which never faileth. From the facts already disclosed, independent of the Statement furnished to the committee, we feel it our duty to recommend to this Association that they adopt the following resolutions— Resolved that the Strangers recently arrived here from the State of , known by the name of the “Latter Day Saints,” are entitled to our sympathy and kindest regard, and that we recommend to the Citizens of to extend to them all the kindness in their power to bestow, as persons who are in affliction. Resolved that a numerous committee be raised, composed of some individuals in every quarter of the Town and its vicinity, whose duty it shall be to explain to our misguided fellow Citizens, if any such there be, who are disposed to excite prejudices and circulate unfounded rumors; and particularly to explain to them, that these people have no design to lower the wages of the laboring class, but to procure something to save them from starving. Resolved that a standing Committee be raised, and be composed of individuals who shall immediately inform and others, as many as they may think proper, of their appointment; and who shall be authorised to obtain information from time to time, and should they be of opinion that any individuals either from destitution or sickness, or if they find them houseless, that they appeal directly and promptly to the Citizens of to furnish them with the means to relieve all such cases. Resolved that the Committee last aforesaid, be instructed to use [HC 3:268] their utmost endeavors to obtain employment for all these people, who are able and willing to labor, and also to afford them all needful, suitable, and proper encouragement. Resolved that we recommend to all the Citizens of , that in all their intercourse with the Strangers, that they use and observe a becoming decorum and delicacy, and be particularly careful not to indulge in any conversation or expressions calculated to wound their feelings or in any way to reflect upon those, who, by every [p. 889]
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