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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 25   and  with the Secretary of State> City— The was absent. The Secretary of State treated them very  kindly, and when he saw the papers, could hardly believe, those were all the  documents by which the Prisoners were held in Custody, for they were illegal.  Lawyer had also deceived them in his papers, and sent them off  with such documents that a change of venue could not be effected in time.  The Secretary was astonished at s acting as he did, but said  he could do nothing in the premises, and if the were present, he  could do nothing, but the Secretary wrote a letter to . The brethren  then started to find the Supreme Judges, and get writs of Habeas Corpus,  and after riding hundreds of miles to effect this object returned to  on the 30th. of March <having seen Matthias Mc.Girk, George Thompkins, and John C. Edwards, the Supreme Judges, but did not  obtain the writ of Habeas Corpus in consequence of a lack of the order of commitment, altho the Judges seemed to be friendly, we were  informed that said, that there was nothing against my <> only that <he> was a friend to the prophet, he also said there was nothing against   and . Brother Horace Cowan was put into Liberty Jail today, for debt, in consequence of persecution of the Mob.>

4 April 1839 • Thursday

<April 4—  Joseph Smith’s Epistle  to the Latter Day Saints> During their absence I continued my Epistle to the Church of Latter  Day Saints as follows—
“We continue to offer further reflections to and to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints whom  we love, with a fervent love and do always bear them in mind in all  our prayers to the throne of God. It still seems to bear heavily on our  minds that the Church would do well to secure to themselves the Contract  of the Land which is proposed to them by Mr. , and to  cultivate the friendly feelings of that gentleman, inasmuch as he shall  prove himself to be a man of honor and a friend to humanity. We  really think that his letter breathes that kind of a Spirit if we can judge  correctly. And Isaac Van Allen Esqre. the Attorney General of  that peradventure such men may be wrought upon, by the providence of  God to do good unto his people. Governor [Robert] Lucas also. We suggest the  idea of praying fervently for all men who manifest any degree of  sympathy for the suffering children of God. We think that peradventure  the Surveyor of the may be of great benefit  to the Church, if it be the will of God, to this end, if righteousness should  be manifested as the girdle of our loins. It seems to be deeply impressed  upon our minds that the Saints ought to lay hold of every door that shall  seem to be opened unto them to obtain foothold on the Earth and be  making all the preparations that is within the power of possibles for the  terrible storms that are now gathering in the Heavens, with darkness  and gloominess, and thick darkness as spoken of by the Prophets, which  cannot be now of a long time lingering, for there seems to be a whispering  that the angels of heaven who have been intrusted with the Council of these  matters for the last days have taken Counsel together; and among the rest of  the general affairs that have to be transacted in their honorable Counsel they  have taken cognizance of the Testimony of those who were murdered at Haun’s  Mills [Hawn’s Mill] and also those who were martyred with , and else where, and  have passed some decisions peradventure in favor of the Saints and those who  were called to suffer without cause, these decisions will be made known in  their time, and they will take into consideration all those things that offend  We have a fervent desire that in your general conferences, — — every thing [p. 907]
March 25 and with the Secretary of State City— The was absent. The Secretary of State treated them very kindly, and when he saw the papers, could hardly believe, those were all the documents by which the Prisoners were held in Custody, for they were illegal. Lawyer had also deceived them in his papers, and sent them off with such documents that a change of venue could not be effected in time. The Secretary was astonished at s acting as he did, but said he could do nothing in the premises, and if the were present, he could do nothing, but the Secretary wrote a letter to . The brethren then started to find the Supreme Judges, and get writs of Habeas Corpus, and after riding hundreds of miles to effect this object returned to on the 30th. of March having seen Matthias Mc.Girk, George Thompkins, and John C. Edwards, the Supreme Judges, but did not obtain the writ of Habeas Corpus in consequence of a lack of the order of commitment, altho the Judges seemed to be friendly, we were informed that said, that there was nothing against my only that he was a friend to the prophet, he also said there was nothing against and . Brother Horace Cowan was put into Liberty Jail today, for debt, in consequence of persecution of the Mob.

4 April 1839 • Thursday

April 4— Joseph Smith’s Epistle to the Latter Day Saints During their absence I continued my Epistle to the Church of Latter Day Saints as follows—
“We continue to offer further reflections to and to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints whom we love, with a fervent love and do always bear them in mind in all our prayers to the throne of God. It still seems to bear heavily on our minds that the Church would do well to secure to themselves the Contract of the Land which is proposed to them by Mr. , and to cultivate the friendly feelings of that gentleman, inasmuch as he shall prove himself to be a man of honor and a friend to humanity. We really think that his letter breathes that kind of a Spirit if we can judge correctly. And Isaac Van Allen Esqre. the Attorney General of that peradventure such men may be wrought upon, by the providence of God to do good unto his people. Governor [Robert] Lucas also. We suggest the idea of praying fervently for all men who manifest any degree of sympathy for the suffering children of God. We think that peradventure the Surveyor of the may be of great benefit to the Church, if it be the will of God, to this end, if righteousness should be manifested as the girdle of our loins. It seems to be deeply impressed upon our minds that the Saints ought to lay hold of every door that shall seem to be opened unto them to obtain foothold on the Earth and be making all the preparations that is within the power of possibles for the terrible storms that are now gathering in the Heavens, with darkness and gloominess, and thick darkness as spoken of by the Prophets, which cannot be now of a long time lingering, for there seems to be a whispering that the angels of heaven who have been intrusted with the Council of these matters for the last days have taken Counsel together; and among the rest of the general affairs that have to be transacted in their honorable Counsel they have taken cognizance of the Testimony of those who were murdered at Haun’s Mills Hawn’s Mill and also those who were martyred with , and else where, and have passed some decisions peradventure in favor of the Saints and those who were called to suffer without cause, these decisions will be made known in their time, and they will take into consideration all those things that offend We have a fervent desire that in your general conferences, — — every thing [p. 907]
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