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

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10 April 1839 • Wednesday

<April 10> Wednesday 10th. was spent in the examination of witnesses before the Grand Jury  Dr. was one of the Witnesses. was not permitted  to give his testimony— Our Guard went home— and Colonel  Blakesly and others took their place.
<’s Letter> “. Ill. April 10. 1839. To the Saints in Prison— Greeting— In the  midst of a crowd of business, I haste to send a few lines by the hand of  Br. [Wandle] Mace our messenger. We wish you to know that our friendship is  unabating, and our exertions for your delivery, and that of the Church unceasing
For this purpose we have labored to secure the friendship of the of  this with all the principal men in this place. In this we have succeeded  beyond our highest anticipations. assured us last evening,  that he would lay our case before the Legislature of this , and have  the action of that body upon it; and he would use all his influence to have  an action which should be favorable to our people. He is also getting papers  prepared, signed by all the noted men in this part of the Country to give us  a favorable reception at , whither we shall repair forthwith, after  having visited the Governor of , of whose friendship we have the strongest  testimonies. We leave this day to visit him. Our plan of  operation is to impeach the State of , on an item of the Constitution  of the . That the General Government shall give to each State  a Republican form of Government. Such a form of Government does  not exist in , and we can prove it— and  his Lady enter with all the enthusiasm of their natures into this work,  having no doubt but we can accomplish this object. Out plan of  operation in this work is to get all the Governors in their next Messages to  have the subject brought before the Legislatures, and we will have a man  at the Capital of each State to furnish them with the testimony on the subject;  and we design to be at to wait upon Congress and have the action  of that body on it also; all this going on at the same time, and have the  action of the whole, during one Session. Br. will be  engaged all the time, between this and the next Sitting of the Legislatures  in taking affidavits and preparing for the tug of war; while we will be going  from State to State visiting the respective Governors to get the case mentioned  in their Messages to Legislatures, so as have the whole going on at once. You  will see by this that our time is engrossed to overflowing. The Bishops of the  Church are required to ride and visit all scattered abroad, and collect money  to carry on this great work. Be assured Brethren that operations of an all  important character are under motion, and will come to an issue as soon as  possible. Be assured that our friendship is unabated for you, and our desires  for your deliverance intense. May God hasten it speedily is our prayer day and  night— Yours in the bonds of affliction . To J. Smith Jr.  , , , .”
<’s Letter.> “, Ill. April 10. 1839. “Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus. It is with  feelings of no small moment, that I take pen in hand to address you, the [p. 915]

10 April 1839 • Wednesday

April 10 Wednesday 10th. was spent in the examination of witnesses before the Grand Jury Dr. was one of the Witnesses. was not permitted to give his testimony— Our Guard went home— and Colonel Blakesly and others took their place.
’s Letter “. Ill. April 10. 1839. To the Saints in Prison— Greeting— In the midst of a crowd of business, I haste to send a few lines by the hand of Br. [Wandle] Mace our messenger. We wish you to know that our friendship is unabating, and our exertions for your delivery, and that of the Church unceasing
For this purpose we have labored to secure the friendship of the of this with all the principal men in this place. In this we have succeeded beyond our highest anticipations. assured us last evening, that he would lay our case before the Legislature of this , and have the action of that body upon it; and he would use all his influence to have an action which should be favorable to our people. He is also getting papers prepared, signed by all the noted men in this part of the Country to give us a favorable reception at , whither we shall repair forthwith, after having visited the Governor of , of whose friendship we have the strongest testimonies. We leave this day to visit him. Our plan of operation is to impeach the State of , on an item of the Constitution of the . That the General Government shall give to each State a Republican form of Government. Such a form of Government does not exist in , and we can prove it— and his Lady enter with all the enthusiasm of their natures into this work, having no doubt but we can accomplish this object. Out plan of operation in this work is to get all the Governors in their next Messages to have the subject brought before the Legislatures, and we will have a man at the Capital of each State to furnish them with the testimony on the subject; and we design to be at to wait upon Congress and have the action of that body on it also; all this going on at the same time, and have the action of the whole, during one Session. Br. will be engaged all the time, between this and the next Sitting of the Legislatures in taking affidavits and preparing for the tug of war; while we will be going from State to State visiting the respective Governors to get the case mentioned in their Messages to Legislatures, so as have the whole going on at once. You will see by this that our time is engrossed to overflowing. The Bishops of the Church are required to ride and visit all scattered abroad, and collect money to carry on this great work. Be assured Brethren that operations of an all important character are under motion, and will come to an issue as soon as possible. Be assured that our friendship is unabated for you, and our desires for your deliverance intense. May God hasten it speedily is our prayer day and night— Yours in the bonds of affliction . To J. Smith Jr. , , , .”
’s Letter. “, Ill. April 10. 1839. “Dear Brethren in Christ Jesus. It is with feelings of no small moment, that I take pen in hand to address you, the [p. 915]
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