History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 13​> Precinct, Joel Catlin, ; Saml. Williams, ; Elisha Worrell, Chili; Capt. Maddison, St. Mary’s; John M. Ferris, ; James Rice, Pilot Grove; John Carns, ; , ; Geo. Robinson, ; and Geo. Rockwell, , were appointed; said Committee.
“On motion of , , Esq., was requested to address the meeting during the absence of the Committee. He spoke long and eloquently upon the cause of our grievances, and expressed his belief that the time was now at hand, when we were individually and collectively called upon to repel the innovations upon our liberties; and [HC 6:464] suggested that points be designated as places of encampment at which to rendezvous our forces— that we may be ready when called upon for efficient action.
“Dr. Barns, one of the persons who went with the officers to for the purpose of arresting the rioters, having just arrived, came into the meeting, and reported the result of their proceedings— which was, that the persons charged in the writs were duly arrested, but taken from the officers’ hands on a writ of habeas corpus from the Municipal Court, and discharged, and the following potent words entered upon the records— honorbaly discharged.
“On motion of , Esq., a vote of thanks was tendered to Dr. Barns for volunteering his services in executing said writs.
was now loudly called for. He stated his personal knowledge of the Mormons from their earliest history, throughout their hellish career in and this — which has been characterised by the darkest and most diabolical deeds which has ever disgraced humanity.
“The Committee appointed do draft resolutions brought in the following report, which after some considerable discussion was unanimously adopted:
“Whereas, the charged with the execution of a writ again Joseph Smith and others, for riot in the county of , which said writ said has served upon said Smith and others— and whereas said Smith and others refuse to obey the mandate of said writ— and whereas, in the opinion of this meeting it is impossible for said to raise a posse of sufficient strength to execute said writ— and whereas, it is the opinion of this meeting that the riot is still progressing, and that violence is meditated and determined on; it is the opinion of this meeting that the cirumstances of the case require the interposition of Executive power: Therefore,
Resolved, That a deputation of two discreet men, be sent to to solicit such interpostion.
2nd, “Resolved, That said deputation be furnished with a certified copy of this reolution— and be authorized to obtain evidence by affiidavit and otherwise in regard to the violence which has already been committed, and is still further meditated.
“Dr. Evans here rose and expressed his wish that the above resolutions would not retard our operations— but that we would each one arm and equip ourselves forthwith.
“The resolutions passed at was <​were​> again read by Dr. Barns, and passed by acclamation.
“On motion of , Esqr., the suggestion of [HC 6:465] appointing places of encampent was adopted, to wit: , , Green Plains, Spilman’s Landing, Chili and .
“On motion, and , Esqrs., were appointed a Committee to bear the resolutions adopted by this meeting to his Excellency the , requiring his executive interposition.
“On motion of , a Central Corresponding Committee was appointed. [p. 96]
June 13 Precinct, Joel Catlin, ; Saml. Williams, ; Elisha Worrell, Chili; Capt. Maddison, St. Mary’s; John M. Ferris, ; James Rice, Pilot Grove; John Carns, ; , ; Geo. Robinson, ; and Geo. Rockwell, , were appointed; said Committee.
“On motion of , , Esq., was requested to address the meeting during the absence of the Committee. He spoke long and eloquently upon the cause of our grievances, and expressed his belief that the time was now at hand, when we were individually and collectively called upon to repel the innovations upon our liberties; and [HC 6:464] suggested that points be designated as places of encampment at which to rendezvous our forces— that we may be ready when called upon for efficient action.
“Dr. Barns, one of the persons who went with the officers to for the purpose of arresting the rioters, having just arrived, came into the meeting, and reported the result of their proceedings— which was, that the persons charged in the writs were duly arrested, but taken from the officers’ hands on a writ of habeas corpus from the Municipal Court, and discharged, and the following potent words entered upon the records— honorbaly discharged.
“On motion of , Esq., a vote of thanks was tendered to Dr. Barns for volunteering his services in executing said writs.
was now loudly called for. He stated his personal knowledge of the Mormons from their earliest history, throughout their hellish career in and this — which has been characterised by the darkest and most diabolical deeds which has ever disgraced humanity.
“The Committee appointed do draft resolutions brought in the following report, which after some considerable discussion was unanimously adopted:
“Whereas, the charged with the execution of a writ again Joseph Smith and others, for riot in the county of , which said writ said has served upon said Smith and others— and whereas said Smith and others refuse to obey the mandate of said writ— and whereas, in the opinion of this meeting it is impossible for said to raise a posse of sufficient strength to execute said writ— and whereas, it is the opinion of this meeting that the riot is still progressing, and that violence is meditated and determined on; it is the opinion of this meeting that the cirumstances of the case require the interposition of Executive power: Therefore,
Resolved, That a deputation of two discreet men, be sent to to solicit such interpostion.
2nd, “Resolved, That said deputation be furnished with a certified copy of this reolution— and be authorized to obtain evidence by affiidavit and otherwise in regard to the violence which has already been committed, and is still further meditated.
“Dr. Evans here rose and expressed his wish that the above resolutions would not retard our operations— but that we would each one arm and equip ourselves forthwith.
“The resolutions passed at were again read by Dr. Barns, and passed by acclamation.
“On motion of , Esqr., the suggestion of [HC 6:465] appointing places of encampent was adopted, to wit: , , Green Plains, Spilman’s Landing, Chili and .
“On motion, and , Esqrs., were appointed a Committee to bear the resolutions adopted by this meeting to his Excellency the , requiring his executive interposition.
“On motion of , a Central Corresponding Committee was appointed. [p. 96]
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