John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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verify to him, that whatever aid we receive  from the , has not been lavished  upon a band of traitors, but upon a people  whose respects and veneration for the laws  of our country, and its pure republican prin ciples are as great as that of any other society  in these .
As our foes, and their cor espondants are busy in circulating slander ous and wicked reports concerning our people  their views &c. we have deemed it expedient  to inform your that we have recei ved communications from our [friends] at the East,  informing us, that a number of brethren,  perhaps 2 or 3 hundred, would come to in the course of the ensuing season,  and we are satisfied that when the  mob get the inteligence, that a large numbr  of our people are about to remove into that  , they will raise a great hew and cry,  and circulate many bug-bears through the  medium of their favorite press. But we  think your is well aware that our  object is purely to defend ourselves, and posses sions, against another unparallelled attack  from that mob. in as much as the Executive  of this cannot keep a military force  “to protect our people in that without  transcending his powers.” We want therefore,  the privilege of d[e]fending ourselves, and the  constitution of our country while God is  willing we should have a being on his foot stool. We do not now know at what [time] our  friends from the east will arrive, but exp[e]ct [p. 59]
verify to him, that whatever aid we receive from the , has not been lavished upon a band of traitors, but upon a people whose respects and veneration for the laws of our country, and its pure republican principles are as great as that of any other society in these .
As our foes, and their corespondants are busy in circulating slanderous and wicked reports concerning our people their views &c. we have deemed it expedient to inform your that we have received communications from [friends] at the East, informing us, that a number of brethren, perhaps 2 or 3 hundred, would come to in the course of the ensuing season, and we are satisfied that when the mob get the inteligence, that a large numbr of our people are about to remove into that , they will raise a great hew and cry, and circulate many bug-bears through the medium of their favorite press. But we think your is well aware that our object is purely to defend ourselves, and possessions, against another unparallelled attack from that mob. in as much as the Executive of this cannot keep a military force “to protect our people in that without transcending his powers.” We want therefore, the privilege of defending ourselves, and the constitution of our country while God is willing we should have a being on his footstool. We do not now know at what [time] our friends from the east will arrive, but expect [p. 59]
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