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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 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 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 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 d[e]fending 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 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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