Parley P. Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 1839

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will readily perceive that the first resolve pretends  that they are in favor of the laws of our country.—  The second highly approves of the most lawless and  unconstitutional outrages that ever disgraced the an nals of this or any other country. O, Consistancy!  whither has thou fled?
1st, Resolved, That we esteem the laws of our our great bulwark, and the only safe refuge to  protect us in this and every other emergency.
2d, Resolved, that we highly approve of the course  of the in placing in command  of the forces ordered out against the Mormons,  and that his order to exterminate and drive them  from the , was dictated by the imperious  duty of his office as of the .
The following is taken from the “ Repub lican,” a Whig paper published at :
“To show our readers the amount of injury which  is now inflicted upon the character of our , and  which there is no means of repelling, the Legislature  having refused to inquire into the matter, we copy  the following from the proceedings of a public meet ing held in , Ill. Whig of the 2d inst.: ‘Mr.   rose and read the memorial which his  people had presented to the Legislature of ,  and other documents, going to show the absence of  all law and justice, in the course which the  authorities had pursued towards them, from down to the lowest grade of officers.’—  After another had addressed the meeting, the same  account says: ‘ again took the floor, and  in a very eloquent and impressive manner, related  the trials, sufferings and persecutions which his peo ple had met with at the hands of the people of . We saw the tear standing in the eyes of ma ny of his people while he was recounting their histo ry of wo and sorrow; and, in fact, the gentleman  himself was so agitated at different periods of his [p. 73]
will readily perceive that the first resolve pretends that they are in favor of the laws of our country.— The second highly approves of the most lawless and unconstitutional outrages that ever disgraced the annals of this or any other country. O, Consistancy! whither has thou fled?
1st, Resolved, That we esteem the laws of our our great bulwark, and the only safe refuge to protect us in this and every other emergency.
2d, Resolved, that we highly approve of the course of the in placing in command of the forces ordered out against the Mormons, and that his order to exterminate and drive them from the , was dictated by the imperious duty of his office as of the .
The following is taken from the “ Republican,” a Whig paper published at :
“To show our readers the amount of injury which is now inflicted upon the character of our , and which there is no means of repelling, the Legislature having refused to inquire into the matter, we copy the following from the proceedings of a public meeting held in , Ill. Whig of the 2d inst.: ‘Mr. rose and read the memorial which his people had presented to the Legislature of , and other documents, going to show the absence of all law and justice, in the course which the authorities had pursued towards them, from down to the lowest grade of officers.’— After another had addressed the meeting, the same account says: ‘ again took the floor, and in a very eloquent and impressive manner, related the trials, sufferings and persecutions which his people had met with at the hands of the people of . We saw the tear standing in the eyes of many of his people while he was recounting their history of wo and sorrow; and, in fact, the gentleman himself was so agitated at different periods of his [p. 73]
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