Proclamation, 15 January 1841

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[t]ers appertaining to education from  common schools up to the highest  branches of a most liberal collegiate  course. They will establish a regular  system of education, and hand over the  pupil from teacher to professor, until  the regular gradation is consummated,  and the education finished. This cor poration contains all the powers and  perogatives of any other college or  university in this state. The charters  for the University and Legion are ad denda to the city charter, making the  whole perfect and complete.
Not only has the Lord given us fa vor in the eyes of the community, who  are happy to see us in the enjoyment  of all the rights and privileges of free men, but we are happy to state that  several of the principal men of ,  who have listened to the doctrines we  promulge, have become obedient to the  faith and are rejoicing in the same;  among whom is , M.  D., Quarter Master General of .  We mention this gentleman first, be cause, that during our persecutions in  , he became acquainted with  the violence we were suffering, while  in that , on account of our reli gion—his sympathies for us were a roused, and his indignation kindled  against our persecutors for the cruel ties practised upon us, and their fla grant violation of both the law and the  constitution. Amidst their heated  zeal to put down the truth, he addres sed us a letter, tendering to us his as sistence in delivering us out of the  hands of our enemies, and restoring us  again to our privileges, and only requir ed at our hands to point out the way,  and he would be forthcoming, with all  the forces he could raise for that pur pose—He has been one of the princi pal instruments, in effecting our safe ty and deliverance from the unjust  persecutions and demands of the au thorities of , and also in pro curing the city charter—He is a man  of enterprize, extensive acquirements,  and of independant mind, and is calcu lated to be a great blessing to our  community.
Dr. , also, who is one  of our benefactors, having under his  control, a large quantity of land in the  immediate vicinity of our city, and a  considerable portion of the city plot  opened both his heart and his hands,  and “when we were strangers—took  us in,” and bade us welcome to share  with him in his abundance; leaving his  dwelling house, the most splendid edi fice in the vicinity, for our accommoda tion, and betook himself to a small,  uncomfortable dwelling—He sold us  his large estates, on very reasonable  terms, and on long credit, so that we  might have an opportunity of paying  for them, without being distressed, and  has since taken our lands in  in payment for the whole amount, and  has given us a clear and indisputable  title for the same. And in addition to  the first purchase, we have exchanged  lands with him in to the a monnt of eighty thousand dollars. He  is the honored instrument the Lord us ed, to prepare a home for us, when we  were driven from our inheritances,  having given him control of vast bodies  of land, and prepared his heart to make  the use of it the Lord intended he  should. Being a man of extensive in formation, great talents, and high liter ary fame, he devoted all his powers  and influence to give us a character.
After having thus exerted himself  for our salvation and comfort, and  formed an intimate acquaintance with  many of our people, his mind became  wrought up to the greatest feelings, be ing convinced that our persecutions,  were like those of the ancient Saints,  and after investigating the doctrines  we proclaimed, he became convinced of  the truth and of the necessity of obe dience thereto, and to the great joy and  satisfaction of the church he yielded  himself to the waters of baptism, and  became a partaker with us in our suf ferings. “choosing rather to suffer afflic tions with the people of God than enjoy  the pleasures of sin for a season.” In  connexion with these, we would men  tion the names of Gen. ,  Judge of Probate, of Sangamon Coun ty, Dr. Green, of Shelby County, , M. D., a gentleman of great  energy of character, late of ,  Sidney Knowlton, of ,  Dr. Knight, of Putnam County, Indi ana, with many others of respectability  and high standing in society, with  nearly all the old settlers in our imme diate neighborhood. We make men tion of this, that the Saints may be en [p. 275]
ters appertaining to education from common schools up to the highest branches of a most liberal collegiate course. They will establish a regular system of education, and hand over the pupil from teacher to professor, until the regular gradation is consummated, and the education finished. This corporation contains all the powers and perogatives of any other college or university in this state. The charters for the University and Legion are addenda to the city charter, making the whole perfect and complete.
Not only has the Lord given us favor in the eyes of the community, who are happy to see us in the enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of freemen, but we are happy to state that several of the principal men of , who have listened to the doctrines we promulge, have become obedient to the faith and are rejoicing in the same; among whom is , M. D., Quarter Master General of . We mention this gentleman first, because, that during our persecutions in , he became acquainted with the violence we were suffering, while in that , on account of our religion—his sympathies for us were aroused, and his indignation kindled against our persecutors for the cruelties practised upon us, and their flagrant violation of both the law and the constitution. Amidst their heated zeal to put down the truth, he addressed us a letter, tendering to us his assistence in delivering us out of the hands of our enemies, and restoring us again to our privileges, and only required at our hands to point out the way, and he would be forthcoming, with all the forces he could raise for that purpose—He has been one of the principal instruments, in effecting our safety and deliverance from the unjust persecutions and demands of the authorities of , and also in procuring the city charter—He is a man of enterprize, extensive acquirements, and of independant mind, and is calculated to be a great blessing to our community.
Dr. , also, who is one of our benefactors, having under his control, a large quantity of land in the immediate vicinity of our city, and a considerable portion of the city plot opened both his heart and his hands, and “when we were strangers—took us in,” and bade us welcome to share with him in his abundance; leaving his dwelling house, the most splendid edifice in the vicinity, for our accommodation, and betook himself to a small, uncomfortable dwelling—He sold us his large estates, on very reasonable terms, and on long credit, so that we might have an opportunity of paying for them, without being distressed, and has since taken our lands in in payment for the whole amount, and has given us a clear and indisputable title for the same. And in addition to the first purchase, we have exchanged lands with him in to the amonnt of eighty thousand dollars. He is the honored instrument the Lord used, to prepare a home for us, when we were driven from our inheritances, having given him control of vast bodies of land, and prepared his heart to make the use of it the Lord intended he should. Being a man of extensive information, great talents, and high literary fame, he devoted all his powers and influence to give us a character.
After having thus exerted himself for our salvation and comfort, and formed an intimate acquaintance with many of our people, his mind became wrought up to the greatest feelings, being convinced that our persecutions, were like those of the ancient Saints, and after investigating the doctrines we proclaimed, he became convinced of the truth and of the necessity of obedience thereto, and to the great joy and satisfaction of the church he yielded himself to the waters of baptism, and became a partaker with us in our sufferings. “choosing rather to suffer afflictions with the people of God than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” In connexion with these, we would men tion the names of Gen. , Judge of Probate, of Sangamon County, Dr. Green, of Shelby County, , M. D., a gentleman of great energy of character, late of , Sidney Knowlton, of , Dr. Knight, of Putnam County, Indiana, with many others of respectability and high standing in society, with nearly all the old settlers in our immediate neighborhood. We make mention of this, that the Saints may be en [p. 275]
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