Times and Seasons, 15 March 1842

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slavery. I have done so: I gave it a full  and fair investigation years ago—I swore  in my youth that my hands should never  be bound, nor my feet fettered, nor my  tongue palsied—I am the friend of liberty,  universal liberty, both civil and reli gious. I ever detested servile bondage.  I wish to see the shackles fall from the  feet of the oppressed, and the chains of  slavery broken. I hate the oppressor’s  grasp, and the tyrant’s rod; against them  I set my brows like brass, and my face  like steel; and my arm is nerved for the  conflict. Let the sons of thunder speak,  achieve victories before the cannon’s  mouth, and beard the lyon in his den: till  then the cry of the oppressed will not be  heard: ‘till then the wicked will not cease  to trouble, nor the weary bondman be at  rest.’ Great God, has it come to this— that the free citizens of the sovereign  State of can be taken and immur ed within the walls of a peniten tiary for twelve long years, for such a  crime as God would regard as a virtue!  simply for pointing bondmen to a state of  liberty and law! and no man take it to  heart? Never! no, never!! NO, NEVER!!!  Let the friends of freedom arise and utter  their voice, like the voice of ten thousand  thunders—let them take every constitu tional means to procure a redress of griev ances—let there be a concerted effort,  and the victory is ours. Let the broad  banners of freedom be unfurled, and soon  the prison doors will be opened, the cap tive set at liberty, and the oppressed go  free. will then remember the  unoffending Mormons in the days of their  captivity and bondage—when murder and  rapine were here darling attributes—why,  my heart is filled with indignation, and  my blood boils within me, when I contem plate the vast injustice and cruelty which   has meted out to that great phi lanthropist and devout Christian, General  Joseph Smith, and his honest and faithful  adherents—the Latter Day Saints, or  Mormons: but the time has passed, and  God will avenge their wrongs in his own  good time. Dr. Dyer, put your hand up on your heart, and remember Zion. Just  investigate the wrongs which our people  have suffered in their unprecedented pri vations, the confiscation of their property,  and the murder of their friends—the per secutions of the Waldenses in former  ages were not to be compared to it, and  history affords not a parallel. Now let  us make a strong, concerted, and vigorous  effort, for universal liberty, to every  soul of mancivil, religious, and political.  With high considerations of respect, and  esteem, suffer me to subscribe myself—
Yours, Respectfully,
.
Charles V. Dyer, M. D.
P. S. Gen. Smith informs me that there  are white slaves in , (Mormons,)  in as abject servitude as the blacks, and  we have, as yet, no means of reddress!— God grant that the day of righteous retri bution may not be procrastinated.
 
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Editor’s Office, , Ill.,
March 7th, 1842.
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Respected Brother:—I have just  been perusing your correspondence with  Doctor [Charles V.] Dyer on the subject of American  Slavery, and the students of the  Mission Institute, and it makes my blood  boil within me to reflect upon the injus tice, cruelty, and oppression, of the rulers  of the people—when will these things  cease to be, and the Constitution and the  Laws again bear rule? I fear for my be loved country—mob violence, injustice,  and cruelty, appear to be the darling at tributes of , and no man taketh  it to heart! O, tempora! O, mores! What  think you should be done?
Your friend,
JOSEPH SMITH.
 
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Mayor’s Office, City of ,
Illinois, March 8th, A. D. 1842.
Esteemed Friend:—
Yours of the 7th Inst. has been  received, and I proceed to reply, with out undue emotion, or perturbation. You  ask “When will these things cease to be,  and the Constitution and the Laws again  bear rule?” I reply—once that noble  bird of Jove, our grand national emblem,  soared aloft, bearing in her proud beak  the words “Liberty and Law,” and that  man that had the temerity to ruffle her  feathers was made to feel the power of  her talons; but a wily archer came, and  with his venomed arrow dipped in Upas’  richest sap, shot the flowing label from  the Eagle’s bill—it fell inverted, and the  bird was sick, and is,—the label soon was  trampled in the dust—the eagle bound  and caged. The picture is now before  you in bold relief. “What think you  should be done?” The master spirits of  the age must rise and break the cage, re [p. 724]
slavery. I have done so: I gave it a full and fair investigation years ago—I swore in my youth that my hands should never be bound, nor my feet fettered, nor my tongue palsied—I am the friend of liberty, universal liberty, both civil and religious. I ever detested servile bondage. I wish to see the shackles fall from the feet of the oppressed, and the chains of slavery broken. I hate the oppressor’s grasp, and the tyrant’s rod; against them I set my brows like brass, and my face like steel; and my arm is nerved for the conflict. Let the sons of thunder speak, achieve victories before the cannon’s mouth, and beard the lyon in his den: till then the cry of the oppressed will not be heard: ‘till then the wicked will not cease to trouble, nor the weary bondman be at rest.’ Great God, has it come to this—that the free citizens of the sovereign State of can be taken and immured within the walls of a penitentiary for twelve long years, for such a crime as God would regard as a virtue! simply for pointing bondmen to a state of liberty and law! and no man take it to heart? Never! no, never!! NO, NEVER!!! Let the friends of freedom arise and utter their voice, like the voice of ten thousand thunders—let them take every constitutional means to procure a redress of grievances—let there be a concerted effort, and the victory is ours. Let the broad banners of freedom be unfurled, and soon the prison doors will be opened, the captive set at liberty, and the oppressed go free. will then remember the unoffending Mormons in the days of their captivity and bondage—when murder and rapine were here darling attributes—why, my heart is filled with indignation, and my blood boils within me, when I contemplate the vast injustice and cruelty which has meted out to that great philanthropist and devout Christian, General Joseph Smith, and his honest and faithful adherents—the Latter Day Saints, or Mormons: but the time has passed, and God will avenge their wrongs in his own good time. Dr. Dyer, put your hand upon your heart, and remember Zion. Just investigate the wrongs which our people have suffered in their unprecedented privations, the confiscation of their property, and the murder of their friends—the persecutions of the Waldenses in former ages were not to be compared to it, and history affords not a parallel. Now let us make a strong, concerted, and vigorous effort, for universal liberty, to every soul of mancivil, religious, and political. With high considerations of respect, and esteem, suffer me to subscribe myself—
Yours, Respectfully,
.
Charles V. Dyer, M. D.
P. S. Gen. Smith informs me that there are white slaves in , (Mormons,) in as abject servitude as the blacks, and we have, as yet, no means of reddress!—God grant that the day of righteous retribution may not be procrastinated.
 
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Editor’s Office, , Ill.,
March 7th, 1842.
;
Respected Brother:—I have just been perusing your correspondence with Doctor Charles V. Dyer on the subject of American Slavery, and the students of the Mission Institute, and it makes my blood boil within me to reflect upon the injustice, cruelty, and oppression, of the rulers of the people—when will these things cease to be, and the Constitution and the Laws again bear rule? I fear for my beloved country—mob violence, injustice, and cruelty, appear to be the darling attributes of , and no man taketh it to heart! O, tempora! O, mores! What think you should be done?
Your friend,
JOSEPH SMITH.
 
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Mayor’s Office, City of ,
Illinois, March 8th, A. D. 1842.
Esteemed Friend:—
Yours of the 7th Inst. has been received, and I proceed to reply, without undue emotion, or perturbation. You ask “When will these things cease to be, and the Constitution and the Laws again bear rule?” I reply—once that noble bird of Jove, our grand national emblem, soared aloft, bearing in her proud beak the words “Liberty and Law,” and that man that had the temerity to ruffle her feathers was made to feel the power of her talons; but a wily archer came, and with his venomed arrow dipped in Upas’ richest sap, shot the flowing label from the Eagle’s bill—it fell inverted, and the bird was sick, and is,—the label soon was trampled in the dust—the eagle bound and caged. The picture is now before you in bold relief. “What think you should be done?” The master spirits of the age must rise and break the cage, re [p. 724]
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