History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 22​> and safety of the Inhabitants of the City of and vicinity, have thought proper to lay before your , the following Statements— Whereas the Latter Day Saints having suffered much in the State of , in time past, through the hand of oppression, brought upon them by the falsehoods and misrepresentations of wicked and designing [HC 5:68] men, whose hands are yet dripping with the blood of the innocent, and whose fiendish rage has sent many a patriot to his long home, leaving in our midst many Widows and Orphans, whose sorrows and tears, even time cannot wipe away. We would respectfully represent to your , that we broke no law, violated no constitutional rights, nor trampled upon the privileges of any other people in . Yet we had to suffer banishment, exile, the confiscation of our properties, and have diseases, distress and misery entailed upon us and our Children, the effects of which we bear about in our bodies, and are indelibly engraven on our minds, and we appeal to your at the present time that you will not suffer an occurrence of such heart rending scenes to take place under your administration. Whilst we have been in this we have behaved as good peaceable Citizens, we have availed ourselves of no privileges, but what are strictly constitutional, and such as have been guaranteed by the Authority of this , we have always held ourselves amenable to the Laws of the Land, we have not violated any Law, nor taken from any their rights. Your must be acquainted with the false statements and seditious designs of with other Political Demagogues, pertaining to us as a people, we presume Sir, that you are acquainted with the infamous Character of that Individual, from certain statements made to us by yourself, pertaining to him, but lest you should not be, we forward to you documents pertaining to this affair which will fully show the darkness of his character, and the infamous course that he has taken. Concerning those statements made by him against Joseph Smith, we know that they are false; Joseph Smith has our entire confidence, we know that he has violated no law, nor has he in any wise promoted sedition or rebellion, nor has he sought the injury of any Citizen of this, or any other place, we are perfectly assured that he is as loyal, patriotic and virtuous a Man as there is in the State of , and we appeal to your if in three years acquaintance with him, you have seen any thing to the contrary. Inasmuch as this is the Case, we your Petitioners knowing that Joseph Smith could not have justice done him by the State of , that he has suffered enough in that unjustly already, and that if he goes there it is only to be murdered. Pray your not to issue a writ for him to be given up to the Authorities of , but if your thinks that he has violated any Law, we request that he may be tried by the authorities of this for he shrinks not from investigation. [HC 5:69] We furthermore pray, that our Lives, and the Lives of our Wives and Children may be precious in your sight, and that we may have the privilege of following our avocations, of living in our Farms, and by our own firesides in peace, and that <​neither​> said , nor any other Person may not be able to influence your , either by intrigue, or falsehood, to suffer us as a people to be injured by Mob violence, but if in the estimation of your [p. 1358]
July 22 and safety of the Inhabitants of the City of and vicinity, have thought proper to lay before your , the following Statements— Whereas the Latter Day Saints having suffered much in the State of , in time past, through the hand of oppression, brought upon them by the falsehoods and misrepresentations of wicked and designing [HC 5:68] men, whose hands are yet dripping with the blood of the innocent, and whose fiendish rage has sent many a patriot to his long home, leaving in our midst many Widows and Orphans, whose sorrows and tears, even time cannot wipe away. We would respectfully represent to your , that we broke no law, violated no constitutional rights, nor trampled upon the privileges of any other people in . Yet we had to suffer banishment, exile, the confiscation of our properties, and have diseases, distress and misery entailed upon us and our Children, the effects of which we bear about in our bodies, and are indelibly engraven on our minds, and we appeal to your at the present time that you will not suffer an occurrence of such heart rending scenes to take place under your administration. Whilst we have been in this we have behaved as good peaceable Citizens, we have availed ourselves of no privileges, but what are strictly constitutional, and such as have been guaranteed by the Authority of this , we have always held ourselves amenable to the Laws of the Land, we have not violated any Law, nor taken from any their rights. Your must be acquainted with the false statements and seditious designs of with other Political Demagogues, pertaining to us as a people, we presume Sir, that you are acquainted with the infamous Character of that Individual, from certain statements made to us by yourself, pertaining to him, but lest you should not be, we forward to you documents pertaining to this affair which will fully show the darkness of his character, and the infamous course that he has taken. Concerning those statements made by him against Joseph Smith, we know that they are false; Joseph Smith has our entire confidence, we know that he has violated no law, nor has he in any wise promoted sedition or rebellion, nor has he sought the injury of any Citizen of this, or any other place, we are perfectly assured that he is as loyal, patriotic and virtuous a Man as there is in the State of , and we appeal to your if in three years acquaintance with him, you have seen any thing to the contrary. Inasmuch as this is the Case, we your Petitioners knowing that Joseph Smith could not have justice done him by the State of , that he has suffered enough in that unjustly already, and that if he goes there it is only to be murdered. Pray your not to issue a writ for him to be given up to the Authorities of , but if your thinks that he has violated any Law, we request that he may be tried by the authorities of this for he shrinks not from investigation. [HC 5:69] We furthermore pray, that our Lives, and the Lives of our Wives and Children may be precious in your sight, and that we may have the privilege of following our avocations, of living in our Farms, and by our own firesides in peace, and that neither said , nor any other Person may be able to influence your , either by intrigue, or falsehood, to suffer us as a people to be injured by Mob violence, but if in the estimation of your [p. 1358]
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