History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​November 8​> and injuries though past, are not forgotten by us, they still wrankle in our bosoms, and the blood of the innocent yet cries for justice; and as American citizens, we have appealed, and shall still continue to appeal to the legally constituted authorities of the land for redress, in the hopes that justice which has long slumbered, may be aroused in our defence; that the Spirit which burned in the bosoms of the patriots of seventy-six, may fire the souls of their descendants, and though slow, that their indignation may yet be aroused at the injustice of the oppressor, and that they may yet meet out justice to our adversaries and step forward in the defence of the innocent.
We shall ask no one to commit themselves on our account; we want no steps taken but what are legal, constitutional, and honorable— but we are American citizens, and as American citizens we have rights in common with all that live under the folds of the “Star Spangled banner.” Our rights have been trampled upon by lawless miscreants, we have been robbed of our liberties by mobocratic influence, and all those honorable ties that ought to govern and characterize Columbia’s sons have been trampled in the dust. Still we are American citizens, and as American citizens we claim the privilege of being heard in the councils of our nation. We have been wronged, abused, robbed, and banished, and we seek redress. Such crimes cannot slumber in Republican . The cause of common humanity would revolt at it, and Republicanism would hide its head in disgust.
We make these remarks for the purpose of drawing the attention of our brethren to this subject, both at home and abroad; that we may fix upon the man who will be the most likely to render us assistance in obtaining redress for our grievances— and not only give our own votes, but use our influence to obtain others, and if the voice of suffering innocence will not sufficiently arouse the rulers of our nation to investigate our case perhaps a vote of from fifty to one hundred thousand may rouse them from their lethargy.
We shall fix upon the man of our choice, and notify our friends duly.”
I wrote to the Times and Seasons.
“To the Saints:
Messrs. and :— It has been so long since I addressed the Saints though the medium of the Times and Seasons, that I feel confident that a few words from my pen, by way of advice, will be well received, as well as a ‘way mark’ to guide the ‘faithful’ in future. I was sorry to learn, by your remarks upon the resolutions of the Twelve concerning your papers, which appeared not long since, that many of the Saints abroad were more apt to patronize the common newspapers of the day, than yours: for the important reason, that the church of Jesus christ of Latter Day Saints, has the words of eternal life, and your paper, as it has hitherto done, must continue to publish such portions of them for the benefit of the Saints, and the salvation of mankind, as wisdom shall, from time to time direct.
Freedom is a sweet blessing; men have a right to take and read what papers they please: But do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? It certainly is no more than just to suppose that ‘charity begins at home,’ and if so, what must such as profess to be Saints think, when they patronize the splendor of Babylon, [p. 1771]
November 8
I wrote to the Times and Seasons.
“To the Saints:
Messrs. and :— It has been so long since I addressed the Saints though the medium of the Times and Seasons, that I feel confident that a few words from my pen, by way of advice, will be well received, as well as a ‘way mark’ to guide the ‘faithful’ in future. I was sorry to learn, by your remarks upon the resolutions of the Twelve concerning your papers, which appeared not long since, that many of the Saints abroad were more apt to patronize the common newspapers of the day, than yours: for the important reason, that the church of Jesus christ of Latter Day Saints, has the words of eternal life, and your paper, as it has hitherto done, must continue to publish such portions of them for the benefit of the Saints, and the salvation of mankind, as wisdom shall, from time to time direct.
Freedom is a sweet blessing; men have a right to take and read what papers they please: But do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? It certainly is no more than just to suppose that ‘charity begins at home,’ and if so, what must such as profess to be Saints think, when they patronize the splendor of Babylon, [p. 1771]
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