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

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<​December 28 [29]​> The Mayor said:—
“It is expected that a part will be on duty while others rest, it might be expected that thieves had crept into the church for the purpose of concealing their wickedness under the garb of sanctity. It is an abominable thing to set a thief to catch a thief, and I would look upon men who do this, as guilty of a mean or cowardly act with the utmost contempt. Some city Councils have taken thieves out of their prisons and employed them as policemen, under the old and foolish adage ‘set a rogue to catch a rogue,’ which is decidedly wrong, and is a corrupt policy. You will act under the direction of , we will call him high Policeman, but in reality he is the Captain of the Police, but as men are apt to be frightened at a Military Title, we will use a civil Title, as these Policemen are all civil officers of the . is the man to send after a thief, he will not come back after following him a mile to ask if he may shoot him if he resists. Some men have strange ears and changeable hearts they become transformed from their original purity and integrity and become altogether different from what they were.
If the blood thirsty hell hounds of continue their persecution we will be forbearing, until we are compelled to strike; then do it decently and in good order, and break the yoke effectually so that it cannot be mended; the mob has have been so repulsed in their last attempt at kidnapping they may stand in fear, at least for a short time.
We will be in peace with all men, so long as they will mind their own business and let us along, even ‘peace with ’ shall be the Motto of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, from this [HC 6:150] time forth, if they will stop their persecution and oppressive warfare against us. Let them alone, for they stink in the nose of the Almighty; let them alone. has come home clear; a grand jury could not find a bill against him even in , and that proves me clear of the charge of being accessory of shooting . Many of our difficulties from the State of are hurled upon us through the influence of some of our near neighbors.
has boasted of being a law abiding man; a Governor certainly should be law abiding; it is therefore our best policy to acquaint the by affidavits of every violation of our rights, so that when the onset comes, he will be obliged by law to send the Militia to our support. Let us keep cool as a cucumber on a frosty morning. Do not be excited, say nothing about ’s oppression; ‘Soft words turn away wrath in the heart of fools; grievous words stir up anger’: therefore we will ‘poor pussy’ this generation.
Keep a strict account of the time you serve as Policemen. Have the ordinances of the always in your possession and study them, and ferret out all grog shops, gambling houses, brothels; and disorderly conduct, and if a transgressor resists, cuff his ears. If any one lifts a weapon or presents a pistol at you take his life if need be to preserve your own, but enforce the ordinances, and preserve the peace of the , or take care of your own lives. Let no horses be taken away out of the ; or anything else stolen if you can help it.
Let alone, keep out of her Territory, don’t go over there on any business whatever; any of this people would be subject to cruel abuse if found [p. 1835]
December 28 [29] The Mayor said:—
“It is expected that a part will be on duty while others rest, it might be expected that thieves had crept into the church for the purpose of concealing their wickedness under the garb of sanctity. It is an abominable thing to set a thief to catch a thief, and I would look upon men who do this, as guilty of a mean or cowardly act with the utmost contempt. Some city Councils have taken thieves out of their prisons and employed them as policemen, under the old and foolish adage ‘set a rogue to catch a rogue,’ which is decidedly wrong, and is a corrupt policy. You will act under the direction of , we will call him high Policeman, in reality he is the Captain of the Police, but as men are apt to be frightened at a Military Title, we will use a civil Title, as these Policemen are all civil officers of the . is the man to send after a thief, he will not come back after following him a mile to ask if he may shoot him if he resists. Some men have strange ears and changeable hearts they become transformed from their original purity and integrity and become altogether different from what they were.
If the blood thirsty hell hounds of continue their persecution we will be forbearing, until we are compelled to strike; then do it decently and in good order, and break the yoke effectually so that it cannot be mended; the mob have been so repulsed in their last attempt at kidnapping they may stand in fear, at least for a short time.
We will be in peace with all men, so long as they will mind their own business and let us along, even ‘peace with ’ shall be the Motto of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, from this [HC 6:150] time forth, if they will stop their persecution and oppressive warfare against us. Let them alone, for they stink in the nose of the Almighty; let them alone. has come home clear; a grand jury could not find a bill against him even in , and that proves me clear of the charge of being accessory of shooting . Many of our difficulties from the State of are hurled upon us through the influence of some of our near neighbors.
has boasted of being a law abiding man; a Governor certainly should be law abiding; it is therefore our best policy to acquaint the by affidavits of every violation of our rights, so that when the onset comes, he will be obliged by law to send the Militia to our support. Let us keep cool as a cucumber on a frosty morning. Do not be excited, say nothing about ’s oppression; ‘Soft words turn away wrath in the heart of fools; grievous words stir up anger’: therefore we will ‘poor pussy’ this generation.
Keep a strict account of the time you serve as Policemen. Have the ordinances of the always in your possession and study them, and ferret out all grog shops, gambling houses, brothels; and disorderly conduct, and if a transgressor resists, cuff his ears. If any one lifts a weapon or presents a pistol at you take his life if need be to preserve your own, but enforce the ordinances, and preserve the peace of the , or take care of your own lives. Let no horses be taken away out of the ; or anything else stolen if you can help it.
Let alone, keep out of her Territory, don’t go over there on any business whatever; any of this people would be subject to cruel abuse if found [p. 1835]
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