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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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29 January 1844 • Monday
<​January 29​> Monday 29. At 10 a.m. the Twelve Apostles, together with my brother and met at the Mayor’s to take into consideration the proper course for this people to pursue in relation to the coming Presidential Election. <​¶​> The Candidates for the office of President of the at present before the people are [HC 6:187] and . It is morally impossible for this people, in justice to themselves, to vote for the re-election of , a man who criminally neglected his duties as chief Magistrate, in the cold and unblushing manner which he did, when appealed to for aid in the difficulties. His heartless reply burns like a firebrand in the breast of every true friend of liberty “your cause is just but I can do nothing for you.As to his sentiments and cool contempt of the people’s rights are manifested in his Reply “You had better go to for redress”— which would prohibit any true lover of our constitutional privileges, from supporting him at the Ballot Box.
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It was therefore moved by and voted unanimously “that we will have an <​independent​> electoral ticket and that Joseph Smith be a candidate for the next Presidency; and that we use all honorable means in our power to secure his election.” I said,
“If you attempt to accomplish this you must send every man in the who is able to speak in public, throughout the land to electioneer and make stump speeches, advocate the Mormon religion, purity of election, and call upon the people to stand by the law, and put down mobocracy. must go. to . to and to . After the April Conference we will have general Conferences all over the nation, [p. 1869]
29 January 1844 • Monday
January 29 Monday 29. At 10 a.m. the Twelve Apostles, together with my brother and met at the Mayor’s to take into consideration the proper course for this people to pursue in relation to the coming Presidential Election. ¶ The Candidates for the office of President of the at present before the people are [HC 6:187] and . It is morally impossible for this people, in justice to themselves, to vote for the re-election of , a man who criminally neglected his duties as chief Magistrate, in the cold and unblushing manner which he did, when appealed to for aid in the difficulties. His heartless reply burns like a firebrand in the breast of every true friend of liberty “your cause is just but I can do nothing for you.” As to his sentiments and cool contempt of the people’s rights are manifested in his Reply “You had better go to for redress”— which would prohibit any true lover of our constitutional privileges, from supporting him at the Ballot Box.
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It was therefore moved by and voted unanimously “that we will have an independent electoral ticket and that Joseph Smith be a candidate for the next Presidency; and that we use all honorable means in our power to secure his election.” I said,
“If you attempt to accomplish this you must send every man in the who is able to speak in public, throughout the land to electioneer and make stump speeches, advocate the Mormon religion, purity of election, and call upon the people to stand by the law, and put down mobocracy. must go. to . to and to . After the April Conference we will have general Conferences all over the nation, [p. 1869]
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