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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Addenda • 6 September 1843
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September 6. 1843.
“Meeting convened pursuant to adjournment. The former Chairman not being present,
Edson Whitney, Esq., was called to the Chair, and the meeting being organized the following: Preamble and Resolutions were submitted by the Committee and unanimously adopted:
Preamble and Resolutions.
This meeting having convened for the purpose of taking under advisement a subject of vital importance, not only to this , but to all the surrounding counties, regret that we are necessarily and irristibly forced to the conclusion, that a certain class of people have obtruded themselves upon us, calling themselves Mormons, or Latter Day Saints, and under the sacred garb of Christianity, assumed, as we honestly believe, that they may the more easily, under such a cloak, perpetrate the most lawless and diabolical deeds that have ever, in any age of the world, disgraced the human species.
In evidence of the above charge, we find them yielding implicit obedience to the ostensible head and founder of this sect, who is a pretended Prophet of the Lord, and under this Heaven-daring assumption, claiming to set aside, by his vile and blasphemous lies, all those moral and religious institutions which have been established by the Bible, and which have, in all ages been cherished by men, as the only means of maintaining those social blessings, which are so indispensibly necessary for our happiness.
We believe that such an individual, regardless as he must be, of his obligations to God, and at the same time entertaining the most absolute contempt for the laws of man, cannot fail to become a most dangerous character, especially when he shall have been able to place himself at the head of a numerous horde, either equally reckless and unprincipled as himself, or else made his pliant tools by the most absurd credulity that has astonished the world since its foundation.
In the opinion of this meeting, a crisis has arrived, when many of the evils to be expected from a state of things so threatening, have transpired. We feel convinced that circumstances have even now occurred, which prove to us most conclusively, that Joseph Smith, the false Prophet before alluded to, has evinced, in many instances, a most shameless disregard for all the forms and restraints of Law: by boldly and presumptuously calling in question the acts of certain officers, who had fearlessly discharged the duties absolutely imposed upon the by the laws, particularly when they have come in contact with his own sordid and selfish interests.
He has been heard to threaten— nay he has committed violence upon the person of an officer, because that officer dared honestly to do his duty according to law.
He has caused his Council to pass laws contrary to the laws of the , and subversive of the rights of citizens of this .
Citizens have been arrested, tried, and punished, for breaches of those mock laws from time to time, in such manner that they have been compelled to the humiliating necessity of seeking in asylum elsewhere, in order [p. 4 [addenda]]
Addenda • 6 September 1843
1843 Septemr. 6
September 6. 1843.
“Meeting convened pursuant to adjournment. The former Chairman not being present,
Edson Whitney, Esq., was called to the Chair, and the meeting being organized the following: Preamble and Resolutions were submitted by the Committee and unanimously adopted:
Preamble and Resolutions.
This meeting having convened for the purpose of taking under advisement a subject of vital importance, not only to this , but to all the surrounding counties, regret that we are necessarily and irristibly forced to the conclusion, that a certain class of people have obtruded themselves upon us, calling themselves Mormons, or Latter Day Saints, and under the sacred garb of Christianity, assumed, as we honestly believe, that they may the more easily, under such a cloak, perpetrate the most lawless and diabolical deeds that have ever, in any age of the world, disgraced the human species.
In evidence of the above charge, we find them yielding implicit obedience to the ostensible head and founder of this sect, who is a pretended Prophet of the Lord, and under this Heaven-daring assumption, claiming to set aside, by his vile and blasphemous lies, all those moral and religious institutions which have been established by the Bible, and which have, in all ages been cherished by men, as the only means of maintaining those social blessings, which are so indispensibly necessary for our happiness.
We believe that such an individual, regardless as he must be, of his obligations to God, and at the same time entertaining the most absolute contempt for the laws of man, cannot fail to become a most dangerous character, especially when he shall have been able to place himself at the head of a numerous horde, either equally reckless and unprincipled as himself, or else made his pliant tools by the most absurd credulity that has astonished the world since its foundation.
In the opinion of this meeting, a crisis has arrived, when many of the evils to be expected from a state of things so threatening, have transpired. We feel convinced that circumstances have even now occurred, which prove to us most conclusively, that Joseph Smith, the false Prophet before alluded to, has evinced, in many instances, a most shameless disregard for all the forms and restraints of Law: by boldly and presumptuously calling in question the acts of certain officers, who had fearlessly discharged the duties absolutely imposed upon the by the laws, particularly when they have come in contact with his own sordid and selfish interests.
He has been heard to threaten— nay he has committed violence upon the person of an officer, because that officer dared honestly to do his duty according to law.
He has caused his Council to pass laws contrary to the laws of the , and subversive of the rights of citizens of this .
Citizens have been arrested, tried, and punished, for breaches of those mock laws from time to time, in such manner that they have been compelled to the humiliating necessity of seeking in asylum elsewhere, in order [p. 4 [addenda]]
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