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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 1683
image
<​July 25​> on demand, with any monies money in the Treasury. , Major General, Joseph Smith, Lieutenant General, , Paymaster General.”
Being sick, I lay on my bed in middle of the room, visited by .
Elder Noah Rogers administered to Sister Webster at Farmington, Connecticut, who had been unable to walk for several years past.
26 July 1843 • Wednesday
<​26.—​> <​Wednesday 26​> She arose from her bed this morning and walked.
I copy from the Bee:—
“Sir:— In my last I touched upon the vested rights of the city of the [HC 5:518] Saints, as they appear upon the face of the charter; and it may be proper hereafter, to go into the merits of that document, for I hold the maxim good that the “Union is interested in the Union;” but at the present time I have another subject on the topic, which more immediately concerns the wise and honest portions of the American people. I reason from facts no matter who may cry ‘hush!’ as to Mormonism and the ‘disgrace’ which the State of inherits from her barbarous treatment, and unlawful extermination of the Mormon people. <​¶​> The great day has already been ushered in, and the voice of a Mormon is not only heard, setting forth his own rights, and preaching the Gospel of the son of God, in power and demonstration incontrovertibly from revelation, in every city and hamlet in our wide-spread American free States, but other realms and kingdoms hear the same tidings; even the Indians, Australia, Pacific Islands, Great Britain, Ireland, [blank], Germany and the Holy Land, where God himself once spoke, have heard a Mormon; and all this in the short space of twelve or fourteen years; yea, and measures have been taken that Russia may hear the ‘watchman cry.’
Now Sir, ‘what has been done, can be done’. I shall not be surprised if the Mormons undertake to cope with the world. Virtue and truth, are twin sisters of such winning charms, that honest men of every nation, kindred and tongue, will fall in love with them; and what hinders the Mormons, with the Bible in one hand and humanity in the other, from Mormonizing all honest men? Nothing. The meaning of “Mormon”, the prophet Joe says, is ‘More Good’, and no matter where it is the Mormons will have it, and if they cannot obtain it by exertion in the world, they will merit it by faith and prayer from the ‘old promise’ of ‘ask and ye shall receive’. <​¶​> But do not think that I, even I, have been Mormmormonized, by what I write; for I say nay, though I am willing to admit, and all men of sense will do the same; the more light, the more truth; the more truth, the more love; the more love, <​the more love​>, the more virtue; the more virtue, the more peace; the more peace, the more heaven.— what every body wants. The Mormons believe rather too much for me. I ‘can’t come it.’
Another word on . When her Constitution was framed, they commenced the preamble as follows: ‘We the people of , &c., by our representatives in convention assembled, at on Saturday the 12th. day of June, 1820, do mutually agree to establish a Free and Independent Republic, &c.’ Independent Republic! well some of their subsequent acts prove the truth of it, and as the broad folds of the Constitution often conceals more than meets the eye, notwithstanding it is the Aegis of the people, to keep law-makers and law-[HC 5:519]breakers within and without bounds— let me quote from the 13th. article of the aforesaid constitution, the 3d paragraph:— “That the people have a right peaceably to assemble for their common good, and to apply to [p. 1683]
July 25 on demand, with any money in the Treasury. , Major General, Joseph Smith, Lieutenant General, , Paymaster General.”
Being sick, I lay on my bed in middle of the room, visited by .
Elder Noah Rogers administered to Sister Webster at Farmington, Connecticut, who had been unable to walk for several years past.
26 July 1843 • Wednesday
26.— Wednesday 26 She arose from her bed this morning and walked.
I copy from the Bee:—
“Sir:— In my last I touched upon the vested rights of the city of the [HC 5:518] Saints, as they appear upon the face of the charter; and it may be proper hereafter, to go into the merits of that document, for I hold the maxim good that the “Union is interested in the Union;” but at the present time I have another subject on the topic, which more immediately concerns the wise and honest portions of the American people. I reason from facts no matter who may cry ‘hush!’ as to Mormonism and the ‘disgrace’ which the State of inherits from her barbarous treatment, and unlawful extermination of the Mormon people. ¶ The great day has already been ushered in, and the voice of a Mormon is not only heard, setting forth his own rights, and preaching the Gospel of the son of God, in power and demonstration incontrovertibly from revelation, in every city and hamlet in our wide-spread American free States, but other realms and kingdoms hear the same tidings; even the Indians, Australia, Pacific Islands, Great Britain, Ireland, [blank], Germany and the Holy Land, where God himself once spoke, have heard a Mormon; and all this in the short space of twelve or fourteen years; yea, and measures have been taken that Russia may hear the ‘watchman cry.’
Now Sir, ‘what has been done, can be done’. I shall not be surprised if the Mormons undertake to cope with the world. Virtue and truth, are twin sisters of such winning charms, that honest men of every nation, kindred and tongue, will fall in love with them; and what hinders the Mormons, with the Bible in one hand and humanity in the other, from Mormonizing all honest men? Nothing. The meaning of “Mormon”, the prophet Joe says, is ‘More Good’, and no matter where it is the Mormons will have it, and if they cannot obtain it by exertion in the world, they will merit it by faith and prayer from the ‘old promise’ of ‘ask and ye shall receive’. ¶ But do not think that I, even I, have been Mormmormonized, by what I write; for I say nay, though I am willing to admit, and all men of sense will do the same; the more light, the more truth; the more truth, the more love; , the more love, the more virtue; the more virtue, the more peace; the more peace, the more heaven.— what every body wants. The Mormons believe rather too much for me. I ‘can’t come it.’
Another word on . When her Constitution was framed, they commenced the preamble as follows: ‘We the people of , &c., by our representatives in convention assembled, at on Saturday the 12th. day of June, 1820, do mutually agree to establish a Free and Independent Republic, &c.’ Independent Republic! well some of their subsequent acts prove the truth of it, and as the broad folds of the Constitution often conceals more than meets the eye, notwithstanding it is the Aegis of the people, to keep law-makers and law-[HC 5:519]breakers within and without bounds— let me quote from the 13th. article of the aforesaid constitution, the 3d paragraph:— “That the people have a right peaceably to assemble for their common good, and to apply to [p. 1683]
Page 1683