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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​Augt. 30​> Recently there has been much said about the powers of the Municipal court of said ; because that court had the right to issue writs of habeas corpus under their own ordinances. Any man that objects to this power of the Municipal court, is ignorant of the vested rights of the Constitution of the for the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless, when in cases of rebellion and invasion, the public safety may require it.’ The highest objection is, that the writ according to the charter, must be confined to cases arising from the ordinances. Just so. If the writ was not issued upon the direction and rules of ordinances; what would govern it? Do the circuit and supreme courts of the State issue writs of habeas corpus on the laws of the State, or upon the laws of Spain, Portugal, or the ? Does the supreme court of the exercise the right of habeas corpus upon the , or upon an Ukase of the Emperor Nicholas, of Russia.
Again the Municipal court of consists of several persons, whereas the circuit court is one man only; and the world has yet to learn that a ‘little brief authority’, is as judiciously exercised by one man, as by six— why, the good old Law Book says, ‘in the midst of Counselors there is safety.’
, of late, made a most desperate and illegal attempt to force the Mormon prophet into her bosom, but met with a most sublime failure. After having been once thrust from her warm embrace by pointed steel and burning sulphur, he seems not anxious to throw himself again upon their renewed offers of hospitality and ‘pretended justice;’ yet Gen. Smith treated the of the State of with all due respect; introducing him to his family, and seating him at the head of his table. All is quiet at . Yours, Viator.”
31 August 1843 • Thursday
<​31​> Thursday I commenced removing into the Mansion. [HC 5:556]
1 September 1843 • Friday
<​September 1​> Friday A Conference was held in , New York. Elder presiding, William H. Folsom, Clerk. 13 Branches, 1 High Priest, 58 [HC 6:1] Elders, 2 Teachers, 1 Deacon and 247 Members were represented.
I attended the meeting of the High Council as a Witness in the case of Cowles vs .” Charges not sustained.
The following appears in the Times and Seasons of this date:
“To the Editor of the Times and Seasons. Sir:— As the Prophet, not long since, told the Unitarian Clergyman, in answer to the question, ‘what is truth’, truth is a matter of fact. I have thought that a few such precious morsels, occasionally handed out to this generation, if carefully attended to, might save some. Much has been said about the bad translations of the Bible; the meaning here and there warped to favor religious creeds; for which curious phenomena in the sectarian horizon, very few of the literate, have ever attempted to give an account, or even render a reason.— Every school boy seems to know that when either of the sectarian translators failed in making the two ends of a sentence meet, he filled up the vacenity with italics, by which means God has been greatly helped towards expressing himself so as to be understood by the learned world, and benefit the poor heathen, if they are correct; but if their thoughts should not happen to be God’s thoughts, it is a matter of fact that the mother of harlot holds in her hand a golden cup full of the filthiness of her abominations. [p. 1712]
Augt. 30 Recently there has been much said about the powers of the Municipal court of said ; because that court had the right to issue writs of habeas corpus under their own ordinances. Any man that objects to this power of the Municipal court, is ignorant of the vested rights of the Constitution of the for ‘the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless, when in cases of rebellion and invasion, the public safety may require it.’ The highest objection is, that the writ according to the charter, must be confined to cases arising from the ordinances. Just so. If the writ was not issued upon the direction and rules of ordinances; what would govern it? Do the circuit and supreme courts of the State issue writs of habeas corpus on the laws of the State, or upon the laws of Spain, Portugal, or the ? Does the supreme court of the exercise the right of habeas corpus upon the , or upon an Ukase of the Emperor Nicholas, of Russia.
Again the Municipal court of consists of several persons, whereas the circuit court is one man only; and the world has yet to learn that a ‘little brief authority’, is as judiciously exercised by one man, as by six— why, the good old Law Book says, ‘in the midst of Counselors there is safety.’
, of late, made a most desperate and illegal attempt to force the Mormon prophet into her bosom, but met with a most sublime failure. After having been once thrust from her warm embrace by pointed steel and burning sulphur, he seems not anxious to throw himself again upon their renewed offers of hospitality and ‘pretended justice;’ yet Gen. Smith treated the of the State of with all due respect; introducing him to his family, and seating him at the head of his table. All is quiet at . Yours, Viator.”
31 August 1843 • Thursday
31 Thursday I commenced removing into the Mansion. [HC 5:556]
1 September 1843 • Friday
September 1 Friday A Conference was held in , New York. Elder presiding, William H. Folsom, Clerk. 13 Branches, 1 High Priest, 58 [HC 6:1] Elders, 2 Teachers, 1 Deacon and 247 Members were represented.
I attended the meeting of the High Council as a Witness in the case of Cowles .” Charges not sustained.
The following appears in the Times and Seasons of this date:
“To the Editor of the Times and Seasons. Sir:— As the Prophet, not long since, told the Unitarian Clergyman, in answer to the question, ‘what is truth’, truth is a matter of fact. I have thought that a few such precious morsels, occasionally handed out to this generation, if carefully attended to, might save some. Much has been said about the bad translations of the Bible; the meaning here and there warped to favor religious creeds; for which curious phenomena in the sectarian horizon, very few of the literate, have ever attempted to give an account, or even render a reason.— Every school boy seems to know that when either of the sectarian translators failed in making the two ends of a sentence meet, he filled up the vacenity with italics, by which means God has been greatly helped towards expressing himself so as to be understood by the learned world, and benefit the poor heathen, if they are correct; but if their thoughts should not happen to be God’s thoughts, it is a matter of fact that the mother of harlot holds in her hand a golden cup full of the filthiness of her abominations. [p. 1712]
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