History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 16​> which is after the order of the Son of God. It is in the order of Heavenly things that God should always send a [HC 6:478] new dispensation into the world, when men have apostatized from the truth and lost the Priesthood; but when men come out and build upon other men’s foundations, they do it on their own responsibility without authority from God; and when the floods come, and the winds blow, their foundations will be found to be sand, and their whole fabric will crumble to dust. Did I build on any other man’s foundation? I have got all the truth which the christian world possessed, and an independent revelation in the bargain, and God will bear me off triumphant. Iwill drop this subject; I wish I could speak for three or four hours, but it is not expedient on account of the rain. I will still go on, and shew you proof upon proofs; all the bible is as equal one part as another.”
-[On account of the rain it was impossible for to report any more.]-
Judge came to and advised me to go before some justice of the peace of the , and have an examination of the charges specified in the writ from of , and if acquitted or bound over it would allay all excitement, answer the law, and cut off all legal pretext for a mob, and he would be bound to order them to keep the peace.
Some forty gentlemen from Madison came down on a steamer to enquire into our difficulties; I met them at the at 2 P. M, and gave them the desired information. , the City Recorder, read the minutes of the Council, declaring the Nauvoo Expositor a nuisance. They expressed themselves satisfied. I then went to the , and met some thousands of the brethren. I instructed them to keep cool, and prepare their arms for defence of the ; as it was reported that a mob was collecting in and other places. I exhorted them to be quiet and make no disturbance, and instructed the brethren to organize into the capacity of a public meeting, and send delegates to all the surrounding towns and villages to explain the cause of the disturbance, and shew [HC 6:479] them that all was peace at and that there was no cause for any mobs.
A messenger arrived, stating that the clerk of the County Court expected to be driven out of tomorrow, and the only way to prevent the shedding of blood was to get the in person to come down with his staff.
I wrote to stating the facts as follows:—
, Ill: June 16th, 1844.
“His Exellency ,
Sir; I am informed from credible sources, as well as from the proceedings of a public meeting at &c, as published in the ‘Warsaw Signal’ extra, that an energetic attempt is being made by some of the citizens of this and the surrounding Counties to drive and exterminate ‘the Saints’ by force of arms; and I send this information to your by a Special Messenger, , Adjutant General, Nauvoo Legion, who will give all particulars; and I ask at your hands immediate counsel and protection.
has been here and given his advice in the case, which I shall strictly follow until I hear from your , and in all cases shall adhere to the Constitution and Laws
“The Nauvoo Legion is at your service to quell all insurrections, and support the dignity of the common weal.
“I wish— urgently wish your to come down in person with your staff, and investigate the whole matter without delay, and cause peace to be restored to the country; and I know not but this will be the only means of stopping an effusion of blood. [p. 105]
June 16 which is after the order of the Son of God. It is in the order of Heavenly things that God should always send a [HC 6:478] new dispensation into the world, when men have apostatized from the truth and lost the Priesthood; but when men come out and build upon other men’s foundations, they do it on their own responsibility without authority from God; and when the floods come, and the winds blow, their foundations will be found to be sand, and their whole fabric will crumble to dust. Did I build on any other man’s foundation? I have got all the truth which the christian world possessed, and an independent revelation in the bargain, and God will bear me off triumphant. Iwill drop this subject; I wish I could speak for three or four hours, but it is not expedient on account of the rain. I will still go on, and shew you proof upon proofs; all the bible is as equal one part as another.”
-[On account of the rain it was impossible for to report any more.]-
Judge came to and advised me to go before some justice of the peace of the , and have an examination of the charges specified in the writ from of , and if acquitted or bound over it would allay all excitement, answer the law, and cut off all legal pretext for a mob, and he would be bound to order them to keep the peace.
Some forty gentlemen from Madison came down on a steamer to enquire into our difficulties; I met them at the at 2 P. M, and gave them the desired information. , the City Recorder, read the minutes of the Council, declaring the Nauvoo Expositor a nuisance. They expressed themselves satisfied. I then went to the , and met some thousands of the brethren. I instructed them to keep cool, and prepare their arms for defence of the ; as it was reported that a mob was collecting in and other places. I exhorted them to be quiet and make no disturbance, and instructed the brethren to organize into the capacity of a public meeting, and send delegates to all the surrounding towns and villages to explain the cause of the disturbance, and shew [HC 6:479] them that all was peace at and that there was no cause for any mobs.
A messenger arrived, stating that the clerk of the County Court expected to be driven out of tomorrow, and the only way to prevent the shedding of blood was to get the in person to come down with his staff.
I wrote to stating the facts as follows:—
, Ill: June 16th, 1844.
“His Exellency ,
Sir; I am informed from credible sources, as well as from the proceedings of a public meeting at &c, as published in the ‘Warsaw Signal’ extra, that an energetic attempt is being made by some of the citizens of this and the surrounding Counties to drive and exterminate ‘the Saints’ by force of arms; and I send this information to your by a Special Messenger, , Adjutant General, Nauvoo Legion, who will give all particulars; and I ask at your hands immediate counsel and protection.
has been here and given his advice in the case, which I shall strictly follow until I hear from your , and in all cases shall adhere to the Constitution and Laws
“The Nauvoo Legion is at your service to quell all insurrections, and support the dignity of the common weal.
“I wish— urgently wish your to come down in person with your staff, and investigate the whole matter without delay, and cause peace to be restored to the country; and I know not but this will be the only means of stopping an effusion of blood. [p. 105]
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