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

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<​June 16​> arms and remain quiet until the fuss is over. We have until Monday morning next to make up our minds; we have made up our minds that we shall not comply with any of these prospects <​proposals​> but stand in our own defence; we have no signature from the , or any official officer to accept of such wicked proposals.
“We are informed that the Company must be at tomorrow morning at eight o’clock A. M., to proceed to .
“I have thought it my duty to inform you of the proceedings here
This from your humble servant,
June 16th, 1844
“We certify the above to be true.
,
,
Ira Kellsey <​Willsey​>."
I sent the following answer by Joseph S. Allen:—
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion,
Lieut. Gen’s. Office, , June 16th, 1844.
“Col. ,
Sir:—
In reply to yours of this date, you will take special notice of the movements of the mob party, that is stirring up strife, and endeavoring to excite rebellion to the government, and destroy the saints, and cause all the troops of said Legion in your vicinity, to be in readiness to act at a moment’s warning, and if the mob shall fall upon the saints by force of arms defend them at every hazard, unless prudence dictate the retreat of the troops to , in which case the mob will not disturb your women and children; and if the mob move towards , either come before them or in their rear, and be ready to co-operate with the main body of the Legion. Instruct the companies to keep cool, and let all things be done decently and in order. Give information by affidavit before a magistrate, and special mes[HC 6:482]sengers to the of what has occurred, and every illegal proceeding that shall be had on the subject without delay. Also notify me of the same, and demand instruction and protection from the .
Joseph Smith
Lieut. Gen. Nauvoo Legion.”
I insert the minutes of a public meeting:—
“A public meeting was held in the city of on Sunday evening the 16th inst.
“Mr. was unanimously called to the chair, and appointed clerk.
“The stated briefly the object of the meeting, whereupon it was unanimously
Resolved. That inasmuch as many false reports are being circulated through the by designing characters, for the purpose of bringing persecution upon the peaceable citizens of this , we will use our endeavors to disabuse the public mind, and present a true statement of facts before them as speedily as possible.
Resolved, That for the more speedy accomplishment of this object, this meeting appoint delegates to go to the different precincts throughout the , to lay a true statement of facts before the public.
“The following delegates were then appointed:— [p. 107]
June 16 arms and remain quiet until the fuss is over. We have until Monday morning next to make up our minds; we have made up our minds that we shall not comply with any of these proposals but stand in our own defence; we have no signature from the , or any official officer to accept of such wicked proposals.
“We are informed that the Company must be at tomorrow morning at eight o’clock , to proceed to .
“I have thought it my duty to inform you of the proceedings here
This from your humble servant,
June 16th, 1844
“We certify the above to be true.
,
,
Ira Willsey."
I sent the following answer by Joseph S. Allen:—
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion,
Lieut. Gen’s. Office, , June 16th, 1844.
“Col. ,
Sir:—
In reply to yours of this date, you will take special notice of the movements of the mob party, that is stirring up strife, and endeavoring to excite rebellion to the government, and destroy the saints, and cause all the troops of said Legion in your vicinity, to be in readiness to act at a moment’s warning, and if the mob shall fall upon the saints by force of arms defend them at every hazard, unless prudence dictate the retreat of the troops to , in which case the mob will not disturb your women and children; and if the mob move towards , either come before them or in their rear, and be ready to co-operate with the main body of the Legion. Instruct the companies to keep cool, and let all things be done decently and in order. Give information by affidavit before a magistrate, and special mes[HC 6:482]sengers to the of what has occurred, and every illegal proceeding that shall be had on the subject without delay. Also notify me of the same, and demand instruction and protection from the .
Joseph Smith
Lieut. Gen. Nauvoo Legion.”
I insert the minutes of a public meeting:—
“A public meeting was held in the city of on Sunday evening the 16th inst.
“Mr. was unanimously called to the chair, and appointed clerk.
“The stated briefly the object of the meeting, whereupon it was unanimously
Resolved. That inasmuch as many false reports are being circulated through the by designing characters, for the purpose of bringing persecution upon the peaceable citizens of this , we will use our endeavors to disabuse the public mind, and present a true statement of facts before them as speedily as possible.
Resolved, That for the more speedy accomplishment of this object, this meeting appoint delegates to go to the different precincts throughout the , to lay a true statement of facts before the public.
“The following delegates were then appointed:— [p. 107]
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