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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 18 ​> Judge Phelps read the Signal Extra of the 17th, wherein all the “old citizens’ were called upon to assist the mob in exterminating the leaders of the saints, and driving away the people.
I addressed the Legion for about 1½ hours; the following synopsis of this address was compiled by from the verbal reports of Joseph G. Hovey, William G. Sterrett, Robert [L.] Campbell, and many others, who heard the prophet on the occasion:— [HC 6:497]
“It is thought by some, that our enemies would be satisfied with my destruction; but I tell you that as soon as they have shed my blood, they will thirst for the blood of every man in whose heart dwells a single spark of the spirit of the fulness of the gospel. The opposition of these men is moved by the spirit of the adversary of all righteousness; it is not only to destroy me, but every man and woman who dares believe the doctrines that God hath inspired me to teach to this generation. We have never violated the laws of our country; we have every right to live under their protection, and are entitled to all the privileges guaranteed by our and national constitutions. We have turned the barren bleak prairies and swamps of this into beautiful towns, farms, and cities, by our industry; and the men who seek our destruction and cry thief, treason, riot &c, are those who themselves violate the laws, steal and plunder <​from​> their neighbors, and seek to destroy the innocent, heralding forth lies to screen themselves from the just punishment of their crimes, by bringing destruction upon this innocent people. I call God, Angels, and all men to witness that we are innocent of the charges which are heralded forth through the public prints against us by our enemies; and while they assemble together in unlawful mobs to take away our rights, and destroy our lives, they think to shield themselves under the refuge of lies which they have thus wickedly fabricated. We have forwarded a particular account of all our doings to the ; we are ready to obey his commands, and we expect that protection at his hands which we know to be our just due. We have taken the Counsel of , and have been tried before a civil magistrate on the charge of riot; not that the law required it, but because the advised it as a precautionary measure to allay all possible pretext for excitement; we were legally acquitted by who is a good judge of law. Had we been before the Circuit, the Supreme, or any other court of law in the or , we should have been acquitted, for we have broken no law. comes here with a writ requiring us to go before , ‘or some other justice of the peace of the ’, to answer to the charge of riot; we acknowledged ourselves his prisoners, and were ready to go before any magistrate in any precinct in this part of the country, which is a privilege the law guarantees to us, and which the writ itself allows. He breaks the law, and refuses us this privilege or any where else where our lives could be protected from the mob, who have published the resolutions for our extermination, which you have just heard read. This is a privilege the law guarantees to us, and which the writ itself allows. He breaks the law, and refuses us this privilege, declaring that we shall go before [HC 6:498] in , and no one else, when he knew that a numerous mob was collecting there, who are publicly pledged to destroy our lives. It was under these circumstances that we availed ourselves of the legal right of the Ancient, high, and constitutional privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus, and were brought before the Municipal Court of this , and discharged from the illegal detention under which we were held by . All the mob men, priests, thieves, and bogus makers, apostates, and adulterers, who combine to destroy this people now raise the hue and cry throughout the , that we resist the law, in order to raise a pretext for calling together thousands more of infuriated mob men to murder, destroy, plunder, and ravish the innocent. We are American Citizens; we live upon a soil for the liberties of which our fathers periled their lives, and spilt their blood upon the battle field; those rights so dearly purchased shall not be disgracefully [p. 118]
June 18 Judge Phelps read the Signal Extra of the 17th, wherein all the “old citizens’ were called upon to assist the mob in exterminating the leaders of the saints, and driving away the people.
I addressed the Legion for about 1½ hours; the following synopsis of this address was compiled by from the verbal reports of Joseph G. Hovey, William G. Sterrett, Robert L. Campbell, and many others, who heard the prophet on the occasion:— [HC 6:497]
“It is thought by some, that our enemies would be satisfied with my destruction; but I tell you that as soon as they have shed my blood, they will thirst for the blood of every man in whose heart dwells a single spark of the spirit of the fulness of the gospel. The opposition of these men is moved by the spirit of the adversary of all righteousness; it is not only to destroy me, but every man and woman who dares believe the doctrines that God hath inspired me to teach to this generation. We have never violated the laws of our country; we have every right to live under their protection, and are entitled to all the privileges guaranteed by our and national constitutions. We have turned the barren bleak prairies and swamps of this into beautiful towns, farms, and cities, by our industry; and the men who seek our destruction and cry thief, treason, riot &c, are those who themselves violate the laws, steal and plunder from their neighbors, and seek to destroy the innocent, heralding forth lies to screen themselves from the just punishment of their crimes, by bringing destruction upon this innocent people. I call God, Angels, and all men to witness that we are innocent of the charges which are heralded forth through the public prints against us by our enemies; and while they assemble together in unlawful mobs to take away our rights, and destroy our lives, they think to shield themselves under the refuge of lies which they have thus wickedly fabricated. We have forwarded a particular account of all our doings to the ; we are ready to obey his commands, and we expect that protection at his hands which we know to be our just due. We have taken the Counsel of , and have been tried before a civil magistrate on the charge of riot; not that the law required it, but because the advised it as a precautionary measure to allay all possible pretext for excitement; we were legally acquitted by who is a good judge of law. Had we been before the Circuit, the Supreme, or any other court of law in the or , we should have been acquitted, for we have broken no law. comes here with a writ requiring us to go before , ‘or some other justice of the peace of the ’, to answer to the charge of riot; we acknowledged ourselves his prisoners, and were ready to go before any magistrate in any precinct in this part of the country, or any where else where our lives could be protected from the mob, who have published the resolutions for our extermination, which you have just heard read. This is a privilege the law guarantees to us, and which the writ itself allows. He breaks the law, and refuses us this privilege, declaring that we shall go before [HC 6:498] in , and no one else, when he knew that a numerous mob was collecting there, who are publicly pledged to destroy our lives. It was under these circumstances that we availed ourselves of the legal right of the Ancient, high, and constitutional privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus, and were brought before the Municipal Court of this , and discharged from the illegal detention under which we were held by . All the mob men, priests, thieves, and bogus makers, apostates, and adulterers, who combine to destroy this people now raise the hue and cry throughout the , that we resist the law, in order to raise a pretext for calling together thousands more of infuriated mob men to murder, destroy, plunder, and ravish the innocent. We are American Citizens; we live upon a soil for the liberties of which our fathers periled their lives, and spilt their blood upon the battle field; those rights so dearly purchased shall not be disgracefully [p. 118]
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