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

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21 June 1844 • Friday
<​June 21​> Friday 21. About 10 A. M. I rode out with my guard up Main Street, past the ’s quarters, and reviewed the Legion. I returned to Head Quarters about 2½ P. M., having met Col. Elam S. Freeman and Mr. Bartlet, who came as express from the who had arrived at this morning, and they delivered me the following letter:— [HC 6:520]
“Head Quarters,
, June 21st, 1844.
“To the Hon. The Mayor and Common Council of the City of ,
Gentlemen;— Having heard of the excitement in this part of the country, and judging that my presence here might be necessary to preserve the peace and enforce the laws, I arrived at this place this morning. Both before and since my arrival, complaints of a grave character have been made to me of certain proceedings of your honorable body. As Chief Magistrate it is my duty to see that impartial justice shall be done, uninfluenced either by the excitement here or in your . I think before any decisive measure shall be adopted that I ought to hear the allegations and defences of all parties. By adopting this course I have some hope that the evils of war may be averted; and at any rate I will be enabled by it to understand the true merits of the present difficulties; and shape my course with reference to law and justice. For these reasons I have to request that you will send out to me at this place, one or more well informed and discreet persons, who will be capable of laying before me your version of the matter, and of receiving from me such explanations and resolutions as may be determined on.
“Col. Elam S. Freeman will present you this note in the character of a herald from the ; you will respect his character as such, and permit him to pass and repass free from molestation.
“Your messengers are assured of protection in person and property, and will be returned to you in safety.
“I am, Gentlemen with high consideration, most respectfully,
Your obedient Servant,
Governor and Commander in Chief.”
I immediately notified the City Council to meet in session at 4 P. M. About 11 A. M, a rumor was circulated at ’s Head Quarters, that was seen at ’s. He ordered out a posse to arrest him, which went accordingly, but returned without success.
At 4 P. M I met with the City Council when the affidavits of the following persons were read, viz; [HC 6:521] , , John Edmiston, , , William Gardner, John G. Lofton, Allen T. Waite [Wait], James Guymon, Obadiah Bowen, , Hiram B. Mount, John Cunningham, , Gilbert Belknap, Anson Call, David Evans, William E. Horner, , Thomas G. Wilson, , , , Carlos W. Lyon, and ; when Dr. , Councilor , and Dr. , were appointed by the Council to return with the express to the at , and carry said affidavits with the following letter:—
, June 21st, 1844.
“Sir;—
The affidavits and hand bills herewith connected are submitted for your ’s consideration.
Respectfully I have the honor to be,
Your obedient Servant,
Joseph Smith.”
Governor of ,
. [p. 132]
21 June 1844 • Friday
June 21 Friday 21. About 10 A. M. I rode out with my guard up Main Street, past the ’s quarters, and reviewed the Legion. I returned to Head Quarters about 2½ P. M., having met Col. Elam S. Freeman and Mr. Bartlet, who came as express from the who had arrived at this morning, and they delivered me the following letter:— [HC 6:520]
“Head Quarters,
, June 21st, 1844.
“To the Hon. The Mayor and Common Council of the City of ,
Gentlemen;— Having heard of the excitement in this part of the country, and judging that my presence here might be necessary to preserve the peace and enforce the laws, I arrived at this place this morning. Both before and since my arrival, complaints of a grave character have been made to me of certain proceedings of your honorable body. As Chief Magistrate it is my duty to see that impartial justice shall be done, uninfluenced either by the excitement here or in your . I think before any decisive measure shall be adopted that I ought to hear the allegations and defences of all parties. By adopting this course I have some hope that the evils of war may be averted; and at any rate I will be enabled by it to understand the true merits of the present difficulties; and shape my course with reference to law and justice. For these reasons I have to request that you will send out to me at this place, one or more well informed and discreet persons, who will be capable of laying before me your version of the matter, and of receiving from me such explanations and resolutions as may be determined on.
“Col. Elam S. Freeman will present you this note in the character of a herald from the ; you will respect his character as such, and permit him to pass and repass free from molestation.
“Your messengers are assured of protection in person and property, and will be returned to you in safety.
“I am, Gentlemen with high consideration, most respectfully,
Your obedient Servant,
Governor and Commander in Chief.”
I immediately notified the City Council to meet in session at 4 P. M. About 11 A. M, a rumor was circulated at ’s Head Quarters, that was seen at ’s. He ordered out a posse to arrest him, which went accordingly, but returned without success.
At 4 P. M I met with the City Council when the affidavits of the following persons were read, viz; [HC 6:521] , , John Edmiston, , , William Gardner, John G. Lofton, Allen T. Waite [Wait], James Guymon, Obadiah Bowen, , Hiram B. Mount, John Cunningham, , Gilbert Belknap, Anson Call, David Evans, William E. Horner, , Thomas G. Wilson, , , , Carlos W. Lyon, and ; when Dr. , Councilor , and Dr. , were appointed by the Council to return with the express to the at , and carry said affidavits with the following letter:—
, June 21st, 1844.
“Sir;—
The affidavits and hand bills herewith connected are submitted for your ’s consideration.
Respectfully I have the honor to be,
Your obedient Servant,
Joseph Smith.”
Governor of ,
. [p. 132]
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