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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 24​> they might commit some overt act which the could construe into treason, and thus have a shadow of excuse for his mob militia to destroy the Mormons.
requested the company to return to to assist in collecting the arms, and pledged his word as a military man that Joseph Smith and his friends should be protected even if it were at the expense of his own life, [HC 6:555] and his men responded to that pledge by three cheers. no doubt feared that the order of the would excite the inhabitants of beyond endurance, and therefore chose rather to depend upon the well known integrity of Gen. Smith than to risk the chances of exciting the wounded feelings of a much abused people. -[T & S., and ]-At the same time Joseph sent a messenger to the with the following letter:
“Four Miles West of Carthage Mound
Hancock Co., Ill. Monday, 10 o’clock.
“His Excellency , Dear Sir,
On my way to to answer your request, this morning I here met who has made known to me your order to surrender the State arms in possession of the Nauvoo Legion, which demand I shall comply with, and that the same may be done properly and without trouble to the , I shall return with to , see that the arms are put into his possession, and shall then return to head quarters in his company, when I shall most cheerfully submit to any requisition of the of our .
“With all due respect to your , I remain
Your Obdt. Servt.
Joseph Smith.”
He also issued the following order:
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion
Prairie 4 Miles West of
June 24. 1844 10 o’clock and 10 minutes
“To Major Gen. and all commissioned and non commissioned officers and privates of the Nauvoo Legion.
“You are hereby ordered to comply strictly and <​without delay​> with the within order of the commander in Chief, Governor .
Joseph Smith
Lieut. Gen. Nauvoo Legion.” [HC 6:556]
and requested that the State Arms should be taken to the without delay.
then said to , “you go on to , and see what is going on, and hear what is said on this matter.” Joseph and his Company then returned with , and arrived in at 2½ P. M. When arrived at he met with the Rev. Mr. Dodge, who had some time previoiusly been very kindly treated by ; he warned that as sure as Joseph and came to they would be killed. also saw the Innkeeper, who, pointing to the Carthage Greys said, “, there are the boys that will settle you Mormons.” replied “we can take as many men as there are there out of the Nauvoo Legion, and they would not be missed.” [p. 152]
June 24 they might commit some overt act which the could construe into treason, and thus have a shadow of excuse for his mob militia to destroy the Mormons.
requested the company to return to to assist in collecting the arms, and pledged his word as a military man that Joseph Smith and his friends should be protected even if it were at the expense of his own life, [HC 6:555] and his men responded to that pledge by three cheers. no doubt feared that the order of the would excite the inhabitants of beyond endurance, and therefore chose rather to depend upon the well known integrity of Gen. Smith than to risk the chances of exciting the wounded feelings of a much abused people. -[T & S., and ]-At the same time Joseph sent a messenger to the with the following letter:
“Four Miles West of Carthage Mound
Hancock Co., Ill. Monday, 10 o’clock.
“His Excellency , Dear Sir,
On my way to to answer your request, this morning I here met who has made known to me your order to surrender the State arms in possession of the Nauvoo Legion, which demand I shall comply with, and that the same may be done properly and without trouble to the , I shall return with to , see that the arms are put into his possession, and shall then return to head quarters in his company, when I shall most cheerfully submit to any requisition of the of our .
“With all due respect to your , I remain
Your Obdt. Servt.
Joseph Smith.”
He also issued the following order:
“Head Quarters, Nauvoo Legion
Prairie 4 Miles West of
June 24. 1844 10 o’clock and 10 minutes
“To Major Gen. and all commissioned and non commissioned officers and privates of the Nauvoo Legion.
“You are hereby ordered to comply strictly and without delay with the within order of the commander in Chief, Governor .
Joseph Smith
Lieut. Gen. Nauvoo Legion.” [HC 6:556]
and requested that the State Arms should be taken to the without delay.
then said to , “you go on to , and see what is going on, and hear what is said on this matter.” Joseph and his Company then returned with , and arrived in at 2½ P. M. When arrived at he met with the Rev. Mr. Dodge, who had some time previoiusly been very kindly treated by ; he warned that as sure as Joseph and came to they would be killed. also saw the Innkeeper, who, pointing to the Carthage Greys said, “, there are the boys that will settle you Mormons.” replied “we can take as many men as there are there out of the Nauvoo Legion, and they would not be missed.” [p. 152]
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