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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 30​> to learn the facts and going away satisfied that the Mormons are not the aggressors.
“You now know our situation, and the request of the council is, [HC 7:147] that the Twelve return to . The lives of twelve more are threatened with deadly threats. It has been suggested by the Council, that if the Twelve approved, Prest , , , and return immediately, and , whose life is threatened, with all the Smiths; , , and spend a little time in publishing the news in the Eastern Cities, and getting as many in the Church as possible. This is for you to decide.
“The Saints have borne this trial with great fortitude and forbearance. They must keep cool at present. We have pledged our faith not to prosecute the murderers at present, but leave it to ; if he fails, time enough for us by and bye: vengeance is in the heavens. We have been in close quarters some time,— money and provisions are scarce. Will the eastern brethren contribute to our relief?
has taken away the State arms from the Legion. Your families are well for aught I know. has gone to I suppose. I have not been able to get any means for myself or anybody else.
“The council consider it best for all the travelling elders to stop preaching politics— preach the gospel with double energy, and bring as many to the knowledge of the truth as possible.
“The great event of 1844, so long anticipated has arrived, without a parallel since the birth of Adam.
and his gang will try to waylay you coming up the , if not before: look out for yourselves.
“A little while since wrote to about Elder ’ proceedings and teachings in . I heard Joseph tell to let alone, let go back there and make all things right, that had misapprehended some things, and acted in the matter rather injudiciously.
“The Saints have entered into covenants of peace with the and Government officers, not to avenge the blood of the martyrs, but leave it with the , who had pledged the faith of the for their safe keeping. The elders cannot be too careful in all the world, to keep from saying anything to irritate and vex the &c., for at present we must conciliate, it is for our salvation. The has appeared to act with honest intentions: we bring no charge against him— will wait patiently his proceedings in the matter. Let the elders keep cool, vengeance rests in heaven.
Yours as ever
A Council was held by the brethren, at which Messrs Wood and Conyers from were present, also Col. Richardson, Lawyer from . The Council again expressed their de[HC 7:148]termination to preserve the peace in the , and requested those gentlemen to use their influence to allay the excitement abroad, [p. 241]
June 30 to learn the facts and going away satisfied that the Mormons are not the aggressors.
“You now know our situation, and the request of the council is, [HC 7:147] that the Twelve return to . The lives of twelve more are threatened with deadly threats. It has been suggested by the Council, that if the Twelve approved, Prest , , , and return immediately, and , whose life is threatened, with all the Smiths; , , and spend a little time in publishing the news in the Eastern Cities, and getting as many in the Church as possible. This is for you to decide.
“The Saints have borne this trial with great fortitude and forbearance. They must keep cool at present. We have pledged our faith not to prosecute the murderers at present, but leave it to ; if he fails, time enough for us by and bye: vengeance is in the heavens. We have been in close quarters some time,— money and provisions are scarce. Will the eastern brethren contribute to our relief?
has taken away the State arms from the Legion. Your families are well for aught I know. has gone to I suppose. I have not been able to get any means for myself or anybody else.
“The council consider it best for all the travelling elders to stop preaching politics— preach the gospel with double energy, and bring as many to the knowledge of the truth as possible.
“The great event of 1844, so long anticipated has arrived, without a parallel since the birth of Adam.
and his gang will try to waylay you coming up the , if not before: look out for yourselves.
“A little while since wrote to about Elder ’ proceedings and teachings in . I heard Joseph tell to let alone, let go back there and make all things right, that had misapprehended some things, and acted in the matter rather injudiciously.
“The Saints have entered into covenants of peace with the and Government officers, not to avenge the blood of the martyrs, but leave it with the , who had pledged the faith of the for their safe keeping. The elders cannot be too careful in all the world, to keep from saying anything to irritate and vex the &c., for at present we must conciliate, it is for our salvation. The has appeared to act with honest intentions: we bring no charge against him— will wait patiently his proceedings in the matter. Let the elders keep cool, vengeance rests in heaven.
Yours as ever
A Council was held by the brethren, at which Messrs Wood and Conyers from were present, also Col. Richardson, Lawyer from . The Council again expressed their de[HC 7:148]termination to preserve the peace in the , and requested those gentlemen to use their influence to allay the excitement abroad, [p. 241]
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