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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 13.​> “And when fifteen thousand free citizens of the high blooded Republic of North America are robbed and driven from one state to another without redress or redemption, it is not only time for a candidate for the presidency to pledge himself to execute judgment and justice in righteousness, law or no law, but it is his bounden duty as a man, for the honor of a disgraced country, and for the salvation of a once virtuous people, to call for a union of all honest men, and appease the wrath of God by acts of wisdom, holiness, and virtue! The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
“Perhaps you may think I go too far with my strictures and inuendoes, because in your concluding paragraph you say: ‘It is not inconsistent with your declarations to say, that you have viewed with a lively interest the progress of the Latter Day Saints, that you have sympathized in their sufferings under injustice, as it appeared to you, which has been inflicted upon them; and that you think, in common with all other religious communities they ought to enjoy the security and protection of the constitution and the laws.’ If words were not wind, and imagination not a vapor, such ‘views’ ‘with a lively interest’ might coax out a few Mormon-votes; such ‘sympathy’ for their suffering under injustice, might heal some of the sick, yet lingering amongst them, raise some of the dead, and recover some of their property from ; and finally, if thought was not a phantom, we might, in common with other religious communities, you think, enjoy the security and protection of the Constitution and laws!’ But during ten years, while the Latter day Saints have bled, been robbed, driven from their own lands, paid oceans of money into the Treasury to pay your renowned self and others for legislating and dealing out equal rights and privileges to those in common with all other religious communities, they have waited and expected in vain! If you have possessed any patriotism it has been veiled by your popularity for fear the saints would fall in love with its charms. Blind charity and dumb justice never do much towards alleviating the wants of the needy; but straws show which way the wind blows. It is currently rumored that your dernier resort for the Latter day Saints is to emigrate to or . Such cruel humanity, such noble injustice, such honorable cowardice, such foolish wisdom, and such vicious virtue, could only emanate from . After the saints have been plundered of three or four millions of land and property by the people and powers of the sovereign state of ; after they have sought for redress and redemption from the County Court to Congress, and been denied through religious prejudice and sacerdotal dignity; after they have builded a city and two temples at an <​immense​> expense of labor and treasure; after they have increased from hundreds to hundreds of thousands; and after they have sent Missionaries to the various nations of the earth to gather Israel according to the predictions of all the holy prophets since the world began, that great penipotentiary the renowned Secretary of State, the ignoble duelist, the gambling Senator, and Whig candidate for the presidency, , the wise Kentucky lawyer, advises the Latter Day Saints to go to to obtain justice and set up a government of their own. O ye crowned heads among all nations, is not a wise man and very patriotic? Why Great God! to transport 200,000 people through a vast prarie, over the , to , a distance of nearly two thousand miles, would cost more than four millions! or should they go by Cape Horn in ships to , the cost would be more than twenty millions! and all this to save the from inheriting the disgrace of for murdering and robbing the saints with impunity! and , who make no secret to say, that if they get into power they will carry out ’ exterminating plan to rid the country of the Latter Day Saints, are
‘Little nipperkins of milk,’
compared to ‘’s’ great aqua fortis jars. Why he is a real giant in humanity: ‘send [p. 32]
May 13. “And when fifteen thousand free citizens of the high blooded Republic of North America are robbed and driven from one state to another without redress or redemption, it is not only time for a candidate for the presidency to pledge himself to execute judgment and justice in righteousness, law or no law, but it is his bounden duty as a man, for the honor of a disgraced country, and for the salvation of a once virtuous people, to call for a union of all honest men, and appease the wrath of God by acts of wisdom, holiness, and virtue! The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
“Perhaps you may think I go too far with my strictures and inuendoes, because in your concluding paragraph you say: ‘It is not inconsistent with your declarations to say, that you have viewed with a lively interest the progress of the Latter Day Saints, that you have sympathized in their sufferings under injustice, as it appeared to you, which has been inflicted upon them; and that you think, in common with all other religious communities they ought to enjoy the security and protection of the constitution and the laws.’ If words were not wind, and imagination not a vapor, such ‘views’ ‘with a lively interest’ might coax out a few Mormon-votes; such ‘sympathy’ for their suffering under injustice, might heal some of the sick, yet lingering amongst them, raise some of the dead, and recover some of their property from ; and finally, if thought was not a phantom, we might, in common with other religious communities, ‘you think, enjoy the security and protection of the Constitution and laws!’ But during ten years, while the Latter day Saints have bled, been robbed, driven from their own lands, paid oceans of money into the Treasury to pay your renowned self and others for legislating and dealing out equal rights and privileges to those in common with all other religious communities, they have waited and expected in vain! If you have possessed any patriotism it has been veiled by your popularity for fear the saints would fall in love with its charms. Blind charity and dumb justice never do much towards alleviating the wants of the needy; but straws show which way the wind blows. It is currently rumored that your dernier resort for the Latter day Saints is to emigrate to or . Such cruel humanity, such noble injustice, such honorable cowardice, such foolish wisdom, and such vicious virtue, could only emanate from . After the saints have been plundered of three or four millions of land and property by the people and powers of the sovereign state of ; after they have sought for redress and redemption from the County Court to Congress, and been denied through religious prejudice and sacerdotal dignity; after they have builded a city and two temples at an immense expense of labor and treasure; after they have increased from hundreds to hundreds of thousands; and after they have sent Missionaries to the various nations of the earth to gather Israel according to the predictions of all the holy prophets since the world began, that great penipotentiary the renowned Secretary of State, the ignoble duelist, the gambling Senator, and Whig candidate for the presidency, , the wise Kentucky lawyer, advises the Latter Day Saints to go to to obtain justice and set up a government of their own. O ye crowned heads among all nations, is not a wise man and very patriotic? Why Great God! to transport 200,000 people through a vast prarie, over the , to , a distance of nearly two thousand miles, would cost more than four millions! or should they go by Cape Horn in ships to , the cost would be more than twenty millions! and all this to save the from inheriting the disgrace of for murdering and robbing the saints with impunity! and , who make no secret to say, that if they get into power they will carry out ’ exterminating plan to rid the country of the Latter Day Saints, are
‘Little nipperkins of milk,’
compared to ‘’s’ great aqua fortis jars. Why he is a real giant in humanity: ‘send [p. 32]
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