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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 23​> told him that six months would not roll over his head before they would swear twelve as palpable lies about him as they had about me.
President left at noon in the steamboat “Louis Phillippe”.
24 May 1844 • Friday
<​24​> Friday 24 With my family all day. and , went to to get indicted; but they returned again as the Grand Jury had risen. was at , and had sworn falsely against me.
At 6 P. M, went into ’s room, and had counsel with Brothers and . I ordered a meeting of the City Council for tomorrow, and returned to my family after being absent <​about​> one hour.
The Central Committee wrote a letter to Esqre.: [HC 6:403]
, Illinois, May 24th. 1844.
“Sir:—
Having received your address through our mutual friend Mr. Edward Doughty, we forward with this per next mail the Nauvoo Neighbor of the 22nd. inst, through which you will learn the doings of a state convention held in this place on the 17th.; and this communication has been drawn forth, in a great degree, through our sympathies for a people who are now being mobbed in this city of brotherly love (), as we have been for many years in ; and for what? for our religion, although called by another name.
The Mormons and the Catholics are the most obnoxious to the sectrian world of any people, and are the only two who have not persecuted each other and others in these , and the only two who have suffered from the cruel hand of mobocracy for their religion under the name of foreigners; and to stay this growing evil, and establish ‘Jeffersonian Democracy, free trade and sailors rights, and protection of person and property’, we have nominated Gen. Joseph Smith for the next President of the nation; a man with whom we are thoroughly acquainted, and have no fear in pledging our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honors, that if elected, he will give and secure these inestimable blessings to every individual and society of men, no matter what their religious faith. Help us to elect this man, and we will help you to secure those privileges which belong to you, and break every yoke.
You will please to consider yourself a member of the corresponding committee with us, agreeably to the resolution of the State Convention, and lay this subject before your people, giving us your views on receipt hereof, and open such correspondence as wisdom shall dictate.
General Smith’s prospects are brightening every day. With sentiments of the highest consideration,
We are your obedient servants,
,) <​Central​> Committee of correspondence for the election of Gen. Joseph Smith to the Presidency.”
,)
,)
.)
Esqre, Alderman,
Corner of 4th. & Masters Street,
Northern Liberties,
.”
Rainy evening. A Conference was held at , , President, and James Burgess, Clerk; eleven elders were [HC 6:404] present, and a very favorable impression was made upon the minds of the people.
25 May 1844 • Saturday
<​25 ​> Saturday 25 At home, keeping out of the way of the expected writs from . Towards evening and of the Grand Jury returned from ; also Marshal and , who informed me there [p. 53]
May 23 told him that six months would not roll over his head before they would swear twelve as palpable lies about him as they had about me.
President left at noon in the steamboat “Louis Phillippe”.
24 May 1844 • Friday
24 Friday 24 With my family all day. and , went to to get indicted; but they returned again as the Grand Jury had risen. was at , and had sworn falsely against me.
At 6 P. M, went into ’s room, and had counsel with Brothers and . I ordered a meeting of the City Council for tomorrow, and returned to my family after being absent about one hour.
The Central Committee wrote a letter to Esqre.: [HC 6:403]
, Illinois, May 24th. 1844.
“Sir:—
Having received your address through our mutual friend Mr. Edward Doughty, we forward with this per next mail the Nauvoo Neighbor of the 22nd. inst, through which you will learn the doings of a state convention held in this place on the 17th.; and this communication has been drawn forth, in a great degree, through our sympathies for a people who are now being mobbed in this city of brotherly love (), as we have been for many years in ; and for what? for our religion, although called by another name.
The Mormons and the Catholics are the most obnoxious to the sectrian world of any people, and are the only two who have not persecuted each other and others in these , and the only two who have suffered from the cruel hand of mobocracy for their religion under the name of foreigners; and to stay this growing evil, and establish ‘Jeffersonian Democracy, free trade and sailors rights, and protection of person and property’, we have nominated Gen. Joseph Smith for the next President of the nation; a man with whom we are thoroughly acquainted, and have no fear in pledging our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honors, that if elected, he will give and secure these inestimable blessings to every individual and society of men, no matter what their religious faith. Help us to elect this man, and we will help you to secure those privileges which belong to you, and break every yoke.
You will please to consider yourself a member of the corresponding committee with us, agreeably to the resolution of the State Convention, and lay this subject before your people, giving us your views on receipt hereof, and open such correspondence as wisdom shall dictate.
General Smith’s prospects are brightening every day. With sentiments of the highest consideration,
We are your obedient servants,
,) Central Committee of correspondence for the election of Gen. Joseph Smith to the Presidency.”
,)
,)
.)
Esqre, Alderman,
Corner of 4th. & Masters Street,
Northern Liberties,
.”
Rainy evening. A Conference was held at , , President, and James Burgess, Clerk; eleven elders were [HC 6:404] present, and a very favorable impression was made upon the minds of the people.
25 May 1844 • Saturday
25 Saturday 25 At home, keeping out of the way of the expected writs from . Towards evening and of the Grand Jury returned from ; also Marshal and , who informed me there [p. 53]
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