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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 10​> they would break; and some of them drew up and voted for the very ordinances they are striving to use as a ‘scare crow’ to frighten the surrounding country in rebellion, mobbing and war; and whereas, while the blood of [HC 6:433] our brethren from wells, holes, and naked prairies, and the ravishment of female virtue from , and the smoke from the altars of infamy, prostituted by , and continued in the full tide of experiment and disgraceful damnation, by the very self called fragments of a body of degraded men that have got up a press in , to destroy the charter of the ; to destroy Mormonism, men, women, and children, as did, by force of arms; by fostering laws that emanate from corruption, and betray with a Kiss; wherefore to honor the State of , and those patriots who gave the charter, and for the benefit, convenience, health, and happiness of said :
“Sec. 1 Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of , that if any person or persons shall write or publish in said , any false statement, or libel any of the citizens, for the purpose of exciting the public mind against the chartered privileges, peace, and good order of said , or shall slander, (according to the definition of slander or libel by Blackstone or Kent, or the act in the statute of ,) any portion of the inhabitants of said , or bribe any portion of the citizens of said for malicious purposes, or in any manner or form excite the prejudice of the community against any portion of the citizens of said , for evil purposes, he, she, or they, shall be deemed disturbers of the peace, and upon conviction before the Mayor, or Municipal Court, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned six months, or both, at the discretion of said Mayor or Court.
“Sec. 2 Be it further ordained, that nothing in the foregoing section shall be so construed as to interfere with the right of any person to be tried by a jury of his vicinage, with the freedom of speech, or the liberty of the press, according to the most liberal meaning of the constitution, the dignity of freemen, the voice of truth, and the rules of virtue.
“Sec. 3 And be it further ordained, that this ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.
“Passed, June 10th., 1844
, President pro tem.”
, Recorder”
I also insert a brief synopsis of the proceedings of the City Council of the City of , relative to the destruction of the press and fixtures of the “Nauvoo Expositor”.
City Council, Regular Session,
June 8th, 1844.
“In connection with other business, as stated in last week’s paper, the [HC 6:434] Mayor remarked, that he believed it generally the case that when a man goes to law, he has an unjust cause, and wants to go before some one who wants business, and that he had very few cases on his docket, and referring to , editor of the Nauvoo Expositor, suggested the propriety of first purging the City Council; and referring to the character of the paper and proprietors, called up , a mechanic, who being sworn, said that the Laws, ( and ), had brought Bogus Dies to him to fix.
“Councilor enquired what good , and his , and the Higbee’s, and Laws, had ever done; while his brother Joseph was under arrest from the persecution, the Laws, and , would have been rid<​den​> on a rail if he had not stepped forward to prevent it, on account of their oppressping the poor.
“Mayor said, while he was under arrest by writ from , pursued him for $40,00 he was owing , and it took the last expense money he had [p. 75]
June 10 they would break; and some of them drew up and voted for the very ordinances they are striving to use as a ‘scare crow’ to frighten the surrounding country in rebellion, mobbing and war; and whereas, while the blood of [HC 6:433] our brethren from wells, holes, and naked prairies, and the ravishment of female virtue from , and the smoke from the altars of infamy, prostituted by , and continued in the full tide of experiment and disgraceful damnation, by the very self called fragments of a body of degraded men that have got up a press in , to destroy the charter of the ; to destroy Mormonism, men, women, and children, as did, by force of arms; by fostering laws that emanate from corruption, and betray with a Kiss; wherefore to honor the State of , and those patriots who gave the charter, and for the benefit, convenience, health, and happiness of said :
“Sec. 1 Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of , that if any person or persons shall write or publish in said , any false statement, or libel any of the citizens, for the purpose of exciting the public mind against the chartered privileges, peace, and good order of said , or shall slander, (according to the definition of slander or libel by Blackstone or Kent, or the act in the statute of ,) any portion of the inhabitants of said , or bribe any portion of the citizens of said for malicious purposes, or in any manner or form excite the prejudice of the community against any portion of the citizens of said , for evil purposes, he, she, or they, shall be deemed disturbers of the peace, and upon conviction before the Mayor, or Municipal Court, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, or imprisoned six months, or both, at the discretion of said Mayor or Court.
“Sec. 2 Be it further ordained, that nothing in the foregoing section shall be so construed as to interfere with the right of any person to be tried by a jury of his vicinage, with the freedom of speech, or the liberty of the press, according to the most liberal meaning of the constitution, the dignity of freemen, the voice of truth, and the rules of virtue.
“Sec. 3 And be it further ordained, that this ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage.
“Passed, June 10th., 1844
, President pro tem.”
, Recorder”
I also insert a brief synopsis of the proceedings of the City Council of the City of , relative to the destruction of the press and fixtures of the “Nauvoo Expositor”.
City Council, Regular Session,
June 8th, 1844.
“In connection with other business, as stated in last week’s paper, the [HC 6:434] Mayor remarked, that he believed it generally the case that when a man goes to law, he has an unjust cause, and wants to go before some one who wants business, and that he had very few cases on his docket, and referring to , editor of the Nauvoo Expositor, suggested the propriety of first purging the City Council; and referring to the character of the paper and proprietors, called up , a mechanic, who being sworn, said that the Laws, ( and ), had brought Bogus Dies to him to fix.
“Councilor enquired what good , and his , and the Higbee’s, and Laws, had ever done; while his brother Joseph was under arrest from the persecution, the Laws, and , would have been ridden on a rail if he had not stepped forward to prevent it, on account of their oppressping the poor.
“Mayor said, while he was under arrest by writ from , pursued him for $40,00 he was owing , and it took the last expense money he had [p. 75]
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