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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 11​> enjoin it upon the Municipal Officers and Citizens of said , to use all honorable and lawful means in their power to assist me in maintaining the public peace and common quiet of said . As attempts have already been made to excite the jealousy and prejudice of the people of the surrounding country, by libels and slanderous articles upon the citizens and City Council, for the purpose of destroying the ‘Charter’ of said , and for the purpose of raising suspicion, wrath, and indignation among a certain class of the less honorable portion of mankind, to commit acts of violence upon the innocent and unsuspecting, in a certain newspaper called the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’, recently established for such purposes in said , and which has been destroyed as a nuisance according to the provisions of the Charter, I further call upon every Officer, authority, and citizen, to be vigilant in preventing by wisdom, the promulgation of false statements, libels, slanders, or any other malicious or evil designed concern that may be put in operation to excite and ferment the passions of men to rebel against the rights and privileges of the , Citizens, or laws of the land; to be ready to suppress the gathering of mobs; to repel, by gentle means and noble exertion, every foul scheme of unprincipled men, to disgrace and dishonor the , or , or any of their legally constituted authorities: and finally to keep the peace by being cool, considerate, virtuous, unoffending, manly, and patriotic, as the true sons of liberty ever have been; and honorably maintain the precious boon our illustrious fathers won:
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Corporation at the City of , this 11th day of June, 1844.
L. S.
Joseph Smith, Mayor.”
I had an interview with Elder out of doors, and then returned home to dinner.
At 2 P. M, I went into Court— many people were present; I talked an hour or two on passing events, the mob [HC 6:449] party &c, and told the people I was ready to fight if the Mob compelled me to; for I would not be in bondage. I asked the assembly if they would stand by me, and they cried “yes” from all quarters. I then returned home.
The issued a summons for to attend the City Council on the second Saturday in July at 10 A. M., to answer charges then and there to be preferred against him for slandering the City Council.
came to me at my room as I was talking to my brother , Eaton, Bonney, and others, and read the following letter:—
, Illinois, June 6th, 1844.
“Gen. Joseph Smith or ,
Gentn.,
I arrived at this place on yesterday safe and sound, in company with Major Smith, who is in good health, and wishes to be remembered to you and all his friends.
“I have just learned that , the individual who figured so large at , is about to present the case, or his case, before the Grand Jury at this place; this is to inform you of the fact, that you may take the necessary precaution, or do what you think advisable in the case. From what I can gather, you are all to be indicted who were present in the case according to the law <​of the City​> of .
“I remain a friend to humanity, ‘equal rights’, and justices to all Mankind,
.
“P. S. I have just learned that Elder Wright is in this place, and shall put this in his [p. 86]
June 11 enjoin it upon the Municipal Officers and Citizens of said , to use all honorable and lawful means in their power to assist me in maintaining the public peace and common quiet of said . As attempts have already been made to excite the jealousy and prejudice of the people of the surrounding country, by libels and slanderous articles upon the citizens and City Council, for the purpose of destroying the ‘Charter’ of said , and for the purpose of raising suspicion, wrath, and indignation among a certain class of the less honorable portion of mankind, to commit acts of violence upon the innocent and unsuspecting, in a certain newspaper called the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’, recently established for such purposes in said , and which has been destroyed as a nuisance according to the provisions of the Charter, I further call upon every Officer, authority, and citizen, to be vigilant in preventing by wisdom, the promulgation of false statements, libels, slanders, or any other malicious or evil designed concern that may be put in operation to excite and ferment the passions of men to rebel against the rights and privileges of the , Citizens, or laws of the land; to be ready to suppress the gathering of mobs; to repel, by gentle means and noble exertion, every foul scheme of unprincipled men, to disgrace and dishonor the , or , or any of their legally constituted authorities: and finally to keep the peace by being cool, considerate, virtuous, unoffending, manly, and patriotic, as the true sons of liberty ever have been; and honorably maintain the precious boon our illustrious fathers won:
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Corporation at the City of , this 11th day of June, 1844.
L. S.
Joseph Smith, Mayor.”
I had an interview with Elder out of doors, and then returned home to dinner.
At 2 P. M, I went into Court— many people were present; I talked an hour or two on passing events, the mob [HC 6:449] party &c, and told the people I was ready to fight if the Mob compelled me to; for I would not be in bondage. I asked the assembly if they would stand by me, and they cried “yes” from all quarters. I then returned home.
The issued a summons for to attend the City Council on the second Saturday in July at 10 A. M., to answer charges then and there to be preferred against him for slandering the City Council.
came to me at my room as I was talking to my brother , Eaton, Bonney, and others, and read the following letter:—
, Illinois, June 6th, 1844.
“Gen. Joseph Smith or ,
Gentn.,
I arrived at this place on yesterday safe and sound, in company with Major Smith, who is in good health, and wishes to be remembered to you and all his friends.
“I have just learned that , the individual who figured so large at , is about to present the case, or his case, before the Grand Jury at this place; this is to inform you of the fact, that you may take the necessary precaution, or do what you think advisable in the case. From what I can gather, you are all to be indicted who were present in the case according to the law of the City of .
“I remain a friend to humanity, ‘equal rights’, and justices to all Mankind,
.
“P. S. I have just learned that Elder Wright is in this place, and shall put this in his [p. 86]
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