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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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consider embrace this part of your request. The “Words, or other emergencies,” in our Militia law seem quite broad, but the immergency to come within the object of that provision should be of a public nature. Your case is certainly a very emergent one, and the consequenses as important to your society as if the war had been waged against the whole , yet the public has no other interest in it than that the laws be faithfully executed, this far, I presume the whole community feel a deep interest, for that which is the case of the Mormons of to day, may be the case of the Catholics tomorow, & and after them any other sect that may become obnoctious, to a majority of the people of any Section of the . So far as a faithful of the laws are concerned, the Executive is disposed to do every thing consistent with the means furnished him by the Legislature, and I think, I may safely say, the same of the Judiciary.
As now advised I am of opinion that a Military guard will be nescessary to protect the witnesses and officers of the Court, and to assist in the execution of its orders while sittin[g] in , By this mail I write to embracing him an order and the of the “Liberty Blues.” requiring the to comply with the requisition of the Circuit Attorney in protecting the Court and officers, and executing their precepts and orders, during the process of the trials. Under the protection of this guard, your people can if they [p. 53]
consider embrace this part of your request. The “Words, or other emergencies,” in our Militia law seem quite broad, but the immergency to come within the object of that provision should be of a public nature. Your case is certainly a very emergent one, and the consequenses as important to your society as if the war had been waged against the whole , yet the public has no other interest in it than that the laws be faithfully executed, this far, I presume the whole community feel a deep interest, for that which is the case of the Mormons of to day, may be the case of the Catholics tomorow, & and after them any other sect that may become obnoctious, to a majority of the people of any Section of the . So far as a faithful of the laws are concerned, the Executive is disposed to do every thing consistent with the means furnished him by the Legislature, and I think, I may safely say, the same of the Judiciary.
As now advised I am of opinion that a Military guard will be nescessary to protect the witnesses and officers of the Court, and to assist in the execution of its orders while sitting in , By this mail I write to embracing him an order and the of the “Liberty Blues.” requiring the to comply with the requisition of the Circuit Attorney in protecting the Court and officers, and executing their precepts and orders, during the process of the trials. Under the protection of this guard, your people can if they [p. 53]
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