Mayor’s Order to Henry G. Sherwood, 8 December 1843

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State of Illinois)
City of )
To the of said Greeting:—
Whereas complaint has been made to me upon oath, that some persons have been kidnapped by the Missourians in connection with some of the lawless inhabitants of , and that th[r]eats have been made that some of the citizens of , will be ki[d]napped or arrested and forcibly carried <​away from said ​> without being allowed the benefit of the write of Hab[e]as Corpus, according to the ordinance in such case made and provided, you will therefore take the necessary measures to have the rights of the citizens of this held sacred, and the ordinances of said duly carried into full force and effect; To which end, if you <​should you​> judge that the peace and safety of this required it, you are further notifed to call for a suitable portion of the Nauvoo Legion to be in complete readiness to compel obedience to the ordinances of said .
Given under my hand, <​and seal​> this 8 day of December, 1843.
Joseph Smith L. S.
Mayor
By Clerk M.C. [p. [1]]
State of Illinois)
City of )
To the of said Greeting:—
Whereas complaint has been made to me upon oath, that some persons have been kidnapped by the Missourians in connection with some of the lawless inhabitants of , and that threats have been made that some of the citizens of , will be kidnapped or arrested and forcibly carried away from said without being allowed the benefit of the writ of Habeas Corpus, according to the ordinance in such case made and provided, you will therefore take the necessary measures to have the rights of the citizens of this held sacred, and the ordinances of said duly carried into full force and effect; To which end, should you judge that the peace and safety of this required it, you are further notifed to call for a suitable portion of the Nauvoo Legion to be in complete readiness to compel obedience to the ordinances of said .
Given under my hand, and seal this 8 day of December, 1843.
Joseph Smith L. S.
Mayor
By Clerk M.C. [p. [1]]
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