Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 3 February 1841–8 February 1845

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Ordinance, 10 June 1844
An ordinance concerning Libels, and for other purposes
Whereas the Saints in all ages of the world, have suffered persecution and death, by wicked and corrupt men under the garb of a more holy appearance of religion; and whereas the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from the moment that its first “truth sprang out of the Earth” till now, has been persecuted with death, destruction and extermination; And whereas men, to fulfill the Scriptures, that a man’s enemies are they of his own household, have turned traitors in the Church and combined and leagued with the most corrupt scoundrels and villains that disgrace the Earth unhung, for the heaven daring and damnable purpose of revenge on account of disappointed lust, disappointed projects of speculation, fraud, and unlawful designs. to rob and plunder mankind with impunity, and whereas such wicked and corrupt men have greatly facilitated their unlawful designs; horrid intentions and murderous plans by polluting, degrading and converting the blessings and utility of the press, to the sin smoking and blood stained ruin of innocent communities, by publishing lies, false statements; coloring the truth, slandering men, women, children, societies, and countries, by polishing the characters of black legs, highwaymen and murderers, as virtuous. And— whereas a horrid, bloody, secret plan, upheld, sanctioned, and largely patronized by men, in and out of it, who boast that all they want is for the word “go”, to exterminate or ruin the Latter day Saints, is, for them to do “one” unlawful act, and the work shall be done, is now fostered, cherished, and maturing in , by men too, who helped to obtain the very charter 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 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 [p. 210]
Ordinance, 10 June 1844
An ordinance concerning Libels, and for other purposes
Whereas the Saints in all ages of the world, have suffered persecution and death, by wicked and corrupt men under the garb of a more holy appearance of religion; and whereas the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from the moment that its first “truth sprang out of the Earth” till now, has been persecuted with death, destruction and extermination; And whereas men, to fulfill the Scriptures, that a man’s enemies are they of his own household, have turned traitors in the Church and combined and leagued with the most corrupt scoundrels and villains that disgrace the Earth unhung, for the heaven daring and damnable purpose of revenge on account of disappointed lust, disappointed projects of speculation, fraud, and unlawful designs. to rob and plunder mankind with impunity, and whereas such wicked and corrupt men have greatly facilitated their unlawful designs; horrid intentions and murderous plans by polluting, degrading and converting the blessings and utility of the press, to the sin smoking and blood stained ruin of innocent communities, by publishing lies, false statements; coloring the truth, slandering men, women, children, societies, and countries, by polishing the characters of black legs, highwaymen and murderers, as virtuous. And— whereas a horrid, bloody, secret plan, upheld, sanctioned, and largely patronized by men, in and out of it, who boast that all they want is for the word “go”, to exterminate or ruin the Latter day Saints, is, for them to do “one” unlawful act, and the work shall be done, is now fostered, cherished, and maturing in , by men too, who helped to obtain the very charter 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 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 [p. 210]
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