Preamble and Resolutions, 13 January 1845, Draft

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It is with feelings of deep & inexpressible regret that we learn that the inhabitants of various parts of this are seeking to accumulate all the real & supposed crimes of the Mormon community <​whole community​> for the secret or ostensible purpose of raising a tide of influence against the <​Mormon​> community that shall sweep us <​them​> into irrecoverable ruin. This course of conduct originating with our mortal enemies & gathering in its wake other men that would shudder revolt at the idea of lending a hand to oppress a long abused people that are Struggling against foes within & foes without; is at the present, almost insupportable <​to our feelings​>. We have scarcily laid by our mourning weeds for murdered men whom we promptly surrendered up to the State of for an equitable trial. And now, we see in embryo another campaign to spill yet more blood & effect an utter extermination & massacre. We sought to rid our of Counterfeiters, & black legs who in connection with our foes without, had established a press printing press of unparalleled rancour & malignity. But our efforts to obtain freedom from such vicious monsters cost us much tribulation & precious blood. The impunity thus far granted the murderers by the Senate & <​other authorities​> executive of the State of has emboldened them & their apologies to set on foot a series of <​other​> exciting causes that <​they​> hoped will either destroy this community or prevent their criminals from being brought to punishment. We have not so much fear that our enemies will suceed in their fiendish designs against us as we have that the peace & good order of this <​the​> <​people of this​> will be disturbed, and fearful anarchy & bloody misrule will ensue among those who listen to & countenance the full designs of those who are getting <​Stealing​> from quiet citizens of the and palming upon them a spurious & false curring and chargeing to the mormons their own crimes. If they shal [p. [1]]
It is with feelings of deep & inexpressible regret that we learn that the inhabitants of various parts of this are seeking to accumulate all the real & supposed crimes of the whole community for the secret or ostensible purpose of raising a tide of influence against the Mormon community that shall sweep them into irrecoverable ruin. This course of conduct originating with our mortal enemies & gathering in its wake other men that would revolt at the idea of lending a hand to oppress a long abused people that are Struggling against foes within & foes without; is at the present, almost insupportable to our feelings. We have scarcily laid by our mourning weeds for murdered men whom we promptly surrendered up to the State of for an equitable trial. And now, we see in embryo another campaign to spill yet more blood & effect an utter extermination & massacre. We sought to rid our of Counterfeiters, & black legs who in connection with our foes without, had established a printing press of unparalleled rancour & malignity. But our efforts to obtain freedom from such vicious monsters cost us much tribulation & precious blood. The impunity thus far granted the murderers by the Senate & other authorities of the State of has emboldened them & their apologies to set on foot a series of other exciting causes that they hope will either destroy this community or prevent the criminals from being brought to punishment. We have not so much fear that our enemies will suceed in their fiendish designs against us as we have that the peace & good order of the people of this will be disturbed, and fearful anarchy & bloody misrule will ensue among those who listen to & countenance the full designs of those who are Stealing from quiet citizens of the and palming upon them a spurious & false curring and chargeing to the mormons their own crimes. If they shal [p. [1]]
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