Proclamation, 11 June 1844, John McEwan Copy

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Proclamation.
By virtue of my office as Mayor of the city of , I do hereby Strickly 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 city “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 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 [p. [1]]
Proclamation.
By virtue of my office as Mayor of the city of , I do hereby Strickly 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 city “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 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 [p. [1]]
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