Proclamation, 16 June 1844

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Proclamation.
Mayors Office, , June 16, 1844.
As there are a number of statements in circulation which have for their object, the injury of the “Latter day Saints,” all of which are false and prompted by blackhearted villians: I therefore deem it my duty to disabuse the public mind in regard to them, and to give a plain statement of facts which have taken place in the within a few days past, and, which has brought upon us the displeasure of the unprincipled and the uninformed, and seems to afford an opportunity to our enemies, to unite and arouse themselves to mob; and already they have commenced their hellish operations by driving a few defenceless Mormons from their houses and homes in the vicinity of and .
A short time since a press was started in this which had for its object the destruction of the institutions of the , both civil and religious: its proprietors are a set of unprincipled scoundrels who attempted in every possible way to defame the character of the most virtuous of our community, and change our peaceful and prosperous into a place as evil and polluted as their own black hearts. To rid the of a paper so filthy and pestilential as this, become the duty of every good citizen, who loves good order and morality; a complaint was made before the City Council, and after a full and impartial investigation it was voted—without one dissenting voice, a public NUISANCE, and to be immediately destroyed; the peace and happiness of the place demanded it, the virtue of our wives and daughters demanded, and our consciences demanded it at our hands as consevators of the public peace. That we acted right in this matter we have the assurance of one of the ablest expounders of the laws of England, viz: Blackstone— the constitution of the State of , and our own chartered rights. If then our charter gives us the power to decide what shall be a nuisance and cause it to be removed, where is the offence? What law is violated? If then no law has been violated, why this ridiculous excitement and bandying with lawless ruffians to destroy the happiness of a people whose religious motto is “peace and good will toward all men?”
Our is infested with a set of blacklegs, counterfeiters and debauchees, and that the proprietors of this press were of that class, the minutes of the Municipal Court fully testify, and in ridding our young and flourishing of such characters, we are abused by not only villainous demagogues, but by some who from their station and influence in society, ought rather to raise than depress the standard of a human excellence. We have no disturbance or excitement among us, save what is made by the thousand and one idle rumors afloat in the country. Every one is protected in his person and property, and but few cities of a population of twenty thousand people, in the , hath less of dissipation or vice of any kind, than the city of .
Of the correctness of our conduct in this affair, we appeal to every high court in the , and to its ordeal we are willing to appear at any time that His Excellency, shall please to call us before it. I therefore, in behalf of the Municpal Court of , warn the lawless, not to be precipitate in any interference in our affairs, for as sure as there is a God in Israel, we shall ride triumphant over all oppression.
JOSEPH SMITH, Mayor [p. [3]]
Proclamation.
Mayors Office, , June 16, 1844.
As there are a number of statements in circulation which have for their object, the injury of the “Latter day Saints,” all of which are false and prompted by blackhearted villians: I therefore deem it my duty to disabuse the public mind in regard to them, and to give a plain statement of facts which have taken place in the within a few days past, and, which has brought upon us the displeasure of the unprincipled and the uninformed, and seems to afford an opportunity to our enemies, to unite and arouse themselves to mob; and already they have commenced their hellish operations by driving a few defenceless Mormons from their houses and homes in the vicinity of and .
A short time since a press was started in this which had for its object the destruction of the institutions of the , both civil and religious: its proprietors are a set of unprincipled scoundrels who attempted in every possible way to defame the character of the most virtuous of our community, and change our peaceful and prosperous into a place as evil and polluted as their own black hearts. To rid the of a paper so filthy and pestilential as this, become the duty of every good citizen, who loves good order and morality; a complaint was made before the City Council, and after a full and impartial investigation it was voted—without one dissenting voice, a public NUISANCE, and to be immediately destroyed; the peace and happiness of the place demanded it, the virtue of our wives and daughters demanded, and our consciences demanded it at our hands as consevators of the public peace. That we acted right in this matter we have the assurance of one of the ablest expounders of the laws of England, viz: Blackstone— the constitution of the State of , and our own chartered rights. If then our charter gives us the power to decide what shall be a nuisance and cause it to be removed, where is the offence? What law is violated? If then no law has been violated, why this ridiculous excitement and bandying with lawless ruffians to destroy the happiness of a people whose religious motto is “peace and good will toward all men?”
Our is infested with a set of blacklegs, counterfeiters and debauchees, and that the proprietors of this press were of that class, the minutes of the Municipal Court fully testify, and in ridding our young and flourishing of such characters, we are abused by not only villainous demagogues, but by some who from their station and influence in society, ought rather to raise than depress the standard of a human excellence. We have no disturbance or excitement among us, save what is made by the thousand and one idle rumors afloat in the country. Every one is protected in his person and property, and but few cities of a population of twenty thousand people, in the , hath less of dissipation or vice of any kind, than the city of .
Of the correctness of our conduct in this affair, we appeal to every high court in the , and to its ordeal we are willing to appear at any time that His Excellency, shall please to call us before it. I therefore, in behalf of the Municpal Court of , warn the lawless, not to be precipitate in any interference in our affairs, for as sure as there is a God in Israel, we shall ride triumphant over all oppression.
JOSEPH SMITH, Mayor [p. [3]]
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