Discourse, 18 June 1844, as Reported by William Clayton

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Genl. J. Smith addressed the multitude. He briefly explained the object of the mob and showed that they waged a war of extermination upon us because of our religin He called upon all the volunteers who felt to support the constitution from the to the Atlantic Ocean to come with their arms, ammunition & provisions to defend us from the mob & defend the constitution. He called upon them as the Lieutenant General of the and Militia in the name of the Constitution of the the people of the State of and the citizens of He called upon the Citizens to defend the lives of their wives & children, fathers [p. [5]] and mothers, brothers & sisters from being murdered by the mob. He urged them in strong terms not to shed innocent blood.— not to act in the least on the offensive but invariably in the defensive and if we die— die like men of God and secure a glorious resurrection— He concluded by invoking the Great God to bless the people.—
After the address the companies marched back to the parade ground— he at their head but after a very short stay returned. In the above address he advised all to arm themselves. those who had no rifles, get swords, scyths and make weapons of some kind He informed them that he had 5000 Elders minute men who would come with volunteers as soon as he would inform them. He said there were many from waiting to come when requested [p. [6]]