Letter to Thomas Ford, 14 June 1844

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June 14, 1844.
His Excellency .
Sir— I write you this morning, briefly to inform you of the facts relative to the removal of the press and fixtures of the “Nauvoo Expositor[”] as a nuisance,
The 8th. and 10th. instant were spent by the city council of in receiving testimony concerning the character of the Expositor, and the character and designs of the proprietors.
In the investigation it appeared evident to the council that the proprietors were a set of unprincipled men, lawless, debouchees, counterfeiters, Bogus Makers, Gamblers, peace disturbers, and that the grand object of said proprietors was to destroy our constitutional rights and chartered privileges;.) to overthrow all good and wholesome regulations in society; to strengthen themselves against the Municipality; to fortify themselves against, Against the church of which I am a member and destroy all our religious rights and privileges, by libels, slanders, falsehoods, perjury, sticking at no corruption to accomplish their hellish purposes. And that said paper of itself was libelous of the deepest dye, and very injurious as a vehicle of defamation,— tending to corrupt the morals, and disturb the peace, tranquillity and happiness of the whole community, and especially that of .
After a long and patient investigation of the character of the Expositor, and the characters and designs of its proprietors there of.— the constitution, the charter. [p. [1]] (see adenda, to Nauvoo charter from the charter, Sec 7) and all the best authorities on the subject, (see Blackstone III, 5. and n. &c &c);
The city council decided that it was necessary for the “peace, benefit, good order, and regulations” of said . “and for the protection of property” and for “the happiness and prosperity of the citizens of ” that said Expositor should be removed; and, declaring said Expositor a nuisance, ordered the Mayor— to cause them to be removed without delay, which order was committed to the Marshall, by due process, and by him executed the same day by removing the paper, press, and fixtures into the streets, and burning the same, all which was done without riot, noise, tumult, or confusion, as has already be[en] proved before the municipality of the , and the particulars of the whole transactions may be expected in our next “Nauvoo Neighbor.”
I send you this hasty sketch that your may be aware of the lying reports that are now being circulated by our enemies,— that there has been a “mob at ” “and blood and thunderand “swearing that two men were killed” &c &c as we hear from abroad,— are false,— false as Satan himself could invest [invent], and that nothing has been transacted here but what has been in perfect accordance with the strictest principles of law and good [p. [2]] order, on the part of the authorities of this ,— and if your is not satisfied, and shall not be Satisfied, after reading the whole proceedings which will be forth coming soon, and shall demand an investigation of our municipality before or any legal tribunal at the Capital, you have only to write your wishes— and we will be forth Coming; we will not trouble you to fill a writ or send an officer <​for us.​>
I remain as ever a friend to truth, good order And your s. humble Sevt
Joseph Smith
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His Excellency
— Govr.
Illinois—
 
Politness of Mr S. James)
Special Messenger)
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