Minutes, 1 July 1844, as Reported by Thomas Bullock

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July 1. 1844— 4 P. M.
At a Public meeting convened at the , to take into consideration the present prospect of peace called the congregation to order— and requested of the people that as we had heretofore <​been​> noted for keeping good order, that we should this evening continue the same and after a few remarks Dr. read a communication to the City Council of the City of from Coll. Hart Fellowes and Captain — he then read a letter from to those Gentleman— after which, the resolutions which had been passed by the City Council this afternoon— to each of the resolutions the people responded with a hearty “Amen”. he also stated the substance of a letter received from Esqre. on the subject of peace, and another from Messrs. Conyers [Enoch Conyer] and [John] Wood— to which communications the City Council had appointed an Agent to make the necessary arrangements in regard to the “Nauvoo Expositor” printing press.
having been introduced to the multitude stated that he felt rejoiced “at the calmness that is existing among you at the present time— I came here by the orders of the , in order that the blessings of peace and harmony may be restored to and to — I can bear testimony of your usual good order, good behavior, and good conduct— there are rumors abroad which are against you, that you were about to do that which the Law did not approve of— it is quite unnecessary for me to touch on the shocking occurrences that have taken place at , during the last week— I have not met with any one man, woman or child out of the place where the disaffected are, but who expressed great indignation of what has taken place— the Constitution guarantees to all, the right of worshipping God according to the dictates of their own consciences— and I know you seek justice— and not revenge— justice should exist, and does exist in every free Government— but it will not exist when carried away by a mob— as soon as peace is restored, when there is not excitement, justice shall take place— I know that will bring to Justice the Assassins, and I am sure you want no more than justice— I advise all of you as a religious people, be cool, [p. [1]]— be calm— be religious— be good Citizens, and you will have God, and all good Citizens towards you— the report I make, will go to all the world, and I know there will be nothing discreditable to you, but every thing as good Citizens— I say in the presence of God, I believe has the best of good opinions towards you— and is determined to have good Government, and if necessary, will have out the entire military of the — the will be with you, and every thing will be with you— I shall tell them the same things, that I now tell you, at tomorrow— we have no distinction among any religion— whether it be Mormon, or Methodist,— or whatever it may be called— the will enforce good law— good order— and if you, or , or are the offenders— they will be punished— the difficulties you now labor under will be at end— justice will be done to the aggressors— I rejoice to see you as you are— and you, and all the people of will be at peace—
Coll. Fellowes rose and said he confirmed every sentence, that has been made to you by , and it shall be reported to the
again rose and called upon the assemblage to continue in peace, to exercise good will, and forbearance— think three times before you speak once— and he then proposed a vote of thanks to Messrs. & Fellowes which was given unanimously—
again rose and said that he felt an interest in endeavoring to preserve the peace, and thanked the people for their kindness
rose to state that the people had been hindered from working on the — and to shew that they were determined on peace— that they should commence again tomorrow laying the stones of the — and called upon all who could assist, to come and help— and as far as the temple committee had means they would distribute it— he hoped that those who could bring them provisions, would in order to help them— and let us shew to all the world that we desire peace
A vote of thanks was then unanimously given to Messrs. Wood and Conyers— for their endeavors to promote peace— also to and <​who were true patriots​> for their assistance [p. [2]] as Counsel for <​the deceased​> Generals Joseph & which was also give unanimously— also an unanimous vote of thanks to Mr. Field Editor of the “Reveille”, and to Mr. Chambers Editor of the “Republican” Papers, published in
rose to express his gratitude for the kind disposition, which had been shewn to him for his labors in behalf of Generals Joseph Smith & and said that as he had expressed his opinions before, that he now felt just the same as he did then— and rose to the same effect—
Mr. Chambers said I am a Stranger among you— and the vote of thanks was quite unexpected to me— the press being one of the Engines by which information is given to the people— I came here for the purpose of satisfying myself as to the truth of the reports which I had heard— I am free to acknowledge that I have received more courtesy than I expected— when I get home I shall try to give a correct version of the occurrences— and if I make any error, I shall feel thankful for you to correct me— I have mingled with Citizens on both sides the in order to learn the truth— you being a sect of different opinions to others I take no exceptions to your opinions— you stand in a different situation than others do— for you believe honestly and sincerely, the things which you profess— there are men living, who are not actuated by the purest of motive, and if they can bring you into a collision they will— they will bring a solitary individual into trouble— the pressing necessities of the Mormons at this time ought to make them extremely cautious of their words, and actions— they should not allow their opponents even a shadow to hang upon— there are men around you who would drag you into the vortex of destruction— guard yourselves, and may God guard your lives— the wronged should always awaken the sympathy of the people— I am on the side of the oppressed— when I return to I shall give a true account of what I have seen—
Mr. Field said you have shewn unusual courtesy towards me— in all I have met or seen and known— I confess I return to completely altered in my opinion of you as a people— he was so much affected by the occurrences <​that had taken place​> that he had a difficulty in speaking— there was not a heart who <​that​> did not rejoice— nor an eye that did not [p. [3]] glisten with joy— as each speaker addressed the multitude— at the prospect that is now lying before them of peace and tranquility being once more restored to the City of — and as each speaker concluded his address, drew from them an unanimous expression of assent and delight at what they had heard—
 
July 1. 1844— 4 P. M
minutes of a Public meeting— [p. [4]]

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    Docket in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.