Minutes, 13 May 1844

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Monday May 13th. 1844 2 o clock P.M. Meeting called by the Chairman
2 Letters from E[lde]r dated at April 25th. & 26th. 1844 were read. In the letters he stated that he had agreed to leave the clause appointing president “Joseph Smith a member of the army[”] stricken out in order to get the document through. <​(See after minutes of May 31st. 1844)​>
did not know what course to pursue.
wanted our delegation at instructed to press our memorial though Congress as fast as possible without any alteration, and we would continue our petitions [p. [243]] to Congress untill they indemnified us for our losses in .
He motioned that our delegates at be instructed to press our Memorials without alteration or or interlineation &c.
The motion was seconded by who concurred in observations.
said there was nothing unconstitutional in Congress making General Smith a general in the army.
spake.
proposed that be instructed to propose to the senate to pass the memorial. [p. [244]]
The chairman observed he would not wish to be connected with a counsel who would tamely sit and see any member’s rights trampled upon.
The 3rd. Section of the chairmans memorial was read and s suggestions re-read.
The chairman suggested that meant that a man would could not be appointed a member of the army by Congress, but the appointment is by the people. Whereas all that is asked is to sanction the commission already granted, & explained
read from the constitution, and said, if we had sent to Congress for an unconstitutional act, [p. [245]] most likely they would have granted it. We want the whole bill or nothing We feel indignant that any man should offer to strike out any part of our memorial, and wanted a rebuke sent on to .
said that in the war they took private citizens and made generals of them, and it was not unconstitutional.
Er proposed that if the bill could be passed by striking out of the bill, “United States army &c” it would be better to pass it.
The chairman said if they would not pass the bill with the clause they would not pass it without. It was [p. [246]] not the business of a delegate to alter a memorial. Congress is bound to pass for what the delegatio[n] of go for.—
suggested that wanted to go to and be president and Joseph go as prophet super numerary, and then it would all be right and constitutional.
27 members present. All voted to carry motion to instruct our Delegates to carry all Memorials through Congress without alteration. and was appointed to write the letter.
Er said there was policy in people being crafty. Politicians work [p. [247]] for money. Let the President pass the Memorial out of policy for his own Election.
said he was willing to go in the morning.
The chairman stated that to obtain any thing at Congress you must command them as the sovereign people.
Er & were then appointed to go to with dispatches.
Ers , and were appointed a committee of arrangements for the Convention
The Council then adjourned at 4 ½ P. M. [p. [248]]
The following is <​a copy of​> the letter sent to Er , to wit
Council chamber
May 13th. 1844
Messrs &
Sirs, s Letters dated at April 25 & 26 are received. The council conversed immediately and after hearing said letters expressed by speech and vote their decided dis-approbation and indignation at the course pursued by in his conversation with in proposing to erace that portion of the memorial relative to Mr Smith’s being constituted a “member of the Army”
The council were surprised at [p. [249]]
such conduct after all that was said to before his departure. To throw away that one item, is to throw away the whole Memorial. And the delegation from at are instructed by the Council to push the Memorials through Congress Unaltered, or die in the attempt.
If is so ignorant as to suppose that Congress has not the power to grant such a memorial.— He has no need to suppose for a moment that we are such fools that we do not know better. We know that Congress has the right and the power and they shall grant it unaltered or refuse, and they can act their [p. [250]]
pleasure which they do.
It is an insult to their constituents for the representatives or Senators of to propose such amendments or raise such foolish, childish, ignorant and cowardly objections as referred to in s Letters, and all Representatives and Senators who do not use their influence as is their duty to do to pass the Memorials unaltered shall be politically damned. We do thank for what he has done. It is now time for him and Congress to awake, and learn that the people are the sovereigns and Congress as their servants are <​is​> bound to obey. Neither shall we stop to enquire of Congress what is [p. [251]]
popular or unpopular, but we will tell them what is right and what is wrong; and if they will not make right popular, we will turn them out, and put men there who will.
Messrs and are delegated by the Council, to carry this letter to and assist the Delegation from already there.
By order of the Council
, Secy.
Messrs &)
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