Minutes, 26 March 1844

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Tuesday March 26th. 1844 9 o clock A.M. The Council met pursuant to adjournment and opened by singing, and prayer by E[lde]r . After which the roll was called and the minutes of the last council read and accepted.
President Joseph Smith in the chair
The chairman then introduced the following persons for admission into the council viz; Uncle , , , , , , , and and gave a short history of what had been done previously by the council pertaining [p. [51]] to missions &c for the benifit of those who had not previously attended council He also gave some instructions pertaining to the kingdom of God. In his remarks he referred to the conduct of .
The brethren proposed for admission each spake their feelings & their determination to abide by the order of the council. referred to the course he had taken with and the feeling he had for him inasmuch as he was the one who baptized him. He felt unwilling to give him up, but would not sanction nor coincide with his treachery and opposition to Prest. Smith A motion was made that the above brethren be received which was carried unanimously. [p. [52]]
Prest. J. Smith continued his instructions on heavenly things and many other important subjects.
The Those brethren who were admitted members took their seats in order.
The title of the Council was read to the new members and unanimously accepted.
Er , asked some furthr information concerning s mission and whether he should take with him anyone from .
Er explained some of the difficulties and sufferings of such a mission and asked instruction.
The Chairman replied and gave the instructions.
On motion the committee appointed [p. [53]] at the last council to draught a memorial to send to congress made report and by their clerk read the said memorial to the council as follows.
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the , in Congress assembled.
Your memorialist, a free born citizen of these , respectfully sheweth, that, from his infancy his soul has been filled with the most intense and philanthropic interest for the welfare of his native country; and being fired with an ardor, which floods cannot quench, crowns cannot conquer, nor diplomatic intrigue corrupt, to see those principles, which emanated from the bosoms of [p. [54]]
the fathers of seventy six; and which cost the noblest talents, and richest blood of the nation, maintained inviolate, and perpetuated to future generations; and the proud eagle of American freedom soar triumphant over every party prejudice, and local sinistry; and spread her golden pinions over every member of the human family, who shall stretch forth their hands for succor from the Lions paw, or the oppressors grasp: and firmly trusting in the God of Liberty, that he has designed universal peace and good will, union and brotherly love to all the great family of man, Your memorialist asks your honorable body to pass the following, ordinance
An Ordinance for the protection [p. [55]]
of the citizens of the emigrating to the adjoining territories, and for the extension of the principles of universal Liberty.
Whereas many of the citizens of these have migrated, and are migrating to , and other lands contiguous to this nation; And whereas has declared herself free and independant, without the necessary power to protect her rights and liberties: And whereas is without any organized government, and those who emigrate thither are exposed to foreign invasion, and domestic feuds: And Whereas the , by geographic location, and discovery more right [p. [56]]
fully belongs to these , than to any other general Government: And Whereas it is necessary that the emigrants of that newly setling territory should receive protection: And whereas the Texian Government has petitioned the to be received into our , but yet retains her national existance: And Whereas the remember with gratitude, the seasonable support they received, in a like situation from a La Fayette: And whereas the desire to see the principles of her free institutions extended to all men; especially where it can be done without the loss of blood and treasure to the nation: And whereas there is an almost boundless extent of territory on the west and south [p. [57]]
of these , where exists little or no organization of protective government: And Whereas the lands thus unknown, unowned, or unoccupied, are among some of the richest and most fertile of the continent; And whereas many of the inhabitants of the would gladly embrace the opportunity of extending their researches, and acquirements, so soon as they can receive protection in their enterprize; thereby adding strength, durability and wealth to the nation: And Whereas the red man, the robber, and the desparado have frequently interrupted such research and acquisition without justifiable cause; And whereas Joseph Smith has offered, and does [p. [58]]
hereby offer these : To show his loyalty to our confederate , and the constitution of our : To prevent quarrel and bloodshed on our frontiers: To extend the arm of deliverance to : To protect the inhabitants of from foreign aggression, and domestic broils: To prevent the crowned nations from encircleing us as a nation on our western and Southern borders and save the Eagle’s talon from the Lions paw: To still the tongue of slander, and show the world that a Republic can be, and not be ungrateful: To open the vast regions of the unpeopled west and South to our enlightened and enterprising yeomanry: To protect [p. [59]]
them in their researches; To secure them in their locations, and thus strengthen the government and enlarge her borders; To extend her influence: To inspire the nations with the spirit of freedom, and win them to her standard: To promote inteligence; To cultivate and establish peace among all with whom we may have intercourse as neighbors: To settle all existing difficulties among those not organized into an acknowledged government, bordering upon the and territories: To save the national revenue in the nations coffers; To supercede the necessity of a standing army on our western and Southern frontier: To create and maintain the prin [p. [60]]
ciples of peace, and suppress mobs, insurrections, and oppression in , and all lands bordering upon the , and not incorporated into any acknowledged national government: To explore the unexplored regions of our continent: To open new fields for enterprize to our citizens, and protect them therein: To search out the antiquities of the land, and thereby promote the arts, and sciences, and general information: To amalgamate the feelings of all with whom he may have intercourse, on the principles of equity, liberty, justice, humanity and benevolence: To break down tyranny and oppression, and exalt the standard [p. [61]]
of universal peace;— Provided he shall be protected in those rights and privileges which constitutionally belong to every citizen of this :— Therefore that the said memorialist may have the privilege; and that no citizen of these shall obstruct, or attempt to obstruct or hinder, so good, so great, so noble an enterprize, to carry out those plans and principles, as set forth in this preamble; and be shielded from every opposition by evil and designing men:—
Sec 1. Be it ordained by the Senate and House of Representatives of the in Congress assembled, that Joseph Smith, of the City of , in the State of Illinois [p. [62]]
is hereby authorised and empowered to raise a company of one hundred thousand armed volunteers, in the and Territories, at such times and places, and in such numbers, as he shall find necessary and convenient for the purposes specified in the foregoing preamble; and to execute the same.
Sec. 2. And be it further ordained that if any person or persons shall hinder or attempt to hinder or molest the said Joseph Smith, from executing his designs in raising said volunteers, and marching or transporting the same to the borders of the and [p. [63]]
territories, he or they so hindering, molesting or offending, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars each, for every offence; or by hard labor on some public work not exceeding two years, or both, at the discretion of the nearest District court of the , where the hindrance or offence shall be committed, having jurisdiction.
Sec. 3. And be it further ordained the more fully to remove all obstructions and hindrances to the raising, enlisting, and marching the volunteers as aforesaid, the said Joseph Smith is hereby constituted a member of the army of the , and is authorised to act as [p. [64]]
such in the and Territories and on all lands bordering upon the and territories for the purposes specified in the foregoing preamble, provided said land shall not be within the acknowledged jurisdiction of any acknowledged national government.
Sec. 4. And be it further ordained that nothing in this ordinance shall be so construed by any individual or nation, as to consider the volunteers aforesaid, as constituting any part of the army of the ; neither shall the said Joseph Smith, as a member of the United States Army disturb the peace of any nation or [p. [65]]
government acknowledged as such, break the faith of treaties between the and any other nation, or violate any known law of nations, thereby endangering the peace of the .
Sec 5. And be it further ordained, that the said Joseph Smith shall confine his operations to those principles of action specified in the preamble to this ordinance, the perpetuity of which shall be commensurate with the circumstances and specifications which have originated it
And your memorialist will ever pray &c Joseph Smith
City of Illinois)
March 26— 1844)
Council adjourned till 2 o clock [p. [66]]
Mch 26— 2 o clock P.M. Council met pursuant to adjournment
in the chair.
On motion the minutes of this mornings council were read and on motion of amended by adding a Resolution relative to laying a report of the committee on the table to be taken up after adjournment.
On motion the “Memorial” which was laid on the table this A.M. was taken up for reconsideration and read a second time.
offered a Resolution to amend said memorial by striking out the word “ordained” and adding the word “enacted” instead thereof which was seconded. [p. [67]]
of the committee explained the reason why the word “ordained” was adopted.
Prest. Jh. Smith made some remarks in favor of sustaining the word “ordained” as it now stands.
Er asked a question on that portion of the Memorial which asks Congress to acknowledge prest. Smith a member of the Army, which was answered and explained by prest. Joseph Smith.
also explained.
Er believed that the word “ordained” was more proper than the word “enact” and was in favor of sustaining it in the memorial
The question was then called for, [p. [68]] and the Resolution was put and carried by unanimous vote in favor of sustaining the word ordained.
Er motioned that the memorial be received which was secd by Er .
Er asked a question on that clause relative to raising volunteers which was answered by explanation from President Joseph Smith,
whereupon the question was called for, and the motion unanimously received.
Prest. Joseph Smith motioned that a memorial be likewise sent to the of the with a similar request, which was seconded by Er [p. [69]] & carried unanimously.
Er motioned that a committee of three be appointed to draught & revise a memorial to the of which was secd. by prest. J. Smith
Er was of the opinion that one was sufficient to draught said memorial.
Er withdrew his motion.
Er moved that a committee of one be appointed for the purpose of preparing the memorial to the which was seconded & carried unanimouly
On motion it was Resolved that the Recorder revise said memorial
Prest. Joseph Smith arose to suggest the idea of sending an Elder to to preach the gospel of liberty and [p. [70]] Salvation to that nation inasmuch as he believed they were ripe to receive the truth.
Er addressed the council on the subject before them and also on the present prospects of the kingdom. He felt as though he could prophecy that Congress would grant our memorial. He spake much on the subject of sending a proclamation to the kings of the earth
spake of the building up of the kingdom and his delight in the work Also the glorious prospect of deliverance to the poor and oppressed of his native country through the influence of the gospel, the ensign of liberty. [p. [71]]
Er followed with remarks on the subjects touched upon by preceeding speakers & referred particularly to the image spoken of by Daniel.
addressed the council on the subject of the kingdom of God. inasmuch as there was no business before the house. He entered into the subject in a most spirited & animated manner, showing the glory and joy which will exist when God reigns over the nation, when oppression shall cease, and the righteous enjoy the blessings of the kingdom.
Er spake of the fulfilment of prophecies and illustrated the establishment of the kingdom of God in a pleasing manner. [p. [72]]
Er asked some questions pertaining to the kingdom of God for information, which was answered by explanation from Pres J. Smith
The letters from were called for and read.
Er made some remarks on the present appearances of things as they exist between and .
Prest. J. Smith did not doubt but the matters stated by the last speaker are true & assigned some reasons.
On motion the council adjourned untill next thursday week at 9 o clock A.M.—— [p. [73]]