Preamble and Resolutions, 13 January 1845, Draft

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It is with feelings of deep & inexpressible regret that we learn that the inhabitants of various parts of this are seeking to accumulate all the real & supposed crimes of the Mormon community <​whole community​> for the secret or ostensible purpose of raising a tide of influence against the <​Mormon​> community that shall sweep us <​them​> into irrecoverable ruin. This course of conduct originating with our mortal enemies & gathering in its wake other men that would shudder revolt at the idea of lending a hand to oppress a long abused people that are Struggling against foes within & foes without; is at the present, almost insupportable <​to our feelings​>. We have scarcily laid by our mourning weeds for murdered men whom we promptly surrendered up to the State of for an equitable trial. And now, we see in embryo another campaign to spill yet more blood & effect an utter extermination & massacre. We sought to rid our of Counterfeiters, & black legs who in connection with our foes without, had established a press printing press of unparalleled rancour & malignity. But our efforts to obtain freedom from such vicious monsters cost us much tribulation & precious blood. The impunity thus far granted the murderers by the Senate & <​other authorities​> executive of the State of has emboldened them & their apologies to set on foot a series of <​other​> exciting causes that <​they​> hoped will either destroy this community or prevent their criminals from being brought to punishment. We have not so much fear that our enemies will suceed in their fiendish designs against us as we have that the peace & good order of this <​the​> <​people of this​> will be disturbed, and fearful anarchy & bloody misrule will ensue among those who listen to & countenance the full designs of those who are getting <​Stealing​> from quiet citizens of the and palming upon them a spurious & false curring and chargeing to the mormons their own crimes. If they shal [p. [1]] succeed the old citizens will be involved in continue[al] Larcenies & neighborhood broils & crimes the end of which cannot <​now​> be foreseen. We deprecate such evils <​and calamities​> because we desire the good of all mankind as our gratuitous labors <​of the greater portion of citizens​> in spreading truth throughout the world under much poverty & suffering abundantly prove. As for us, our course is fixed & while we are peaceable & Loyal to the constitution of the <​& laws of our ​> & are ever willing to join hands with the honest virtuous & patriotic in suppresing crime & punishing criminals we are firmly <​we will leave leave our enemies to judge whether it would not be better​> resol[v]ed as the God of Israel is our help never to yield to oppression, however artfully devised & executed. As the Roman muti◊◊s burnt his hand in a slow fire in token of the bravery of the army to which he belonged So our enemies may rest assured that this <​​> shall be <​to make​> one universal burying ground before we will suffer ourselves to be driven from our hard earned and lawful homes but <​by​> such high handed oppression.* But for the satisfaction of all concerned we reiterate in the following resolutious sentiments that we have always expressed in all places as occasion demanded.
Resolved, first that the greater part of the thefts which have been complained of are not in our opinion true in fact, but have been trumped up by <​inimical​> persons inimical to this . in order to cover their aggressive doings, with plausibility & entice honest & unwary citizens to unite with them in the same uncompromising hostility against this people [p. [2]]
Resolved — that it has been
<​2nd.​> Resolved, that we defy the world to substantiaate a single instance wherein we have concealed criminals or screened them from justice but on the contrary always have been and now are extremely anxious that they should be ferretted out and brought to justice and to this end would esteem it a favor that if any person should lose property or have good and sufficient reason to suspect any place of containing apparatus for making Bogus or counterfeit money, that they follow up such person such persons use That we would esteem it a favor— that such person would follow up and trace out and make diligent search for all such property, and apparatus and if the they can trace it into this we pledge ourselves to assist them <​legally to the extent of our abilities in so laudable ​>by recovering their property as well as ferreting out the counterfeiters, an undertaking
We saught to rid our city [p. [3]]
January 13. 1845
Draft Preamble and Resolutions of the City Council
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* It may yet become a question to be decided by the Community, whether the Mormons will, after having witnessed their best men murdered without redress, quietly, and patiently, suffer their enemies to wrench from them all <​their last shreds of​> their constitutional rights: and whether they will not make their city one great Sepulchre, rather than be the humble devotees at the shrine of mobocracy—
<​3rd​> Resolved that it is our opinion that very many Scround Scoundrels Such as thieves, Robbers, Bogus Makers, counterfeiters, and Murdersers, have been induced to flock into the county from reports published in the Warsow Signal to flock into this to carry on in order to carry on their evil practices knowing that it would be imediately charged upon the Mormons and thereby they escap <​in​> not being suspected and altho we think that the reports have been of Thefts have been very much exaggerated yet we know from dear bought experience that such things do exist and further we doubt not that ther may be some such characters prowling in deed about our [p. [5]]
<​4th​> Resolved that in order to bring we are extremly anxious to ferret out and bring to justice all such persons if any there are within the limits of our and for this purpose we have authorised our Mayor to enlarge the police to any number not exceeding five hundred in Number, and we also pledge ourselves to double our deligence and call upon our cetizens to assist in ridding our and country of all such infamous characters [p. [6]]


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