Vol. I. Fort Madison, W. T., April 4, 1838. No. 2.
TROUBLES AMONG THE MORMONS. -- The Cleveland Gazette of the 25th inst., says: "We learn from a source to be relied on, that the Mormon Society at Kirtland is breaking up. Smith and Rigdon, after prophesying the destruction of the town, left with their families in the night, and others of the faithful are following. The 'Reformers' are in possession of the Temple, and have excluded the Smith and Rigdon party. An exposure of the proceedings of the Society is in course of preparation by one Parish, the former confidential Secretary of the prophet Smith. He has the records, &c. in his possession."
Vol. II. Du Buque, I. T., November 10, 1838. No. 21.
MORE DIFFICULTIES WITH THE MORMONS. -- We have only time to give a brief and condensed statement of the depredations committed by these poor, ignorant, infatuated -- or in other words, the refuse scoundrels and impostors of earth. The latest date from St. Louis contains a letter dated near Jefferson Barracks, Oct. 29th. They have burnt almost every house in Daviess county, and laid in ruins the county seat. Captain Bogard's company, consisting of 80 men, was attacked and cut to pieces, except 3 or 4 who escaped. They have threatened to destroy Richmond. Gov. Boggs has issued orders for 3000 men to repair to the scene of difficulty. -- We further understand that their numbers have been increased by arrivals from Ohio and Canada, which may partly account for their boldness. We trust that these self-willed and self deluded beings may be routed and dispersed, for their unwarrantable aggressions demand it. And if they gather together again, may they be scattered, and the name of Mormon sink with its last survivor to the grave. Infamy will be their tombstone.
Vol. II. Du Buque, I. T., June 1, 1839. No. 50.
The Mormons, who, when driven from their New Jerusalem in Missouri, sought shelter among the people of Illinois, are again gathering together at Commerce, Illinois. Many have purchased property and settled there, and others have squatted on the Half Breed Lands in this Territory, immediately opposite. Jo Smith and Sidney Rigdon, their leaders, who were confined in jail to await their trial for an offence against the laws of Missouri, having made their escape, are again among them, enjoying their liberty. These deluded people have suffered so much persecution for their wickedness, that the sympathies of the people, under the belief that this persecution has been for opinion's sake, have become strongly enlisted in their favor, which has been evinced by their offers of protection. We are truly glad to see them extend a helping hand to human beings in distress, but we regret to find them holding out inducements for the settlement of these beings on our borders. It cannot be that the great opposition which grew up against them in Missouri was based alone upon the abhorrence of their religious opinions, but their conduct must have been such as to merit the condemnation of the people among whom they had settled, and justified the means used to bring them to subjection. While our sacred and inimitable constitution guarantees to us all liberty in the enjoyment of our own religious opinions, it grants to no sect the power to so change the forms of administering the laws as to shield trespassers of any certain belief from the penalties of a violated people, and the Mormons, by the election of one of their faith, which they had the strength to do, could hold the administration of the laws in their own hands, and judging from their faith, who would doubt that Jo Smith could order the discharge of every Mormon, charged with stealing, and his orders be strictly obeyed.
Vol. I. Burlington, I. T., June 6, 1839. No. 1.
We understand that the Mormons have bought up many of the Half Breed claims, and that a gentleman, well acquainted with the subject, is attempting to secure for them all the genuine claims, to this beautiful tract of country. If this can be done, the Mormons can partition it among themselves and a great amount of litigation may thus be avoided. We understand that many of the Mormons are now making farms on this tract and that Rigdon has bought the beautiful residence of Dr. Galland, opposite Montrose.
& DAVENPORT & ROCK ISLAND NEWS
Vol. ? Davenport, I. T., June 12, 1839. No. ?
We learn from the Boston Recorder that Mormonism has founds its way into a church in Massachusetts and led to the excommunication of some of its members. This circumstance has induced the publication of a letter by Mrs. Davidson, a lady of unimpeached veracity resided at Monson in that State, giving an account of the origin of the Mormon Bible. It was written by her first husband, the Rev. Solomon Spaulding formerly a resident of [C]herry Valley in this State, and subsequently of New Salem in Ohio, sometimes called Connecticut [sic] from the name of the creek on which it is situated. His impaired health excluding him from active labors he amused himself by the composition of a historical romance being a sketch of the lost race who constructed the numerous ancient mounds and forts which abounded in the Western country and some of which are in the town of New Salem. In this production he imitated the style of the Old Testament. -- This was about the year 1812. The work purported to have been written by one of the lost race and to have been dug up from the earth by portions of the narrative, as he advanced in it he was in the habit of reading to his friends in the neighborhood.
Vol. II. Du Buque, I. T., June 15, 1839. No. 52.
THE MORMON BIBLE
Vol. III. Du Buque, I. T., June 22, 1839. No. 1.
LYMAN WIGHT, one of the Mormon leaders, has addressed several letters to the editors of the Quincy Whig, and which have been published in the same, charging the persecution of the Mormons in Missouri, to the Democratic party, and at the same time charging several of the officers engaged in the expedition against the Mormons with belonging to that party, while the reverse is the case. Sidney Rigdon, Jo Smith, Jr. and Hiram Smith have also addressed the editors, denying that their persecution was a party measure. They say that those who were out against them, were "composed of all parties, regardless of all differences of opinion, either political or religious," and express a desire that the letters of Wight may be viewed as his sentiments alone, and not the sentiments of the Mormons, whose faith he professes.
Vol. IV. Burlington, I. T., February 3, 1841. No. 21.
From the New Yorker.
One of the greatest literary curiosities of the day is the much abused 'Book of Mormon.' That a work of this kind should be planned, executed and given to the scrutiny of the world by an illiterate young man of twenty -- that it should gain numerous and devoted partizans, here and in Europe and that it should agitate a whole State to such a degree that law, justice and humanity were set aside to make a war of extermination on the new sect, seems scarcely credible in the nineteenth century, and under this liberal Government; yet such is the fact.
Vol. I. Fort Madison, I. T., April 16?, 1841. No. 39.
"This city of the Saints -- this nucleus of a Western Empire," is daily increasing in population. It is said that there are now 8000 inhabitants, within the limits of the corporation. A large number of workmen are engaged in raising the walls of the Temple, which, if ever completed, will be a magnificant structure. The "Nauvoo House" is also in rapid progress. Many excellent dwellings and business houses are scattered throughout the city, and the citizens all appear to be busily employed in various avocations. The increase by immigration is principally from England and some of these neophytes are reputed to be very wealthy -- All such, it is sais are required to hand over a portion of their surplus revenue to the Prophet. This we opine is slander, but if it should be true, Smith's situation in the church doubtless makes it a profit-able business.
Vol. I. Iowa City, I. T., September 3, 1841. No. 40.
From the Times and Seasons, July 15.
By the annexed extract of a private letter from a highly respectable gentleman residing near the Mormon city (Nauvoo,) it appears that the scenes which a few months since were enacted in Missouri, are in danger of being repeated in Iowa. There is a tract of 120,000 acres of beautiful land lying directly opposite the Mormon settlement on the Mississippi River. This Tract was given to the Half Breeds of the Sac and Fox Nations by the United States, and has been purchased from them by the whites. Proceedings have been had in the Equity Court of Iowa to partition these lands, and Commissioners appointed by the Court to survey and divide them among the lawful claimants. Some months since the title being then unsettled, Jo. Smith received a revelation from God to the effect that the Latter Day Saints should go in and possess this fair land, and enjoy the fruits thereof. Accordingly there are said to be now about 2000 of these people residing on said lands, who claim by the highest possible title, -- a title direct from the Creator; and they seem determined to set all human decrees at defiance. In addition to despoiling the lands of much valuable timber, they now forbid the Commissioners and Surveyors, on pain of death, to attempt a survey and partition. The arrest of their leader, it is to be hoped, will prevent the execution of their threat.
Vol. I. Fort Madison, I. T., November 13, 1841. No. 17.
Last week a body of Mormons, numbering about seventy individuals, passed through this city on their way to Nauvoo, Illinois to join their fellow fanatics in that settlement. They are from Gloucester, England, and arrived at Quebec in the Collins. They appeared to be quite inoffensive people, and possessed of some means. -- (source paper illigible)
Vol. I. Fort Madison, I. T., December 4, 1841. No. 20.
Another accession of Mormons. -- The steamboat Gen. Platte [sic, Pratt?], says the St. Louis Pennant, of the 22d ult., brought up Friday last, 250 Mormons, all of them are from England, and are bound for Nauvoo, Illinois, the "Promised Land" and city of the "Latter Day Saints."
Vol. ?. Burlington, Iowa, June 23, 1842. No. ?
Trouble among the Mormons. -- We understand by a private letter from Montrose, that Jo Smith has had a quarrel with Rigdon and Bennett, and that he has turned both of the latter out of the synagogue. Some hard swearing passed between these saints during the quarrel. Bennett threatens to write a book, for the purpose of exposing the rascality of the pretender to a spirit of prophesy. We hope the schism is incurable, as it is said to be.
Vol. ? Burlington, Iowa, June 30, 1842. No. ?
NAUVOO, ILL., June 27, 1842.
Vol. ? Iowa City, I. T., Aug. 27, 1842. No. ?
TROUBLE AT NAUVOO. -- Joseph Smith and Mr. Rockwell have been ordered arrested by the Governor. Sheriff Jasper attempted to serve the warrent but was thwarted, a second attempt was made by the two men were nowhere to be found.
Vol. II -- No. 22. Fort Madison, I. T., Dec. 17, 1842. Whole No. 74.
In another part of our columns will be found a succinct account of "Mormonism," taken from the Boston Bulletin, on a review of the work recently published at New York, by Gen. Bennett, giving a history of the rise and progress of the "Latter Day Saints," and its licentious and evil propensities. We presume that many of our readers [have] already been made acquainted with the story of this doctrine, now preached and promulgated [throughout] the United States, as well as that of England, by a deluded set of followers of Joe Smith; yet there appears still a large number, who to the present day, are strangers as to how this mysterious doctrine first originated; by giving it a careful perusal the reader will be made acquainted with its origin.
Vol. II -- No. 38. Fort Madison, I. T., Mar. 18, 1843. Whole No. 87.
ARREST OF ROCKWELL. -- The St. Louis Republican, of the 7th inst., says, "Our readers will recollect that Ex-Gov. Boggs, of this State, was shot at, last fall at his residence in Jackson county. Fortunately the ball did not produce death, but the assassins escaped undetected. Governor Reynolds having obtained information, which induced the belief that it was the work of Orrin Porter Rockwell, of Nauvoo, offered a large reward for his apprehension. Joe Smith was also supposed to instigate the affair -- Rockwell being the instrument employed by Smith to effect his diabolical purposes. The officers of justice have kept a sharp look out for Rockwell since the Proclamation was made, but all efforts for his apprehension have proven unavailing until Sunday last, when he was taken in this city. Sufficient proof[s] of his identity were made, and he has been taken to Jefferson City to be delivered to the State authorities. He will, no doubt, be dealt with as he deserves, if his guilt is sufficiently established. His trial will take place, we suppose, in Jackson county, the place where the attempted assassination was made. We hear that he has been paying a flying visit to the Eastern States since a reward has been offered for him. If he be guilty, too much praise cannot be bestowed upon those who have been instrumental in apprehending him and bringing him to a just and well deserved punishment.
Vol. II -- No. 46. Fort Madison, I. T., June 3, 1843. Whole No. 98.
Another New Doctrine. -- A new delusion has broken out, says the Davenport Gazette, near the western part of this Territory which will perhaps occasion surprise, and throw Joe Smith into the shades. A Mr. Henkle [sic], who is said to have been formerly a Mormon, but has left them, has located himself near Blue Grass and began propagating a new religion. Four have already been baptised in this man's opinions, which are after this manner: -- After baptism he lays his hands upon their heads when they receive power from on high to prophecy, cure the sick, heal the lame, and perform miracles as did the Apostles. In their meeting they give the holy kiss, wash one another's feet, &c. There most certainly [must] be some pleasure in belonging to this new doctrine, for one can't object [to] kissing a sweet and lively young Miss.
Vol. ? Burlington, I. T., July 8, 1843. No. ?
... Many of our citizens spent the fourth among the saints ar Nauvoo. They returned much pleased with the visit. They were escorted by the military from the landing to the Temple, where seats had been reserved for them. Two boats, with five or six hundred passengers, from Warsaw, Quincy and St. Louis, also arrived about the same time, and thus swelled the number of invited quests to a thousand or more. The city itself of course turned out with its thousands, rendering the ceremonies of the day highly interesting. The prophet (Heneral Smith) made a speech to the immense multitude...
Vol. III -- No. 8. Fort Madison, I. T., September 9, 1843. Whole No. 112.
A TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT.
We have just learned that the great Anti-Mormon meeting at Carthage, Illinois came off on Wednesday last. Much excitement prevailed during the meeting, many speeches were made, and a number of resolutions adopted. Among other things it was resolved that there should be no more "revelations" about election times, or if so, that the Mormons must depart from the county. Indeed we have heard that a committee had been appointed by the meeting to warn them to leave. The meeting numbered about 500 to 600 persons. The Mormons can poll in Hancock county about 2000 or 3000 votes. Rather too great a number to be much alarmed by their Carthagenian brethren...
Vol. V. No. ? Burlington, Iowa, October 19, 1843. NS. No. ?
... Although much complaint has been made about the Mormons, we saw on our late trip evidences of improvement on our prairies, which we consider highly creditable to the Mormons who made them, and without whom we doubt whether they would have been made for many years to come. All those who have travelled over the large prairie between fort Madison, Warsaw, and Carthage, remember how dreary it was a few years since. Now it is studded with houses and good farms. The English, who understand hedging and ditching far better than our people, have gone upon that prairie and have enclosed extensive fields in this manner. Along the old Rock Island Trace, which we travelled seven years ago, and which was then a dreary waste, we saw a field enclosed with a good sod fence, six miles long and one wide. We think such enterprise is worthy to be mentioned. As long as the Mormons are harmless and do not interfere with the rights of our people, we think they should be treated well. We shall never convince them that they are a deluded people, as far as their religious notions are concerned, in any other way....
Vol. V. No. 18. Burlington, Iowa, December 7, 1843. NS. No. 28.
Letter from Gen. Bennett.
The following was received several weeks since, during our absence. We now lay it before our readers, as we believe many of them are interested in every thing pertaining to the Mormons. Gen. B. it will be recollected, once belonged to that sect, and published a book in exposition of their doctrines and practices. We of course assume none of the responsibility of the statements contained in this letter; but give it as we received it.
Vol. V. No. 35. Burlington, Iowa, January 25, 1844. NS. No. 45.
The Warsaw Message of the 10th says, there was a great excitement at Carthage, on the 6th, "in consequence of the arrest of a citizen of that place by a possee of Mormons from Nauvoo, on a charge of basterdy." The citizens of C., would not permit the man to be taken to Nauvoo for trial. There was a great commotion but no blood shed.
Vol. V. No. 37. Burlington, Iowa, February 8, 1844. NS. No. 47.
The Warsaw Message contains a most curious document from Smith, purporting to be an appeal to the Green Mountain Boys to come and assist him in subduing the Missourians. It is the most bombastic affair we have ever seen. He appeals to them on account of his having been born in Vermont, and urges them to do all sorts of things to avenge his wrongs. We will endeavor to give some extracts in our next.
Vol. III -- No. 30. Fort Madison, I. T., February 10, 1844. Whole No. 134.
There appears to be a great deal of hatred an animosity existing between the Carthegeneans and the "Latter Day Saints," which will, if not soon quelled, break out in a general rupture and cause some blood to be shed. A threat has been made by the latter to fire the town and lay it in ashes, while that of the former at their meeting passed strong and war-like resolutions to repel all attacks that may be made.
Vol. V. No. 38. Burlington, Iowa, February 15, 1844. NS. No. 48.
Below we give copious extracts from Jo Smith's Appeal to the Green Mountain Boys. In addition, we have seen something of a piece with this in the shape of a correspondence between Mr. Calhoun and 'Jo.' The letter, in a brief epistle to Mr. Calhoun, enquires what Mr. C's course would be towards the Mormons, in the event he is elected to the Presidency.
Vol. III. - No. 33. Fort Madison, I. T., March 2, 1844. Whole No. 137.
Another candidate for the Presidency has entered the field. This important personage is the Prophet of the "Latter Day Saintsm" Gen. Joseph Smith. We have not learnt whether he intends to submit his claims to a National Convention, or whether he will run upon his own hook. We jusge from the marks of his own organ, that he considers himself a dull team for the whole of them.
Vol. III. - No. 35. Fort Madison, I. T., March 16, 1844. Whole No. 139.
"The Latter Day Saints" are determined to make an effort to complete their Temple this summer. The last "Nauvoo Neighbor" says: "It is in contemplation to devote all our energies to the completion of the Temple this season, and to let the Nauvoo House stand until the Temple is finished. By a unity of efforts, it is expected that the roof can be got on by next fall, and the building be enclosed." At the head of its columns stands in bold relief the name of GEN. JOSEPH SMITH, for President, and Gen. JAMES A. BENNETT, of New York, for Vice-President.
Vol. III. - No. 41. Fort Madison, I. T., April 27, 1844. Whole No. 145.
We find the following scrap of Mormon news in the Mo. Republican, of the 22d inst. "We see it stated, that the Mormon Prophet Jo Smith has turned his wife out of doors for being in conversation with a gentleman of the sect, which she hesitated or refused to disclose. It was understood yesterday, that she had arrived in this city."
Vol. V. Burlington, Iowa, May 2, 1844. No. 49.
The Presidency -- Gen. Jo. Smith.
The Nauvoo Neighbor of last Wednesday contains the following, by which we learn that the Mormons feel quite sanguine of doing something in the Presidential way after all
Vol. III. - No. 42. Fort Madison, I. T., May 4, 1844. Whole No. 146.
Exposure of Mormonism -- Great row in Boston. -- An unusual crowd assembled at Marlboro Chapel, Boston, on the evening of the 27 ult. to hear Mr. John Dennett, (wonder if it shouldn't read Bennett?) upon the subject of Mormonism. A number of Mormons attended, and evinced a strong desire to break up the meeting, even before the exercises commenced. It seems that while Mr. Dennett (or Bennett) was among the Mormons he unfortunately formed acquaintance with a female Mormon, by which he was led into a lamentable mishap, and was expelled by them. Of this sin he has since, he says, repented, but declares that the Mormons being guilty of the same offence, should not have cast the first stone at him. Whilst engaged in his discourse, he was assailed from every direction with rotten eggs, Chinese crackers, and a variety of other offensive missiles, A cessation of firing took place, and the crowd demanded a song. He complied and gave them two or three verses of 'Rory O'Morre,' but it failed to please the crowd, and the battery of rotten eggs was again opened upon the unfortunate orator, who stood it as long as possible but was at last obliged to fly, which he did, with the whole mob at his heals. -- Gaz.
Vol. 7. Burlington, Iowa, May 25, 1844. No. 46.
A PETITION from Joe Smith, praying Congress to allow him to raise a company of volunteers, for the protection of emigrants to the unsettled territories of the United States, was presented in the House by Mr. Semple of Illinois, on the 6th.
Vol. III. - No. 45. Fort Madison, I. T., May 25, 1844. Whole No. 149.
A prospectus has been issued for a new paper at Nauvoo, Illinois to be called the "Nauvoo Expositor," and intended to be the organ of the new, or seceding church, who have renounced Jo Smith and set up for themselves.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, June 6, 1844. No. 2.
Nauvoo papers inform us that Jo Smith was lately arrested by virtue of a writ from the District Court of Hancock county, and that forthwith a habeas corpus was issued by the Municipal Court of Nauvoo and Jo was discharged. Here we see some of the damnable effects of locofoco legislation: the consequences produced by the hot headed proceedings of a partizan Legislature. The State authorities are set at naught, in fact, superseded by a petty city court. A habeas corpus and a trial by an ex parte judge set at defiance the laws of a sovereign State. Crimes without number and of the utmost enormity may be committed with impunity. A criminal has but to seek refuge in Nauvoo, become a Saint and he is safe from the hands of justice. Such is the effect of the amalgamation of the Mormons and locos. The city of the State has long been a nuisance. Texas bears no comparison with it in point of iniquities. It is far beyond it in point of respectability. We are glad to learn that a new paper is to be published at Nauvoo, called the "Expositor," in opposition to Jo Smith and his authority. We trust it will be a true expositor and unmask the whole gang who have so long been a curse to all around them.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, June 13, 1844. No. 3.
We learn by passengers on the New Brazil that the new printing office of the "Expositor" at Nauvoo, was totally demolished on Monday night, by order of Jo Smith. Will the people countenance such an attack on the freedom of the Press?
Vol. III. - No. 48. Fort Madison, I. T., June 15, 1844. Whole No. 152.
OUTRAGE AT NAUVOO,
On Tuesday last a most outrageous act was perpetrated in the city of the Latter Day Saints, which may in the event prove the downfall of that great city. It appears that a large number of the leading members of the church have of late become dissatisfied with the teachings of their Prophet, and in consequence of which they were read out of the church. These dissenters then formed themselves into a body and were endeavoring to establish a new church. They frequently held meetings as we are informed in the city, and for the purpose of furthering their cause, and disseminating their views in regard to the Prophet and to expose the secret sins there, they purchased a press and a large quantity of type and removed it into the city. On Friday a week [ago], they issued the first number of their paper entitled the "NAUVOO EXPOSITOR;" it had scarcely been circulated abroad before the city council held a meeting, in which his Honor the Prophet presided, and declared that the publishing of the paper in the confines of the city was a public nuisance, and ordered it to be removed from out of the city, within three hours time. A mob immediately proceeded to the office and commenced battering down the press, whilst others were engaged carrying out the cases of type, books, &c., piling them up in a heap in front of the door, and afterwards set fire to it and burned the whole up. A more highhanded and outrageous act we will venture to say has never been committed in a civilized community. It is stated that great fears are entertained in the city of a general rupture. Many of the dissenters have in consequence, left, fearing that their lives were in danger. We have heard it reported that a meeting was to be held at Carthage, Ill., for the purpose of raising an armed force to proceed to Nauvoo for the purpose of taking the Prophet, and it is also rumored that hundreds more held themselves in readiness to march over from Missouri at a moments notice. We cannot for a moment believe that such an outrage as this will, or can be overlooked by the people of Illinois. The freedom and liberty of the press should at all times be guarded against violence, and we predict that if such an act of outrage is permitted to be passed over, then indeed we may bid adieu to our sacred liberties.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, June 20, 1844. No. 4.
LATEST FROM NAUVOO.
Wednesday, June 19, 5 o'clock O. M. A boat from nelow brings us the information that Jo Smith has 1500 men under arms at Nauvoo and that no person is allowed to leave or depart without his permission. It is reported that 3,000 men are assembled at Warsaw who will march for Nauvoo this day.
Vol. III. - No. 49. Fort Madison, I. T., June 22, 1844. Whole No. 153.
Our town for the last few days has been thrown into great excitement in consequence of the anticipated difficulties with the Mormons. In our last we made mention of the burning of a press in Nauvoo, the city of "Latter day Saints," by order of the city council, this, and other acts said to have been committed by the Mormons, has aroused the people of Illinois, and we now learn that hundreds of them properly armed and equipped hold themselves in readiness to march at a moments notice to Nauvoo, to aid and assist the authorities of that state. We understand that the authorities of Hancock county, Ill., have several writs in their hands for the arrest of the Prophet and those concerned in demolishing the press, and in case they refuse to comply with the laws of that state, they will then march into the city and take them peaceably if they can, and forcibly if they must. We also learn that the Prophet has his "Legion" in readiness properly drilled and disciplined, determined to avenge all encroachments that may be made, and that by his order Marshal Law has been strictly put in force in that city, so that no one is permitted to enter in or out of the city without their first showing a passport from General Smith.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, June 27, 1844. No. 5.
The Warsaw Signal of June 20th, says that 250 men mustered at that place the day before; which is a falling off, as it was reported here, that 3000, and some said 5000, were assembled at that city. The same paper says that 300 were encamped at Carthage and that the Mormons say they have 4000 strong. The Democrat of Fort Madison issued an extra, on Saturday the 22nd, which we have before us and which states that Martial Law is in force in Nauvoo -- that Governor Ford arrived at Carthage on the 21st, and that he had approved the order of the Brigadier general calling upon the militia who refused to comply until the Governor had sanctioned it. Numerous rumors are afloat in town but we give them no credit. In fact, we have nothing more definite than the above, though it may be possible that Jo, as reported, has left Nauvoo, or has given himself up to Governor Ford.
Vol. III. - No. 50. Fort Madison, I. T., June 29, 1844. Whole No. 154.
We stop the press to hasten to lay before our readers the Murder of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyram. The news reached here early the morning of yesterday, but little credence was at the time given to the report, until about 3 P. M., when we received from the hands of a gentleman direct from the city of Nauvoo the following developments which fully corroborate the report. They are written by a gentleman of undoubted veracity for truth, and the statement thus given of this horrible assassination may be relied on as correct.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, July 11, 1844. No. 7.
M O R M O N.
Peace and quiet reign once more in the City of the Latter Day Saints. The calm is if that peculiar nature that is experienced by a people dismayed by a dreadful calamity. We trust, however, that all will remain tranquil. We understand that a great many emigrants are arriving there and some are leaving. On Friday the 28th ult., the bodies of Joseph and Hyram Smith, were brought to Nauvoo, and were met outside by about 10,000 persons. They were placed at the Mansion House and exhibited to about 20,000 people. They were interred the next morning. Elder Adams has gone East to consult with the Elders residing there in relation to church affairs, the organizing or re-organizing the church, &c.
Vol. I. Buffalo, Scott Co., I. T., August, 1844. No. 2.
A word now from us on this subject will be sufficient. While we stand connected with "THE ENSIGN" as we now do, its columns will never be used to foster the objects of any political party whatever... We have been led to these remarks from reading a few strange and singular lines in our neighbor, 'The Davenport Gazette.' refering to us -- the climax of which is. "But we are led to believe that this society will profit by the error of the Mormons, and refrain from taking part with the politics of their country." ...
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, September 12, 1844. No. 16.
SIDNEY RIGDON has left Nauvoo for Pittsburgh and it is expected that a large number of English Mormons will follow him. There is great dissension among the leaders of the church. Emma, the deceased prophet's widow, has given much dissatisfaction in condequence of her refusing to transfer some of the church property which was in the prophet's name. I is said she is weak in the faith, and that she has purchased property at Hampton, where Law and other seceding mormons reside, where it is probable she may remove,
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, September 19, 1844. No. 17.
The Warsaw Signal of the 11th says that it is rumored that on the previous Sunday, nineteen of the leading Mormons were ejected from the church at Nauvoo, among whom were John A. Forges and Emma Smith, the Prophet's widow. The temple is going up very fast as nearly the whole population is engaged upon it. The third tier of windows is ready to receive their capitals. Private building has almost entirely ceased as so many people are leaving the town, Property has fallen to about one third of its value, previous to the Prophet's death. Twenty-five Mormon families have left Bear Creek, and those at Morley's settlement are also leaving. Great dissensions continue and it is quite probable that in a year or two the followers of the Mormon Prophet will be scattered to the four quarters of the globe. A late St. Louis Republican says that Sidney Rigdon had arrived in that city on his way to Pittsburg, where he would establish a paper. He was still a believer in the doctrine, though the Twelve would not allow him to rule.
Vol. 8. Burlington, Iowa, September 21, 1844. No. 11.
Letter of Sidney Rigdon, Esq.
DEAR SIR: -- Being in this city on my return from Nauvoo to Pittsburgh )the place of my residence,) I feel myself called upon to edify the public enquiry in relation to myself and a portion of the citizens of Nauvoo. It is pretty generally known that I left Nauvoo in June last, with my family, with the design of making my future residence in the city of Pittsburgh. On hearing of the murder of the two Smiths, I returned to Nauvoo, without any intention, however, of making Nauvoo my place of residence. During my stay in Nauvoo, a number of persons expressed a desire to go with me to Pittsburgh and reside some where in that region of country, where they could enjoy my society, as well as I theirs. This determination gave great offence to some of the citizens of Nauvoo. We held several meetings in relation to the matter -- not in the least doubting our right to do so if we chose -- when, to our surprise, a great excitement was got up -- meetings were appointed in different parts of the town, and were addressed by Brigham Young, Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Erastus Snow, and others. Inflammatory speeches were made, and a general excitement was created. We were traduced as mobocrats, as murderers, conspirators; and many other epithets of like character were applied to us. We were charged with conspiring against the lives of the before-mentioned persons: -- and all this for the sin of desiring to go to Pennsylvania to live with our families.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, September 26, 1844. No. 18.
Sidney Rigdon has been turned out of the Mormon Church. His late letter to the Saint Louis Organ shows he has been scurvily treated. He has the reputation of being the principal mover in establishing the sect, and is now ostracised by his own creatures. Mormonism, like Democracy, "isn't what it used to was."
Vol. 4. Davenport, Iowa, September 26, 1844. No. 5.
Every indication in the Mormon camp is favorable to a complete rupture and disbanding of this misguided people. The death of Joe Smith appears to have an enervating influence upon his [deluded] followers. Sidney Rigdon, on the 12th inst. came out in the St. Louis Organ in a letter, throwing more light upon the lawless proceedings of the leaders of the church. He says that he was expelled from the body solely because a number of Mormons resolved to follow him to Pittsburg. Several indignation meetings were held at Nauvoo prior to his expulsion -- Orson Hyde, another leading impostor among the Mormons, has written a letter denying the statements made by Rigdon. He says Rigdon was expelled for offenses entirely different from those stated. We cannot but think with the editor of the St. Louis Era, that these Mormon leaders will soon satisfy all the world that they are just that description of man that they have been represented to be by those citizens of Missouri and Illinois, who have had the best opportunity of knowing them.
Vol. 8. Burlington, Iowa, September 28, 1844. No. 12.
THE MORMON SPLIT.
It becomes an imperative obligation devolving upon the friends and adherants of Pres. (SIDNEY RIGDON) to make an explicit and candid statement of the causes, which have led to their disunion and disfellowship with the adherents of the Twelve in their illegal and unwarrentable assumption of the authority of their first presidency.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, October 3, 1844. No. 19.
Governor Ford of Illinois, has issued an order calling out 2500 militia from various counties in that State and requiring them, properly armed and equipped, to proceed to Hancock county. This order, it is supposed, was in consequence of a contemplated military encampment to take place at Warsaw from the 27th of September to the 2d of this month. A military meeting was held at Carthage last fall and this season it was to be held at Warsaw. The Governor fearing something hostile was intended or might ensue, forthwith issues his mandates to his loyal officers who call upon the rank and file. The Quincy Whig of the 25th ult. says that the Governor's order had been received in that city -- that a meeting was held and a call made for volunteers, and lo! five men enrolled their names and there was a "hot chase" after the sixth. The Whig says the people thought that his Excellency's proceedings were a mere electioneering scheme to gain the favor of the Mormons and procure votes at the Presidential election. Two uniform companies left that city on Sunday week for Hancock.
Vol. 4. Davenport, Iowa, October 10, 1844. No. 7.
It is estimated that the recent Mormon war will cost the state of Illinois $20,000. The aggregate expense incurred during the year on account of the Mormons will not fall short of $50,000.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, October 10, 1844. No. 20.
The Mormon War.
We were in Jacksonville when the troops returned from Nauvoo and Warsaw on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. It turned out to be a complete Tom Ford humbug and is set down as such by all. The fruits of it will be additional taxation on the people to pay expenses -- the killing of Norris, one of the Springfield Cadets -- and universal disgust at the action of the Governor.
Vol. IV. - No. 13. Fort Madison, Iowa, October 12, 1844. Whole No. 169.
We have seen a Proclamation from Gov. Ford, published in the Nauvoo Neighbor, offering a reward for two hundred dollars for the apprehension of Levi Williams, Thos. C. Sharp, editor of the Warsaw Signal, and Joseph H. Jackson, who are said to be accessory to the murder of Joe Smith and his brother Hiram. A number of writs were issued for the arrest of some seventy others. Williams and Sharp, have since been arrested and admitted to bail.
Vol. IV. - No. 14. Fort Madison, Iowa, October 19, 1844. Whole No. 170.
Nauvoo, Oct. 3, 1844.
Vol. IV. - No. 15. Fort Madison, Iowa, October 26, 1844. Whole No. 171.
Ft. Madison, Oct. 21, 1844.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, October 31, 1844. No. 23.
The last Warsaw Signal has intelligence that a body of two or three hundred Mormons have formed an encampment a mile or two north of Carthage for purposes unknown although rumor assigns various reasons for the movement. Gov. Ford and the imperial guard will undoubtedly take the field in force.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, December 12, 1844. No. 29.
Trouble is hatching up at Warsaw, growing out of indictments found against persons suspected of the murder of the Smiths -- but as yet no positive demonstration.
Vol. VI. Burlington, Iowa, December 19, 1844. No. 29.
The Mormons at Nauvoo continue their predatory practices upon the citizens in that vicinity. The most bitter feeling exists against the whole order, giving promise of a continued ferment of all the bad passions in the whole population in that portion of the State.