Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, January 7, 1843. No. 1.
On Saturday quite a sensation was created in this city, by the appearance of Joe Smith, the Mormon prophet, in our midst. -- He was arrested by the Sheriff upon the warrant of the Governor, with a view of surrendering him to the authorities of Missouri. He was taken from the custody of the Sheriff by the Marshall of this district, upon a writ of Habeas Corpus made returnable before the Circuit Court of the United States, and the time of hearing set for this morning at 10 o'clock. J. Butterfield, Esq., U. S. District Attorney, is his sole counse;. The ground upon which his discharge is based is, that he is not a fugitive from justice within the meaning of the act of Congress, or the constitution of the United States, which authorizes the surrender of an individual in one State to the authorities of another State, for trial, upon an alledged commission of a crime. J. Lamborn, the Attorney General, will appear in support to the legality of the warrant issued by the Governor of this State; but from a candid examination of the law I am satisfied the impostor, Joe Smith, will be discharged. He is clearly not a fugitive from justice within the intent and meaning of both the act of Congress and the constitution of the United States.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, January 14, 1843. No. 2.
The examination of Joe Smith before the Circuit Court of the United States, resulted, as I anticipated it would, in the discharge of the Prophet. The decision of Judge Pope was uncommonly clear and lucid, and gave universal satisfaction, so fas as I have heard any opinion expressed. As the question decided was of great public interest, it is to be hoped the Judge will furnish a copy of his opinion for publication. It will be recollected, that the question of Joe Smith's having procured Rockwell to commit the dastardly and cold-blooded act, of attempting, under the cover of night, to assassinate Gov. Boggs, did not at all come up in this investigation; but he was discharged upon the broad principle that he was not a fugitive from justice, within the meaning and contemplation of the act of Congress, and the Constitution of the United States. There is, therefore, but one course to be pursued, and that is for the Legislature of this State, by legal enactment, to provide a punishment commensurate with the crime committed, and that should be imprisonment for life, in solitary confinement in the Penitentiary of the State. Joe Smith, for the time being, has escaped that punishment he so richly merits, but a righteous restribution will yet be visited upon him. No man , whose hands are stained with the blood of a fellow mortal can successfully elude the punishment. The day of its visitation upon him may be far distant, but arrive it certainly will...
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, January 21, 1843. No. 3.
On Thursday last, a bill introduced by Mr. Vinyard of Pope, providing for the repeal of the Mormon charters, came up for consideration and gave rise to a violent and acrimonious debate. It originated, however, with Smith, the member from Hancock, and the brother of the impostor Prophet, by assailing, in an uncalled for and disgraceful manner, the citizens of the State of Missouri. Mr. Davis, of Bond, replied to him with great force and effect, and triumphantly vindicated our sister State from the foul aspersions sought to be cast upon her by the deluded member from Nauvoo. He warned the House not to tamper longer with these charters, but to obey that voice which came up to them from the people, and repeal them. He showed the extraordinary powers contained in these charters and admonished the House of the evils that would necessarily [flow] from them, and finally deluge this State with their pernicious influences, if not checked now, while in the bud. The appeal came from an honest heart and a sound understanding, but fell upon "stony and barren land." The political influence wielded by the Prophet. made the politicians of both sides shrink from the performance of their duty, and by a vote of 60 to 33, the bill was laid upon the table. May they never have to repent of thisvote; but I fear the day will come when their great error will be seen , but too late to remedy it.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, January 28, 1843. No. 4.
THE QUINCY HERALD, JUDGE POPE,
Never have we had called to our notice a more vile, dastardly, unjust, and blackguard attack upon private character and worth, than one which is made in the Quincy Herald of the 12th inst., upon the Hon. N. Pope, Judge of the U. S. District Court; Justin Butterfield, Esq., the U. S. District Attorney; and the Ladies who were in attendance during the argument of counsel, upon an application to discharge Joe Smith upon Habeas Corpus in the U. S. Circuit Court.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, February 4, 1843. No. 5.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, February 18, 1843. No. 7.
Mr. Davis of Bond, from the committee on the Judiciary, reported back the bill introduced some time since, by Mr. Vinyard of Pope, providing for the repeal of all the sections in the Mormon charters, which extends to them privileges or powers not possessed under other city charters in the State, and recommended its passage. In consequence of the absence of the Nauvoo member, Smith, the brother of the Prophet, the bill was passed over until his return. Most of those who have heretofore voted against the repeal of the entire Mormon charters, have upon all occasions expressed a willingness and desire to expunge from them all obnoxious provisions contained in those charters. An opportunity is now presented by which the sincerity of these professions can be tested, and if they vote for the passage of this bill reported by the committee on the Judiciary, I shall award to many the praise of being honest, a qualification I now do not think they possess. The desire to carry favor with Joe Smith, and his hordes of deluded followers, purely for the purpose of securing his political influence, blinds many of the Representatives to everything against the performance of a duty which they know the best interest of the country demands at their hands.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, March 11, 1843. No. 10.
The Assassin Detected.
O. P. Rockwell, charged with the attempt to take the life of Ex-Governor Boggs, was secured in St. Louis on Sunday last, and has been sent to Jackson County for trial. He came to St. Louis from the Ohio, under a feigned name, and had taken a seat in the stage for Springfield under a second feigned name, when he was recognized and safely committed to the keeping of the ministers of the law. We trust he will receive a fair and impartial trial, and if guilty made to suffer the utmost penalty of the law. It is a pity his principal, Joe Smith, was not in his place. Rockwell was but the dupe of the arch impostor, Joe Smith.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, March 25, 1843. No. 12.
In the Times as Seasons, of March 1st, Joe Smith, the Mormon impostor, addresses a communication to the Editor, which closes as follows: "Therefore, hear this, O Earth, the Lord will not come to reign over the righteous in this world in 1843, nor until every thing for the bridegroom is ready."
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, July 1, 1843. No. 27.
JOE SMITH -- THE IMPOSTOR.
A late number of the Missouri Republican announces that Joe Smith has been indicted in that State for treason and murder, and that a requisition has been made upon the Governor of this State by the Governor of Missouri for him. The Republican further asserts that it was the intention of the authorities to keep this matter secret until the arrest of Joe could be secured; but that some faithful Locofoco at Springfield gave Joe the information that he was about to be arrested, and that he had sloped. We further learn from the same source, that Rockwell, who is now in jail in Missouri, has consented to turn State's evidence, and disclose the designing advisers by whom he is surrounded.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, July 15, 1843. No. 29.
We are wholly unable from any accounts contained in the Northern papers, to give any thing like an accurate or satisfactory statement of the arrest and release of Joe Smith, upon the requisition of the Governor of Missouri. Both sides are truckling like whipped puppies to secure the Mormon strength, and the law and its officers are treated with contumely and contempt. A more disreputable state of things never before existed in a free and englightened government.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, August 5, 1843. No. 31.
We learn, from good authority, that the Prophet has surrendered his office, and annointed his brother. Joe, for some time past, has been in deadly fear of the "Goths and Vandals" of Missouri, and he verily believes that his holy person will be more secure in performing a pilgrimage in Europe or the Rocky Mountains, than it will be to remain under the shadow of the temple, protected by that immaculate body, the Nauvoo Municipal Court. An appropriate text for the Prophet's valedictory, when he cast his mantle upon his brother, might have been found in the 109th Psalm, 6th verse -- "Set thou a wicked man over (them); and let Satan stand at his right hand."
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, August 26, 1843. No. 34.
Voted, at last, against their particular friend, Cyrus Walker, Esq., to a man. This is no more than we expected, and it is a righteous retribution upon those Whigs, who, for political effect, have been truckling to the depravity and baseness of the Mormon, with holy Joe at their head. They have proven, by this last vote of theirs, that no dependence whatever can be placed upon them or their promises -- that they are without principle, political or moral, and that treachery and deception constitute one of the principal attributes of their nature.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, September 16, 1843. No. 37.
==> A gentleman from Nauvoo, informs us that Joe Smith has sent to Gov. Ford for authority to defend himself by military force against a supposed attack from the Missourians. It is well understood that Joe apprehends no such attack. And that his making this request is more for the purpose, if granted. of warring upon our own citizens, than upon those of Missouri. Joe doubtless understands that his contract with Gov. Ford was, in trabsferring the Mormon vote to Hoge, and it is a reasonable presumption that his call upon the Governor for the necessary authority will not be in vain.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, September 23, 1843. No. 38.
GREAT ANTI-MORMON MEETING.
Below will be found the proceedings, in part, of a large meeting of citizens, without distinction of party, lately convened in Hancock county, in this State. This meeting was composed of those comprising the immediate neighbors of the Mormons, and consequently acquainted from personal observation with the many outrages committed by this deluded sect against the citizens of this State. Those outrages are enumerated in the proceedings which follow this article; and we most earnestly commend them not only to the perusal, but the serious reflection of every well wisher of Illinois.
Vol. 8. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, December 30, 1843. No. 52.
KIDNAPPING -- UNHEARD-OF OUTRAGE.
A few days since, two Mormons were kidnapped from the neighborhood of Nauvoo, by some citizens of Missouri, who are now in confinement in that State. The excuse for this high-handed measure, it is unnecessary for us to look intoNo matter how great the injury inflicted by those who have been kidnapped, upon their captors, the act is alike arbitrary, illegal, and oppressive. No man in his senses, who, for the last three years has been accostumed to peruse the Telegraph, will accuse us of either favor or partiality towards the Mormons. We have spoken of them from our firm convictions of right, and as we believed, the evidence in our possession justified. Unprincipled, and unworthy of the countenance of all honest men, as the leaders among them may be, they are, nevertheless, Citizens of the State of Illinois, and, as such, are entitled to all the protection that the constitution and the laws of the State throw around the person, the property and the liberty, of the most worthy and favored in our midst.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, February 3, 1844. No. 5.
THE LATE KIDNAPPING.
The Warsaw Message of the 17th of January -- which reached us only a day or two since -- expresses the opinion that the remarks in the Telegraph of December 30, condemnatory of the kidnapping of two Mormons by certain citizens of Missouri, "need not have been quite so severe upon the actors in this matter," and that although justly censurable, "there is more excuse for them" than we "seem to appreciate." This may be so. It is quite as possible that the outrage in question was attended by extenuating circumstances, the force of which could not well be estimated "at a distance of 150 miles," as was that to which the worthy Editor alludes. We are gratified to believe that he concurs with us in the opinion that a resort to violence. in any case, is unjustifiable in a country of laws; and cheerfully transfer to our columns his own account of the affair, which is as follows:
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, February 24, 1844. No. 8.
A NEW CANDIDATE!
The Nauvoo Neighbor -- a Mormon journal -- in a long and elaborate article, in which it attempts to show that "the Latter-day Saints" have but little to expect to fear from the success of Mr. Van Buren, avows its determination to support Gen. Joseph Smith for the next Presidency! We opine that the Prophet, whatever may be his merits, will not get more votes at the approaching election, than the Locofoco candidate obtained in 1840.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, March 25, 1844. No. 12.
Some weeks since, we announced the discontinuance of the "Message," -- a Whig journal, hithertofore published at Warsaw, Hancock county, in this State, and the contemplated resurrection of the "Signal." in its stead. Two or three numbers of the last mentioned paper have recently found their way to our desk, and make quite a respectable and and business-like appearance. We regret, however, to notice the tone in which, in his introductory address, the Editor alludes to the difficulty now existing between the Mormons and the other citizens of Hancock. It is not to our design to interfer in the controversy, unless it should unfortunately become a State affair. But we hope the leading men on both sides, and especially the conductors of the press, instead of laboring to keep alive the flame of discord, will do all in their power to allay an excitement which can lead only to the most disasterous results.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, April 27, 1844. No. 17.
About 300 Mormons, recently arrived from England, have passed up the river, within the last two weeks, on their way to Nauvoo. The most [-------] acquisitions to the Saints now seem to come from abroad.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, May 11, 1844. No. 19.
MORMON STATE CONVENTION.
It appears, by the last Nauvoo paper, that, at a public meeting held in that city on the 23d of last month, the Mormons resolved to call a State Convention, to assemble at the same place on the 19th of May inst. for the purpose of consulting upon measures for the furtherance of their designs in the next Presidential elections. Every country is invited to send two delegates, "to whom the hospitalities of the city will be tendered" during their attendance. The meeting expressed the opinion that the Mormons "can bring, independent of any other party, from two to five hundred thousand into the field;" and nominaled several gentlemen to attend the Baltimore Convention, (which?) to make overtures to that body!" "It is in contemplation," adds the Neighbor, "to hold a National Convention, in the city of Baltimore, or some other Eastern city, as shall be agreed upon." -- Well, we shall see what we shall see.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, May 18, 1844. No. 20.
SCHISM AMONG THE MORMONS.
The last Warsaw Signal states that a rupture has taken place among the Mormons -- a respectable number of the most intelligent members of that body have seceded, under the guidance of William Law, and set up for themselves. It does not appear that the religious views of the seceders have undergone any material change. They profess to believe that Joseph Smith was once a true prophet; but contend that he is now fallen from grace, and no longer worthy to remain at the head of the Church. Private information confirms the above intelligence in its most essential features.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, June 8, 1844. No. 23.
THE MORMON SCHISM.
In our paper of the 18th ult., we briefly noticed a report, which had reached us from various quarters, that an open rupture had taken place between Joseph Smith and some of the most intelligent of his former adherants; and that the latter had actually renounced their allegiance to the Prophet and set up for themselves. Later accounts indicate that these seceders are in earnest. -- They have issued a Prospectus for a new paper, to be called the "Nauvoo Expositor," which is expected to appear immediately; and is to be published under the superindentence of William Law, Wilson Law, Chas, Jones,, Francis M. Higbee, Robert D. Foster, and Charles A. Foster, all, until within a short period, leading members of the Mormon Church. Its avowed object is to hold up, in all their naked deformity, the countless and unheard-of enormities practiced by Jos. Smith, and those who adhere to him, under and assumed and unwarrantable construction of the provisions of the charter granted them by the Legislature of Illinois. The Prospectus also promises, that the "Expositor" will advocate an "unconditional repeal of the Nauvoo City Charter -- unmitigated disobediance to political revelations -- the pure principals of morality and truth -- the exercise of freedom of speech in Nauvoo -- to sustain all in worshipping God according to their consciences, and oppose, with uncompromising hostility, any union of church and State -- and to give a statement of the facts as they really exist in Nauvoo."
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, June 15, 1844. No. 24.
whom we mentioned last week as having beenwrested from a deputy Marshal by the authorities of Nauvoo, was released by "HOLY JOE." Concluding, however, that discretion was the better part of valor, Mr. Smith. subsequently determined to attend the deputy Marshal to Springfield; when his honor, Judge Pope, after giving him a hearing, directed he should be sent to the District of Columbia for trial, where he stands indicted for embezzling money.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, June 22, 1844. No. 25.
ANOTHER OUTRAGE AT NAUVOO.
The new Nauvoo journal -- the 'Expositor' -- made its appearance last week; and according to promise, began its career by divilging the 'secrets of the prison-house.' It seems, by an extra from the 'Neighbor' -- the Prophet's official organ -- that these new 'revelations' did not suit his holiness; and that the City Council, at a meeting held on Monday last, declared the establishment 'a nuisance,' under the provisions of their charter, and commanded the Marshal to abate it. This officer accordingly preceeded to the office, at the head of the police, took the press, materials, and paper into the street, and made a bonfire of them! What will be the result of this outrage none can tell; but, for the honor of the State, we hope it will not be suffered to go unpunished.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, June 29, 1844. No. 26.
LATEST FROM NAUVOO.
A passenger in the Osprey, who spent an hour in Nauvoo Tuesday morning last, informs us that everything was quiet when he left and that all apprehension of a conflict between the Mormons and the citizens had subsided. It seems that the Governor, soon after his arrival in Hancock county, sent a communication to the Prophet, advising him of his determination to enforce the laws, promising him protection providing he would submit voluntarily, but warning him at the same time that he (the Governor) would not answer for his, (Joe's) safety should an appeal to arms become indispensible. These representations, backed by a large military force, had the desired effect; and after some parleying, the Mormon leader, and the principal actors in the recent outrage, gave themselves up, and are now under arrest, to answer for their offenses before the tribunals of the State. The public arms at Nauvoo, were also returned to the Governor; and all ideas of resistence to the constituted authorities was abandoned -- Gov. Ford was at Carthage, the seat of justice for Hancock County, with his prisoners; and Warsaw was thronged with armed citizens, ready to proceed against the Mormons, in case of necessity, when our informant passed by. A gentleman of this city who came down in the Die Vernon on Wednesday night, confirms the above; and adds that it was reported at Quincy when he left the place, that sixteen Mormons, besides those who had voluntarily surrendered, had been arrested on the charge of having threatened to burn Warsaw, immediately upon the withdrawal of the troops, and confined in the Rushville jail.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, July 6, 1844. No. 27.
AWFUL TRAGEDY! -- MURDER OF
The substance of most of the following letters from our friend and associate, G. T. M. Davis, Esquire -- who left here early last night for the purpose of procuring accurate information in relation to the proceedings against the Mormons -- was laid before our City readers, in an Extra, on Saturday morning. They are now republished at length, for the information of the public generally; and will doubtless be perused with deep interest. The friends of humanity will rejoice to learn, from the last letter -- which did not reach us till Monday -- that two only of the Mormon leaders, JOSEPH, and HYRUM SMITH, have fallen victims to mob violence, instead of four, as was originally reported.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, July 13, 1844. No. 28.
LET HIM THAT IS WITHOUT SIN
During our intercourse with the world, we have found, that in all the relations of life, the prevailing desire of mankind apparently is, to sit in judgment upon the motives and conduct of their fellow men...
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, July 20, 1844. No. 29.
The recent outbreak in the county of Hancock, which has resulted so disastrously to the credit of those engaged in it, and which has subjected the State to an expense of at least twenty-five thousand dollars, with a fair prospect if its being still further involved, calls for the early attention of the public in the application of a remedy that will for the future guard against such occurrences. To our mind, there is but one way in which this can be done; and that is, by an unconditional repeal of all the Nauvoo charters. It is the incessant abuse of powers under those charters by the Mormons, that has broughting about the conflict in which the two Smiths lost their lives, and involved the State, at a time when her tax-payers are so illy able to bear it, to a large additional debt. Now, the people, so far as we can ascertain, are unitedly for the repeal of those charters. But we (the junior) have spent two winters at Springfield, during the sessions of our Legislature, and are too well acquainted with the action of demagogues towards the Mormons, to have any confidence that a majority of that body will reflect, in their action, the wishes of their constituents in this respect. We, therefore, call upon the people of the different counties in the State, to require of their candidates for the Legislature, an unconditional pledge, that they will go in for a repeal of the Nauvoo charters. In this way only, can the least reliable assurance be had, that they will take this absolutely necessary step.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, July 27, 1844. No. 30.
From Captain Gray, of the steamer Potosi, we learn that the two Laws, who are seceders from the Mormons, have commenced a settlement near Rock Island, on the Illinois side, and that large numbers of the Mormons are quitting Nauvoo and joining the Laws. The Potosi took up a number of families on her last trip, and was to take up several more on her next trip. The division among them is a happy circumstance for themselves, as well as for the community in which they are located. We trust it will, to some extent, check their invasions upon the rights of others which caused the recent difficulties at Carthage.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, August 3, 1844. No. 31.
THE LATE TRAGEDY!
The Editor of the Warsaw Signal, in one of his recent numbers, reads us, (the senior) a lecture of some two and a half columns, for having joined in what he is pleased to call "a bitter denunciation of those who were concerned in the late fatal tragedy." -- As we are thoroughly convinced that the too common practice of crimination and recrimination, if resorted to in the present case, is calculated to keep up the prevailing excitement and prevent reason for resuming her ordinary sawy over the public mind, we do not intend, at this time, to be drawn into a prolonged controversy on the subject in question. -- Let it suffice to remark that after having attentively and impartially examined all the statements made on both sides -- so far as opportunity for so doing has been afforded us -- our original opinion had undergone no change. We still believe that the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, under the circumstances in which it was perpetrated, stands "conspicuously at the head of the black-lettered list of public offences in the United States." This atrocious act, has, in fact, been condemned in much stronger terms than we have used, by some of the most judicious and intelligent journalists in the United States; but we do not deem it necessary to repeat them here. The view we have hitherto taken on this lamentable affair, is unfortunately too well sustained by admitted facts, to require any indorsement.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, August 17, 1844. No. 33.
THE LATE MORMON TROUBLES.
The reader has been already informed that the Junior Editor of this paper has prepared a full account of the recent lamentable occurrences in Hancock county -- a part of which he was an eye-witness -- with the view of having the same published in pamphlet form, for the information of the public. The work made its appearance a few days since; and, we understand, may be obtained at Mr. Buffum's Auction Store in this City. We have not yet been able to read it entirely through; but, so far as we have examined it, we have found it highly interesting, and we are persuaded that it will be sought for with eagerness. It is noticed in a late number of the St. Louid New Era.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, August 24, 1844. No. 34.
GOV. FORD AND THE MORMONS.
Hitherto, we have rejected all communications reflecting upon the motives and conduct of Gov. Ford, in the late Mormon difficulties, because we believed the authors of those communications were unacquainted with the facts and the circumstances that surrounded the action of the Executive. We adhered the more rigidly to this course, from the fact, that the writer of this article was an eye-witness to the conduct of Gov. Ford, and was satisfied at the time his conduct was prompted by pure motives, though many of his actions were at best indiscreet. In this opinion we still remain; having seen nothing thus far to disturb our convictions as to what we personally observed. His last Circular, however, issued upon the eve of the recent election, addressed to the citizens of Warsaw, is far, very far, from being satisfactory to usl and has created in our mind the suspicion that it was dictated purely by political motives, and a desire to control the Mormon votes. If this is true, every honest act of the Governor, during this unfortunate affair, is swallowed up in the baseness of this last movement; and he deserves naught else than the anathemas of every upright man in the community. Thus much we have felt bound to say, preliminary to admitting into another column the communication of a gentleman who occupied the most important post in the late Mormon troubles, and who, like ourself, was among the few of his political opponents who believed Gov. Ford honest in the course he pursued. It is signed "Fair Play," and to it we direct the attention of the reader. The writer is a man of the highest character and respectability, responsible for every assertion he makes, and competent to maintain those assertions at any and all times. He is in no way connected with either the Mormons, or the old citizens of Hancock, but is a resident of Brown county; and the fact, that, up to the issuing of the last political circular of Gov. Ford, he sustained the Executive, and vindicated him from the aspersions cast upon him on all hands, entitles his communication to great weight and consideration.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, August 31, 1844. No. 35.
THE STATE REGISTER.
Of the 16th inst. says:
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, September 7, 1844. No. 36.
GOV. FORD AND THE MORMONS.
The last State Register contains the following letter from Gov. Ford, with a request, that the Whig papers generally should publish it. Having been among those who had their fears aroused, that the last address of the Governor was dictated purely by political considerations, we readily comply with his request. Candor, however, requires at our hands, that we should say, the letter of his Excellency by no means satisfies us that he is guiltless of the charge preferred against him by many of the papers, and among them the Warsaw Signal, whose Editor is of the same political faith with the Governor. The public are yet uninformed, what grounds Gov. Ford had for issuing his last address, which, to say the least of it visited upon the citizens of Warsaw the grossest injustice. The letter of the Governor is silent upon this point; and he contents himself with simply denying the charge, and adding the assertion that he had hoped the Mormons would not have voted at the late elections. There is no doubt the Mormons would have pursued the very course Gov. Ford desired, had it not been for his last address to the citizens of Warsaw, and the unwarrantable course pursued by Col. Taylor, of Springfield, who addressed them at Nauvoo, making the Governor's last missive his text. The idea that the Mormons were displeased with any portion of Gov. Ford's last address, is preposterous in the extreme; and we are only astonished that the Governor should have [jeopardized] his reputation, by making such an assertion. The address was published in the Mormon papers, and highly approved; and the Governor handsomely whitewashed by them for issuing it. If the testimony upon which the Governor made this assertion is of the same character as that which prompted him in giving birth to his last address, we think he will find it very difficult to satisfy the public, that his course in this respect has not been an unjustifiable one. We venture nothing in the assertion, that so long as the Mormons continue to vote in a solid phalanx, either for the one side or the other, demagogues and dishonest politicians will continue to tamper with then, and they will keep the entire community surrounding them in a state of excitement and dissatisfaction.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, September 21, 1844. No. 38.
The following letter to one of the Editors was received a few days since, from a source entitled to credit. From all we can gather, we should not be at all surprised if there was another outbreak during rge session of the Hancock Court. Sidney Rigdon has gone back to Pittsburg, with a view of establishing a paper in that city; having been expelled from the Mormon Church, together with a number of his friends, for "unchristian-like conduct." Every thing appeared quiet at Nauvoo at the last accounts, although but little harmony seemed to exist among the leaders.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, September 28, 1844. No. 39.
GOV. FORD AND THE MORMONS.
The last State Register conveys the official intelligence that Gov. Ford has ordered out 2,500 Militia of the State, to repel an anticipated attack on the part of the citizens of Hancock county upon the Mormons. From all the information we can obtain, there is not the slightest provocation for this warlike attitude of the Governor; and to us it is most unaccountable, that he will suffer himself not only to be made the dupe of a few designing demagogues, but that he will consent to plunge the State of Illinois some twenty thousand dollars more deeply in debt, on account of this community of Mormons. As. however, it is necessary that the Latter-day Saints should be retained in the State, and kept under the fear of theExecutive, to give to the party to which he is attached, the political ascendancy; with him and his party it may appear justifiable that Illinois should foot the bills created by first exciting the fears of the Mormons, and then affording them a mock protection by calling out a large armed force. The Mormons will cost the State of Illinois this year not less than FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS, through the agency of the Governor and his confidential advisers; and if the tax payers of the State are willing to submit to such oppression and injustice, they have less of the independence of freemen about them than we had supposed.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, October 5, 1844. No. 40.
DISSOLUTION OF THE MORMON CHURCH.
Through the politeness of a friend, we have received the following manifesto, of a portion of the Mormons in regard to the successorship of the impostor, Joe Smith. The elements of discord and disunion are successfully at work in the community at work in the community at Nauvoo; and no doubt rests upon our minds, but that the total dissolution of the Church will be the inevitable result. Factions may spring up among them, and some unprincipled and ambitious leader seek to set himself on the throne of power so firmly established by Joe Smith for his own base purposes. But every such attempt, will, as heretofore, result in a failure. With the fall of the mock "PROPHET," fell also the throne of despotism he had erected in this Republic, and the charm that enabled him to delude the populace has, with his death, departed, we trust forever.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, October 12, 1844. No. 41.
THE LATE CAMPAIGN.
Since the disbanding of Gov. Ford's army, intelligence from Hancock county has ceased to be looked for with much interest. Messrs. Sharp and Williams, who had given themselves up, as stated in our last, were brought before Judge Thomas, on Thursday of last week, in conformity with the conditions of their surrender; but the Judge refused to take cognizance of the matter, and they were consequently permitted to return to their respective homes. The whole affair would be a laughable farce, were it not that it subjects the public authorities to ridicule, and the people to much unnecessary expense. Perfect tranquility prevailed in Hancock at the latest accounts.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, October 19, 1844. No. 42.
THE LATE CAMPAIGN.
The Warsaw Signal of the 9th inst. gives an amusing "History of the latest Mormon War," from the pen of the Editor, T. C. Sharp, Esq., which occupies full six columns and in which the Governor of this State is made to cut a very ridiculous and contemplative figure. We are not sufficiently acquainted with the real facts of the case, to be able to decide whether this production should be viewed in the light of a true narrative, or as a caricature; but we are inclined to believe, from the nest information we possess, that the campaign of which it speaks was as silly in its conception, and as fruitless in its results, as the murder of the Smiths was offensive in the sight of God and man.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, October 26, 1844. No. 43.
TO THE PUBLIC.
In the State Register of the 11th inst., an Editorial article, headed "The Mormon War," appears, in which is to be found the following extract:
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, November 9, 1844. No. 45.
Warsaw, Ill., Oct. 27, 1844.
To the Editors: The Circuit Court of Hancock County has been in session during the past week.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, November 16, 1844. No. 46.
MORMON NEWS. -- We learn that this trial of persons indicted by the grand jury of Hancock county for the murder of the Smiths, has been postponed by the desire of the prosecuting attorney, and, that those indicted have each had subpoenas issued for Gov. Ford. -- New Era.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, December 21, 1844. No. 51.
Warsaw, Ill., Nov. 29, 1844.
Vol. 9. Alton, Illinois, Saturday, December 28, 1844. No. 52.
The Senate bill, repealing the charter of the city of Nauvoo, was taken up in its order, yesterday afternoon, read the second time, and referred to the committee on Banks and Corporations. No report, however, need be looked for from them until after the first of January.