Vol. ? Friday, March 20, 1840. No. ?
For the Register.
The following is a statement of facts that may be relied on:
Vol. ? Springfield, Friday, August 14, 1840. No. ?
I hasten to communicate to you the result of the elections in this county.
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, November 13, 1840. No. 37.
The Missouri Republican and Quincy Whig both assert that the Hon. Richard M. Young and Stephen A. Douglass, Esq., were at Nauvoo, in Hancock county, on the day of the election, and it is insinuated by these Federal prints that they "induced two hundred Mormon voters to erase the name of A. Lincoln from the Whig electorial ticket, and substitute the name of James H. Ralston in its stead." Now, for part of the above, every citizen of Springfield, can answer for its falsity. Mr. Douglass was in this place on the day of the election near the polls all day
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, November 27, 1840. No. 39.
An English paper has the following paragraph about a new shipment to this country. It's location of Quincy, "on the Mississippi in Michigan," is amusing, and shows wonderful precision in its knowledge of transatlantic geography -- ""The New York packet ship North America, Capt. Lowner, sailed on Tuesday week with 10 cabin passengers and 200 in the sterage. The whole of the steerage passengers belong to the sect called "Latter Day Saints," and are bound for Quincy, in the State of Michigan, on the borders of the Mississippi, where a settlement has been provided for them by one of that sect, who has purchased a large tract of land in Michigan. We understand that upwards of 2000 are in treaty to embark early next spring for the same locality. A great portion of those who sailed in the North America, are members of the total abstinence society, and are from Leicestershire and Herefordshire."
For the State Register.
I this moment met with our democraticpaper published in this place, and was surprised to see some allusions there against Mr. Van Buren and his cabinet, and some of his immediate friends, and associates. There are now present in the room with me, a large number of our democratic friends, and every one of them to a man disapproves of the sentiments there uttered; and I am satisfied that there is not one Van Buren man out of a hundred in Morgan that would approve them. They with one voice say that Mr. Van Buren is an enlightened statesman, an honest man, a pure republican and an unflinching and uncompromising democrat; and although we are beaten the fault is not his, and to charge our misfortunes to him is unjust and ungenerous, and deserves the contempt of every honest man.
Vol. ? Stephenson, Ill., February ?, 1841. No. ?
LETTERS ABOUT THE WEST.
Nauvoo city. This place is in the north western part of Hancock county, Illinois, and was formerly known by the name of Commerce, but has recently received a city charter by the name of Nauvoo, the name given by the Mormons. The town is situated upon a slightly inclined plain, or piece of ground, of from one to two miles in extent, projecting westward into the Mississippi, somewhat in the shape of a man's arm, half bent; presenting a fine appearance for some miles above and below the town. Since the Mormons, or "Latter Day Saints," (as they call themselves) were so wantonly driven from their homes and estates in Missouri, by an armed mob, under the excited authorities of that State, these persecuted people have settled in this town, and the adjacent country upon both sides of the Mississippi-and added from 75 to 100 buildings, mostly neat and painted, spread over a large extent of ground, and covering the plain and the bluffs in the rear.-These numerous new, bright looking buildings, scattered about amongst the trees and shrubbery which abound here, present, in warm weather, a delightful appearance. Under the shade of some beautiful shrubbery near the river's brink, seats are erected for the accommodation of the society, at their religious meetings. The spot selected is favorable to a calm and serene temper, and a devotional frame of mind.
Vol. VI. Jacksonville, Saturday, April 17, 1841. No. 13.
In the Warsaw 'World,' of the 7th, we find a brief notice of the ceremonies at the laying of the corner stone of the Temple at Nauvoo, the city of the Mormons, on the 6th. The number assembled is variously estimated at from 7000 or 8000, and some said 12,000. The Nauvoo Legion, consisting of  men, was in attendance, and made a very respectable appearance. Mr. Rigdon officiated at the laying of the chief comer stone, and addressed the assembly in a very energetic manner in a speech of about an hour's length. On the whole the exercises passed off with the utmost order, without accident or the slightest disturbance. Gen. Bennett commanded the Legion, under the direction of the Prophet, and acquitted himself in a truly officer-like manner.
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, June 11, 1841. No. 15.
MR. STUART AND THE MORMONS.
The Missouri Republican a few days since contained some absurd remarks, pretended to be founded upon the report of a steamboat Captain, to the effect that the Mormons were erecting a fort at Warsaw under the pretence of erecting a temple, and that Gov. Carlin had united with them, not only in their creed, but also in some embryo schemes, which were darkly shadowed forth, the objects of which were to revolutionize the state, and subvert our institutions, which the Republican, with all "the kind mendacity of hints" would have it understood they designed shortly to put into execution. We were a little surprised at the time that our unscrupulous neighbor of the Journal, as he is accustomed to do, did not copy this villainous article, without reference to its truth or untruth. The design of the Republican was to make political capital out of the slander it originated. The scheme however was not like the almanacs, "calculated for Missouri and the adjoining States." -- Here the whigs have another game to play. It is their great object to palter with the Mormons. They need their votes to elect John T. Stuart. Therefore he and they are coquetting with this sect, and have made great efforts, if not pledges, to secure their votes, by making them believe that their particular views will be promoted, by the instrumentality of Mr. Stuart.
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, June 25, 1841. No. 17.
We have become so much accustomed to the ,isrepresentations of the Journal, that we seldom deem them worthy of notice. The public are too well acquainted with its mendacious character to take its statements as even prima facie evidence of truth. In the last number of that print, we are regaled with a gross sample of this kind, on the subject of the Mormons. It says we had a long article against them. The motive of this statement is as base as the statement itself is false. We never conceived such a thing. We assailed the insidious and hypocritical course of Stuart and the Junto; and the Journal man, with cool impudence, shifts it off and says it was intended for the Mormons. We look upon them as we do upon the rest of our felloe citizens. With their peculiar faith we have nothing to do. This is a matter between them and their God. We have, it is true, sympathised with them on account of the reported barbarity of their expulsion from Missouri. We received them as fellow beings in distress, and believed, and we are now confirmed in the belief, that, with equal and impartial treatment, they make good, peaceable and orderly citizens. The intention of the Journal is obvious. It is attempting to induce the Mormons in a body to vote for John T. Stuart, regardless of the public good, which demands no religious sect should become a political faction. The democratic party seek to sustain their principles upon their own intrinsic merit; but it has ever been the policy of federalism to seek support and strength from every sect and faction, and desert them afterwards when they have gained power. We protest against the unworthy course of the Journal, the Junto, and John T. Stuart, in thus dragging the Mormons before the public.
Vol. ? Joliet, Ill., July ?, 1841. No. ?
Monmouth, June, 1841.
Vol. 2. No. 17. Nauvoo, Ill., July 1, 1841. Whole No. 73.
This splendid vessel, with more than one hundred persons, is undoubtedly lost. All hopes of her safety seem to be at an end. The probability is that she struck an iceberg in the night, and sunk. Among the persons on board was the Rev. G. Cookman, late Chaplain of the H. of Representatives, and who was favorably known as a Minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Vol. II. Ottawa, Ill., July 30, 1841. No. 10.
Within the last ten days between three and four hundred Mormons passed through this place on their way to the Mormon settlement in Hancock county, in this State. On Tuesday last we counted seventeen wagons, occupied with men, women and children, all wending their way towards the settlement of the "Latter Day Saints." We understand they were from Western New York, and their appearance was quite respectable, apparently being chiefly composed of farmers.
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, Aug. 13, 1841. No. 24.
From the Peoria Register. -- After the Election.
His holiness, if we may believe his own declarations, has, likeEmanuel Swedenborg, a direct communication with Heaven, and walks through the "everlasting gate" just as familiarly as one neighbor would walk in at the door of another's house. According to a late revelation he happened to be there on Gen. Harrison's arrival, and was a witness to the manner of his reception, The old hero was received as an honored guest, but still there was a balance in the books against him, and he was directed to turn to the left, where a big arm-chair, nicely cushioned, had been prepared for accomodation. This was not exactly a place of punishment, though it appeared he had, on account of some unexpiated sin, forfieted the more effulgent glories on the right hand. The prophet does not say so, but leaves us to infer that the general had incurred some slight degree of punishment for not embracing Mormonism before he died. Another big arm-chair, in close vicinity to the general's, was in reserve for Old Hickory, when he shall have "shuffled off this mortal soil." No seat was left for Mr. Van Buren, and the prophet learned upon inquiry, or knew it without, that a dark corner of the nether regions was awaiting his arrival. On earth he could tread in "the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor," but it appears their paths diverge very much after entering the other world. If Jo Smith himself be half as great an impostor as we think he is, a temporary residence in Pandemonium would be but a fit punishment for his hypocrisy.
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, Aug. 27, 1841. No. 26.
THE MORMON VOTE.
Many of our readers having been under the impression that Judge Ralston received the vote of the Mormons, we extract from the Sangamo Journal, the vote at Nauvoo, by which it appears that Stuart received 452 votes and Ralston 16! We learn that there are about 12 or 15 democrats, not Mormons, who reside in that precinct.
Vol. VI. Jacksonville, Saturday, October 16, 1841. No. 39.
MORMONISM IN ALL AGES.
Professor Turner of Illinois College has prepared for the press a work of the above title to be comprised in about three hundred octavo pages. The work will be furnished to the public at as reasonable a price as [possible], but not to exceed one dollar per single copy and it is hoped for a still smaller price. The general subject is discussed under the following heads:
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, Dec. 10, 1841. No. 41.
Mormons. -- The St. Louis Gazette says the Gen. Pratte brought up last week, two hundred and fifty Mormons. They are from England and are going to Nauvoo, the city of the Latter Day Saints.
Vol. ? Columbia, Ill., March ? 1842. No. ?
NAUVOO AND THE MORMONS.
Vol. ? Shawneetown, Saturday, July 2, 1842. No. ?
(see Boston Recorder of Apr. 19, 1839 for this text)
Vol. V Springfield, Friday, July 8, 1842. No. 41.
Unchangeable Jo, the Journal and the Mormons,
If ever hypocricy and trick were united to accomplish an imposition, and to arm prejudice, it is in the combined efforts of Unchangeable Jo and his minion editors, in their affected crusade against the Mormons,
Vol. ? Shawneetown, Saturday, July 9, 1842. No. ?
The Kaskaskia Republican gives an account of the murder of a Mr. John Stevenson of Jackson county. A letter from the brother of the deceased says that the writer and his brother had joined the Mormons some two years before -- that two Mormon preachers visited him and his brother a few days before his death for the purpose of levying contributions to aid in the completion of the Mormon Temple. They refused to give as much as demanded and were greeted with the emphatic threat "you may think youselves well off if you have any of your property long." Mr. John Stevenson was murdered five or six days afterwards. Mr. Edward Stephenson, says that the deceased was a harmless inoffensive man and had not an enemy on earth. His house was entered in the absence of Mrs. S. and whilst Mr. S. was ploughing in the field -- his trunk broken open and robbed of its contents (only three dollars) and his gun taken from its stand and fired at Mr. S. in the field. It seems to have been the general impression, that these Mormons must have been the murderers. Comment is unnecessary.
Vol. III. Springfield, Friday, July 15, 1842. No. 50.
How can the Journal answer this?
The Sangamo Journal, for the last few weeks, has been charging, that a bargain exists between the Democrats and the Mormons, and that the Mormon charter was the fruits of that bargain. To sustain this charge, the Journal issued divers handbills, last week, containing letters from the Mormon General John C. Bennett. The Journal has thus made a good witness of Bennett, and of course is bound to admit all his statements.
Col. Henderson and the Mormons --
Col. Henderson, the whig candidate for Lieut. Governor of this State, in his speeches to the people in many parts of the State, has denounced the Mormons in the bitterest terms and condemned their charter as a monstrous measure, (although he voted for the very charter in the last Legislature.) In these speeches, Col. Henderson every where wound up his remarks on this subject by declaring, that he intended to visit Nauvoo in person, and when there, make the same speech against the Mormons and their charter, that he had made in other places.
The Mormon Prophet and the
The people of this State have been aroused, as with an avalanche, by the publication of certain "awful disclosures" of our neighbor the Journal. Bulletin after bulletin has been successively issued, as in times of war, or of miraculous revelation. The days of Maria Monk seem to have returned upon us; nay they are evidently to be eclipsed by the Journal, Jo Duncan, and the Mormons, under the instructions of that virtuous, disinterested and truthful set, the Junto.
The Journal, the Mormons and
A hot controversy is now going on between Joseph Smith (the Mormon prophet) through the columns of the "Times & Seasons," and the Mormon General John C. Bennett, through the columns of the Sangamo Journal. In this controversy, it suits the views of Gov. Duncan, the Journal, and the Junto, to take sides with Bennett, and accordingly we find the Journal publishing Bennett's letters in daily bulletins, and circulating them all over the State.
Vol. III. Springfield, Friday, July 22, 1842. No. 51.
Course of Gov. Duncan, and his
When the people in this State look back to the beginning of the present canvass, and the course of the Federal-whig leaders from that time to the present, it will afford them a lesson of instruction. It will be remembered that the Clay-whig leaders, last winter, were almost unanimously in favor of holding a Convention to nominate candidates for Governor and Lieut. Governor...
The game of the whigs.
While the Sangamo Journal publishes Bennett's letters, and professes to believe their contents, the Quincy Whig does not publish them and doubts their accuracy. The Whig says:
Further insight in the game.
Does it not seem strange that while Duncan is denouncing the Mormons, Henderson is currying favor with them? Witness his speech at Nauvoo last week.
More of the Whig Plot.
Since we wrote the foregoing paragraph, we have received "The Wasp" of July 16, published by Wm. Smith, a relative of Jos. Smith, a relative of Jos. Smith, at the Mormon city of Nauvoo. We extract the following paragraph from that paper. The plot of the whigs is now developed. It is a startling disclosure, and will arouse the indignation of every honest man in the community. While Duncan and the Journal are denouncing the Mormons, this paragraph shows that it is all pretence: all done to suit "the prejudices of the people," but which is well understood at Nauvoo. "There is no misunderstanding," says the Mormon writer, "between Gov. Duncan, Henderson and the Mormons."
From the Wasp.
Col. Henderson was in our city last week and delivered what we should call a first rate political speech. He is a man of first rate talent and a gentleman, and goes it with a perfect rush for retrenchment and reform. He spoke in the highest possible terms of Gov. Duncan, and the way he used up the Locofocos was a caution to sinners.
and Illinois Herald.
Vol. I. Alton, Wednesday, July 27, 1842. No. 1.
The 4th was celebrated at this far-famed city of imposture and delusion, with military and prophetic honors. The prophet displayed his Legion, and harangued the people. The only thing wirth noticing about it was, that Capt. Ross of Burlington, Iowa, with the command of about "100 gentlemen" went down to unite with them in the celebration. If "Joe Smith" is ejected from Illinois, as some think he will be, he may return the compliment. Those splendid prairies west of Burlington would be a rare chance for "the latter day Saints," when Illinois becomes too strait for them. The Burlingtonians could not but receive them with every attention and hospitality. -- We drop the hint for the benefit of the prophet. It is worthy of his consideration.
Vol. III. Springfield, Friday, July 29, 1842. No. 52.
The first article is a severe and unmerited condemnation of Gov. Carlin for performing a simple act of duty, in issuing a writ for the apprehension of Jo Smith, on the demand of the Governor of Missouri. The Journal threatens Gov. Carlin with the "public indignation." These articles were issued before the Presidential election, when Smith and his Mormon followers went for Harrison and Tyler to a man.
The Mount Carmel Certificate.
The Sangamo Journal and the Peoria Register parade before their readers a certificate... the signers to which are all rank whigs... This is the substance of this certificate... Judge Ford... has also everywhere declared himself in favor of repealing such parts of the Mormon charters as are inconsistent with justice and equal rights; and of putting the Mormons on the same footing as all other citizens...
The Whigs -- The Mormons -- Joe Duncan
As the election approaches we find the Mormons, like the sow to her wallowing, are turning to the Whigs, and as always before, on the day of election every vote will be cast for the whig candidates. Henderson, as we have all along said, has an understanding with the Mormons. He reached Nauvoo and made a very flattering and concilliatory speech just in time to have the Wasp, the Mormon paper, publish the news and have it reach the Mormons throughout the State, & direct them to vote for Duncan and Henderson. Hence the object of the article we copied into our last paper from the Wasp. The bargain has been consummated between Henderson and the Prophet. -- All things between the two Josephs have been reconciled by Henderson, and the Mormon vote is to be cast for the Whigs. -- This was a desperate gamem, and desperately have Duncan and Henderson played it. They are old political gamblers. They had not only marked the cards, but they cut and shuffled the pack, so as to throw the game into their own hands. They held all the trumps, and they have not only out-tricked "the Jews" but the Mormons also.
and Galena Advertiser.
Vol. VIII. Galena, Friday, September 30, 1842. No. 47.
Bennett, the former co-worker of Jo Smith in rascality, is treated much as he deserves to be at the East. In exposing Jo, he lays himself bare to the lash, and the public, in their censure, apply it with an unsparing hand.
Vol. ? Columbia, Ill., Oct. ? 1842. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- These unfortunate beings -- unfortunate in the estimation of the newspaper scribblers -- are perhaps the subject of more notoriety than almost any thing else that has for the last year agitated our mundane sphere. All sorts of stories are afloat reflecting on their alleged wickedness and the dangers to which the citizens of Illinois are constantly exposing themselves by permitting them to hold an asylum on our territory. We saw it stated not long since -- in the N. Y. Commercial Advertiser we think -- that there had been a skirmish between the militia of the State of Illinois and the Mormon forces, in which the latter were severely beaten, sixteen lives lost and property confiscated by the ruthless mob who had collected from the neighboring counties, and the opposite side, Missouri. Another New York print states that Joe Smith has been kidnapped and taken, no one know where-that the greatest disorder and excitement pervade the Holy City. These stories, got up by the scullions of the press, may all do very well in the East, where alone a morbid taste for mystery and a delight for evil seems to be coeval with their existence. But it is passing strange to us how any well informed editor -- Col. Stone for instance; can give publicity to these "idle tales, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Here in our own State, where Mormonism rears its bold front, these vague rumors and strange disclosures, only excite the ridicule and contempt they so justly deserve. Would it not be as well, if the eastern press would desist from their course, and bestow their sympathies upon the more charitable subjects who are the immediate causes of so much misery in their own vicinities? We think so.
Vol. ? Shawneetown, Saturday, Dec. 10, 1842. No. ?
A MORMON MIRACLE KNOCKED IN THE HEAD. -- One of Joe Smith's holy clan, finding that the disclosure of Mormonism by Bennett, had had the effect of shaking the faith of his followers, determined to set his brain to work to invent a scheme how to recover the lost confidence of his congregation, cost what it might. For this purpose he procured a dove and taught the bird to fly to him and eat from his ears in which he placed the grains that served for its daily food. Having, as he thought, sufficiently trained the bird, he gave out that on the next Sabbath after lecturing he would prove by a miracle that he was a Prophet of God. The day came -- the meeting house was crowded -- one of Erin's unsophisticated sons had been procured under promise of eternal secrecy, to hide himself in the garret, and to let the messenger of peace fly at the word of command. All was arranged; with a countenance lit up with confidence of success, the Latter Day Saint began his exhortation, pronounced Bennett a scoundrel, a liar and impostor, and to prove his assertions, he with a loud voice called on heaven to send down its holy spirit, in the form of a dove, as it appeared hovering over oyr Savior when baptized in the river Jordan. A dread silence prevailed -- each eye fixed with superstitious awe on the excited prophet, who with extended arms loudly called for the Holy Ghost. Again and again he called, but still no answer was made; at last, fearful that his Hiberian agent in the loft had not heard him, he fairly burst forth as he frantically clapped his hands, and stamped his feet, "Holy Ghost appear!"
Vol. IV. Springfield, Friday, January 6, 1843. No. 23.
The District Court of the United States have had under consideration, during the last few days, the case of Jos. Smith, arrested under a requisition from the Governor of Missouri as an alleged accessory to the attempted murder of Governor Boggs. The question before the Court, was whether Jos. Smith was a fugitive from justice, within the meaning of the laws and constitution of the United States. The court, after argument decided that Smith was not a fugitive, having been in the State of Illinois at the time of the attempted assassination. Smith has since been released from custody. The Attorney General argued the cause in behalf of the State, and Mr. Butterfield for the prisoner.
Vol. IV. Springfield, Friday, January 20, 1843. No. 25.
On Thursday last a discussion sprung up in the House of Representatives upon a bill to repeal the Nauvoo charters. The bill was defeated through the exertions of Mr. Smith and Mr. Owen, the representatives from Hancock County. Mr. Smith (who we learn is a brother of the prophet) made a powerful speech in defense of his brethren, in the course of which he gave Mr. Davis of Bond county a very severe castigation. This is the second time the proposition to repeal these charters has been defeated. We are opposed to persecution, in all its forms. The Mormons are entitled to the same rights as other citizens but no more. Any attempt to repeal their charters is wrong unless all other charters are repealed also. It may be that the Nauvoo charters require amendment. If so, let them be amended, but this idea of depriving the Mormons of rights which other citizens possess, is worse than the edicts of the Spanish inquisition, and will not be tolerated in a free country. Messrs. Davis, Smith and Owen, are a perfect team in standing up by the rights of their constituents.
Vol. IV. Springfield, Friday, March 31, 1843. No. 35.
SPEECH OF MR. OWEN.
Vol. 4. No. 13. Nauvoo, Ill., May 15, 1843. Whole No. 73.
For the Times & Seasons.
Mr. Editor: -- I feel somewhat unwilling to go from this city, until I have returned my sincere thanks for the kind treatment I have received from all with whom I have had any intercourse, since I first came into this place. I must confess that I left home with no very favorable opinions of the Latter Day Saints.--I have had the misfortune to live always among that class of people who look upon a Mormon as being of quite another race, from the rest of mankind, and holding no affinity to the human family. My ears had been so often assailed by the tales of their vice and immorality, that I could not but reflect, in spite of my determination to remain unprejudiced, that I should witness many scenes detrimental to the christian character, if not offensive to society. My friends crowded around me, giving me many cautions against the art and duplicity of that deluded sect, as they called them and intreated me to observe them closely, and learn the true state of their community. I set out on foot, making my arrangements to continue there until I was satisfied what kind of beings the Mormons were. It was something over sixty miles, and on the road I often had time to reflect upon the errand of my journey,. and fancy to myself the condition in which I expected to find them.
Vol. IV. Springfield, Friday, June 23, 1843. No. 47.
More Whig Intrigue. -- On Saturday last an agent of Missouri presented to Gov. Ford, a demand from the Governor of Missouri for the arrest of Joseph Smith the Mormon prophet. -- This demand was founded on an indictment got up in Missouri against Smith for the old alleged treason of which he was formerly accused. There is some evidence already, and facts are fast developing, to excite the belief that this indictment has been procured to be found by the friends of Messrs. Browning & Walker, in the hopes that at this critical juncture of affairs the congressional election in two districts might be affected by it. It seems to have been the object of the two gentlemen engaged in this matter to compel the Governor of Illinois to issue a warrant against Smith at this particular time, so as to insense the Mormons and insure their votes for Browning & Walker. They foresaw that the Governor would be compelled by the constitution to issue a warrant; but it remains to be seen whether their villanous scheme will succeed.
Vol. IV. Springfield, Friday, July 7, 1843. No. 49.
JO SMITH. -- More of the late arrest. -- Our city was visited this week by the agent of Missouri and his counsel, and also by Mr. Walker, counsel of Joseph Smith. An application has been made to Gov. Ford for a military force to retake Smith, which, we learn, is now under consideration. We proceed to give the facts, as we have learned them. of the proceedings under the arrest thus far:
and Galena Advertiser.
Vol. IX. Galena, Friday, August 18, 1843. No. 41.
It is said that Joe Smith's brother, upon whom the mantle of prophecy, it is alleged, has descended, pretended to have a
Vol. V. Springfield, Aug. 18?, 1843. No. 3.
ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI.
We have seen and heard a statement that Governor Ford had delayed making a decision upon the demand of Missouri for the militia to arrest Joseph Smith, until after the election: so as by intimidation to compel the Mormons to vote the democratic ticket. The authors of this desperate and reckless slander take counsel from their own corrupt hearts, and judge others by a knowledge of what they would do in like case. No doubt but that they would do this and more too if necessary to secure the success of their party, and hence their readiness to believe evil of others. If, however, they had been in the least degree inclined to judge correctly, they would have gone as we have done to the records of the Secretary's office, where they would have ascertained that all these suspicions were groundless; and that the Governor had actually decided not to call out the militia, eleven days before the election.
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, August 25, 1843. No. 4.
The Whigs and the Mormons.
The lamentations of the Journal and its Federal coadjutors throughout the State at the result in the Jo Daviess district is no more than could have been expected under the circumstance. Baffled in their attempts t;o mislead the Mormons, who at the hands of the whigs have received naught but abuse and contumely, they attempt to impress the public mind with the belief that Gov. Ford has bartered his official power for their votes on condition that Smith should be protected, in any event, from the authorities of Missouri. There is no proof offered of such a transaction between Smith and the Governor by the Journal, but the mere fact of the Mormons have voted the Democratic ticket is sufficient evidence to bring the Governor and others "in high places" this wholesale charge of the Federal press. We pronounce the whole a band fabrication of the Junto here to vent their spleen against Gov. Ford, and to hide their chagrin and mortification at the defeat of one of their cherished partisans. We challenge the Journal and the whole Federal press to furnish a particle of evidence of the reprehensible means spoken of between men "in high places" and Smith and the Mormons. No, the reverse is the fact, Walker and his Federal backers left no stone unturned to coerce and wheedle the Mormons into his support and when his strenuous exertions to procure their votes had rendered him obnoxious to the Anti-Mormons, he took the "back track" and endeavored to betray the trusts reposed in him by the Mormons, as their lawyer -- in endeavoring to grasp all he lost both. We have been told that he even went so far as to endeavor to induce the Deputy Marshall who was over there, to pretend to have a writ for Smith, and to take him in custody, and thereby frighten him into acquiescence. But that gentleman refused to be a party to any such "reprehensible means."
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, September 15, 1843. No. 7.
Rockwell, charged with the attempt to murder Ec-Governor Boggs, has been remanded back to Jackson Co., in consequence of some informality in the change of venue. The Western Expositor says no evidence to warrant an indictment has been produced against him -- Mo. Republican.
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, October 20, 1843. No. 12.
The Mormons and the Whigs.
The following is extracted from the Quincy Whig, and is one of the most beautiful specimens of professions of friendship before election and practices afterward that we have seen since the hard cider campaign of 1840
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, October 27, 1843. No. 13.
Gov. Ford, the Mormons and the
The lying organs of Federalism, such as the Sangamo Journal, and other papers of that stamp in this State, have repeatedly charged that Gov. Ford was instrumental in procuring the Mormons to vote against Judge Douglass, at the last August election. We have before given that lie direct to this most ridiculous charge. No doubt the charge was made for the purpose of hiding Mr. Browning's coalition with the Mormons. We noe state, that we have taken the trouble to enquire of several of our most respectable citizens, who could not fail to have a knowledge of the facts, if any such existed and we bow declare that the charge against the Governor in this case is false -- maliciously and basely false.
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, February 16, 1844. No. 29.
The Nauvoo Neighbor of the 7th inst. contains the following paragraph:
Vol. I. Belleville, Illinois, April 13, 1844. No. 1.
...PUBLISHED EVERY NOW AND THEN
... Our paper being entirely free and independent of any sect, clique or party, we of course have the glorious privelege, of consulting our own individual judgement and preferences as to the men whom we will support for office. That privilege we are determined to enjoy and exercise, even at the risk of incurring the imputation of singularity. We shall not be whimsical, however, in our choice of candidates; nor present to the public the name of any man for office who is not fully convinced of his own fitness for the place; as the following ticket will show.
Vol. I. Belleville, Illinois, April 20, 1844. No. 2.
...PUBLISHED EVERY NOW AND THEN
All persons in favor of Joseph Smith, jr., Lieutenant commander of the Nauvoo Legion, and Chief of the Latter Day Saints, for President, are requested to meet in all the States of the Union, for the purpose of appointing delegates to the Smith Convention, to be held in Nauvoo, on the first Monday of November next.
and Galena Advertiser.
Vol. X. Galena, Friday, May 3, 1844. No. 26.
THE GLOBE AND JOE SMITH.
The Globe of the 14th has a long article, attacking Joe Smith's "views of government," as lately published by him in the Nauvoo paper. -- The real cause for this attack, we presume, may be found in the fact, that Smith does not choose to buckle on his armor, and support Martin Van Buren for President. Smith has done pretty well for the Globe party, by electing one member to Congress for them; and as it is an object for the Globe to keep him there, we presume, the editors were satisfied, that however much they might abuse Smith, he would be compelled to go for Hoge again. The Globe evidently believes in the potency of the rod held over Joe by Gov. Ford.
and Galena Advertiser.
Vol. X. Galena, Friday, May 17, 1844. No. 28.
The Mormons recently held a meeting at Gen. Smith's store in Nauvoo, to consult upon measures for the furtherance of their designs in the next presidential election. Several gentlemen addressed the meeting in their grievances, their rights, numbers and political influence. The official proceedings say: "From the statements, we have no reason to doubt, that we can bring, independent of any other party, from two to five thousand votes, in the field. Several gentlemen were nominated to attend the Baltimore Convention, to make overtures to that body."
Vol. I. Nauvoo, Ill., Friday, June 7, 1844. No. 1.
We give place this week to the following Preamble, Resolutions and Affidavits, of the Seceders from the Church at Nauvoo. -- The request is complied with on account of their deeming it very important that the public should know the true cause of their dissenting, as all manner of falsehood is spread abroad in relation to the schism in the Church. In our subsequent numbers several affidavits will be published, to substantiate the facts alleged. Hereafter, no further Church proceedings will appear in our columns, except in the form of brief communications. -- ED.
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, June 14, 1844. No. 44.
HENRY CLAY AND JO SMITH -- THEIR CORRESPONDENCE.
The last number of the "Nauvoo Neighbor," contains a lengthy correspondence between these two extraordinary men.
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, June 28, 1844. No. 46.
THE TROUBLES AT NAUVOO.
The Journal of yesterday asserts that the Governor has ordered out 4000 of the militia to arrest Jo Smith at Nauvoo. We have no confirmation of this intelligence from any quarter. Gov. Ford left this place for Hancock county on Monday last week for the purpose of preserving the public peace of the State. He has not yet returned. We place but little reliance on the rumors which reach here, of hostile parties from St. Louis, Missouri, Iowa, &c., holding themselves in readiness to enter the State; because all such proceedings are violations of the laws and constitution of the United States. We have no doubt the Governor will have succeeded in satisfying all parties, by enforcing the laws against all.
Vol. V. Ottawa, Ill., June 28, 1844. No. 2.
Our accounts from Nauvoo are up to the 24th. There has yet been no blood shed, though there is still danger there may be. It appears no attempt was made by the citizens of Hancock county to arrest the persons who destroyed the "Expositor" press on the 19th, the day they had appointed for that purpose; but they determined to await the arrival of Gov. Ford. The Gov. reached Warsaw on the 20th. He immediately declared publicly his fixed determination to bring to the aid of the civil authorities all the forces he possessed for the arrest of those concerned in the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor, and for the faithful and fearless administration of the law. To this end, he sent orders to the brigadier general of the fourth brigade to rendezvous forthwith at Warsaw, provided with eight days' provisions. This brigade consists of four regiments, and is about two thousand strong. There were, also, under arms at Carthage and its vicinity, one thousand citizens, ready to aid in the execution of the laws. Gov. Ford has despatched two expresses to Nauvoo commanding Smith to send two of the most discreet members of the common council to the governor, with an explanation (if any they had to make) of their conduct in destroying the private property of citizens of this state. These messengers had not returned to Warsaw at the latest accounts.
Vol. V. Ottawa, Ill., July 4, 1844. No. 3.
Important from Nauvoo.
==> We are indebted to a passenger on board the steamer "Frolic," which had just arrived at our wharf, for an extra from the office of the St. Louis "Reveille," dated Saturday morning, June 29, containing the following highly important and shocking details of the shooting of JOE SMITH and others.
Vol. V. Springfield, Friday, July 5, 1844. No. 47.
JOSEPH SMITH THE MORMON PROPHET AND
The following particulars of the most disgraceful and cold blooded murders ever committed in a christian land is copied from an Extra from the office of the Quincy Herald. Rumors of the bloody deed reached this city several days ago, but were not believed until Tuesday evening when there was bo further room left for doubt. Next week we will have all the particulars. Every effort will be made to bring the assassins to punishment.
Vol. ? Vandalia, Fayette Co., Ill., July 6, 1844. No. ?
DEATH OF JOE AND HIS BROTHER HYRUM SMITH. -- All day on Saturday our town was in a state of feverish excitement, caused by the reception of news of the death of the Mormon Prophet, Joe Smith, and of his brother Hyrum Smith, and, as was then reported, of others of the Mormon sect. As usual, too, there was no consistency in the circumstances, as the public caught hold of them, and this tended to incease the anxiety. Slips and publications from "the infested district" stated that the death of these men was the result of an attempt, by the Mormons, to rescue their leaders from confinement in the jail at Carthage -- that an attack was made upon the guard from without -- that the prisoners who were said to have been armed, participated in the struggle, by firing from the window of the prison, and wounding several citizens; and that then, the jail was entered, and the prisoners shot down...
Vol. V. Springfield, Aug. 16, 1844. No. ?
Brigadier Gen. John J. Hardin, has been ordered by the Governor to take command of such a militia force as may be necessary to suppress disturbances in Hancock county, if any further disturbances should take place during the short absence of the Governor at the Nashville convention.
Vol. V. Springfield, Aug. 30, 1844. No. ?
SPRINGFIELD, Aug. 27, 1844.
Vol. IV Bloomington, Ill., September 6, 1844. No. 44.
The Warsaw Signal says that Daniel Spencer has been elected Mayor of Nauvoo pro tem. Geo. Miller and Whitney have been elected Trustees of the Church property, under their management the Temple is progressing rapidly. Samuel H. Smith, brother of the Prophet, died at Nauvoo about two weeks since. William is now the only survivor brother.
Vol. ? Belleville, Ill., September 17, 1844. No. ?
... The great aim of Joseph Smith was evidently to clothe himself with the most unlimited power, civil, military and ecclesiastical, over all who became members of his society. And to that end his' whole efforts were put in requisition, from the day of their organization under their charters, down to the hour of his death. The first step taken by him, was to satisfy his people that he had received a revelation from God, disclosing his origin as well as that of his wife, and detailing the events that were to occur, as well as the part he and his descendants were to take, in their consummation. This he succeeded in, and gave the following as the substance of his revelation. He stated that Emma his wife, was of Indian descent, in a line from one of the tribes of Israel. That he (Joseph) was a descendant from Joseph of old through the blood of Ephraim. And that God had appointed and ordained that he, with his descendants, should rule over all Israel, meaning the Latter Day Saints or Mormons, the Indian tribes and ultimately the Jews and Gentiles. That the authority with which God had clothed him, being “Jure Divino,” extended over all mankind, and was paramount and superior to any Human authority. Joe further stated, that God had revealed to him, that the Indians and Latter Day Saints, under Joe as their King and Ruler, were to conquer the Gentiles, and that their subjection to this authority was to be obtained by the sword! From this revelation, he enforced upon them that it was necessary he should be crowned King, and they, believing in the gross imposition, yielded to his edict. Joe was accordingly CROWNED KING under God, over the immediate house of Israel. This ceremony was performed in 1842, by a council of fifty in number, denominated the "Ancient or Days." And thenceforward his authority as such was recognized and obeyed by the church and its authority in all respects and under all circumstances. The peculiar attributes of his power, Joe insisted, were that he could direct the actions of the entire House of Israel -- that they were bound to obey his commands, whatever they might be -- and that finally the whole earth was to become under subjection to him. He further impressed upon the council crowning him, that God's desire was, as revealed to him, (Joe,) that, for the time being, this was to remain a perfect secret until God should reveal to the contrary. And accordingly Joe swore them all to present secrecy, under the penalty of death! It is also a fact, ascertained beyond controversy, that the Indian tribes of Sacs and Foxes, Siouxs and Pottowattamies, were consulted, and their assent obtained previous to the mock crowning of this unmitigated Impostor, and that delegations were sent to Nauvoo from each of the above tribes about the time of the ceremony being performed, by the council of fifty. These delegations of Indians were seen by hundreds and hundreds at Nauvoo, but the object of their visitation never was ascertained without the pale of the church, until secessions commenced taking place from the Mormons.
Vol. IV Bloomington, Ill., September 20, 1844. No. 46.
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 of Nauvoo, among whom were John A. Forges and Emma Smith, the Prophet's widow. The temple was 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 dissension continues 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 Pittsburgh, where he would establish a paper. He is still a believer in the doctrine, though the Twelve would not allow him to rule. --
and Galena Advertiser.
Vol. X. Galena, Friday, September 20, 1844. No. 46.
The news below is mainly from the Warsaw Signal. There is evidently trouble in the Mormon Camp. The hand of fellowship has been withdrawn from Elders Rigdon, James Emmit, and Zachariah Wilson. It is also rumored, that on Sunday last, nineteen of the leading Mormons were ejected from the church, and amongst these were John A. Forges, and Emma Smith, the widow of the Prophet. There appears to be great dissension, but it is not known exactly what it is about. Sidney Rigdon has gone to Pittsburg. -- He is said to have about four hundred followers in Nauvoo, who acknowledge his right to the leadership. Meetings are held daily to discuss the relative claims of Rigdon and the Twelve. Some of the most influential men of the Church are for Rigdon. John P. Green, Marshall of Nauvoo, is dead.
Vol. IV Bloomington, Ill., September 27, 1844. No. 47.
A letter from a gentleman at Springfield, Ill., states that Gov. Ford has issued orders for the march of twenty-five hundred Illinois militia and volunteers to Nauvoo, for the protection of that place. -- The detachment from Morgan county had been ordered to rendezvous at Beardstown on the 20th ult. No reasons are assigned for this new movement of the Governor, but as it involves a very considerable expenditure to the State, it may be presumed that it has not been done without urgent necessity.
and Galena Advertiser.
Vol. X. Galena, Friday, September 27, 1844. No. 47.
Later accounts confirm much that has been heretofore said with regard to the confused state of things at Nauvoo. A gentleman recently from there informs us, that the anxiety to get away from the place is as great as it has been heretofore to get there. It was mentioned that, among others Sidney Rigdon had been expelled from the Church. He comes out with a letter in the St. Louis Organ, giving the reasons why he was expelled. It seems, that he and a number of his friends wished to leave Nauvoo and settle in some part of Pennsylvania. Their intention soon became known and it occasioned great excitement. Public meetings were called, Rigdon was assailed with every abusive epithet, such as a mobocrat, conspirator and murderer, and one speaker intimated, that he might be rode on a rail. He says, his only crime was, his daring to leave Nauvoo, without asking the permission of certain individuals. In short, every thing is in a state of dissolution. The Mormons have no head, neither is there a probability that Smith's place will be supplied. What can such a body of undisciplined spirits do without a leader?
Vol. V. Ottawa, Ill., October 4, 1844. No. 16.
We learn from various sources that forces to the number of about 800, collected from Sangamon, Morgan, and the neighboring counties, have proceeded to Hancock county, under the command of Gen. Hardin, to suppress anticipated disturbances in that region. Gov. Ford, it is understood, has gone along. The reason assigned for this movement, as our readers have already been informed, is, that the citizens of Hancock have advertised a large wolf hunt to come off on the 17th inst., and it is feared that it is a mere cloak under which to get up an attack on the Mormons. That such is the intention, we have no doubt the governor has assurances from sources upon which he can rely, in addition is the evidence that is already public, but if he had not, the handbill advertising this wolf hunt would be enough to justify the step the governor has taken. All acquainted with the manner in which a large "wolf hunt" on our prairies is conducted know that, on such an occasion there are no fire arms used -- they are never allowed to be brought on the ground. The persons engaged in the hunt form a large circle, and gradually close in to the centre, where the game collects and is killed with spears, clubs, &c. In the melee
Vol. VI. Springfield, Oct. 11, 1844. No. 10.
THE MORMON WAR.
... Notwithstanding this plan to have the Governor murdered, these same treacherous scoundrels, for whom some of the Whigs feel so much sympathy, about the middle of August last, procured George T. M. Davis, Mayor of Alton, to write to the Governor a letter informing him distinctly, that if he encouraged prosecutions against the assassins, they intended to implicate him as a particips criminis. This information we get from the Governor himself. We further learn from him that he offered himself to submit to the law, if any persons had any accusation to make. He told the people of Hancock that he would take no advantage of the force he had with him, nor would he run away to Missouri to avoid inquiry....
Vol. VI. Springfield, Nov. 8, 1844. No. 13.
GEORGE T. M. DAVIS.
Some weeks since the State Register charged that the Hancock people had procured this gentleman, to write a threatening letter to the Governor, informing him that if he encouraged prosecutions, against the murderers of the Smiths the persons accused would implicate him in the murder. This statement has been denied by Mr. Davis, and he has called for the publication of the letter. -- Here it is; No one could doubt but that it was written at the instance of the Hancock people. It bears internal evidence of the fact.
Vol. VI. Springfield, Ills., November 25, 1844. No. ?
MR. CLAY'S LETTER TO THE MORMONS.
Fragments of the following letter have been going the rounds for some time, here is the whole of it at last:
Vol. VI. Springfield, May 23, 1845. No. 40?
Messrs. Editors: I have barely have time to say the murderers are arrested, and, by their own consent removed to Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa, where the murder was committed. But, perhaps you have mot heard of this shocking affair. -- John Miller, a German farmer, came with his family, two weeks since, from Ohio, and stopped for a time ten miles west of Fort Madison. He had with him $2,500. His son-in-law, Henry Leisy, also had money, and lived with his father-in-law.
Vol. VI. Springfield, July 4, 1845. No. 49?
MURDER AT NAUVOO.
We are called upon to record another cold blooded and willful murder. On Saturday night last Edwin [sic] Hodges, a brother of the two men who have just been found guilty, at Burlington, of the horrible murder lately committed in Lee county, Iowa, -- was called out of his house about midnight by some person who was desirous of speaking with him. The mement he stept out of the door he was felled to the sands by a club, and afterwards stabbed in several places with his own knife; he lived a short time after he was discovered, said he knew the person who committed the deed, but would not name him because he was a friend. -- Quincy Herald.
Vol. VI. Springfield, July 11, 1845. No. 50?
HORRID MURDER. -- By the War Eagle, arrived yesterday from St. Louis, we learn that about 1 P. M., of the 6th inst., five persons entered the house of Col. Geo. Davenport, on Rock Island, during the absence of his family, and shot him through the thigh, mortally wounding him, and then dragged him through the house, until he told them where his money was, which they took with his watch. They tied him to an easy chair, and left, and had not been seen when the War Eagle passed down on Saturday morning. They obtained about $500 in Missouri paper. One of the persons was known to Col. Davewnport by the name of [Fred?], and had been prowling about Rock Island with the others for four or five weeks. The Col. lived until 9 P. M., on [-----day] [night] when he expired, after having given full particulars of the robbery and murder.
Vol. VII. Springfield, Oct. 24, 1845. No. 10.
THE MURDERERS OF COL. DAVENPORT. -- The last Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye says:
Vol. VII. Springfield, Oct. 31, 1845. No. 11.
Birch, one of the persons arrested for the murder of Col. Davenport, says Jack Redmon (or Redding) murdered Arvine Hodges. This agrees with the information given us a few days ago by Wm. Smith, "the Mormon Patriarch," from whose statements it is evident that Brigham Young was privy to the crime, and probably instigated it. --
Vol. VII. Springfield, Nov. 7, 1845. No. 12.
The St. Louis Gazette of Oct. 31 says:
Vol. VII. Springfield, Nov. 14, 1845. No. 13.
We are informed by an officer of the steamer Dial, which arrived yesterday, that the Sheriff of Rock Island county, Illinois visited Nauvoo with a posse, and arrested Redding, a few days since and conducted him on board the Sarah Ann, when a body of Mormons, armed with pistols and stones attacked the boat -- some of the bullets penetrating the cabin of the Sarah Ann. The Sheriff and the prisoner were both wounded seriously, and Redding was rescued. The one hundred men stationed there by the Governor were called upon to quell the riot, but it is not known whether they responded to the call or not. The Mormons appear to be highly incensed at the proceedings against Backenstos, and think it will be another affair similar to the murder of Joe and Hiram Smith. -- Missouri Reporter.
Vol. VII. Springfield, Nov. 14, 1845. No. 13.
Sales of Mormon property. -- The Signal says: We have heard of a few sales of Mormon property and a number of negotiations for sales in the county, but the Saints seem to estimate their property generally higher, in the immediate vicinity of Nauvoo, than it can be sold for.
and Galena Advertiser.
Vol. XII. Galena, Friday, December 12, 1845. No. 6.
Mormon Preparations. -- James Arlington Bennett writes thus to the New York Sun: -