Vol. VI. Peoria, Illinois, January 6, 1843. No. 41.
CORRESPONDENCE OF THE PEORIA REGISTER.
Springfield, Jan. 1, 1843.
Vol. III. Peoria, January 11, 1843. No. 48.
The apostolizing Mormon, has been enlightening the citizens of Peoria, the past week, in a series of lectures on the abominations, absurdities and iniquitous principles and practices of the sect, to which he formerly belonged and of which he has been one among the highest, or rather lowest, for preeminence in a sect, which according to his account make pollution, perjury and blasphemy a part of their system should be accounted degrees of degradation. We attend[ed] the lectures, the second of which the general, it seems from his advertisement, considered too indecent to be listened to by an audience of both sexes, but which was substantially the same and neither worse in language or sentiment, than his letters, which appeared last summer in the columns of the Peoria Register, Sangamo Journal and other whig prints. He commenced by stating cases in which the city council of Nauvoo had exceeded the powers granted them under their act of incorporation, such as issuing writs of habeas corpus &c. In such cases no one would be bound to obey these laws or the processes issued under them, he would have his remedy at law, the same as though these laws did not exist, we opine. The general then gave an account of some of Jo Smith's intrigues and attempts at seduction, being the cases, which have heretofore appeared in print of Misses Brotherton, Rigdon and others. He stated also, that there are two societies among the Mormons the sole object of the institution of which is to devise ways to seduce the women of their church to vice. The order lodge consisting of men, the other consisting entirely of women, (we cannot find in our heart to believe this) called the relief society at the head of this latter, we use words of Bennett, "is the delectable Emma Smith, the wife of the prophet." He said, the abandoned women were divided into three classes, the cyprian Saints, the chamber sisters of Charity, and the Cloister Saints; the first the lowest class, the latter the spiritual wives. But we forbear entering into the minutia, which in a paper of general circulation would be more offensive than edifying. The general goes it with a rush, and we have no doubt, like seceders from other societies, will prove one of the most effective and uncomfortable antagonists to his former brethren.
Vol. VI. Peoria, Illinois, January 13, 1843. No. 42.
Rev. Mr._____'s letter to Bishop Chase
Rt. Rev. Sir: A lady of this town who has been an attendant of our church for a condiderable time, wishes to be a communicant. I hope she is pious. Before her residence here she was connected with the Mormons, but never looked upon Joe Smith as a true prophet. She says she was baptized by a Mormon preacher in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. She had never any other baptism. My object in addressing you is this: Ought I to Baptize her, or in case I believe that the Mormon who baptized her believed in the Trinity as well as herself, must I let that baptism suffice... I have spoken to her plainly on the subject, and told her that if she chooses the Episcopal Church, she must do so for life, and never have any further connection with the Mormons.
Vol. VI. Peoria, Illinois, February 14, 1843. No. 47.
Bishop Chase's Pastoral Letter
Vol. IV. Peoria, March 22, 1843. No. 6.
The Missouri Reporter states that Mr. Rockwell, who has been charged with having attempted to assassinate ex-governor Boggs of that state, was arrested in St. Louis on the 6th inst. When arrested he was on his way to Nauvoo from the east and had entered his name at the stage office for Jacksonville of this state. General Bennett had pledged himself to prove that Rockwell is the person who endeavored to assassinate Governor Boggs, and that his instigator was the Mormon prophet. He will be immediately taken to Independence, Missouri, to await the investigation of the charge.
Vol. VII. Peoria, Illinois, July 14, 1843. No. 15.
By the last Times and Seasons we learn that the Saints, on the 3d and 5th of July, held a "special conference of the Church, at the green near the temple," for the purpose of appointing elders to go on a "special mission" to the different counties in the state: for Peoria, George W. Pitkin and John Wakefield were appointed; knox, Elijah Fordham; Henderson, Jacob H. Butterfield; Stark, Wm. S. Covert; [-----], Alfred Brown; Henry, U. C. Nickerson; Tazewell, Thos. Dobson; Bureau, Jas. Twist; Fulton, Graham Coltrin, &c.
Vol. VII. Peoria, Illinois, August 11, 1843. No. 19.
THE SIXTH DISTRICT.
Walker has been beat, badly beat. The whole Mormon vote, contrary to expectation, was given to Hoge. Our little governor with his troop were not in St. Louis in a week before the election for nothing. We are a Yankee, and have the right to use the Yankee privilege to guess, and exercising that right we do guess it was at St. Louis concocted and agreed that all and every prosecution now pending either in the state of Illinois or Missouri against Joe Smith should immediately be dropped, and no harm should come to Joe therefrom, providing that Joe's Mormons voted for Hoge. Joe's Mormons did. And now for our locofoco governor's part of the contract. Joe need no longer fear. He can roam through Illinois at will. The many and manifold accusations that before election were heaped upon him have frittered away. His sins are all atoned for; and he now stands forth not a criminal, but an injured persecuted man.
Vol. VII. Peoria, Illinois, August 25, 1843. No. 21.
We learn by a gentleman from Warsaw, that a meeting of the people of Hancock county, to be held at Carthage, was called for-today, to take into consideration their relations with the Mormons. It is said that a good deal of excitement exists against them, and apprehensions of a serious riot and outbreak were entertained. The people of that section of the state are heartily tired of the Mormons as ever the citizens of Missouri were, but they have suffered them to obtain so strong a foothold that no power exists which can deprive them of their possessions, or induce them to abandon their present residence.
Vol. V. Peoria, Illinois, October 18, 1843. No. 5.
The Mormons and the Whig. -- 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. ? Peoria, Illinois, March 20, 1844. No. ?
The Nauvoo Neighbor has for its candidates, "For president, gen. Joseph Smith, Nauvoo, Illinois; vice president gen. James A. Bennett, New York." We have not heard whether the Mormons intend to hold a national convention or whether they will nominate electors of their own denomination. Time will tell.
Vol. ? Peoria, Illinois, May 29, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMON TEMPLE.
Ascending an acclivity somewhat abrupt and turning to the right you are at the site of the Temple. The foundation is entirely of stone, constructed in the most massive manner, and the superstructure is to be of the same material and construction. The dimensions are perhaps 130 feet by 90, and the edifice is to have three stories of some 20 feet each in altitude. The spire is to be about one hundred feet higher than the walls, or 160 feet from the ground. The appearance presented by this edifice in the diagram model, which was shown me by the prophet, is grand and imposing. The Tower, the casements, the doors, and all the prominent parts of the edifice, are to be richly ornamented, both within and without -- but in a style of architecture, which no Greek, nor Goth, nor Frank, ever dreamed. I will be bound to affirm, indeed, as I learned from the lips of the prophet himself -- the style of architecture is exclusively his own and must be known henceforth and forever, I suppose, as the "Mormon order!" The external layer of stone is dressed with considerable neatness, and each of the rouge [sic - range?] of pilasters, by which it is ornamented, bears upon its sculptural representation of the Crescent, with the profile of a man's face in strong relief -- Much in the style of that edifying picture of the moon you may have been want to admire, as well as myself, in the primer when a boy! The effect of this image is semi-solemn, semi-laughable, and certainly more than semi-singular. In the workshop beside the structure, in which a large number of stone-cutters are employed, may be seen divers other carvings on stone, designed for the holy edifice, still more novel than that I have named. Among them are suns, full moons and half the constellations of the firmament; to say nothing of human faces, of expression weird enough for an egyptian obelisk. There are 75 or 100 of the fraternity zealously at work at the present time hewing stone of laying it for the temple, -- all other public improvements being in perfect abeyance that this greatest and holiest of all may advance. The walls of the structure are about two feet in depth, and the solidity of the buttresses, and the porthole aspect of the basement apertures for windows, lend the pile more the appearance of a fortilace than a sanctuary. It has three entrances all on the west front. On each side of the main entrance is an apartment perfectly circular without window or loop hole, or division of any kind, designed for some vestibular purpose which none of our party could define. At the eastern extremity is a large arched window, and here no doubt is to stand the altar. The basement story, as you look down to it, reminds you more of a wine cellar, with its dozen apartments or crypts, each divided from the other by ponderous masonry.
Vol. VI. Peoria, Illinois, April 23, 1845. No. 11.
William Smith, brother of the Mormon prophet, charged with publishing a libel against B. Winchester, in the paper called "The Prophet," published in New York, was on the 24th ult. held to bail by the mayor in the sum of $3000, to answer the charge in the court of quarter sessions.
Vol. VI. Peoria, October 8, 1845. No. 35.
From the Chicago Democrat of Oct. 1.
On Thursday morning last, at 4 o'clock, F. Bonney, Esq., of Montrose, Iowa, arrived in this city in the steamboat Champion, with two of the five murderers of Col. Davenport, Wm. E. Birch alias Haines, and John Long alias Howe. Both these men are well known in the Rock River region and need no description at our hands. The people there will also rejoice to learn that Fox alias Sutton was arrested, a long time since, by this same chivalrous Bonney and has been kept in irons secretly, safe in one of the jails of this state. In order to prevent alarm, it was reported that he was arrested for horse stealing, as the gang have accomplices [all] over the western states, many of whom will not steal or murder, but will knowingly, harbor those who do both.
Vol. VI. Peoria, October 15, 1845. No. 36.
The Springfield Register of last Friday says, the place of the ultimate destination of the Mormons is Vancouver's island in the territory of Oregon, whence they will all remove next spring. We have seen nothing of this in any communication from Nauvoo.
Vol. VI. Peoria, November 26, 1845. No. 42.
California -- the Mormons,
William Smith, a brother of the late "prophet," gave us a short time since, some items with regard to the Mormon movements, their Californian views, &c., which, though not altogether new, are interesting. It is stated that their desihn is to set up an independent government, in that region. That they will carry with them several pieces of ordinance -- the same which excited the alarm of the Anties, last summer, on their arrival at Nauvoo. That the plan has been maturing for a long time, and that, in fact, with hate in their hearts, skillfully kept up by the Mormon leaders, whose pockets are to be enriched by their toil, the mass of the Mormons will be alike purged of American feeling, and shut out by a barrier of mountain and church restrictions from any other than Mormon freedom. -- That the design of Brigham Young and the "Twelve" is to build up a sacerdotal tyranny, the spirit of which will be more repugnant to the spread of republican principles than could possibly be the rule of Europe. This, with much more, is what is stated by Wm. Smith and other opponents of the present Mormon organization; and if this be at all true, it certainly will cause the expected removal of these people to be regarded with very different eyes by the great body of Americans, who have, heretofore, sympathized with them, as far as the matter of persecution goes, but who, nevertheless, are keenly awake to the character of every germ that may be planted in a land designed by Providence for the growth of freedom in its widest reach of branch and limb, not for the gnarled and stunted trunk of bigotry and superstition. As a people flying for conscience sake, the Mormons must interest all; but as a tribe marching, however far, with a deep design of appropriating territory for the planting of institutions which can never combine with the fabric we are raising, they become no more than cunning adventurers, whose progress few will say 'God speed' to.