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Vol. IX. No. 39.                 Springfield, Illinois, August 7, 1840.                 Whole 458.


The Quincy Whig gives the statement of another outrage upon the Mormons, by citizens of Missouri, of a most outrageous character. According to the Whig, it appears some of the inhabitants of Tully, a town it would seem, not far from the Mormon settlement of Nauvoo, on the Illinois shore had been complaining that sundry articles of property such as salt, iron &c. had been stolen from the place, and they had been charging the theft upon the Mormons.


We readily give place below to the proceedings of a public meeting held at Nauvoo, Hancock county. They but briefly allude to the inhuman outrage lately perpetrated by certain persons of Missouri, upon four citizens of the Mormon persuasion, living in Hancock county, in this State. The gentleman, -- a Mr. Miller, late of this county, -- who brought down the proceedings of the meeting, detailed some of the circumstances of the outrage. It seems, or rather, the citizens of Tully, Missouri, allege, that there has been considerable property, such as salt, iron, &c. stolen from that place within the last two weeks -- the Missourians charged the Mormons with the thefts, -- practicing upon their suspicions, several persons of Tully, crossed over the River in the vicinity of the Mormon settlements, below Nauvoo -- after watching the bottom, sure enough, sundry of the missing articles, were found concealed among the underwood. It further appears, from the statement of our informant, that two or three Mormons were in the bottom hunting horses, while this Missouri party were on the hunt for the goods, and coming upon them, as it were, by accident, three of the Mormon horse hunters, together with a very respectable old gentleman, whose gray hairs should have protected him from insult, -- were charged with secreting the goods, made captive, and contrary to their will, forced across the river, and confined in Tully. Here, with their victims in their power, the Missourians proceeded to inflict a severe punishment upon them. -- One was immediately stripped, a halter placed around his neck, and attached to a limb above his head, and so tightly drawn that to prevent choking to death, he was obliged to stand on the tip of his toes; in this situation, with his arms fastened around the tree, to that his bare back was fully exposed, the tormentors swore they would take his life unless he would confess. In vain he urged his innocence, that he had nothing to confess, that he had never committed any theft, &c., they still plied their whips until his back was so dreadfully lacerated, that to save his life, he agreed to confess any thing they would desire. He was taken down from the tree, with scarcely any life in him, and actually confessed whatever his tormentors wished! This was necessary, to give a coloring of justice to the inhuman outrage. Two other of the Mormons were tortured in the same manner, and a similar confession extorted from them. The old gentleman we spoke of above, one of the four abducted, behaved with such resolution, and pointed out to them so clearly their injustice and inhumanity, that after stripping, and fastening him to the tree, and taunting him with epithets of the foulest character, they took him down and finally set him at liberty. One of the victims by some means, succeeded, all cut in pieces as he was to make his escape... to the river closely pursued by his persecutors, where, finding a canoe, he made all haste for this shore; upon arriving at which, he staggered out of the boat and fell exhausted on the beach, seemingly resolved to die, if die he must, upon a soil where the laws were respected. Two other of the victims, by our latest intelligence, were still in the hands of the people of Tully, if death, of which there is some probability, has not put an end to their sufferings.

Mr. Miller, who brought down the proceedings of the meeting, had also sundry important papers, such as a petition, affidavits, &c. detailing a history of the outrages, and communicating the names of several citizens of Tully, who were engaged in the transaction: all of which has been laid before Gov. Carlin. The Governor, with commendable spirit, we learn, has taken hold of the matter, and avows his intention of investigating all the circumstances connected with these outrages -- and to protect the Mormons from future outrage and aggression, to the utmost of his authority. It is also the intention of the Governor, we understand, as soon as the necessary papers can be made out, to demand the authors of the outrage from the Executive of Missouri. Every good citizen, of whatever party or denomination, will sustain the Governor, in vindicating the laws of our State, which have, in this transaction, been shamefully violated.

The citizens of Nauvoo immediately held a meeting; collected all the facts in the case, and transmitted them to the Governor. It is clearly his duty to demand the savage scoundrels engaged in the transaction for punishment.

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Vol. IX. No. 45.                 Springfield, Illinois,  September 18, 1840.                 Whole 465.


Our attention has been arrested by the following Extraordinary Statements in the Quincy Whig. We had before heard rumors to the same effect, but could not credit them. It now appears certain that the Governor of Missouri, after the lapse of a year or more from the time they made their escape from their Inhuman Persecutors, has demanded of Gov. Carlin, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon, to be taken to Missouri for trial, and that Gov. Carlin has decided to give them up! We refer to the article from the Whig for particulars. We ho[p]e that the voice of Public Indignation against this measure will yet reach Gov. Carlin and compel him to revoke this decision:

              From the Quincy Whig.

The Mormons. -- We learn that the agent or officer despatched by Governor Carlin to the Governor of Missouri, for the purpose of demanding the authors of the outrages committed upon certain Mormon citizens of this State, at Tully, in July last, has returned, and that the demand was successful. The authors of the outrage will be given up, to be dealt with according to our laws.

Immediately upon the return of Gov. Carlin's messenger, two envoys made their appearance in our city, from Gov. Boggs of Missouri, commissioned with powers to demand of Gov. Carlin, Joseph Smith, jr. and Sydney Rigdon, two citizens of this State, -- as runaway criminals from Missouri.

Gov. Carlin and the two Missouri agents held a conference on Sunday last -- yes, on the Sabbath day! -- and the result was, as we learn, that Gov. Carlin is to give up Messrs. Smith and Rigdon, to the Missouri authorities.

So it appears the locofoco Governors of Missouri and Illinois, are carrying out a fine scheme between them. The Governor of Missouri is perfectly willing to give up the Tully rioters, to be tried by our laws, if in return, the Governor of Illinois, will surrender up two citizens of this State, to be sacrificed by a Missouri mob.

We greatly doubt the policy of this step on the part of Gov. Carlin. Most certainly, Smith and Rigdon should not be given up. The Governor well knows the prejudices existing in Missouri against the Society, of which they are prominent members. Should they be given up, and the Governor of Missouri should protect them from a mob, they could never expect justice in a trial under the laws of Missouri. The prejudices against their Society, originating in foul injustice and official persecution, so deeply affect the minds of the people of Upper Missouri, that a trial for crimes alledged against them, would be a mere mockery -- a farce. Their cases are all pre-judged. Even if tried and acquited, the mob would not leave them to go harmless from the State. Under this view of the circumstances, the Governor should have reflected more than two hours before he consented to give up Smith and Rigdon. If he gives them up, he gives them up as victims for a sacrifice, and their families will see them no more.

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Vol. IX. No. 46.                 Springfield, Illinois, September 25, 1840.                 Whole 466.

The Quincy Argus admits the fact that Governor Carlin has issued process for the arrest of Joe Smith and S. Rigdon, and their delivery to Missouri Authorities.

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Vol. IX. No. 52.                 Springfield, Illinois, November 13, 1840.                 Whole 475.

LATTER  DAY  SAINTS. -- The Buffalo Journal says -- "A body of this sect, 200 in number, have tajem passage from Liverpool for this country, and will proceed immediately to Illinois, where a tract of land has been purchased for them. The whole are from Leicester and Herfordshire. Quincy is the locality mentioned.

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Vol. X. No. 2.                 Springfield, Illinois, November 27, 1840.                 Whole 477.


The Legislature of this State is now in session. The officers of both Houses, it is said, were elected under the personal direction of Col. Benton, -- the message of Gov. Boggs is a long document -- treating of currency matters -- the dispute of the boundary of the state on the north -- education -- the expulsion of the Mormons, and Internal Improvements.... Of the Mormon expulsion, he declares:

Since your last session the unpleasant difficulties between a portion of the citizens of our State and the Mormons have entirely subsided, with the exception of some slight interruptions on our northeastern border. -- After that infatuated and deluded sect have left our State they industriously propogated throughout the Union, the most exaggerated details of our difficulties and the foulest calumnies against our citizens. In some of our eastern cities, missionaries of their creed were employed daily in making converts to their cause by proclaiming the cruelty which they alleged they had endured at the hands of our authorities. The report of our alleged barbarities has not been confined to our Union, but even at this day in Europe they are made the ground work of proslyting, and their orators have it to their interest to distort the facts into a persecution, which in every religious excitement that has marked the history of the earth, has always been found the most effective method of conversions.

The Governor now calls for an investigation into this affair and a publication of documents. At the last session great effort was made to procure an investigation; which was promptly voted down. The legislature were unwilling to go into one, and refused altogether to publish the documents connected with it. This fact of itself is decisive evidence that Missouri could not sustain herself for the part she had taken against the Mormons before the world. It is too late in the day to reverse the opinion now universally held on the subject.

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Vol. X. No. 5.                     Springfield, Illinois, December 18, 1840.                     S. Francis.


The packet ship North America, which arrived at New York last week, brought in her steerage 200 passengers, the whole of whom were "Latter Day Saints" or Mormons, bound for the Mormon settlement at Quincy. The Liverpool Chroncile states that upward of 2000 are entreating to embark early next spring for the same locality. A great portion of those who sailed in the North America, are members of the abstinence society, and are from Leicestershire and Herefordshire.

We find the above in the Baltimore Patriot of the 2nd inst. The information seems to be vertain that during the ensuing summer, several thousand additional emigrants, attached to the church of the "Latter Day Saints" will be added to the population of Adams and Hancock counties. A late number of the "Times and Seasons," published at Nauvoo, contains letters from England, showing that the success of the Mormon Missionaries there is most extraordinary: we believe that their success even astonished themselves. It is not all surprising that the English converts are disposed to emigrate to the neighborhood of their leader; as, in doing so, they will find the most fertile and healthy country, and a liberal population ready to welcome them. We should not be surprised, if, within a few years, the counties of Illinois, embracing the Military Tract, should become possessed of a population of which we can now hardly form an estimate. We have understood that, generally, these emigrants are not wealthy; but they bring with them what is of far more value -- sobriety, industry, and intelligence -- with which qualities they will make good citizens, and add much to the prosperity of the state.

As connected with the subject, we will add, that the senate of this state have passed a bill incorporating the "City of Nauvoo," in Hancock County which embraces the most liberal provisions. The bill will undoubtedly pass the house. The infant city now embraces a population, as we understand, of about three thousand; and is fast improving. The stagnant waters near it have been drained off and it may now be considered a decidely healthy location.

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