Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, January 14, 1842. No. 21.
The 'Times and Seasons," the Mormon paper, published at Nauvoo, in this State, of January 1, 1842, contains a Proclamation signed 'Joseph Smith, Lieutenant General of the nauvoo Legion,' direction of the Mormons of the State, to vote for A. W. Snyder and John Moore, for Governor, we shall publish in our next. If they do not set the citizens of this to thinking, we do not know what will.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, January 21, 1842. No. 22.
CITIZENS OF ILLINOIS -- READ AND CONSIDER!
Since the Declaration of Independence, there has been a revolution in the minds of men in regard to religious matters consequent to, and equal to that immortal Chart. Time was, when our fathers, in their feeble ideas of the power of Religion, supposed it necessary to the support of the revealed religion of the Omnipotent God, that the civil power and the sword should enforce an obedience to His commands, -- as if the Almighty needed the strength of man to the perfection of His work, or that the freedom of will he had given to ALL, should be enslaved for their conversion. But now it is otherwise. The Catholic, who in the days of Mary, Queen of England, could have looked on the martyr, suffering at the stake, without a shudder, would now sacrifice his life rather than this abominable punishment for the freedom of thought, should be inflicted upon one differing from himself in creed. The Calvinist or Presbyterian, who in the days of Calvin, would have looked with dry-eyed satisfaction upon the devouring flames, as they wreathed themselves around the agonized body of poor Servetus, or, who, in the days of Knox, eager for the demolition of image worship, would destroy the venerated works of art, and drive the unhappy few who clung to their fathers' faith into exile, or put them to death for worshipping their God according to their conscience -- would now risk his all in the defence of a Catholic house of worship, and would rather have his right arm withered to the shoulder, than put to death his supposed erring brother.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, February 11, 1842. No. 17.
Lieut. General Smith's Proclamation.
The Quincy Herald (loco foco) has the following remarks from Gen. Smith's proclamation. We commend them to the attention of the Peoria Press.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, May 6, 1842. No. 37.
We have received invitation from the commanding officer, Gen. John C. Bennett, to be present at a grand parade of the Nauvoo Legion, composing nearly two thousand well disciplined soldiers and inspect the same in company with Gov. Carlin upon the seventh of May. Nothing would have given us greater pleasure than to have accepted this polite invitation, had it been given ere we formed other engagements.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, May 20, 1842. No. 38.
Addressed the people of this County, on the 4th inst. at Edwardsville. He was listened to by one of the largest audiences we have ever seen assembled on a similar occasion, since our residence in the State; and the attention and manifest gratification with which he was listened to, furnished the strongest evidence that the various positions he assumed, met with the cordial co-operation of his hearers.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, May 27, 1842. No. 40
We copy the following article from the "Belleville Advocate," a loco foco paper, of May 19, where it appears credited to the Missouri Reporter (Penn's paper.) Since the death of Mr. Snyder the loco foco press does not appear to be as anxious as formerly to secure the good will of "Joe Smith," as they call the Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion, and have no hesitation in putting into circulation rumors that "Joe Smith had been endeavoring to persuade some of his followers to murder Gov. Boggs, for the course he took against them a year ago." But here is the article:
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, June 3, 1842. No. 41.
Horrid deed. -- The late Governor of Missouri, L. A. Boggs, was mortally wounded by some unknown person, on the night of the 6th inst., while seated in his house at Independence. The St. Louis papers give the following particulars:
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, June 10, 1842. No. 42.
LET HIM THAT READETH UNDERSTAND.
The Editor of the State Register, and other Van Buren presses of this State, are endeavoring to create a sympathy in favor of the Mormons, the European Catholics, and the Van Buren office-holders, who are associated in politics, by charging some of our candidates with laboring to excite a spirit of persecution against them. We have heard one of Gen. Duncan's speeches, and he certainly said nothing about the Mormon or Catholic religion, but did say much, and the public has much to say, about the Van Buren office-holders, forming a coalition with those two churches, which are known, (so far as the Mormons and European Catholics are concerned), under the dictation of their Pope, and Priests and Prophet. Mr. Van Buren's instructions to our Charge d'Affaires at Naples, to assure the Pope of Rome, that "it would afford him pleasure to extend the protections of the government to his (the Pope's) subjects in the United States," must be understood as an acknowledgment that a foreign potentate may, and does hold the subjects, in this land, by the Constitution and laws of which, every man is declared free and independent, and by which same constitution every citizen is prohibited from receiving any honorable title from, or holding allegiance to any foreign prince or power; and no man, with true American feelings, can regard the person, who would utter so servile a sentiment for the purpose of securing votes in his favor, influenced and controlled by a foreign power, in any other light than as a traitor to his country. The late Acts of the Legislature of New York, passed by a party vote of the Van Burenites, in obedience to the dictation of Bishop Hughes, is another evidence of the disposition of this organized office seeking party, to still further secure the votes of the subjects of His Holiness in this country.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, June 17, 1842. No. 43.
THE MORMON WAR.
In pursuance of the contract made with the "Master Spirits" of the Van Buren party, the Mormons continue their war upon Gov. Duncan. The last "Times and Seasons" accuses him of falsehood, -- publishes a low fictitious letter against him, purporting to come from Edwardsville -- and charges him with cheating his laundress out of six dollars! And this, too, comes from the editor -- Lieutenant General Smith -- who has taken the benefit of the bankrupt law, scheduling his indebtedness at near 100,000 dollars! Judge Ford should send Joe Smith an assistant editor, who would have some regard for decency, at least, if he would avail himself of the corrupt bargain by which the Mormon votes were to be secured. The "Times and Seasons," in its attack upon Gov. Duncan, makes the following remark:
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, June 24, 1842. No. 44.
The exposure made by us two weeks since of the CORRUPT BARGAIN, by which the leaders of the loco foco party aim to secure the votes of the Mormons, has had an effect on the party editors similar to that of throwing fire into a nest of snakes! -- Such a hissing and squirming we never witnessed. Now we have a proposition to make those loco foco editors so soon as they become quiet enough to hear us. Publish our articles in your papers, and we will publish your replies. Let your readers see the facts we have arrayed on this subject -- facts which in our opinion cannot be controverted -- and we will most cheerfully publish your replies. What say you, Messrs. People's Advocate, Quincy Herald, &c. If you believe your own statements in relation to the foul transactions we have laid before the people of Illinois, you will accept our proposition -- if not, you will refuse -- and hiss on! He appeal not to you, but to the people!
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, July 1, 1842. No. 45.
The corrupt bargain by which the leaders of the Van Buren party, have sought to purchase the votes of the Mormons, and the open avowal by Joe Smith, that the Mormons shall support the candidate of the party, because Judge Douglass and other party leaders have secured to them certain extraordinary chartered privileges -- over and above those enjoyed by any other sect -- has called public attention to the movements of Joe Smith, -- to the tyranny exercised by him over his followers, -- to the moral principles by which he is governed; and it is not likely that he will much longer deceive the mass of the people, however much he may deceive those who have surrendered all their interests -- spiritual and temporal -- into his hand.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, July 2, 1842. Extra.
E X T R A.
Such has been the demand for that number of our paper containing the evidence upon which we found the charge, that the leaders of the Van Buren party of this State, have entered into a plot and league to obtain the votes of Joe Smith's subjects for their candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, that we feel it our duty to re-publish the Documentary evidence in the case, and other facts, showing the dangerous nature of this corrupt and scandalous coalition. And first the acts of Incorporation, for the benefit of the Mormons, smuggled through the Legislature without reading, by the leaders of the party.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, July 8, 1842. No. 46.
(Headline missing: more on "The Mormon Plot and League," etc.)
State of Illinois, } In the Hancock county circuit court.Now it happens that John E. Page was in Pittsburgh, William Smith in Pennsylvania, and Lyman Wight in Tennessee, at the above date; -- this is the way Holy Joe does business. On Saturday, the 18th of June, I was excommunicated from this holy sect. Now look at the dates; -- on the 18th day of June I was excommunicated, and on the 17th of May previous I withdrew from this noble band of brothers. The withdrawal of fellowship was DATED BACK in order to have a pretext for my expulsion, and to destroy my influence before I could do any injury to the GREAT PROPHET, and was presented to Orson Pratt, one of the twelve, for his signature some days after I showed him my official withdrawal, and Mr. Pratt refused to sign it. Mr. Pratt is a gentleman of undoubted veracity and I am willing to abide his testimony. Call upon him. Mr. Editor, what think you of these extraordinary papers? -- What was all this for? I will tell you -- it was to destroy my influence, before I should expose Joe's attempt at seduction. -- Many of his followers will swear to any thing he desires them to, and think they are doing God's service, even when they KNOW it to be false. And to begin.
2d. Joseph Smith, the great Mormon seducer, one who has seduced not only hundreds of single and married females, but more than the great Solomon, attempted to seduce Miss Nancy Rigdon, the eldest single daughter of Sidney Rigdon, to submit to his hellish purposes, and become one of his clandestine wives under the new dispensation. Call upon Miss Rigdon, who repulsed him with commendable firmness, and I will abide her testimony -- call, likewise, upon Gen. George W. Robinson, and Col. F. M. Higbee, to state what they know upon this subject. Gen. Robinson and Col. Higbee, can tell some astounding facts in relation to this matter. Joe approached Miss Rigdon "in the name of the Lord, and by his authority and permission," as he said. Joe attacked Mr. Rigdon, Gen. Robinson, Col. Higbee and myself, In order to destroy the influence of all of us to prevent the exposition of this case. -- But it is all true, and the legal evidence shall be forthcoming. Call upon Miss Martha Brotherton, of Warsaw, and see what she will say as to the base attempt at seduction in her own case. She can tell a tale of woe that would make humanity shudder. Call upon Miss Mitchell, of this city, one of the most chaste and spotless females in the west, and see what she knows as to the PROPHET'S SECRET WIVES. Hundreds of cases can be instanced, and if the Danites do not murder me, you shall hear a tale of pollution and sorrow. Joe's licentiousness is unparalleled in the annals of time. I have the evidence, and it shall come; and no attacks on me to divert the public mind from himself, and his iniquity shall avail him. My purpose is fixed, and the world shall know who the great impostor is. -- Time will not permit my going into further detail in this letter; but an abused and insulted public shall know all about it.
3d. Joe's extensive land frauds in Iowa and Illinois will soon come to light. I will save his Eastern creditors some hundreds of thousands of dollars, by exposing these frauds in the face of open day -- by the legal records of the country, and oral testimony. All is in readiness.
4th. I will expose his actings and doings in Nauvoo Lodge, U. D. when none but the Mormon brethren were present; -- that he (Joe Smith) and five others, were entered, passed, and raised, before the Lodge was installed by the Grand Master; and that they all passed through a second time afterwards, with the exception of one, who is now abroad; and many other like irregularities, and departures from the ancient land-marks. He has, likewise, established a new lodge of his own, by inspiration. entitled "ORDER," in which there many curious things, and relative to which I have much to say hereafter. The following is a part of the obligation -- "I furthermore promise and swear that I will never touch a daughter of Adam UNLESS SHE IS GIVEN ME OF THE LORD," so as to accord with the NEW DISPENSATION and the "ancient order of things."
5th. The attacks on me in the "Wasp" are all for public effect, and to divert the public eye from Joe's infamous conduct. My affidavit as taken before Esq. Wells, and my statements before the City Council, in relation to the holy Joe, were made under DURESSE -- my life was threatened unless I submitted to the requisition of Joe. I then preferred the course I took to DEATH, as I knew the public were not apprized of the facts, and I could have been murdered and no person would have been the wiser; but the public are now apprised of the matter, and I am ready and willing to die in exposing this impious man, and the people will avenge my blood. I never feared death, but I chose not to die before I rendered God and the people signal service in bringing to light the hidden things of darkness. But more of this hereafter.
6th. The whole city is now in an uproar in relation to the doctrine of consecration as taught on yesterday -- The people are ALL required to come forward and consecrate ALL their property to the LORD by placing it at the APOSTLE'S FEET, or in the hands of JOE SMITH!!!!!! There is much flouncing on this subject, and what will be the issue God only knows. I will give you some important facts in my next.
7th. The life of Captain Amos Davis, with some others, has been threatened as well as my own; and I hereby put the public on the look-out. I will write you as time permits. In haste,
JOHN C. BENNETT.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, July 15, 1842. No. 47.
Our city and county have been in a state of much excitement for a week past, growing out of the disclosures, made by GENERAL BENNETT, the military leader of the Nauvoo Legion, and the same gentleman appointed by Judge Douglass as Master for Chancery in Hancock County.For the Sangamo Journal.
CARTHAGE, Hancock County,)
July 2, A. D. 1842.
To the Editor of the Journal,
I am now in this place, in order to attend to some of my official duties, as Master in Chancery; and having some leisure time, I shall proceed with my history of Joe Smith and his Saints -- It is my determination to state facts, and such facts as will arouse the public indignation, if there is yet virtue and courage left in man -- for we are exhorted to be enterprising and courageous -- but the beast and false prophet (Joe Smith) shall tremble in the days of his captivity like an aspen leaf in the wilderness. The "Lord's anointed," as Joe is called, must be washed in the laver of the law until his polluted carcass, and corrupt soul, shall be purified by fire. And to begin:
1st. THE DURESSE. -- On the 17th day of May, A.D. 1842, Joe Smith requested to see me alone in the preparation room of the Nauvoo Lodge, U. D., on some important business. We entered, and he locked the door, put the key in his pocket, and drew a pistol on me and said -- "The peace of my family requires that you should sign an affidavit, and make a statement before the next City Council, on the 19th, exonerating me from all participation whatever, either directly or indirectly, in word or deed, in the spiritual wife doctrine, or private intercourse with females in general; and if you do not do it with apparent cheerfulness, I will make catfish bait of you or deliver you to the Danites for execution tonight -- for my dignity and purity must and shall be maintained before the public, even at the expense of life, -- will you do it or die?" I replied that he had better procure some other person or persons to do so, as there were a plenty who could do it in truth. "No," said he "that will not do -- for it is known that you are well acquainted with all my private acts, better than any other man, and it is in your power to save me or damn me; and as you have now withdrawn from the church in an honorable manner, over my own signature, a privilege never granted to any other person, you must and shall, place it out of your power to injure me or the church, -- do it or the Mississippi is your portion -- will you do it"? I remarked that it was a hard case, and that I would leave peaceably, and without any public exposition, if he would excuse me. He replied, "I tell you as I was once told, 'your die is cast -- your fate is fixed -- your doom is sealed,' if you refuse. Will you do it, or die?" I remarked that I would, under the circumstances, but that it was hard to take the advantage of an unarmed man. "If you tell that publicly," said he, "death is your portion -- remember the Danites!" He then unlocked the door -- we went into the room below, and I gave the affidavit as subscribed before Alderman Wells, (who was then doing business in the lower room), and made the statement required before the City Council on the 19th. I was not aware until Sunday last that any other person was apprized of the fact of the threat of murder, but on that day Colonel Francis M. Higbee told me in the presence of General George W. Robinson, that if it came to the worst, he was in possession of a secret that would open the eyes of the people, and that he would file his affidavit if necessary; but he would not tell me what the secret was. -- General Robinson, however, informed me afterwards that it was a knowledge of Joe's threats of murder. On the 30th of June, 1842, I called upon Colonel Higbee, for his affidavit, which was taken before General Hiram Kimball, an Alderman of the city, and is in the following words, to wit:
State of Illinois, )
Hancock County, ) ss.
Personally appeared before me, Hiram Kimball, an Alderman of the city of Nauvoo, Francis M. Higbee, who being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that Joseph Smith told him that John C. Bennett could be easily put aside or drowned, and no person would be the wiser for it, so, that it ought to be attended to; -- and he further remarked that the sooner this was done the better for the Church, fearing, as he said, that Bennett would make some disclosures prejudicial to said Smith. This was about the time of Bennett's withdrawal from the Church, or a short time before -- and further this deponent saith not.
FRANCIS M. HIGBEE.
Sworn to and subscribed this 30th day of June, A. D. 1842.
HIRAM KIMBALL, Alderman.
and further this deponent saith not.
My affidavit, and statement, under DURESSE, were published in the Nauvoo Wasp of the 25th of June, 1842. Is it not high time that this band of murders should be made to feel the just penalty of the law? It is certainly a most alarming state of society when men are above the reach of the law, and free to perpetrate the blackest crimes of cruelty and oppression. All this in a land of boasted freedom! Great God! where is the arm of power! Where is liberty, and the rights of man? Arise, ye officers of justice, and assert the majesty of your insulted laws. Let the sound of the clarion give the alarm! and horsemen and chariots will tell the story, until one stone shall not be left upon another, or a vestige of iniquity and crime to pollute the goodly land.
2nd. THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY. -- In 1841, Joe Smith predicted or prophesied in a public congregation in Nauvoo, that Lilburn W Boggs, ex-Governor of Missouri, should die by violent hands within one year. From one or two months prior to the attempted assassination of Gov. Boggs, Mr. O. P. Rockwell left Nauvoo for parts unknown to the citizens at large. I was then on terms of close intimacy with Joe Smith, and asked him where Rockwell had gone? "Gone," said he, "GONE TO FULFILL PROPHECY!" Rockwell returned to Nauvoo the day before the report of the assassination reached there and the Nauvoo Wasp remarked, "It yet remains to be known who did the noble deed!" Rockwell remarked to a person now in Nauvoo, and whose name I forbear to mention for the present, from motives of prudence and safety to the person, but which shall be forthcoming in due time, that he had "been all over Upper Missouri, and all about where Boggs lives," and this was communicated to me by that person before I withdrew from the church, and we had considerable conversation upon that daring act. Rockwell s a Danite. Joe's public memory is very treacherous on this subject, I presume; but his private memory is so good that he had a guard around his house every night, with the State cannon and a full supply of small arms, for the protection of his person against any attempted arrest. -- He, likewise, requested me to write to Gov. Carlin for his protection, which I agreed to do, and accordingly did, asking the Governor whether he would be protected from any illegal act of violence, -- to which the Governor replied that ALL citizens should receive equal protection, but that he knew of no privileged man or order of men, and that the dignity of the State should be preserved according to the strict letter of the constitution and the laws. This letter I refused to show to Joe, as open hostilities had come between us, and he accordingly detailed a Court Martial to try me for treason against the citizens of the State of Illinois!!! This Court I regarded as illegal and treated with the utter contempt which such an assemblage of inferior officers will always receive at my hands. Now I call upon Colonel Francis M. Higbee to come out and tell what he told General Robinson and myself in relation to the MURDER of a certain prisoner in Missouri. Col. Higbee, do not fear to tell the dreadful story -- tell exactly how Joe had the murder done up, and what part he ORDERED you to take in the affair, but which you did NOT take. Tell it as Robinson knows it, and as you told me, and DO NOT FEAR Gov. Reynolds will make another demand, and Joe shall be delivered over. I will visit Missouri and tell the dreadful story. Let the call be made, and the laws shall be executed.
3d. My late visit to Springfield. On my arrival in Carthage I found, as all the citizens well know, that I was followed by Mr. O. P. Rockwell, a Danite, who on his arrival late in the night, made strict enquiries as to where I was -- his ostensible business was to put a letter in the post office!! but judge ye the real design. I was prepared for the gentleman and he approached me not; but another swift rider, Captain John D. Parker, another Danite, followed me to Springfield, to carry a letter to Dr. Helm; but he had another object, and you may well suppose what it was. I told Captain Parker that I was aware of his object, but I feared him not. At Virginia, in Cass County, on my return, Parker met me again, and I called the attention of the stage driver to him, who thereupon put two additional balls into his pistol, and then informed me that he was ready for him or any other person having the same object in view. Many of the Danites have been around me, in Nauvoo for the purpose of secret murder, in order to save the arch impostor, Joe from public infamy.
4th. Mrs. Sarah M. Pratt, wife of Professor Orson Pratt, of the University of the city of Nauvoo. Joe Smith stated to me at an early day in the history of that city, that he intended to make that amiable and accomplished lady one of his spiritual wives, for the Lord had given her to him, and he requested me to assist him in consummating his hellish purposes, but I told him that I would not do it -- that she had been much neglected and abused by the church during the absence of her husband in Europe, and that if the Lord had given her to him he must attend to it himself. I will do it, said he, for there is no harm in it if her husband should never find it out. I called upon Mrs. Pratt and told that Joe contemplated an attack on her virtue, in the name of the Lord, and that she must prepare to repulse him in so infamous an assault. She replied, "Joseph cannot be such a man. I cannot believe it until I know it for myself or have it from his own lips; he cannot be so corrupt." Well, I replied, you will see unless he changes his mind; accordingly in a few days Joe proposed to me to go to Ramus with him. I consented to go, and we started from his house about 4 o'clock P. M., rode into the prairie a few miles, and returned to the house of Captain John T. Barnett, in Nauvoo, about dusk, where we put up the horse with Barnett's permission. He, Joe, pretended we were looking for thieves. We then proceeded to the house where Mrs. Pratt resided, and Joe commenced discourse as follows: "Sister Pratt, the Lord has given you to me as one of my spiritual wives. I have the blessings of Jacob granted me, as he granted holy men of old, and I have long looked upon you with favor, and hope you will not deny me." She replied: "I care not for the blessings of Jacob, and I believe in no such revelations, neither will I consent under any circumstances. I have one good husband, and that is enough for me." Joe could not come it! He then went off to see Miss _____ at the house of Mrs. Sherman. He remained with her an hour or two and then returned to Barnett's, harnessed our horse, started for Ramus, and arrived at Carthage at early breakfast. We then went to Ramus, and returned to Carthage that night, and put up at the house of Esq. Comer. Next day we returned to Nauvoo. I called upon Mrs. Pratt and asked her what she thought of Joseph? She replied, "He is a bad man beyond a doubt." Mrs. Pratt in a conversation with Mrs. Goddard, wife of Stephen H. Goddard, said, "Sister Goddard, Joseph is a corrupt man; I know it, for he made an attempt upon me." Three times afterwards he tried to convince Mrs. Pratt of the propriety of his doctrine, and she at last told him: "Joseph, if you ever attempt any thing of the kind with me again, I will tell Mr. Pratt on his return home. I will certainly do it." Joe replied, "Sister Pratt, I hope you will not expose me; if I am to suffer, all suffer; so do not expose me. Will you agree not to do so?" "If," said she, "you will never insult me again, I will not expose you unless strong circumstances require it." "Well, sister Pratt," says Joe, "as you have refused me; it becomes sin, unless sacrifice is offered;" and turning to me he said, "General, if you are my friend I wish you to procure a lamb, and have it slain, and sprinkle the door posts and the gate with its blood, and take the kidneys and entrails and offer them upon an altar of twelve stones that have not been touched with a hammer, as a burnt offering, and it will save me and my priesthood. Will you do it?" I will, I replied. So I procured the lamb from Captain John T. Barnett, and it was slain by Lieutenant Stephen H. Goddard, and I offered the kidneys and entrails in sacrifice for Joe as he desired; and Joe said, "all is now safe -- the destroying angel will pass over, without harming any of us." Time passed on in apparent friendship until Joe grossly insulted Mrs. Pratt again, after her husband had returned [home], by approaching and kissing her. This highly offended her, and she told Mr. Pratt, who was much enraged and went and told Joe never to offer an insult of the like again. Joe replied, "I did not desire to kiss her, * Bennett made me do it!" Joe, you can't come it! Mrs. Pratt is far above your foul and polluted breath, your calumny and detraction. I now appeal to Mrs. Pratt if this is not true to the very letter. Just speak out boldly.
* We have omitted several names in this letter, being unwilling to injure the feelings of individuals unnecessarily. Their names however can be seen in the original manuscript by any person who desires to do so. Editor Journal.
5th. Miss Nancy Rigdon, daughter of Sidney Rigdon, Esq. Joe Smith said to me last summer, "If you will assist me in procuring Nancy as one of my spiritual wives, I will give you five hundred dollars, or the best lot on Main Street." I replied, "I cannot agree to it. Elder Rigdon is one of my best friends, and his family are now pure and spotless, and it would be a great pity to approach the truly virtuous." "But," says Joe, "the Lord has given her to me to wife. I have the blessings of Jacob, and there is no wickedness in it. It would be wicked to approach her unless I had permission of the Lord, but as it is, it is as correct as to have a legal wife in a moral point of view." It may be so, said I, but you must see her yourself; I cannot approach her on a subject of the kind. Then I supposed the matter had ended; but at the funeral of Mr. Ephraim R. Marks, Mrs. Hyde told Miss Rigdon, that Joseph desired to see her at the printing office, where Mrs. Hyde resides, on special business. She said she would go, and accordingly did, but Joe was busily engaged at his store; Dr. Willard Richards, however, one of the holy twelve Mormon apostles, whom I had long suspected as being up to his eyes in the business with Joe, came in and said, "Miss Nancy, Joseph cannot be in today, please call again on Thursday." This she agreed to do; but she communicated the matter to Colonel Francis M. Higbee, who was addressing her, and asked his advice as to the second visit. I then came to a knowledge of the facts, and went immediately to Joe, and said to him, "Joseph, you are a Master Mason, and Nancy is a Master Mason's daughter, so stay your hand, or you will get into trouble." Joe said, "you are my enemy, and wish to oppose me." -- "No," said I, "I am not your enemy, but you had better stop where you are."
I then went to Col. Higbee and told him Joe's designs, and requested him to go immediately and see Miss Rigdon and tell her the infernal plot -- that Joe would approach her in the name of the Lord, by revelation, &c., and to put her on her guard, but advise her to go and see for herself what Joe would do. He did so, and she went down. Joe was there, and took her into a private room, LOCKED THE DOOR, and commenced by telling her that he had long loved her, and had asked the Lord for her, and that it was his holy will that he should have her -- he told her that it would not prevent her from marrying any other person -- that he had the blessings of Jacob granted to him -- and all that was right; he desired to kiss her, and wished her to kiss him, but Joe couldn't come it. She said she would alarm the neighbors if he did not open the door, and let her out -- he did so, and requested Mrs. Hyde to explain matters to her. Joe swore her to eternal secrecy. Mrs. Hyde told her that these things looked strange to her at first, but she would become more reconciled on mature reflection. Miss Rigdon replied, "I never shall." Joe agreed to write her, and did so in a few days thro' Dr. Richards. That letter is now safe in the hands of her friends. I have seen it, so has her father, and various other persons. -- On Tuesday last, Joe came up to Mr. Rigdon's, accompanied by his High Priest, Geo. Miller, of sable notoriety, for a witness, and by boisterous words and violent gestures tried to deny the attempted seduction and alarm the girl; but she told him he was a cursed liar, and that he could not face her to it. Joe then made a full acknowledgment of the whole affair. All the family, and many other persons were present. The holy George observed, "You must not harm the Lord's anointed -- the Lord will not suffer his anointed to fall!!!" Now call upon Miss Rigdon for the truth of the foregoing. Joe, did you offer another lamb in sacrifice as a burnt-sin offering on an altar of twelve stones? If not, look out for the destroying angel, for he will surely get you.
6th. Now I call upon Miss Martha Brotherton, of Warsaw, to come out and tell boldly the base attempt on her virtue when in Nauvoo -- how she was locked up -- and the proposals that were made to her. I saw her taken to the accursed room, and now let her come out boldly and tell the corruptions of these holy men. The public requires it -- justice and honor require it.
7th. I will now append my own affidavit:
State of Illinois, ) ss.
Hancock County. )
Personally appeared before me, Samuel Marshall, a Justice of the Peace in and for said county, John C. Bennett, who being duly sworn, according to law, deposeth and saith -- that the affidavit taken before Esq. Wells on the 17th of May, and the statements before the City Council of Nauvoo on the 19th, as published in the Wasp of the 25th of June, 1842, are false, and were taken under Duresse as stated in this letter -- that he has seen Joseph Smith in bed with Mrs. Fuller,
[[unconfirmed section, reportedly in this statement: and Mrs. _____, and that he has seen him in the act of cohabitation with Mrs. _____, and Mrs. _____, all four of whom he seduced by telling them that the Lord had granted the blessings of Jacob, and that there was no sin in it -- that he told him that Bates Noble married him to _____ _____, and that Brigham Young married him to _____ _____, and that he had free access to Mrs. _____, Mrs. _____, Mrs. _____, and various others, whose husbands he had sent off preaching, and not now necessary to mention -- and further this deponent saith not. end of unconfirmed section]]
JOHN C. BENNETT.
Sworn to and subscribed this 2nd day of July, 1842.
SAMUEL MARSHALL, J. P.
It is quite likely that many of the persons whom I have named in my affidavit, and many others whom I may hereafter name, will flounder, but the truth shall now come, and stand in bold relief before the world. Most of the Mormons will swear to any thing that Joe tells them to, and the public must look for it. -- All, therefore, who remain after these astounding disclosures, must be branded with infamy, as they will undoubtedly be partakers in their adulteries, thefts, robberies, and murders.
8th. Mrs. Melissa Schindle, wife of Col. George Schindle. -- I now proceed to give the affidavit of Mrs. Schindle, which is in the following words, to wit:
State of Illinois, ) ss.
Personally appeared before me, Abraham Fulkerson, one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said county, Melissa Schindle, who, being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith, that in the fall of 1841, she was staying one night with the widow Fuller, who has recently been married to a Mr. Warren, in the city of Nauvoo, and that Joseph Smith came into the room where she was sleeping about 10 o'clock at night, and after making a few remarks came to her bed-side, and asked her if he could have the privilege of sleeping with her. She immediately replied NO. He, on the receipt of the above answer told her it was the will of the Lord that he should have illicit intercourse with her, and that he never proceeded to do any thing of that kind with any woman without first having the will of the Lord on the subject; and further he told her that if she would consent to let him have such intercourse with her, she could make his house her home as long as she wished to do so, and that she should never want for anything it was in his power to assist her to -- but she would not consent to it. He then told her that if she would let him sleep with her that night he would give her five dollars -- but she refused all his propositions. He then told her that she must never tell of his propositions to her, for he had ALL influence in that place, and if she told he would ruin her character, and she would be under the necessity of leaving. He then went to an adjoining bed where the Widow ____ was sleeping -- got into bed with her and laid there until about 1 o'clock, when he got up, bid them good night, and left them, and further this deponent saith not.
MELISSA (her X mark) SCHINDLE.Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 2d day July, 1842.
A. FULKERSON, J. P. (seal).
Joe, did you offer another sacrifice? If not, the destroying angel will come -- but as you succeeded with Mrs. Fuller, that night, as you told me, that may take off the cure. Joe says "there are wonderful things in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red Sea."
I must now bring this short letter to a close, but will write in a few days.
JOHN C. BENNETT
We understand from individuals from the South part of the State, that the murder in Jackson County, is producing great excitement in all that region. The particulars, as given by the brother of the murdered man, in a subsequent column, for the Kaskaskia Republican, are fully confirmed by them. It is believed that the murder was the work of some of the Danites, who were sent about to make collections from the Mormons for the building of the temple at Nauvoo.
THE DANITES -- FOUR MURDERS!We copy the following from the Kaskaskia Republican. It has long been understood that Committees were sent about the country from the establishment at Nauvoo, requiring the members of Joe Smith's church to pay "tithes and offerings" for the purpose of building the Temple or fortifications at that place. The commands of Joe in this particular are, we suppose, to be implicitly obeyed. In the case before us, the individual who declined the order of Joe's servants, paid the penalty of the refusal. His house was robbed and himself shot dead in his field!
From the Kaskaskia Republican.
The deceased was as harmless and quiet a man as ever lived -- it is not known or believed that he had an enemy upon the earth.
Myself and deceased brother joined the Mormons some two years since. -- On the 27th day of May, 1842, six days before my brother was murdered, Brown and Abbot, two Mormons, called upon us for contributions of property and money to aid in building the Temple at Nauvoo; and upon our refusal to give up to them the amount demanded, the said two Mormons by way of threatening us said, "we might think ourselves well off if we had our property long," They, the said Mormons, further told us, that they had stock to drive, and had but one dollar and twenty-five cents, and money they must have, let it come from where it would; and they did not take care where it came from;" they also said if we would take our money to Crow's, in the six mile prairie in Perry county, on the Saturday following, they would receive it, and all should be right.
It is impossible for suspicion to attach to any person but a Mormon in the neighborhood as being concerned with this horrid deed; and it is believed from all the circumstances, that the said two Mormons are connected with the bloody and foul transaction.
The gun taken is a rifle, with a plain walnut stock, iron guard and thimbles; no other mounting; the shot sling is of wolf skin, and the powder horn had the name of Stephenson cut on it. There was a large butcher knife in the scabbard attached to the strap of the shot sling. This gun carries about sixty-five balls to the pound. The murderers took from the trunk a large morocco pocket book with three dollars in specie -- one Mexican dollar, which had been tried at the land office with aqua fortis, and which made a black spot on the impress of the head, the rest of the money was in bits and quarters, with a hole in each piece.
A reward of two hundred dollars will be given for the apprehension of the murderer or murderers.
All papers friendly to the cause of right and justice please give the above one insertion in their columns.
Jackson County, Ill., June 4, 1842.
Why is not the account of this horrid affair published in the State Register? That paper has many subscribers in the lower part of the State. Does the Register editor fear that his ally, Joe Smith -- to whom he looks for some hundreds of votes for Thomas Ford and Moore -- will dislike the publication of this murder in this paper. Does the Register wish to smother up this MORMON MURDER to ingratiate himself still further into the favor of Joe Smith?
We believe that this is the first time in our State when [the] account of a BLOODY MURDER was sought to be suppressed for political purposes; to help the election of party candidates.
We understand that this murder has produced great excitement in the South part of the State. A fellow citizen murdered because he would not give up his property to a Mormon for the purpose of building the Temple and Fort at Nauvoo! What think you of this, citizens of Illinois, and of the refusal of the State Register, until perhaps forced by this article, to give the astounding facts to the public -- because it might operate against the election of the Mormon candidates -- Thomas Ford and John Moore!
PAINFUL!It is currently reported about town, that our amiable neighbor of the Register is in a great passion against Gen. Bennett, and even threatens to lick him. We regret this, as our neighbor is in delicate health, and his present excitement will be likely to produce irritation in the seat of disease.
GENERAL BENNETT'S THIRD LETTER.
To the Editor of the Journal:
In your paper of the 1st inst., you call upon me, and others to make some disclosures in relation to Joe Smith, the arch-impostor, to which I now proceed to respond. I have already written you two letters on the subject; one of which I presume you have received before this, and the other will reach you in a few days. I will now give you some singular facts.
1st. JOE'S BANKRUPT APPLICATION. -- The Bankrupt Law, section 2, provides that no conveyances of property shall be made in contemplation of bankruptcy, subsequent to the 1st. of January, 1841; and an Act concerning Religious Societies, under which the Mormon Church was incorporated, provides for the appointment of TRUSTEES, not a SOLE TRUSTEE IN TRUST, who are authorized "to purchase a quantity of land not exceeding five acres." &c. &c. See act approved Feb. 6, 1842.
From a Book of Mortgages and Bongs, page 95
Dear Sir -- At a meeting of the "Church of Latter Day Saints" at this place, on Saturday the 30th day of January, A. D. 1841, I was elected sole Trustee for said Church, to hold my office during life, (my successor to be the first Presidency of said Church), and vested with plenary powers as sole Trustee in Trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to receive, acquire, manage and convey property, real, personal, or mixed, for the sole use and benefit of said church, agreeable to the provisions of an act entitled "An act concerning Religious Societies," approved February 6, 1835.
JOSEPH SMITH, (L. S.)
State of Illinois,) ss.
Hancock County, )
This day personally appeared before me, Daniel H. Wells, a Justice of the peace, within and for the county of Hancock aforesaid, Isaac Galland, Robert B. Thompson and John C. Bennett, who being duly sworn depose and say that the foregoing certificates of Joseph Smith is true.
R. B. THOMPSON
JOHN C. BENNETT.
DANIEL H. WELLS, Justice of the Peace.
Compendious extracts from the Records of Hancock County:In Book R, page 21, there is a deed from Joseph Smith and wife to Julia M. Smith, Joseph Smith, jr., F. G. W. Smith and Alexander Smith, (the first an adopted daughter, and the remainder all small children of Joseph and Emma Smith), executed Dec. 21, 1841, and recorded January 1st, 1842, for lots 1, 2, 3, and 4, block 12 in the city of Nauvoo, -- for the consideration of "one hundred dollars to them in hand paid," -- property worth about three thousand dollars.
Another in the same book, page 151, from the same to the same, (Joseph Smith and his wife to their children, executed March 17th, 1842, and recorded April 9th, 1842, for the east half of the south east 31, 5 north, 8 west; and west half of north-east five, and east half of north-east 6, 4 north, 8 west -- for the consideration of two thousand dollars.
Another in the same book (R.) pages 159, 160, and 161, from Joseph Smith and wife to Joseph Smith, as sole Trustee in trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, executed Oct. 5th, 1841, and recorded April 8th, 1842, (the same day he visited Carthage to file his schedule for bankruptcy) and I have no doubt the deed was executed on the 16th or 17th of April, 1842, and dated back to Oct. 5th, 1841, for so Joe informed me, and Mr. Marshall, Mr. Sherman and others, of Carthage, will state that the writing was fresh, and changed materially in appearance soon after, for ($230) two hundred and thirty lots, or thereabouts, mostly of the "White Purchase," for the consideration of "the sum of one dollar to them in hand paid, on a just and lawful settlement between themselves in person, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. -- (Property worth from one hundred and fifty to two hundred thousand dollars, at the rate that Joe is selling it).
Another in book I, page 329, from Ebenezer F. Wiggins to Emma Smith, executed May 15th, 1841, and recorded June 30th, 1841, for west half of northwest quarter 30, 7 north, 8 west, and the west half of north-east 30, 7 north, 8 west, for the consideration of ($2,700), two thousand seven hundred dollars -- ([s]aid for by Joe, and worth about three thousand dollars).
Another in the same book (I.) page 243, from Daniel H. Wells and wife to Joseph Smith, jr., (Joe's son), executed May 5th, 1841, and recorded May 6th, 1841, for lots 1 and 4, block 22, in Wells' addition to Nauvoo, for the consideration of one hundred dollars.
Another in the same book, page 354, from Robert B. Thompson and wife to Emma Smith, (Joe's wife), executed July 24th, 1841, and recorded July 27th, 1841, for south-east fractional quarter of section 2, north 6, 9 west, containing 123 43/100 acres, for the consideration of ($4,000), four thousand dollars.
Another in the same book, page 355, from same to Frederick G. W. Smith, (Joe's son), executed July 24th, 1841, and recorded July 27th, 1841, for part of block 156, in Nauvoo,, for the consideration of ($500), five hundred dollars.
If an official certificate is required, call upon Chauncey Robinson, Esq., the Recorder of Hancock, and he will certify that these are correct extracts from the county records. -- There are various other matters of record that could be made to operate against this king of swindlers and impostors, Joe Smith; but I presume that the foregoing will be sufficient to give him a comfortable home in the State penitentiary, at Alton, for some years to come, if Missouri does not get him first.
If oral testimony is required, call upon Gen. George W. Robinson, Col. Francis M. Higbee, and others, who are acquainted with the transactions. Call out these witnesses in relation to the SHAM sales of valuable property made to Willard Richards, N. K. Whitney, and others, by Joe, in order to prepare for the bankruptcy. The Hotchkiss purchase, called Church property -- but which is not paid for -- was given in by Joe in his schedule as his own individual property, which it undoubtedly was; but the White Purchase, (S. E. Fractional quarter of section 2, 6N. 9W.) WHICH IS PAID FOR, was deeded to Thompson, Joe's Clerk, who had no property, and from Thompson to Emma Smith, (Joe's wife) and from Joseph Smith and wife to Joseph Smith, SOLE TRUSTEE IN TRUST, &c. I now call upon General Robinson and Colonel Higbee, to come out in the Sangamo Journal, over their own names, and tell what they know of Joe's swindling operations. Come out, gentlemen, boldly; the public good requires it at your hands. -- Forbearance is no longer a virtue in this business. I call, likewise, upon Messrs. Kilbourne, of Montrose Iowa, to come out in the Journal and tell what they know of Joe's swindling in Iowa lands, and of the thefts and robberies committed by his Danite Band; and I hope they will respond to the call without delay. Let no man fear to speak out boldly. Remember that the White Purchase was CALLED church property, but it was and is Joe's own individual estate. He said in a public congregation in Nauvoo, a few weeks ago, "I own a million dollars in property, in this city, and around it." Can this swindler take the benefit of the bankrupt law! Never! No, never!! Let a prosecution be at once instituted against his holiness, and let the law have its just operations ONCE.
2nd. JOE'S HOLY LODGE CALLED "ORDER."
I alluded to this holy institution in one of my former letters. Joe says he has given them the Master's word by revelation. In the preparation they are stripped naked so as to see if they will pass the holy examination as required in Deuteronomy, 23rd chapter and 1st verse. They are then clothed upon and the precious ointment poured upon the head, running down upon the beard and the skirts of the garment. The ungodly oath, a part of which I gave you is then administered in order to prepare them for the SPIRITUAL WIFE operations, and save Joe from public disgrace and infamy. Some of them, however, are not in the SECRETS, -- They are taken in as blind in order to deceive the people. If they are charged with iniquity, they say, "Look at William Marks and others like him! Do they indulge!" No, gentlemen, but this is not exploited to THEM. Joe says, "Sidney Rigdon and Orson Pratt, and William Marks must never know the SECRETS, or they will apostasize." Rigdon and Pratt are not yet members, however, and I hope they never will be; and Marks has a very strong squinting at apostacy. If Sidney Rigdon will suffer a base attempt on his daughter's chastity; Orson Pratt another on his wife; and William Marks will look tamely on at these disclosures, and say nothing, I am much mistaken in the man. The public look to Rigdon, Pratt and Marks and other kindred spirits, to speak at this eventful crisis -- they have seen and heard, and FELT in their own families, the corruptions of this Smith, that soul-damning impostor. Come out NOW, or bow down and lick the dust, worship at his shrine, and chain your fate to the wheels of damnation, and the car of iniquity. The issue is made up, -- it cannot be averted; and I pray God that the "bitter cup may not pass." You ALL, with Francis M. Higbee, George W. Robinson, Chauncey L. Higbee, Henry Marks, and hundreds of others, KNOW that I have told the unvarnished truth, and the people at large will believe me, -- yes, they will believe me, tho; I have not yet told HALF THE DREADFUL STORY!! "Come out from among the ungodly, and be ye separate." Gen. Robinson writes me under date of July 3d -- Joe says to the people, "Look out! look out!!! Those men, I will venture to say; will come out on me, with all in their power, and say and do all they can to put me down; but do not believe one word of their cursed lies; for I KNOW I am Prophet." Yes, and Pratt, and Rigdon, and Robinson, and the Higbees, and the Marks, and hundreds of others KNOW you to be a LIAR, Joe, -- And Pratt and others have told you so in the face of open day. YOU LIED in the name of the Lord!!! Remember that, you base blasphemer, -- remember that, and weep! -- Look at your black catalogue of crimes -- your seductions and attempted seductions in the name of your Maker -- your thefts -- your robberies -- and your murders! Why, Satan blushes to behold so corrupt and loathsome a mortal, -- one whose daring deeds of crime so far surpass hell's darkest counsels, as to hide the sable Prince in impenetrable darkness forever!
3rd. NAUVOO LODGE, U. D. The original records show that Joseph Smith, Job Snyder, Brigham Young, Peter Haws, Willard Richards, and one other, I think Adara Lyman, were initiated, passed and raised, before the installation of the Lodge, and all but one have passed through since, -- Joe by the hands of the Grand Master Jones, and the remainder by other brethren. That record was sealed up, and a new one commenced -- the second was sealed up, and a third commanded, -- and then a new record book procured and such parts copied as they were willing should go out to the Grand Lodge, and such only.
Let the original book be produced and these facts will appear -- I stand pledged that they shall appear. A part of the original record is in my hand writing, as all know; and if they will produce a record that has any of my hand writing in it, (for the new one has nothing but my name), I will show all the facts unless the leaves have been torn out. Mr. Stoddard was suspended for blackballing Mr. Sessions, but it was not put to record. The charge of H. G. Sherwood and Samuel H. Smith, against Robert D. Foster, during the trial of which Foster received such a severe rebuke by Joe, never appeared upon record, and Joe said, as the case was likely to effect his brother Samuel, "I will see the records in hell and burn this house, before it shall be said that a Smith ever failed to accomplish a thing he undertook, or before anything shall be recorded that may ever operate against Samuel -- and if we can't get a charter without that, the Grand Lodge may go to the Devil." Is this not so? I appeal to George W. Robinson, Francis M. Higbee, and Hiram Kimball, all Master Masons. These are only some of the actings and doings of the Nauvoo Lodge, U. D., under the Supervision of Joe and his servile priest, George Miller -- the little creature that does Joe's dirty work. Let the Grand Lodge look to this. Why does not Nauvoo Lodge, U. D., deal with Joe for the attempted seduction of Nancy Rigdon, a Master Mason's daughter, and for the actual seduction of several Master Masons' wives and sisters and daughters! -- Simply because they say Joe is a Prophet, and the Lord's anointed must not be harmed; the Lord will not suffer his anointed to fall! O, tempore! O, mores!
4th. I am now going over to Missouri to have Joe taken to justice; and then I am going to New York to publish a book, to be called "The History of the Saints," in which I shall tell most of the actings and doings at Nauvoo for the last two years, of most of their great men, and some of their great women, too; so look out for breakers. We shall have full disclosures if the Danites don't catch me -- they are after me like prowling wolves, by Joe's special orders. In haste,
JOHN C. BENNETT.
THE MORMONS.Our city and county have been in a state of much excitement for a week past, growing out of the disclosures, made by General Bennett, the military leader of the Nauvoo Legion, and the same gentleman appointed by Judge Douglass as Master in Chancery in Hancock County.
From the position occupied by Gen. Bennett, and his known character for fearlessness in a cause he knows to be right, the people have certain grounds of assurance that he will not be deterred from his undertaking, and that all his statements given of his own knowledge, are undeniable facts. -- People at a distance, therefore, may judge of the degree of excitement which the exposure of the pollutions and corruptions, and enormities of Joe Smith, have caused in our community.
We cannot say that all have partaken of the indignation which these disclosures should have produced. I know of politicians, including our State officers here, have felt no other interest in the matter, than as it was likely to affect the election of their candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. They have, therefore, made it their business to decry Gen. Bennett and sustain Joe Smith! The State Register is the faithful mirror of their sentiments and wishes. That paper joins with Joe Smith in traducing Gen. Bennett; and meanly intimates that he may be a horse thief! -- Shame! shame upon these allies of Smith! The same paper deprecates the disclosures of Gen. Bennett, BECAUSE they will prevent the election of Ford and Moore. Most of the editorial articles of the last Register were seemingly designed to palliate the outrages on all laws, human and divine, disclosed by Gen. Bennett. The Register even goes so far as to say --
"Why did not Bennett wait till after the election to make his disclosures?"
This question can readily be disposed of by asking another, -- if the party leaders here have not made a contract with Joe Smith for his Mormon votes, why should they, at this time, deprecate the disclosures of Gen. Bennett? The question can be answered with Joe Smith, with truth, in no other manner than this, -- that they have contracted with Joe Smith for the Mormon votes, and they apprehend that the disclosures of Bennett, connected with the knowledge of that contract, will produce a general indignation among the people, and result, as they should do, in the most exemplary defeat of Ford and Moore, the advancement of whom was the object of this iniquitous contract.
The Register judges well that we are opposed to the Mormon religion as illustrated by Gen. Bennett and the connexion of Mormonism with the election of Ford and Moore. We are glad that Gen. Bennett has made his disclosures before the election, -- because they will open the eyes of the people, and will prevent the success of that Foul Plot -- that Infamous Bargain -- between the Register and other heads of the party and Joe Smith, to secure the election of Thomas Ford and John Moore, with Mormon votes, and to give Joe Smith, what he already claims, "the power to dictate to the State." --
We caution the Register against making too abusive attacks upon General Bennett. 'He could a tale unfold," which would not be very pleasant to some of the Register's particular friends, and which, in their present state of humiliation, we have no wish to publish. "A word to the wise," &c.
Gen. James Adams, Joe Smith's Agent in this city, is now in active communication with Judge Ford's friends here. The object is understood to be to counteract the effects of the exposures of Gen. Bennett.
Gen. Bennett has resigned the office Master in Chancery for Hancock County into the hands of Judge Douglass. Who will be his successor? George Miller, the holy Joe's high priest?
We listened to a pathetic tale a day or two since, of a man who had been well off, and had been induced to join the Mormons at Nauvoo. His property had been taken from him in tithes and offerings at that place -- his family was there -- and he knew not how to get away. His mental sufferings had been great, and he shed tears while relating his story. -- We doubt not that there are hundreds in his condition; and these are the men whose votes Lieutenant General Joe Smith directs to be given to Ford and Moore.
FROM NAUVOO.We have late information from Nauvoo. Joe Smith anticipates a requisition upon Gov. Carlin from Gov. Reynolds of Missouri, for his person; and is determined not to be given up. He has all the State Arms, -- some twenty or thirty cannons -- a large number of muskets, yagers, pistols, and cutlasses -- all belonging to the State, which he is prepared to use against the State authorities if they shall attempt to deliver him to Gov. Reynolds. Joe reiterates that he will not be given up -- and the Mormons say that the Prophet shall not be taken while any of them are left to defend him!
A pretty pass truly! Joe Smith, in possession of the State Arms, and defies the authorities of the State! We are informed that an application was made to the proper authorities of this State, before the Arms were taken to Nauvoo, for a portion of them to arm a military company of Macuopin County, but the application was refused! We shall soon see the consequences of Gov. Carlin's military maneuvers in this particular. But Joe Smith will find, we trust, that he is not yet able to frighten the citizens of this State. Place Gen. Duncan at the end of the Government, and Joe will find that the "youthful hero of Sandusky -- the gallant compeer of Croghan" -- will soon make the laws and constitution of the country respected and obeyed by Joe Smith and his hosts, even if they have possession of the State Arms.
Vol. X. NO. 48. Springfield Illinois, JULY 22, 1842 WHOLE NO. 568.
Two gentlemen, who passed through holy Joe's city on Thursday of last week, state, that soon after their arrival Joe made a speech in front of the Temple. The subject of his speech was -- Bennett -- the Sangamo Journal -- Mrs. Pratt -- and other matters. Joe swore like a pirate, and used the most obscene language. He appeared to be much excited, and it would be an act of charity to suppose that the holy debauchee was drunk as well as mad.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, July 29, 1842. No. 49.
We learn from the Warsaw Signal, that gentlemen has gone from Nauvoo. He left a communication with his friends which stated that he had been induced to take this course on account of the treatment of his wife, by Smith, and of the general management of the affairs of the Church by him.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, August 5, 1842. No. 50.
We have but a few returns, but we judge we are beaten all round. In counties where the whigs had decided majorities, our friends ran sometimes as high as three sets of candidates for the Legislature, and as a matter of course were beaten, -- besides the policy pursued by them had a very adverse effect upon other portions of our ticket. Generally our opponents seemed to understand what they were about, and made the most of divisions they created amongst us, -- In Morgan county, for instance, the whigs had only seven candidates! ...
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, August 12, 1842. No. 51.
We are again beaten in Illinois, not so much for want of numbers, as from local divisions and apathy on the part of the Whigs. Under the circumstances all this was to have been expected; consequently there is nothing in the result to discourage the party, or [weaken] our confidence in the ability of the Whigs, when they shall again rally in their strength, from redeeming Illinois from the thralldom of LOCO FOCO rule. The treachery of John Tyler, has temporarily scattered and disorganized our forces; but with HENRY CLAY for their leader, they will soon rally in sufficient strength to bid defiance to Joe Smith's Loco Foco Legion that are now in possession of the land, and devouring its substance like a hungry swarm of Egyptian locusts. They have for the last twelve years been sporting with the interests and prosperity of the people, until there is scarcely a green spot left on which the eye of the patriot can rest with pleasure; -- prostrating every interest of the country, and reducing to beggary and want thousands of our honest and industrious citizens, through whose influence they are enabled to perpetuate their power. Can this state of things much longer continue? Will those who have sought an asylum in this land of liberty and plenty, continue to lend their aid in upholding a system of policy that is so rapidly reducing them to a level with the poor laborers of their father land? We believe not. Truth is mighty and will ultimately prevail, although it may for a time be smothered and kept down by the sophistry and chicanery of Joe Smith and his legion of loco foco demagogues.
Vol. X. Springfield Illinois, August 19, 1842. No. 52.
The following judicious article we copy from the
last Quincy Whig, --
We have partial returns from this county, and the result is, as doubtless the most of our readers were prepared to expect. The whole Mormon vote has been cast for Ford and Moore. At Nauvoo, Gov. Duncan received but six votes, while Ford received one thousand and thirty-eight. This, we suppose, will satisfy the State Register, Quincy Herald, and the other slang-wangers of the party, that there was no league between the Whigs and Jo Smith and his subjects. It will also open the eyes of all parties, to the dangerous and anti-republican tendency of a political, religious and military band of men, organized in our midst, and trained to obey the will and dictation of one man -- to vote according to his resentments and prejudices -- to sacrifice their own honest convictions of right and duty at the beck and nod of a petty-dictator, whose morals are of so questionable a character, that even delusion itself, cannot much longer, it seems to us, remain blind to the gross and outrageous imposition which is being played off under the cloak of religion. The majority of the people of Nauvoo, are doubtless honest and sincere in their religious attachments, but when they so far throw away their free agency, as to vote in accordance with the selfish and dictatorial policy of SMITH, they do not deserve the sympathies -- and we were going to say -- privileges, of freemen. Some one may say, that had the Mormons voted the Whig ticket these expressions would never have come from us. No such thing. We profess to be too much of a republican, to look on and see this outrage upon the elective franchise, without denouncing it at once. Had the Mormons voted the whig ticket in a body, they would have done so in obedience to the dictation of Smith, and the principle would have been equally as anti-republican; and although, we might have had the occasion to rejoice at the result, we still should have condemned the course of proceeding by which the result was brought about. No, no. Our elections were intended to be pure -- to be separated from all extraneous and improper influence whatever -- to be the medium by which the free and unbiased will of every republican could be calmly and dispassionately announced. But as elections are conducted at Nauvoo, the franchise is a mere form and ceremony -- a mockery -- and the man who makes it so is not only a dangerous man in the community, but he is entailing sorrow and trouble upon the people whom he has so greatly deceived.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, August 26, 1842. No. 1
SMITH AND ROCKWELL.
The last Quincy Herald represents that Governor Carlin had been fairly whipped out in his attempts to arrest Smith and Rockwell; and adds that the Mormons will not give them up, but fight to the last.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, September 2, 1842. No. 2
From the Louisville Journal.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, September 9, 1842. No. 3.
The Mormon editor of the Wasp, in substance, says, that the editor of the Warsaw Signal in attacking him, (a brother of Joe Smith, and a representative elect for Hancock county) "shows a contempt for the sovereign voice of the people." Wheh! The same astute editor claims the election of Ford and Morre as a great MORMON VICTORY.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, September 16, 1842. No. 4.
From the Quincy Herald of Sept. 8.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, September 23, 1842. No. 4.
Communication of J. F. Olney,
A SECEDING MORMON.
La Harpe, Hancock Co., Sept. 10, 1842.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, September 30, 1842. No. 6.
FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD!
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, October 7, 1842. No. 7.
A COMMUNICATION FROM ANOTHER
KNOX COUNTY, Sept. 18, 1842.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, October 14, 1842. No. 8.
In our last paper we gave a publication by Mr. OLIVER H. OLNEY, in which he had come to the conclusion that it was a matter of solemn duty with him to renounce all connection with "the Latter Day Saints." Mr. Olney has been a preacher of this sect, and an earnest believer of its doctrines. To use his own words, he "has suffered with cold, hunger, and almost every deprivation which ever falls to the lot of mortals -- having travelled on foot for thousands of miles; lodging in the open air, almost naked and friendless, exposed to persecution and violence, with a conscience void of offence;" but at length he discovered that the leaders of the church were not the men that he once supposed -- he had become a witness of their corruptions and debaucheries -- and though he was sure to be assailed by them, he took the course of an honest man, and, denouncing their corruptions, he publicly announced that he had withdrawn from the church.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, October 21, 1842. No. 9.
The last Quincy Whig states that Joe Smith has not given himself up, but that he is still at Nauvoo, defying the authority of the two States.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, November 4, 1842. No. 11.
JOE SMITH AND THE GOVERNOR.
The Nauvoo paper of the 22d denounces Gov. Carlin because he will not sanction such 'glorious deeds.' as murder, as charged upon Joe Smith -- and Joe in a late letter to the New York Herald, thus speaks of himself and of his legion who he says "would die in his defence." While the renegade is thus insulting the dignity and character of the State, Governor Carlin remains quietly at home, within a few miles of Joe Smith, and not an effectual effort is made to sustain the majesty (!) of the laws.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, November 11, 1842. No. 12.
BENNETT'S EXPOSE OF MORMONISM
With plates, just received and for sale by the subscriber at the Journal Office.
THE HISTORY OF THE SAINTS,
or an Expose of Joe Smith and Mormonism -- By JOHN C. BENNETT; Boston, Leland & Whiting, 71 Washington St.; New York, Bradbury, Soden & Co., 127 Nassau St.; Cincinnati, E. S. Norris & Co., 247 Main St. -- 1842.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, November 18, 1842. No. 13.
La Harpe, Hancock Co., Ill., Nov. 7, 1842.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, November 25, 1842. No. 14.
THE HISTORY OF THE SAINTS,
or an Expose of Joe Smith and Mormonism -- by JOHN C. BENNETT; Boston, Leland & Whiting, 71 Washington St.; New York, Bradbury, Soden & Co., 127 Nassau St.; Cincinnati, E. S. Norris & Co., 247 Main St. -- 1842.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, December 15, 1842. No. 17.
GOV. FORD'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS.
A great deal has been said about certain charters granted to the people of Nauvoo. These charters are objectionable on many accounts, but particularly on account of the powers granted. The people of the State have become aroused on the subject, and anxiously desire that those charters should be modified so as to give the inhabitants of Nauvoo no greater privileges than those enjoyed by others of our fellow citizens.
Vol. XI. Springfield Illinois, December 29, 1842. No. 19.
A young lad of this city, of the name of James C. Brewster, a member of the Mormon Church, supposing himself to be inspired, has recently written and published, what he says is some of the lost Books of the Bible. This publication having been circulated among the Mormons churches, the Nauvoo "Times and Seasons," Lieutenant General Joseph Smith is permitted to be inspired, and that the work in question is a perfect humbug. In this last particular we fully concur with Joe.