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Vol. XIV. Springfield, Illinois, March 27, 1845. No. 27.
Our chapter of Mormon doings this week is not as rich as usual. The last Warsaw Signal gives the particulars of the rescue of a Mormon in Nauvoo from an officer, who had taken him prisoner under the charge of perjury. The Signal also publishes the following article:
Vol. XIV. Springfield, Illinois, April 10, 1845. No. 29.
It is rumored that the Mormons are soon to have another prophet. He is not to be selected after the manner of the Grand Lama, while an infant, by the Priests, but is to be a full grown man, in the person of Orson Hyde.
Vol. XIV. Springfield, Illinois, April 17, 1845. No. 30.
WM. SMITH, late Mormon Representative from Hancock county, has been held to bail in Philadelphia, for a libel on Benjamin Winchester.
Vol. XIV. Springfield, Illinois, May 8, 1845. No. 33.
A correspondent of the Nauvoo Neighbor writing from Pittsburgh, immediately after the great fire with which that unfortunate city has lately been visited, says:
Vol. XIV.   Springfield, Illinois, May 15, 1845.  No. 34.
There has been a case of lynching in Hancock county, on account of a Mormon having carried the spiritual wife doctrine so far as to seduce his two daughters. The Mormon elder received thirty lashes, well laid on, accompanied with a downy coat.
Vol. XIV.   Springfield, Illinois, June 26, 1845.  No. 40.
NEW ORDER OF THINGS AT NAUVOO.
We see it stated in some of the public prints, that Wm. Smith, brother of the late Joseph and Hyrum Smith, who has recently returned to Nauvoo, will introduce some reforms into the polity of the Mormons, which will render them less obnoxious to the "Gentiles" and improve their own condition. Wm. Smith has been acknowledged to possess some good qualities, and as he is now thrown into a position of great responsibility by the death of his brothers, it is hoped he will improve it for the benefit of all concerned. And we take the liberty of saying that this must be done, or the name of Mormon will be a stench in the land. Whatever may be said by the mormons themselves, the mass of the people have become thoroughly impressed with the belief of the profligacy of many mormons, who, unfortunately it may be, give character to the whole of that people. Let a stop be put to this, if the mormons really wish to live in peace with other sects around them, and this, we apprehend, must be done, or the disgraceful scenes we have witnessed within the last two years in Hancock county, will be likely to be repeated. The mormons must recollect that the ruling party of this State say they have no further use for them, and they may not, therefore, expect any unusual protection or favor from Gov. Ford.
Vol. XIV.   Springfield, Illinois, July 3, 1845.  No. 41.
THE HODGES CONVICTED.
The two brothers, William and Stephen Hodges, have had their trial at Burlington, and have been convicted of the murder of Leisi and Miller under aggravated circumstances, in Iowa Territory -- an account of which we published some since. Some females volunteered as evidences from Nauvoo, to prove an alibi; but their evidence was so contradictory that it had no influence on the Jury. The culprits are to be hung on the 15th of this month.
Vol. XIV.   Springfield, Illinois, August 7, 1845.   No. 46.
There is, as yet, nothing ascertained by the public in relation to the murder of Irvine Hodges; but a portion of the Brethren pretend to say that the matter will soon be developed.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, November 6, 1845. No. 7.
Troubles in Hancock County.
MR. EDITOR: -- Feeling it a duty I owe to an honest public, as well as to thousands of Mormon Saints, so called, scattered throughout the world, kind friends too, to whom I have preached the pure principles of truth as contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whereby they have been introduced into the kingdom of God on Earth -- in view of happiness, the salvation of souls, the enjoyment of the unalloyed glories of heaven, virtue and morality -- feeling it to be my duty to warn all such, as far as my voice can be heard throughout the American land and Europe, that during the religious career of my two brothers, who were murdered in Carthage jail, none of the impurities [that existed have crept] into the Church since their deaths: I wish to beg a place in your columns for the insertion of this article, as I am deprived of the privilege of speaking through the Mormon oracles (papers.) I do this, to correct the evils that now exist among that people denominated Saints in Nauvoo -- a place that for the last six months has been a resort for rogues and scoundrels, and a covert for thieves and murderers.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, November 27, 1845. No. 10.
The Nauvoo Times and Seasons of November 1, gives the Mormon account of the troubles in Hancock County. Of course the Mormons have been much persecuted, according to their own account, in which they have suffered like lambs. President Brigham Young calls upon the faithful to furnish the means for the completion of the Temple. so as to enable the church to emigrate in the Spring. The Mormons are advised to sell their property for money, wagons, oxen, mules, and a few good horses adapted to journeying and scanty feed, also for durable fabrics for apparel and tents, and come other necessary articles of merchandize. He advises that all waggons hereafter to be built for the emigration, be constructed to the track of five feet width from centre to centre, and that families may properly go to Nauvoo this winter in waggons. He adds, 'There are said to be many good locations for settlements on the Pacific, especially at Vancouver's Island, near the mouth of the Columbia.' -- The same paper contains the following:
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, December 11, 1845. No. 12.
THE ABOMINATIONS OF MORMONISM.
Are in a fair way of being discussed. William Smith, brother of the late "prophet," -- O. Olney, "an elder of the Church of Latter Day Saints," and G. J. Adams, another ex-Elder, are now disclosing by pamphlet publications and lectures the damnable corruptions and abominations of Mormonism.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, February 26, 1846. No. 23.
THE MORMON SUCCESSION.
A man by the name of James J. Strang residing near Burlington, Iowa, claims to be the successor of Joe Smith, having been appointed by said Joe Smith as President of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and he also claims that his appointment has been endorsed by revelation. This Strang says it was revealed to him that certain engraved plates had been deposited, time out of mind, at a certain place, and that in these latter days they would be found by him on digging at the place indicated. Strang and his friends dug and found the plates. So strong an influence have Strang's claims exerted on the Mormons, that a large number have enlisted under his flag, and have located themselves at a new city of refuge called "Voree," situated near Burlington, -- from whence is issued the "Voree Herald," the second number of which now lies before us.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, March 26, 1846. No. 27.
Several families will leave Sangamon County, this spring, for Oregon and California. Among them are some of our best citizens. A disposition to emigrate to the shores of the Pacific, will enable persons who wish to purchase well improved farms, to invest their money here to great advantage. The farm offered by Mr. David Newsome, can be had at a great bargain.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, April 9, 1846. No. 29.
The Mormon Patriarch, Wm. Smith, is now in Nauvoo. His appearance there has caused Brigham Young to suspend his march and encamp, with his followers, some fifty miles from the Holy City. Young is apprehensive that Smith will steal the balance of the flock left in charge of Backenstos.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, April 16, 1846. No. 30.
WM. SMITH is at Nauvoo. He says his object is to gather his family together, and with such Mormons as will go with him, to remove immediately out of the State. He intends, if possible, to secure to the church all the real estate which justly belongs to them.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, April 23, 1846. No. 31.
HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.
The company which left here last week, for California, embraced 15 men,  women, and 16 children. They had nine waggons. They were in good spirits, and we trust, will safely reach their anticipated home.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, April 30, 1846. No. 32.
CAPT. FREEMONT -- A NEW WAGON
We are favored with the following extract of a letter, says the Union of the 16th, received at Washington, from 'Jalapa,' March 27, 1846 --
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, May 28, 1846. No. 36.
WHAT OF CALIFORNIA?
We learn that there is a military expedition in contemplation for California. We should now run no risk of losing that valuable territory. -- By the new route discovered by Capt. Fremont, it can be reached in sixty or seventy days. The co-operation of our navy in the Pacific with a force of a thousand men from this side of the mountains, together with the Americans now in California, would make all sure. We have heard General Hardin, of this State, spoken of to command the expedition, -- a cool, deliberate, energetic officer --true as steel. Who’ll go?
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, June 4, 1846. No. 37.
We have heard from the California emigrants as late as the 19th of May. They were progressing slowly, at the rate of about 15 miles a day, and had reached a point four miles west of Kanzas River. They were visited daily by Indians— nothing had been stolen, and the Indians were not regarded with the slightest apprehension. "The party, without a single exception, ladies and gentlemen, continued to enjoy most robust health -- which is evinced by appetites that would do justice to the subjects of a menagerie. If we come across buffaloes [says a letter] the poor slaughtered animals will have just cause to regret our invasion of their far distant pasture grounds." But one accident had taken place -- the birth of a pair of twins.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, June 11, 1846. No. 38.
Extracts from a letter from Captain Fremont, U. S. Army, dated
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, June 18, 1846. No. 39.
We learn that the two Redings, who have been for some time at Rock Island, charged with being concerned in the Davenport murder, had their trial last week. The old man was acquitted; -- the son was convicted as being accessary to the fact, and sentenced to confinement in the penitentiary for one year. -- Galena Gaz.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, July 23, 1846. No. 44.
LATE FROM THE MORMON CAMP.
The Hancock Eagle, of Friday last, notices the arrival there of Mr. S. Chamberlain, who left the most distant camp of the Mormons at Council Bluffs on the 26th, and on his route passed the whole line of Mormon emigrants. He says that the advance company of the Mormons, with whom were the Twelve, had a train of one thousand wagons, and were en-camped on the east bank of the Missouri River, in the neighborhood of the Council Bluffs. They were employed in the construction of boats, for the purpose of crossing the river.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, August 13, 1846. No. 47.
The Mormon volunteers who have gone with Gen. Kearney, besides their pay, are to retain their arms and equipments, when discharged in California.
Vol. XV. Springfield, Illinois, September 17, 1846. No. 52.
FROM CALIFORNIA -- THE EMIGRANTS,
Solomon Sublette, with a very small party, recently arrived at St. Louis from California. He left "Pueblo de los Angels," about the last of May, -- driving 80 mules. He met a company of emigrants on the 8th July, 20 miles beyond Green River, numbering 18 waggons, who were progressing without difficulty. Col. Russell had given up his command on the Platte, beyond the reach of danger or trouble. It appears that nearly all his company, including Gov. Boggs, had changed their course for Oregon. Col. Russell, with 11 men, procured mules at Fort Laramie, and were proceeding for California. Mr. Sublet met other companies of emigrants. The Indians had attempted to rob him of his mules, but failed. Mr. Sublet was nearly out of provisions at Fort Laramie, and proceeded from thence to Bent’s Fort, where he arrived on the 17th August. With the exception of the sick, the troops had left for Santa Fe. He met the Mormons and some companies of Col. Price’s regiment on the way to Fort Leavenworth. Mr. Sublette says that the Governor of California seemed disposed to encourage American emigrants; but Gen. Castro was very hostile to them. He also states that the usual quantity of rain had fallen in California the past season -- contradicting, in this respect, the reports of other travelers.
Vol. XVI. Springfield, Illinois, Thursday, November 5, 1846. No. 13.
LETTER FROM WM. SMITH, BROTHER
The following letter from Wm. Smith will explain a good many things connected with Mormonism and Democracy at Nauvoo, not, perhaps, greatly understood. Of course it will be read.
Vol. XVI. Springfield, Illinois, February 25, 1847. No. 29.
THE VOREE MORMONS.
The Warsaw Signal says that these Mormons do have a hard time. It would seem by [Zion's-Reveille], that schism and apostacy, and anathemas and wrangling, are the order of the day there; and that President Strang, and J. C. Babbett [sic. - Bennett?], and John Greenhorn [sic. - Greenhow?], and Daniel Avery, have their hands full in keeoing the brethren within the ranks. The prophet raves -- the Doctor puffs and blows -- and John writes muddled editorials, all to no purpose -- the mulish Saints will run after other prophets and leaders, in spite of all their efforts. It seems that David Whitmer, one of the original five who swore to Joe's plates, has now set up for a prophet at Kirtland, and is drawing off some of the elect -- among others, [Wm.] E. M.Lellin, of Hinkle Church, in Iowa. One Collins Pemberton of Chicago, comes out in a hand bill, denouncing Strang and his [associates]; and Strang returns the compliment in the usual Saintly style. They succeed [ably] in proving each other villains. One half of the trouble would fully effect the purpose. The people of Wisconsin cannot do better than give full credence to all parties, in this particular.
ILLINOIS [ ] JOURNAL.
Vol. XVII. Springfield, Ill., Thursday, October 7, 1847. No. 842.
THE LATEST MORMON MIRACLE.
==> William Smith, the Mormon, has fallen out with Strang, the new leader at Voree, and has separated from him. He declares that, by "revelation" the new stake of the true church, is to be temporarily located at Palestine, Lee County, Illinois. The Ottawa Free Trader gives the following account of the "flare up" between these "Saints":
ILLINOIS [ ] JOURNAL.
Vol. XVII. Springfield, Illinois, June 1, 1848. No. 42.
OLIVER COWDERY, who forsook the type and took to Mormonism in New York, -- there testified to the genuineness of Joe Smith's golden plates -- has abandoned Mormonism, and identified himself with Locofocoism and is now a candidate for office in Wisconsin.
ILLINOIS DAILY JOURNAL.
Vol. III. Springfield, Illinois, Wednesday, July 24, 1850. No. 38.
ARREST OF A PROPHET. -- Yesterday Wm. Smith, the Mormon Prophet (brother of Joseph,) was arraigned before Esq. Snellbaker at the instance of Isaac Sheen, who alleged that the Prophet was a dangerous man, and it was feared that complainant's life would be taken, ere long, by said Prophet! An anonymous letter, supposed to have been written by Smith, was presented by Sheen and read; the letter warned Sheen that he should "die with the cholera, or some other loathsome disease," and further stated that if said Sheen interfered again with the writer's family affairs, he, the writer, would shoot said Sheen and no mistake! The lawyer for complainant made a speech, after which the Prophet rose to reply but the weather being hot, the Court cut the matter short by informing Mr. Smith that there was no need of his saying a single word, as the complainant had not adduced evidence that could by any possibly justify binding over to keep the peace; so the prophet walked forth again free as air. -- [Cin. Com.
Illinois Daily Journal.
Vol. VI. Springfield, Illinois, May 11, 1854. No. 232.
A MORMON IN LIMBO. -- Bill Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and brother of Joe Smith, the renowned founder of the Mormon Church, which is becoming so noted, we might say throughout the civilized world -- is now closely confined in the jail at this place. He, being indicted, gave bail for his appearance at the last Circuit Court, but, having got some presentiment -- and we think it would hardly require any supernatural power to give it to him -- that the case rather favored the side of the people, he vacated these parts. But owing to some disarrangement in the Mormon underground railroad, or the adroitness of the person in pursuit, he was brought to a halt at St. Louis, and marched back to Dixon. He had started, we are told, for Salt Lake City. "Jordan is a hard road to travel." --
Illinois Daily Journal.
Vol. VII. Springfield, Illinois, March 5, 1855. No. 236.
LETTER FROM PRESIDENT SMITH.
Illinois Daily Journal.
Vol. VII. Springfield, Illinois, April 27, 1855. No. 291.
Mormon Lectures, by the Rev. Wm. Smith.
DAILY ILLINOIS STATE JOURNAL.
Vol. IX. Springfield, Illinois, January 5, 1857. No. 166.
January 2b and 3d. ... Wm. B. Smith, Beardstown ...
DAILY ILLINOIS STATE JOURNAL.
Vol. IX. Springfield, Illinois, June 3, 1857. No. 293.
(Correspondence of the New York Tribune.)