Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, November 17, 1840. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- This sect held a semi-annual conference at Nauvoo, Hancock county, Illinois, on the 3d of October. The large number of 6,000 was present, including elders and preachers. About one hundred were baptized. "The church," says a correspondent of the Peoria Register, "seems to be in a much more prosperous condition than at any former time. Several families have arrived from England. belonging to the church. The sect has been very industrious in building houses and raising provisions.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, March 21, 1842. No. ?
MORMON IMMIGRANTS. -- The ship Tremont, lately arrived at New Orleans from Liverpool, brought out about one hundred and fifty immigrants for the Mormon settlement of Nauvoo, in Illinois. They are represented as being tidy and wholesome appearing persons, and mostly below middle age.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, May 23, 1842. No. ?
Vol. ? Washington: Wednesday, June 1, 1842. No. ?
The St. Louis papers state that Gov. Boggs was still alive on the 15th inst. Several arrests had been made, without any thing being elicited as to the perpetrator of the deed.
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, September 27, 1842. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- Two Mormon Elders, who lately delivered addresses in Cincinnati have furnished the following information in relation to the city of Nauvoo:
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, January 16, 1843. No. ?
JO SMITH. -- This individual, accompanied by some fifteen or twenty of his subjects, arrived at Springfield, Illinois, on the 31st ultimo, and surrendered himself to the sheriff, upon the warrant issued by the Governor of Illinois, on the requisition of the Executive of Missouri, of being accessory to an attempted assassination of ex-Governor Boggs. After his arrest a writ of habeas corpus was sued out by his counsel, and he was brought before the Circuit Court of the United States. Jo entered into recognizance of $2,000 for his appearance from day to day, when he was discharged from custody. The cause was to come on for hearing on the 4th instant.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, January 19, 1843. No. ?
JO SMITH. -- This personage, who lately surrendfered himself at Springfield, Illinois, in obedience to the requisition of the Governor of Missouri on a charge of being accessary to the attempted assassination of ex-Governor Boggs, having been brought before Judge Pope on a writ of habeas corpus, has been discharged from custody on the ground that he is not a fugitive from justice, and consequently not the subject of surrender to the authorities of another State.
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, January 31, 1843. No. ?
JO SMITH. -- The Springfield (Ill.) Journal of the 12th instant, says that another requisition will be made upon the Governor of that State for Joseph Smith, under the former indictments, which charge him with robbery, arson. treason, and murder. For this purpose the indictments referred to are to be reinstated. The affidavit under the last requisition was defective; but, in this case. those concerned do not believe that any legal objection against the requisition can be made.
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, March 18, 1843. No. ?
ORIN PORTER ROCKWELL, the Mormon who has been accused of being the person who attempted to assassinate ex-Governor Boggs, of Missouri, last summer, was apprehended at St. Louis on the 6th instant and committed to jail. He will now have to stand his trial.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, July 10, 1843. No. ?
TROUBLES AMONG THE MORMONS.
We learn from the St. Louis Republican that Joe Smith, the Mormon Prophet, who was indicted a short time ago in some of the upper counties of Missouri for treason and murder, growing out of the Mormon war, has been arrested and placed in jail at Ottawa, Illinois, whither he had fled as soon as he obtained knowledge of a requisition having been made by the authorities of Missouri for his person.
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, July 11, 1843. No. ?
THE CITY OF NAUVOO.
Few, we suspect, are aware of the rapid growth and present condition of the city of Nauvoo, the Jerusalem of the Latter Day Saints. Notwithstanding but four years have elapsed since the Mormons first made a settlement there, it is estimated that it already numbers from 16,000 to 17,000 inhabitants; and accessions are daily made to the population from the Eastern States and from Europe. The Burlington (Iowa) Gazette, from which we gather these facts, says:
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, July 22, 1843. No. ?
"JOE SMITH." -- The sheriff of Jackson county, Missouri, has published a long letter, explaining the manner in which he arrested the distinguished personage, and the troubles he subsequently encountered until Smith was discharged by the municipal court of Nauvoo, before which he managed to be taken on a writ of habeas corpus. An application has been made to the Governor of Illinois to cause Smith to be retaken, which was held under consideration at the last accounts.
Vol. ? Washington: Wednesday, July 26, 1843. No. ?
Vol. ? Washington: Thursday, August 10, 1843. No. ?
Some of the papers are publishing a statement that eight new cantos of Don Juan by Lord Byron, have been recently discovered at Genoa. We have just as much faith in the truth of this story as we would have in an announcement from Joe Smith that he had discovered eight new books of the Mormon Bible. The story is an absurd offer to gull the public. Byron left no such manuscripts behind him, and if he had, they would have been given to the world long since, as there could have been no reason for suppressing them until this time, and to suppose such things would be lost is preposterous. -- Louisville Journal.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, August 28, 1843. No. ?
MORMON MISSION. -- The Nauvoo "Times and Seasons" contains the recommendatory letters of Joe Smith, appointing G. J. Adams to accompany Elder Hyde on a mission to St. Petersburg, Russia, "to be one of the messengers to introduce the fulness of the glorious gospel of the Son of God to the people of that vast empire." So Russia is not to be in darkness any longer.
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, September 2, 1843. No. ?
"JOE SMITH." -- Governor Ford, of Illinois, has addressed a letter to the executive of Missouri, in which he declares, as a reason for declining to order out a detachment of militia to assist in retaking Joe Smith, that the law of the State has been fully executed in the matter. A writ was issued upon the requisition of the Governor of Missouri, and Smith was thereupon arrested, and delivered over to the agent of Missouri appointed to receive him. The agent was subsequently compelled by a writ of habeas corpus to produce Smith before the municipal court of Nauvoo, which after hearing the case, discharged the prophet from arrest.
Vol. ? Washington: Thursday, September 21, 1843. No. ?
FROM THE ST. LOUIS ERA, SEPT. 7.
The last Independent [sic] Expositor says: Orin Porter Rockwell, the Mormon confined in our county jail some time since for the attempted assassination of ex-Governor Boggs, was indicted by our last grand jury for escaping from the county jail some weeks since, and sent to Clay county for trial. Owing, however, to some informality in the proceedings, he was remanded to this county again for trial. There was not sufficient proof adduced against him to justify an indictment for shooting ex-Governor Boggs; and the grand jury, therefore, did not indict him for that offense.
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, September 23, 1843. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- At a meeting of the citizens of Hancock county, held at Carthage (Illinois,) on the 6th instant, it was resolved to call in the citizens of the surrounding counties and States, to assist them in delivering up Joe Smith, if the Governor of Illinois refused to comply with the requisition of the Governor of Missouri. The meeting also determined to avenge with blood any assaults made upon the citizens by the Mormons. It was also resolved to refuse to obey the officers elected by the Mormons, who have complete control of the county, being a numerical majority. Missouri Reporter.
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, November 11, 1843. No. ?
NOT BAD. -- Joe Smith's Kirtland Bank notes have the appropriate vignette of a shepherd shearing his flock. Pittsburg Age.
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, January 9, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- The Mormons have recently held a meeting at Nauvoo, at which they resolved that "Joe Smith is not guilty of any charge made against him by the State of Missouri." The city authorities have passed an ordinance directing the imprisonment for life of any person who shall come within the corporate limits of Nauvoo with a legal process for the arrest of Joe Smith, for any offense committed by him in Missouri during the Mormon difficulties. The Prophet Joe has also declared that he considers it his duty, as Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion and militia of Illinois, to enforce said ordinance.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, February 26, 1844. No. ?
MORMON DIFFICULTIES IN ILLINOIS. -- The Quincy Herald of the 9th instant states that four wagons passed through that place on Tuesday previous, on their way to the State arsenal at Alton, for the purpose of procuring arms to be used against the Mormons. The difficulties and the prospect of an immediate breach between the citizens and the Mormons has been brought to the knowledge of Governor Ford, and he has been earnestly appealed to, to maintain the peace and to protect the innocent. The state of exasperation between the Mormons and citizens is such that we will not be surprised to hear of actual hostilities at any time, quite as violent as formerly existed between them and a portion of our own citizens.
Vol. ? Washington: Thursday, March 21, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- A late letter from Sumter county, Alabama, to the editor of the Mobile Register, says that the Mormons are making a somewhat formidable demonstration in the adjoining county of Mississippi. They commenced operations at Pleasant Springs late in the fall, and now number about seventy-five proselytes, some twenty being seceders from the Methodist connexion, and about twenty-six from the Baptist -- the balance from non-professors. They have recently commenced propagating their faith at Brooklyn, only a few miles from our State line, where they will probably meet with a like success.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, May 6, 1844. No. ?
One hundred and fifty Mormons, from England, arrived at St. Louis on the 23d ultimo. This makes about three hundred that have passed that place within ten days on their way to Nauvoo, the Mormon paradise.
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, June 1, 1844. No. ?
SCHISM AMONG THE MORMONS. -- The last Warsaw (Illinois) Signal states that a rupture has taken place among the Mormons -- a respectable number of the most intelligent members of that body having seceded, under the guidance of William Law, and set up for themselves. It does not appear that the religious views of the seceders have undergone any material change. They profess that Joseph Smith was once a true prophet; but contend that he is now fallen from grace, and no longer worthy to remain at the head of the church. Private information (says the Alton Telegraph of the 18th) confirms the above intelligence in its most essential features.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, June 10, 1844. No. ?
The increase of Mormons at Nauvoo within a year is six or eight hundred from foreign countries, and three or four hundred from the United States -- principally from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Fifty or sixty missionaries arrived at St. Louis on the 28th ultimo, on their way to preach Mormonism in different parts of the country. It is said the "Prophet" is despatching companies in other directions under similar orders, in order to get rid of a portion of the disaffected of his followers.
Vol. ? Washington: Friday, June 14, 1844. No. ?
MORMONITE CONVENTION. -- There was a meeting at Military Hall, Bowery, (New York city,) on Tuesday night, which was called for the purpose of advancing the claims of Joe Smith, of Nauvoo, the leader of the sect called Mormonites, or "Latter Day Saints," to the Presidency of the United States. The attendance was small, some fifty men, twenty women, and a few boys composing the whole number of those present, and of these a great many left the hall, with every symptom of disgust, long before the proceedings terminated. Two brothers, by the name of Pratt, both originally from New York, but more recently from Missouri, made speeches, strongly denunciatory of Mr. Van Buren, Mr. Clay, the principal characters of the nation, and of Missouri, all of whom were called murderers and robbers, and in comparison with whom, Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, was alone worthy of being entrusted with the government of the country. Twelve delegates were appointed to a convention to be held at Utica on the 23d of next August.
Vol. ? Washington: Friday, June 21, 1844. No. ?
At a meeting of the friends of "Joe Smith," held at Military Hall, in New York, on the 11th instant, Parley Pratt, one of the Prophet's adherents, made a speech in favor of the General, which concluded as follows:
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, June 25, 1844. No. ?
TROUBLES IN ILLINOIS.
A new aspect is given to the proceedings of Joe Smith and his adherents at Nauvoo, in the destruction of the printing press of the "Nauvoo Expositor." of which we give an account to-day. If the corporate authorities of Nauvoo, of which Joe Smith is the head, can compass their lawless ends by such means as were adopted on this occasion, then similar measures may serve to rid them of all persons who may become obnoxious to them. Neither person nor property can be safe where such a control is exercised by reckless men, , and in the present state of affairs there, it is not improbable that violence will be resorted to, to put down all opposition. If the authorities of Illinois had any respect for themselves -- any regard for the law -- any desire to protect the person and property of citizens from outrage and destruction, they would at once adopt measures to put an end to these arbitrary acts; but we have little hope of seeing this done so long as Joe Smith controls so many thousands of votes, and purchases an immunity from punishment by casting them for the Locofocos.
A knot of base men, to further their wicked and malicious designs towards the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to bolster up the intents of blacklegs and bogus-makers, and advocate the characters of murderers, established a press in this city last week, and issued a paper entitled the Nauvoo Expositor. The prospectus showed an intention to destroy the charter, and the paper was filled with libels and slanderous articles upon the citizens and City Council from one end to the other.
Vol. ? Washington: Thursday, June 27, 1844. No. ?
LATEST FROM THE MORMONS. -- By the last accounts from Nauvoo we learn that Joe Smith had issued a proclamation declaring martial law. The greatest excitement prevailed in the neighborhood, and the whole upper country was under arms. The streets of Warsaw were patrolled by armed men, and sanguinary results were anticipated. --
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, July 8, 1844. No. ?
DEATH OF THE MORMON PROPHET.
The events which led to and succeeded the destruction on the 10th ultimo. of the newspaper press and printing office of the "Nauvoo Expositor," by order of Joe Smith and his Council, together with the declaration of martial law and adoption of other arbitrary measures by the Prophet in connexion with that unlawful act, so incensed a portion of the people of Illinois against the Mormons, and the Mormons against them, that affairs in that quarter have ever since presented an aspect more than usually threatening to the public peace. The latest point of contest appears to have been concerning the arrest of the persons who, by Smith's order, had destroyed the press -- the officers who were sent from Warsaw for that purpose having either been resisted, or Smith insisting on having the prisoners taken before his own Court on writ of habeas corpus, and there discharged, as had been before done in other cases. Such proceedings were not calculated to restore quiet; the excitement increased, threats of violence by both parties followed and each of them prepared for defence -- the faithful Mormons flocking to Nauvoo, their chief city, and their adversaries congregating at Carthage and Warsaw. In the mean time the Governor of the State deemed it necessary to interpose. He despatched a messenger to Smith demanding the surrender of the State arms at Nauvoo, and requiring him and his Council to appear forthright and explain their conduct. After some delay they surrendered themselves on the evening of the 24th ultimo, and were all arrested the next morning for the destruction of the Expositor, and Smith also on a warrant for treason against the State. We know not what occurred on the 26th, but Smith and two of his followers lost their lives the next day, as will be seen by the following, copied from an extra of the Quincy Herald of the 28th:
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, July 9, 1844. No. ?
Some verbal intelligence from Nauvoo a few hours later than we published yesterday. Some of the Mormons from Carthage had reached Nauvoo. bearing with them the dead bodies of Joe Smith and Hiram Smith.
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, July 13, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMON DIFFICULTIES.
When the accounts first reached us of the death of the Mormon prophet, they conveyed the impression that he had been killed in a general melee, or fight between the Mormons and the people. But later intelligence renders it evident that he and his brother have fallen victim to that lawless spirit which has brought so much disgrace upon our country. They have been murdered, after they had given themselves up to the constituted authorities. The enormity of this transaction cannot be palliated by the atrocities committed by Smith and his arch-impostures, because he was then in the hands of the constituted authorities, and had a right to protection.
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, July 16, 1844. No. ?
JOE SMITH is said to have left in the hands of his wife a document appointing his successor, which she was directed to open on the third day after his death.
Vol. ? Washington: Wednesday, July 17, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMON DIFFICULTIES.
The St. Louis New Era thinks the Mormon war at an end. All was quiet at Warsaw on the 4th; the troops had been disbanded, and there were no persons under arms. At Quincy the excitement had subsided, and no signs of war or military preparations were to be seen. Gov. Ford was still at that place. What he was doing or what he intended to do, was not known.
Vol. ? Washington: Thursday, July 18, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMON TEMPLE. -- One of the editors of the St. Louis Reveille, having lately visited Nauvoo, thus speaks of the new Mormon temple:
Vol. ? Washington: Friday, August 23, 1844. No. ?
A writer from the Quincy (Illinois) Whig -- evidently intelligent and well informed -- not justifying, nor palliating, the murder of the Mormon Joe Smith and his associates, but evidently thinking that the reaction in favor of the Mormon tribe is too strong, if not dangerous -- gives the following account of the principles and conduct of these people, which, well-considered, is calculated to subdue somewhat of that sympathy in their favor which the supposition of persecution in all cases naturally excites in the breasts of a just and humane people:
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, September 23, 1844. No. ?
MORMONISM. -- SIDNEY RIGDON, who returned to Nauvoo a few weeks since from Pittsburg, to be the successor of Smith, has been regularly unchurched by the Twelve Apostles. The administration of the affairs of the church for the present is to remain in the hands of the Twelve Apostles.
Vol. ? Washington: Wednesday, October 9, 1844. No. ?
MOVEMENTS IN THE MORMON COUNTRY.
We have for some days had various reports of warlike movements in the Mormon country, which are thus explained by the St. Louis Republican of the 28th ultimo:
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, October 15, 1844. No. ?
FROM THE MORMON COUNTRY.
Governor Ford disbanded his troops at Warsaw last Monday. Sharp and Williams. who fled on his approach, were subsequently arrested. Seventy writs were issued against those concerned in the murder of the Smiths, but most of the accused fled to the Missouri side of the river. All was quiet at Nauvoo and Warsaw at the latest dates. The Governor has been enabled at last to vindicate the laws of Illinois by arresting a portion of the offenders, and we trust all of them will yet be secured and punished.
Vol. ? Washington: Thursday, October 17, 1844. No. ?
DISSOLUTION OF THE MORMON CHURCH.
Through the politeness of a friend, (says the Alton Telegraph,) we have received the manifesto of a portion of the Mormons in regard to the successorship of the impostor, Joe Smith, and declaring the Church to be dissolved on account of its rejection of Rigdon as its divinely appointed leader. The elements of discord and disunion are successfully at work in the community at Nauvoo; and no doubt rests upon our minds but that the total dissolution of the Church will be the inevitable result. Factions may spring up among them, and some unprincipled and ambitious leader seek to seat himself on the throne of power so firmly established by Joe Smith for his own base purposes; but every such attempt will, as heretofore, result in failure. With the fall of the mock "Prophet," fell also the throne of despotism he had erected in this Republic; and the charm that enabled him to delude the populace has, with his death, departed we trust forever.
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, November 4, 1844. No. ?
The St. Louis papers say that more trouble is brewing in the Mormon country. The Circuit Court of Hancock county commenced its session on the 21st ultimo, when Williams and Sharp (charged with the murder of the Smiths) went up to stand their trial. Two hundred Mormons appeared at Carthage and stated that they were there by authority of Gov. Ford. There were also between one and two hundred persons present, armed and disguised as Indians, and it was anticipated that they would come in collision, and if so, much murder and bloodshed would ensue. One account says that the Mormons were armed, and another says the contrary. It is probable that most of them were in attendance as witnesses.
Vol. ? Washington: Wednesday, November 6, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- By the steamer Boreas a report has come to our city that the Mormons who were encamped near Carthage had retired; that the disguised Indians had also disappeared, and that the Circuit Court was going on quietly with its business. --
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, November 16, 1844. No. ?
MORMONS. -- The Grand Jury have gone through with their labors at Carthage. We learn that some persons have been indicted for the murder of Joe and Hyrum Smith, and others as accessories. Nine in all were indicted. It will be recollected that all the country tribunals and county offices are in the hands of the Mormons or their tools, and the indictments were found upon the testimony of Mormon witnesses. The persons indicted demanded a prompt trial at the same term, but the State was not ready for trial. --
Vol. ? Washington: Monday, December 16, 1844. No. ?
UNPLEASANT HUMOR. -- The Warsaw (Illinois) Signal states that Lyman Wright's [sic] party of Mormons, having emigrated to Prairie du Chien, made an attack upon a trading station, ninety miles above that place, for the purpose of robbing it, but were hotly received, and four of the gang killed. The remainder fled, pursued by the exasperated French and Indians, who, coming up to the Mormons, murdered all they could find, we know not how many. The rumor was generally believed at Nauvoo.
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, December 28, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- The Illinois House of Representatives, by a vote of 108 to 4, have referred a bill repealing the Mormon charters to the Judiciary Committee. That is right. It ought never have been granted in the monstrous form in which it was granted. The vote on the question of reference was, we may say, unanimous, the four nays being Mormons. Its passage is not doubted by a like majority.
Vol. ? Washington: Tuesday, April 22, 1845. No. ?
A NEW PROPHET FOR NAUVOO. -- When a prophet dies his spirit remains with his tribe, and superintends their operations. JOE SMITH, WHO WAS RECENTLY SHOT, still exercises his superintending care over his flock. One of the distinguished elders of the Mormons says that he has lately had an interview with Joe, who declared his determination to appoint ORSON HYDE HIS SUCCESSOR, according to the provisions in the Book of Convenants. Orson will probably be chosen in conformity to Joe's wish.
Vol. ? Washington: October 30, 1845. No. ?
(From the St. Louis Republican.)
A circular, addressed to the whole 'Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,' informs us that on Sunday, the 5th of October, about five thousand Saints had the inexpressible joy and great gratification to meet, for the first time, in the house of the Lord [in the city of Joseph. From mites and tithing, millions had risen up to the glory of God, as a Temple where the children of the last kingdom, could come together and praise the Lord]...
Vol. ? Washington: Feb. 26, 1846. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- Speaking of the removal of these people, the St. Louis Republican states that the ten or twelve hundred who have already crossed the river from Nauvoo "are encamped on Sugar Creek, Iowa, seven miles distant. Among them are the Twelve, the High Council, all the principal men of the church, and about one hundred females. They were several days and nights in getting across the river. It is the plan of the leaders to send this company forward as a pioneer corps. They are to proceed about five hundred miles westward, where they are to halt, build a village, and put in a spring crop. They are to remain there until those who follow in the spring reach them, when another pioneer company will start for a point five hundred miles still further west, where they will stop, build a village, and put in a fall crop. The company remaining behind will, in the spring, move on to this second station; and in the manner they hope to accomplish the long journey which is in contemplation. Many of those who now go as pioneers are to return, so soon as their crop is in, for their families. There is a spice of romance about this arrangement for their journey -- an apparent indifference to the sufferings which they must undergo -- a confidence in the plans and orders of their church leaders -- which must attract some portion of public sympathy, even though it be undeserved. Their future journeyings will be observed with interest."
Vol. ? Washington: July 22, 1846. No. ?
LATE FROM THE MORMON CAMP.
The Hancock Eagle of the 10th instant notices the arrival there of Mr. Chamberlain, who left the most distant camp of the Mormons at Council Bluffs on the 26th ultimo, 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 encamped 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. ? Washington: Saturday, October 27, 1849. No. ?
From The Baltimore American.
... [the rise and progress of the Mormons is] one of the most extraordinary phenomena of the times."
Vol. ? Washington: Saturday, December 22, 1849. No. ?
THE RECENT HIGH-HANDED AND LAWLESS ACTS of the inhabitants of Salt Lake City Valley, in arresting and trying citizens from the States upon a charge of participation in the expulsion of the Mormons from Missouri and Illinois... the Mormons... [are] very much displeased at the Government stationing troops so near...