Vol. I. St. Louis, Saturday, April 17, 1841. No. ?
In the Warsaw World of the 7th we find a brief notice of the ceremonies at the laying of the cornerstone of the Temple at Nauvoo, the city of the Mormons on the 6th. The number assembled was estimated at from 7000 to 8000 and some said 12,000. The Nauvoo Legion, consisting of 600 men, was in attendance, and made a very respectable appearance. Mr. Rigdon officiated at the laying of the chief comer stone, and addressed the assembly in a very energetic manner in a speech of about an hour's length. On the whole the exercises passed off with the utmost order, without accident or the slightest disturbance. Gen. Bennett commanded the Legion, under the direction of the Prophet, and acquitted himself in a truly officer-like manner.
AND NATIVE AMERICAN.
Vol. ? St. Louis, Thursday, April 22, 1841. No. ?
The steamer Marmion, arrived day before yesterday, and brought a large number of Mormons on their way to Nauvoo. We learn that this fanatic tribe are growing to an unparalleled extent, and that they are sending out missionaries and establishing Jo Smith Bible Societies. The credulity and gullibility of human nature are enough to turn the heart sick, and lead an intelligent man to inquire of himself whether it be possible that he really belongs to the same race of beings as these wretched creatures.
Vol. ? St. Louis, Tuesday, August 31, 1841. No. ?
An intelligent friend, who called upon this morning, has just returned from a visit to Nauvoo and the Mormons. He has a whole skin -- showing not a single lesion of the cuticle -- neither scratch nor bite, nor any other mark of tooth or nail. He believes the Mormons are not anthropophagi, whose 'heads grow beneath their shoulders,' but men like other men -- with the exception that the folly incident to human nature, runs in one vein through them, instead of in several, as through most of us. He believes -- just as we do -- that they have been rrossly misunderstood and shamefully libelled, of late perhaps as much by a correspondent of the Journal of Commerce (whom the respectable editors of that paper ought to look after) as from any other source.
Vol. ? St. Louis, September ?, 1841. No. ?
The people of Nauvoo 'have been grossly misunderstood and shamefully libelled...
AND NATIVE AMERICAN.
Vol. ? St. Louis, Monday, Nov. 22, 1841. No. ?
Another accession of Mormons. -- The steamboat Gen. Pratt, brought up Friday last, 250 Mormons, all of them are from England, and are bound for Nauvoo, Illinois, the "Promised Land" and city of the "Latter Day Saints.
Vol. II. St. Louis, Saturday, January 8, 1842. No. 28.
"One of the Mormon Boys" who writes for the Missouri Whig, wishes to know what has become of the Paymaster General, and the funds for the payment of the Militia, which were provided and placed in his hands by the Governor, early in the summer. A writer in the Hannibal paper wants the same information.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Thursday, January 27, 1842. No. 23
MORMONS. -- Eighty-five more of these deluded persons came up last night on the steamer Telegraph from New Orleans. If we are not mistaken, they will soon wish themselves back again to their country and homes.
Vol. ? St. Louis, Mo., May 14, 1842. No. ?
Gov. Boggs. -- We learn from a gentleman who arrived in this city on Thursday evening from Warsaw, that there was a report current at the latter place that Gov. Boggs was dead. It was supposed that the assassin was one of Joe Smith's followers, and that he would be caught before he could reach Nauvoo. Letters, it was said, had been written from Jefferson City, To Gov. B. before his assassination, putting him upon his guard against assault threatened against his life by some Mormon fanatics. The information was sent to Jefferson City by several respectable persons, who had learned from a Mormon belonging to Nauvoo, that Joe Smith had been endeavoring to persuade some of his followers to murder Gov. B. for the course he took against them a few years ago. We give this rumor for what it is worth.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, June 6, 1842. No. ?
Gov. Boggs' health, as we learn from his physicians, is steadily improving. The contusions on his head are healing as fast as desirable. and he is now considered as being nearly out of danger. -- [Western Missourian.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Thursday, July 7, 1842. No. 136.
TROUBLE AMONG THE MORMONS -- From the following letter addressed to the editor of the Burlington Hawkeye, it appears that Gen. Bennett, the confidential advisor of the Mormon Prophet, and the Prophet himself have got into a sort of snarl. Joe Smith a short time ago, formally excommunicated Bennett, and now we suppose Bennett is about to excommunicate Joe. So they go -- the world will be satisfied if they make a "Kilkenny cat fight" of it.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Monday, July 11, 1842. No. ?
Joe Smith, the Mormon prophet, and his two aids, Rigdon and Bennet, have got into a furious quarrel. Can't they get up a triangular duel?
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Thursday, July 14, 1842. No. 140.
MORMONISM. -- The disclosures made by Gen. Bennett in relation to this sect, are far from being void of interest. We publish to-day some matters from Bennett in relation to the attempted assassination of Gov. Boggs, which are at least of sufficient importance to be inquired into. One of their own papers, the Nauvoo Wasp, while defending Smith from any participation in the matter, gloried in the act, for he says "it remains to be known who did the noble deed." Apart from the act of which he is accessory, there are now pending against him in this State indictments for crimes sufficient not only to predicate a demand upon but to induce the Governor of Illinois to give him up.
FOR THE BULLETIN.
MESSRS. EDITORS: -- In accordance with your request I now proceed to give you some account of the attempt on the life of Ex-Governor Boggs of Missouri.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Saturday, July 16, 1842. No. 145.
FOR THE BULLETIN.
Missrs. Editors: -- I am about to repair to the East for the purpose of publishing a "HISTORY OF THE SAINTS," or important disclosures in relation to Joe Smith and the Mormons; I shall, however, be in readiness to substantiate my statements relative to the participation of Joe Smith in the attempted assassination of Gov. Boggs, whenever he is demanded and secured by the Executive of Missouri.
Vol. ? St. Louis, July ?, 1842. No. ?
We perceive by a letter to the editor of the Bulletin, that Gen. Bennett, the great seceder, is about to visit the east for the purpose of publishing a "HISTORY OF THE SAINTS." As he does not state to what part of the east he is going, we suppose he intends visiting Jerusalem, as that is the most likely place to obtain information concerning these "Saints." What a precious set of saints they are from his showing up. He says:
Vol. ? St. Louis, Missouri, July ?, 1842. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- We understand that General Bennett, formerly of the Nauvoo Legion, is now in this city, with the intention of making such disclosures as will show what part Jo Smith, the Mormon Prophet, took in the recent attempt to assassinate ex-Governor Boggs, of this State. Gen. Bennett, Sidney Rigdon, and Gen. Robinson have lately quarreled with Jo Smith, and have since publicly charged him with the perpetration of the grossest frauds and crimes. If the Mormon Prophet has really been guilty of the offences now imputed to him, we sincerely trust that he will meet with condign punishment. We must confess, however, that we place no great confidence in the statements of Bennett, Rigdon & Co. They have been active and prominent men at Nauvoo, and must have been aware of any villainies which may have been practised by the Prophet for a number of years. They have remained silent during all that period, and suffered their leader to impose upon his deluded followers without making known to them how grossly they were deceived. If Bennett had appeared before the public under more favorable circumstances, we might have been induced to give some credit to his pretended disclosures. He has been ruled out of the Church of the Saints, and stripped of his power and office, and it may be that he is now endeavoring to glut his revenge upon the Prophet.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Thursday, July 21, 1842. No. ?
The Warsaw Signal, of the 16th, says:--
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Thursday, July 28, 1842. No. ?
A gentleman just from the upper Mississippi, has arrived in town, and will deliver a lecture on "Mormonism Exposed," at the Methodist Church, this evening [at] 8 o'clock, showing the fallaciesm absurdities, impositions, and bare-faced villainy, of those vile and corrupted people. The facts that he has in his possession, are from the fountain head.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Thursday, Aug. 17, 1842. No. 171.
From the N. Y. Sun.
THE MORMON REVELATIONS. -- We watch the further movements of the Mormons expounded, and the anti-Mormon expounder, with some degree of anxiety, as affording a thorough explanation to the philosophy of fanaticism, whose [vices?] we so frequently find recorded in the history of civilization. This [pretty ----ly] quarrel between the Mormon chiefs, whether it originated in motives of purity or in pitiable incentives to gain, will carry its salutory effects throughout the controversy. We dount not that Joe Smith is a shrewd and cunning man, but John C. Bennett is more than a match for him even in these qualities of modern science. There was an almost inconceivable moral courage in a man of our age, who, uneducated in political sciences, could call together a mighty host of uncivilized human beings, and finally to adopt the holy privileges of the ancient prophetic race.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 22, 1842. No. ?
From the N. Y. Herald.
ARRIVAL EXTRAORDINARY. -- The celebrated General John C. Bennett, arrived in this city on Thursday. He is preparing to publish a book, which is to be a full and complete history of the Mormons, public and private -- the secrets of their religion, their mode of life at Nauvoo -- the celebrated prophet Joseph Smith's secret system of wives -- their mode of warfare -- tactics -- civil and religious government -- with various other curious and perfectly original matters. It will be one of the richest that ever emanated from the press of any country.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 29, 1842. No. ?
SMITH AND ROCKWELL. -- The last Quincy Herald represents that Gov. Carlin had been fairly whipped out of his attempt to arrest Smith and Rockwell; and adds that the Mormons will not give them up, but fight to the last.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Monday, Sept. 12, 1842. No. ?
The Sangamo Journal states that Joe Smith and O. P. Rockwell aere now outlaws, they having escaped the officers of justice.
SAINT LOUIS WEEKLY HERALD.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Friday, January 6, 1843. No. ?
JOE SMITH has arrived at Springfield, Ill., accompanied by a number of his followers, and surrendered himself to the Sheriff of Sangamo county, on a warrant issued by the Governor of Illinois, upon the requisition of the Governor of Missouri, upon a charge of being accessory before the fact of an attempted assassination of ex-Gov. Boggs. After his arrest by the Sheriff. a writ of habeas corpus was sued out by his council, and he was brought before the Circuit Court of the United States, for the District of Illinois. The cause is set down for hearing on Monday next. and Joe Smith entered into recognizance in open court in the sum of two thousand dollars, with approved securities, for his appearance from day to day, when he was discharged from custody. The fround upon which this application is based by his council is, the act of Congress as well as the Constitution of the United States, authorizing the surrender of a person in one State to the authorities of another State, charged with crime, is predicated upon the supposition that the individual sought to be given up has fled from the State where the crime is alleged to have been committed, and is then a fugitive from justice in the State where he is arrested. That such is not the fact in the case of Smith. That at the time Gov. Boggs was shot, Smith was in the State of Illinois, and had been for months previous, without once being without its limits; consequently he could not have fled from the State of Missouri, where the crime was committed, -- and that he is without the provisions both of the act of Congress and the Constitution of the United States, authorizing the surrender of a citizen of one State to the Executive of another for trial of an alleged crime. The correspondent of the Republican thinks the objection will be sustained, and Joe discharged. The Attorney General of the State was to appear against Joe Smith. -- [Era.
SAINT LOUIS WEEKLY HERALD.
Vol. 1 St. Louis, Friday, January 13, 1843. No. ?
Joe Smith, the Mormon prophet, has been discharged from custody, by Judge Pope, of the Illinois U. S. District Court.
Vol. II. St. Louis, Saturday, July 1, 1843. No. ?
A gentleman from Peoria reports, that Joe Smith passed through that place on Wednesday last, for Springfield. He was in a carriage, in the custody of officers, and they crossed the ferry without stopping in town. The steamboat Maid of Iowa passed Peoria on Tuesday, and could not have reached Ottawa until after Joe Smith had started for Springfield.
Vol. II. St. Louis, Monday, July 3, 1843. No. ?
Jo Smith the Mormon Prophet.
We have almost determined not to give publicity to any of the rumors in circulation in regard to the whereabouts of this individual, and the proceedings of his friends and enemies. Each day brings a new series of reports, and all of them of a very contradictory and confused character. On Saturday, there was ground to believe a report that Jo Smith had passed through Peoria, on his way to Springfield, escorted by the officers of the law. To-day this report is discredited, by news from Nauvoo, that the Prophet was at that place on Saturday last, having been rescued by his followers from the hands of the persons who had seized him. The place of capture has not been ascertained, but we are told, that the persons having the requisition in their possession, two of whom were citizens of Missouri, were taken in charge by the Mormons, carried to Nauvoo, and were there to undergo an examination on Saturday last. This proceeding will involve Smith and his friends in new difficulties, inasmuch as they have placed themselves in an attitude of direct hostility to the legitimate authority of the State. It is admitted, that the requisition was made by the Governor of Missouri, and that Gov. Ford of Illinois, so far complied with it as to issue the necessary warrant for his apprehension. At first, we were under the impression that this new movement against Jo Smith grew out of disclosures made by Rockwell, in regard to the attempted assassination of Gov. Boggs, but this seems not to have been the case. The occurences which led to the expulsion of the Mormons from Missouri, and which were signalized by a savage and brutal vindictiveness on the part of a portion [of] our citizens, are said to have formed the groundwork of this charge. If so, there can be little doubt that Jo Smith will escape from this new attack upon him, and thereby obtain still greater popularity with his followers. In that affair, the Mormons were more sinned against than sinners, and regard for the character of the State should lead us to say as little about it as possible. The indictment is a decent one, procured, it is said, sometime last month, and this circumstance induces us to believe that there are other motives than a desire to see justice administered upon Jo Smith, at the bottom of a proceeding which, if instituted at all, should have been commenced years ago.
Vol. II. St. Louis, August 16, 1843. No. ?
MORMONS. --We learn by a gentleman from Warsaw, that a meeting of the people of Hancock county, to be held at Carthage, was called for to-day, to take into consideration their relation with the Mormons. It is said that a good deal of excitement exists against them, and apprehensions of a serious riot and outbreak were entertained. The people of that section of the state are as heartily tired of the Mormons as ever the citizens of Missouri were, but they have suffered them to obtain so strong a foothold that no power can exist which can deprive them of their positions, or induce them to abandon their present residence.
Vol. II. St. Louis, September 7, 1843. No. ?
The last Independence 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.