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Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Saturday, January 4, 1840. No. 2,880.
The Mormons have purchased a tract of land in Illinois at the head of the Des Moines rapids of the Mississippi. They have laid out a town called Nauvoo. A deputation, consisting of Joe Smith and two others are now at Washington, for the purpose of petitioning Congress for relief on account of their losses in Missouri. Persecution appears to have had the usual effect of strengthening their belief in the creed submitted to them by their prophet, and has also added largely to their numbers -- many influential families in the adjoining counties having joined this new denomination.
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Saturday, February 1, 1840. No. 2,892.
Mr. Merrick proposed a memorial from the Bank of Metropolis, asking for an extension of its charter.
Vol. I. Philadelphia, Saturday, March 14, 1840. No. 303.
Vol. I. Philadelphia, Friday, May 1, 1840. No. 343.
LATEST FROM THE MORMONS.
It is known that these people, since their dispersion in Missouri, have collected in great numbers in and around Commerce, in this state, on the Mississippi river. The name of Commerce, as we have heretofore stated, they have changed to Nauvoo, from the Hebrew or Egyptian, though of the signification of the term we are ignorant. They hold two great conferences every year, -- in the spring and fall, and that appointed for the present spring took place last week, commencing on the 6th and ending on the 9th inst. We learn that between 2000 and 3000 persons were present, and that considerable accessions were made to the church from the surrounding neighborhood. -- Our informant states that the number was 74, all received by baptism, and that at the same time thirty of the ablest men were ordained to preach the gospel.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, May 9, 1840. No. 7.
This sect have in ten years increased from six individuals to nearly twenty thousand. In Hancock, McDonough, and Adams counties, Ill., they have increased rapidly since last fall, several influencial families having joined them. They have purchased a tract of land on the Mississippi, at the head of the Des Moines Rapids, comprising about 20,000 acres. They have commenced the publication of a paper, called The Times and Seasons. They call the town Nauvoo. They denominate their church, the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their twelve apostles have recently gone on a mission to England.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Monday, May 11, 1840. No. 351.
The Peoria, Ill. Register states that in obedience to an edict from Joseph Smith, the Mormons will hereafter vote en masse against the administration of Mr. Van Buren.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, May 23, 1840. No. 9.
Mormons. -- It appears by recent acounts, that the Mormons are making converts in Illinois; and that they have purchased twenty thousand acres of land, and laid out a city, which they call Nauvoo. They have also commenced the publication of a paper, called "The Times and Seasons." A Mr. John Corrall, recently a member of the Legislature of Missouri, has published a book, giving an account of his conversion to Mormonism, and his reasons for leaving them. It is singular that this imposture, after having so many times been publicly exposed, should still gain proselytes, but shows however, what an exuberant soil the human mind is, in its depraved state, for the growth of error and delusion. Nothing can be too absurd, if connected with enthusiasm and apparent piety, to be received by the mind that is a stranger to the truth as it is in Jesus. Mormonism, however, is rendered much more specious and dangerous, from having retained a considerable portion of evangelical truth. This, mixed with the idea of divine impulses and new revelations, together with some extravagant notions about coming events, is sufficient to carry them to any extreme of enthusiasm. And it is probably the effects of enthusiastic excitement, rather than the conviction of the understanding, that leads so many to embrace it. Christians should be established with grace, and not be running after every "Lo here!" and "Lo there!" and if they give way to the propensity to learn every new thing that comes along, it is not at all surprising, that the Lord should leave them to fall into grievous error, and continue in it, till they are sufficiently humbled to be satisfied with the "sincere milk of the word."
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Saturday, May 30, 1840. No. 368.
THE MORMONS. -- A correspondent of the Journal of Commerce gives the following accounts of this much abused and ill-treated people. We refer of course to the cruel persecution in Missouri -- a persecution which should have been expiated by the severest penalties. The Mormons are only one of the many wild and visionary sects which have sprung up in our country, and we have no doubt, if left to themselves, will in a short space of time dwindle down to a small and insignificant society:
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Thursday, July 16, 1840. No. 2,961.
Upon our fourth page is a very interesting account of the Mormons, given by a correspondent of the Alexandria Gazette. Any fears of the continued increase or influence of these infatuated people we think ill-founded. Christianity has at all times had silly sects upon its skirts, which soon quit their hold if unnoticed. Johannah Southcote had quite as formidable a train at one time as Joe Smith now has. Many men and women, grave in years of experience, were happy in the blessed assurance that she was destined to give birth to a Messiah. The whole sect has dissolved, and no vestige of the congregation remains. So, too, Mathias the Prophet had cajoled many respectable persons and was in a fair way of establishing wider faith in his mission, when his villany, paramount to his cunning, brought him into a court of justice and dissolved his scheme of deception. It is melancholy to know that well meaning and even well informed people can become the dupes of Southcotes, Mathiases and Joe Smiths; but the evil can hardly fail to work its own cure. Had the latter scamp been let alone when he commenced his game of imposture, it would have fallen long ago by its own weight. But opposition and injury clothed him with the attributes of a martyr and hence his greater success. There is now but one mode to circumscribe the growth of the Mormons -- to let them alone.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 22, 1840. No. 413.
A GLANCE AT THE MORMONS.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, August 1, 1840. No. 9.
GLEANINGS BY THE WAY.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Saturday, August 1, 1840. No. 422.
GROSS OUTRAGE. -- The following from the Quincy Whig, is a detailed statement of the outrage perpetrated by some Missourians on the persons of a few Mormons, residents of Illinois. The increase of the sect may in a great part be attributed to the inhuman and unpunished barbarities perpetrated upon them in Missouri.
Vol. XXIII. Philadelphia, Friday, August 7, 1840. No. 33.
A number of citizens of Quincy... publish a statement, in which they accuse the Mormons of a number of depredations, and say that Smith, the "Holy Prophet." in presence of some of the citizens, justified the plunderers in their nefarious proceedings, and would continue them till they had recompensed themselves for their Missouri difficulties to the amount of $3,000,000.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Monday, August 10, 1840. No. 429.
THE OTHER SIDE. -- A number of citizens of Quincy, Missouri [sic], published a statement, in which they accuse the Mormons of a number of depredations, and say that Smith, the "Holy Prophet," in presence of some of the citizens, justified the plunderers in their nefarious proceedings, and would continue them till they had recompensed themselves for their Missouri difficulties to the amount of $3,000,000.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Friday, August 28, 1840. No. 445.
MORMONISM. -- Caldwell county, Mo., from which the Mormons were driven a year or two ago, gave, in 1838, two Whig votes, and 337 Van Buren. Now, 74 Whig and 134 V. B.
Vol. XXIII. Philadelphia, Wednesday, September 2, 1840. No. 55.
The Cincinnati Chronicle states that a party of thirty persons of the Mormon sect, reached that city last week, from England, on their way to the head quarters of the Mormons at Nauvoo, Illinois. In this country, there are about 2800 at Nauvoo, Ill., and about 2000 in Lee county, in Iowa, on the opposite said of the Mississippi. They have churches in Quincy, Springfield, Jacksonville, and various other parts of Illinois.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, September 5, 1840. No. 24.
GLEANINGS BY THE WAY.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, September 12, 1840. No. 25.
GLEANINGS BY THE WAY.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, September 26, 1840. No. 27.
GLEANINGS BY THE WAY.
Dear Brethren, -- According to the intimation given in the last No. of these Gleanings by the Way, I proceed to finish the sketch which has already occupied the two preceeding numbers in relation to the Mormons. Perhaps before relating a few additional facts that I have in my possession in reference to the rise and progress of this singular delusion, our readers will be gratified to have a brief outline of the contents of that mysterious volume whose origin and history we have already given, and which, as we have seen, has exerted no small influence in imparting a degree of plausibility to the claims set up by this sect, and in gaining for them among the superstitious and the credulous, hosts of converts. I have before me a copy of the Book of Mormon, which I have read through in order to furnish the following analysis. Since reading this volume of nearly six hundred pages, I am more than ever convinced that there were several hands employed in its preparation. There are certainly striking marks of genius and literary skill displayed in the management of the main story -- while in some of the details and hortatory parts there are no less unequivocal marks of bungling and botch work.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Saturday, September 26, 1840. No. 470.
THE MORMONS. -- The Quincy (Ill.) Whig states that the Governor of Illinois has agreed to give up to the authorities of Missouri, Joseph Smith, Jr., and Sydney Rigdon, the Mormon leaders, on the condition that the Governor of Missouri would give up the authors of the Tully outrages.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Tuesday, September 29, 1840. No. 472.
THE MORMONS. -- The Quincy Whig states that Gov. Boggs has agreed to comply with the requisition of Gov. Carlin, of Illinois, for the delivery of persons concerned in outrages upon certain Mormon citizens of Illinois, at Tully. And that in like manner, Gov. Boggs has demanded, and Gov. Carlin has agreed to deliver up, Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon, as runaway criminals from Missouri.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Wednesday, September 30, 1840. No. 473.
THE MORMONS. -- The officer sent to seize the kidnappers of the Mormons, found them engaged at a game of quoits, on an island in the Mississippi, beyond his jurisdiction. So Smith and Sidney Rigdon are not yet taken.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, October 3, 1840. No. 28.
GLEANINGS BY THE WAY.
Dear Brethren, -- The question has been frequently asked, why the sect whose history we have been attempting to sketch, are called Mormons? The answer to this question will be readily suggested to any one who has patience to wade through Mr. Spaulding's historical Romance. From the account that we have already given of the Book of Mormon we are led to see the mode by which it is pretended that the records of one generation of the Nephites were transmitted to another, and how the history of each preceding age was preserved. These records were engraven upon plates, and the plates, handed down from one prophet to another, or from one king to another, or from one judge to another -- the Lord always having raised up some one to receive these plates, when the person in whose hands they had been previously placed was about to die. Mormon, who lived about four hundred years after the coming of Christ, while yet a child received a command in relation to these sacred deposits. The metallic plates which contained the record of all the generations of his fathers, from the flight of Lehi from Jerusalem to his own time, ultimately came into his hands. From these plates he made an abridged record, which, taken together, in connection with the record of his own times, constitutes the Book of Mormon. Thus we see why the book bears this title. For Mormon was a sort of Ezra, who compiled the entire sacred canon contained in this volume. He lived at a very eventful period, when almost all his people had fallen into a fearful apostacy, and he lived to see them all destroyed, except twenty-four persons. Himself and these sole survivors of his race were afterwards cut off with a single exception. His son, Moroni, one of the survivors, lived to tell the mournful tale, and deposit the plates under the hill where Jo Smith found them. Mormon took his name from the place where the first American church was founded, of which we shall hear directly. and where the first candidates for admission into the church were baptized, some two hundred years before the commencement of the Christian era. He was very distinguished in his way, and quite worthy to be the founder of this new sect, who have brought to light his records, and rescued from oblivion such a bundle of marvels, as no one ever heard the like before.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, October 10, 1840. No. 29.
GLEANINGS BY THE WAY.
Dear Brethren, -- Although I have occupied your attention so long with the history of the origin and rise of Mormonism, I have a few words more to add before closing the subject. Several facts which have come to my knowledge, since commencing these sketches, lead me to apprehend, that the developments we have been attempting to make are not ill-timed. Is there any one who would have formed so low an estimate of the Christian intelligence of this land, as to have concluded a priori that a deception so barefaced, and, withal, so ridiculous, as the pretended disinterment of the Mormon Bible from one of the hills of Western New York, and this -- set on foot by an illiterate vagrant hanging on the skirts of society, and of exceedingly doubtful moral character, and backed by the pecuniary means of a man of the most credulous and superstitious cast of character, whose sanity of mind was greatly questioned by all his acquaintance, should have gained in a period of ten years such dominion over human belief, as to be received as the undoubted truth of God by more than sixty thousand persons? We are surprised to hear of the success of this imposture in the Great Valley of the West, although there is material there for almost every erratic conception of the human mind to act upon. But what shall we say of the success of Mormonism in the Atlantic states, -- gathering its converts from orthodox and evangelical churches? Will it not fill intelligent Christians with surprise to learn that the Mormons are establishing themselves not only in many parts of New England, but that they are spreading through Pennsylvania, and that they already have two churches formed in Philadelphia, and that a portion of the members of these churches, have been regular communicants in the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches? Such, however, is the fact. And we shall not he greatly surprised, if this mystery of iniquity" continues to work, and that those who have dared to "add to the words" of God's finished revelation, shall receive the threatened curse. We shall not be surprised if "God shall send upon such, strong delusion, that they should believe a lie," and that they "wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Tuesday, November 3, 1840. No. 3,008.
This people held a conference at Nauvoo, on Saturday last, which continued three days. It is estimated that there was not far from three thousand persons in attendance. A gentleman who was present, speaks in the highest terms of the appearance of the immense assemblage, and the good order which prevailed. The mild and humane laws of our State, and the tolerating and liberal principles which abound among our people, are having their just and proper effect upon this people. Their society is not only increasing in numbers, but individually their condition is greatly improved, surrounded as they are by the gifts of an overruling power. We learn that they are expecting a large accession to their numbers in a short time, from England -- one of their preachers, a Mr. Turley, having met with distinguished success in that country. --
Vol. XXIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, November 14, 1840. No. 118.
Five thousand Mormons recently assembled in Hancock county, Illinois.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Wednesday, December 2, 1840. No. 527.
THE MORMONS. -- This singular sect are determined not to be driven from the face of the earth. The recent terrible persecutions they have suffered at the lawless hands of the people of Missouri, seem to have stimulated their exertions. They have recently purchased the steamboat Desmoines, formerly owned by the United States, and have put it in complete order, changing the name to that of their new city -- Nauvoo. The boat will run from St. Louis to Nauvoo, Galena and Dubuque. The Mormon population at Nauvoo, is estimated at 3000, and 600 persons of the same sect are said to be now on their way from England. --
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Saturday, December 5, 1840. No. 3,022.
Mormons arrived from England.
The packet ship North America, which arrived at N. York last week, brought in her steerage 200 passengers, the whole of whom are "Latter Day Saints," or Mormons, bound for the Mormon settlement at Quincy. The Liverpool Chronicle states that upward of 2,000 are in treaty to embark early next spring for the same locality. A great portion of those who sailed in the North America, are members of the abstinence society, and are from Leicestershire and Herefordshire.
Vol. XXIII. Philadelphia, Wednesday, December 9, 1840. No. 139.
We have also before us the message of the Governor of Missouri. It is a long-winded affair, and occupies no less than six columns of a large newspaper. A large portion of it is occupied with a review of the difficulties between Missouri and the Territory of Iowa...
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Saturday, January 9, 1841. No. 559.
Correspondence of the North American.
Vol. II. Philadelphia, Friday, February 19, 1841. No. ?
A MORMON DISTURBANCE. -- The Mormons, or as they prefer calling themselves, the "Latter Day Saints," have for a few weeks past disturbed the quiet of the peace-loving borough of Frankford, with their attempts to make converts. Several we understand, have been already so far imposed upon by their representations as to sell out and put their funds into the common stock. On Wednesday evening last, their third lecture was delivered to a very crowded house. After the delivery of which, it was distinctly announced by the Mormons themselves, of whom there were several present, that any person disposed to make any remarks, was at liberty to do so.
Vol. IX. Philadelphia, Tuesday, February 23, 1841. No. ?
Vol. XIX. Philadelphia, Saturday, March 27, 1841. No. 1.
From the Baptist Advocate.
Mr. Editor, -- A rare public document of a most interesting character having fallen into my hands, I propose to furnish you several communications in reference to it, and likewise in relation to the people to which it relates.
Vol. XIX. Philadelphia, Saturday, Apr. 10, 1841. No. 3.
In pursuance of my plan, I will proceed with the evidences produced on behalf of the State of Missouri, in reference to the late Mormon war.
Vol. XIX. Philadelphia, Saturday, Apr. 17, 1841. No. 4.
Correspondence of the Baptist Advocate.
Mr. Editor, -- I now proceed to furnish my evidences in relation to the Mormon war in Missouri.
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 23, 1841. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- A letter from Nauvoo, states that Joe Smith, the leader of the Mormons, has been arrested by the authority of the Governor of Illinois -- that the Mormons had taken possession of a large tract of land without authority, and that the strongest excitement prevailed against them in the immediate neighbourhood, and fearful apprehensions were entertained lest a sanguinary struggle should take place. The commissioner sent by the Governor to survey the lands had been seized by the Mormons, and both parties laboured under much excitement.
Vol. XI. Philadelphia, Saturday, July 10, 1841. No. ?
Without note or comment, we append the following paragraph from a letter to the Boston Traveler:
Vol. IX. Philadelphia, Tuesday, August ?, 1841. No. ?
Anti-Mormon Slanders Refuted.
To the Editors of the Ledger:
Vol. ? Philadelphia, September 2?, 1841. No. ?
Vol. ? Philadelphia, January 2?, 1842. No. ?
Recently, a schism took place in the society, a part declaring themselves in favor of an Elder named Page, who found favor with them during the absence of Mr. Winchester, and the rest, by far the greater number, still adhering to the latter. That portion of the society adhering to the pastoral care of Mr. Winchester, have in consequence of the difficulty, leased a room in the Assembly buildings, corner of Tenth and Chestnut streets, and are fixing it up for public worship.
ns Vol. XXII. Philadelphia, Sat., September 10, 1842. No. 1102
==> The Mormons are beginning to desert Joe Smith, having grown tired of his knavery. About forty of these deluded people reached St. Louis not long since. They were from the Mormon settlement.
Vol. XIII. Philadelphia, Monday, January 16, 1843. No. 258.
INSPIRATION. -- A young man, named Brewster, a member of the Mormon Church has recently published what he calls one of the lost books of the Bible, which was revealed by inspiration. The 'Nauvoo Times,' however, declares upon 'authority,' that Joe Smith is the only person permitted to be inspired, and therefore pronounces the book a humbug, in which verdict the public will no doubt agree.
Vol. XIII. Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 31, 1843. No. 270.
THE MORMON CHARTER. -- The bill for the repeal of the Mormon Charter came up on third reading, on the 12th inst., in the Illinois Legislature, but was so warmly opposed by the member from Nauvoo, Mr. Smith, brother of the prophet, that the bill was laid on the table by a vote of 60 to 13.
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Friday, April 7, 1843. No. ?
NAUVOO. -- The Legislature of Illinois has not repealed the charter of Nauvoo, nor the law organizing the Mormon Legion. Both, it is true, passed one branch of the Legislature, but they never passed the other.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 17, 1843. No. 46.
DISCOVERY OF THE MATERIALS FOR ANOTHER MORMON BOOK. -- When one wonder ceases, another takes its place, by which means the mind of the community is kept in a state of healthy agitation. The Quincy (Ill.) Whig furnishes the material for another mysterious humbug, which was unfolded in a dream to the mind of a younf man named Wiley, residing in Kinderhook, in that part of the country. He dreamed, it seems, three nights in succession, that a treasure was concealed in a mound in the vicinity, and on this mysterious intimation, numerically confirmed, he went to digging. The faith of the young man must have given out before he reached the sought for treasure, for some of his friends, according to the account, completed the job, and in a bed of limestone, came plump upon six brass plates, filled with hieroglyphics, among which are rude representations of human hands [sic -heads?] on one of the plates, the largest in the middle. From this head proceeds marks or rays, resembling those which usually surround the head of the Saviour, in the pictorial representations of his person. There are also figures of two trees with branches, one under each of the two small heads, both leaning a little to the right. One of the plates, has on it the figure of a large head by itself, with a ==> pointing directly to it. In the place where the plates were deposited, were also found human bones,in the last stage of decomposition. On each side of this mound in which this discovery was made, was a mound, on one of which is a tree growing that measures two feet and a half in diameter, near the ground, showing the great antiquity of the mounds, and, of course, all that is buried within them. The plates were exhibited in Quincy, and are now in Nauvoo, subject to the inspection of the Mormon Prophet. The Whig, after expressing the great anxiety of the people to know what the hieroglyphics mean, says, perhaps, after all, the thing is but another Mormon humbug. Shouldn't wonder if it was a humbug of some kind.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Monday, July 3, 1843. No. 86.
ARREST OF JOE SMITH, THE MORMON PROPHET. -- Joe Smith, it appears, has been arrested in Illinois, near Dixon, by the Sheriff of Jackson county, Missouri, charged with treason against the State. Joe had been on a visit to some of his relations, and advantage was taken of that circumstance to arrest him. What disposition would be made of him was not yet known. He says he is willing to be tried in Illinois, but not in Missouri
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Monday, July 10, 1843. No. 91.
Mormonism.-- The editor of the Burlington (Iowa,) Advertiser says that on the 21st ult. he paid a flying visit to the city of Nauvoo. He says -- "It is situate at one of the most beautiful points on the river, and is improving with a rapidity truly astonishing. Many of the houses are built in fine style, evincing wealth as well as taste. The city is daily receiving accessions to its population from the Eastern States and from Europe -- and it is estimated that it already numbers from 15,000 to 17,000 inhabitants. The Temple, which is destined to be the most magnificent structure in the West, is progressing rapidly, and will probably be completed in the course of the present and succeeding summer. Its style of architecture is entirely original -- unlike any thing in the world, or the history of the world -- but it is at the same time chaste and elegant. It is said to be the conception of the Prophet, Gen. Smith. It is being built by voluntary labor of the members of the church, who devote a certain number of days in the year to the work. If the labor and materials were estimated at cash prices, it is supposed that the building would cost something like a million dollars.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 11, 1843. No. 92.
ARREST OF JOE SMITH. -- The St.Louis Standard of the 30th ult. confirms the story of Smith's arrest. It says "the steamer Osprey, arrived last evening, reports that Joe Smith, the Mormon Prophet, had been arrested at Ottawa, on the Illinois river, on a requisition made by the Governor of this State. A large number of armed men left Nauvoo for Ottawa, by land, and 115 men started in the steamer Maid of Iowa, for the same place. By the steamer Rapids, arrived to-day, we learn that great excitement prevailed among the Mormons in regard to the capture of their leader."
Vol. XXIX. Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 11, 1843. No. 8.
Joe Smith, the Mormon Prophet.
Further advices from St. Louis confirm the arrest of Joe Smith, the Mormon Prophet, so-called. He was arrested at Ottawa [sic - Dixon?], on the Illinois river, on the requisition of the Governor of Missouri. The steamboat "Rapids," which arrived at St. Louis on the 30th reported that great excitement existed in the Mormon region in regard to the capture of the impostor. There were many rumors in circulation, and it seemed to be a very difficult matter to arrive at the truth in regard to them. There is no doubt that armed men had left Nauvoo for the place of the Prophet's confinement. When about thirty miles above the Mouth of the Illinois, the "Rapids" met the "Maid of Iowa," on her return from the Illinois, but her officers did not hail her, and know nothing of the result of the investigation. Smith was to be taken before Judge Caton, on a habeas corpus.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 19, 1843. No. 99.
NAUVOO. -- A gentleman who left the Mormon city of Nauvoo a few days since, informs the editor of the Cincinnati Chronicle that of the 15,000 persons who make up the population of Nauvoo, about one-third are of various religious denominations. The arrest of their leader, Joe Smith, has caused great excitement, and he confirms the previous statement that two parties of armed Mormons had left the city for the rescue of Smith, while on his way to Springfield, Illinois. He adds that all the gunpowder at Nauvoo had been made into ball cartridges, and even women had been actively engaged in casting balls, and making cartridges. The intelligence since is that Smith was rescued.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Thursday, July 20, 1843. No. 100.
AUTHENTIC ACCOUNT OF THE ARREST AND LIBERATION OF SMITH, THE MORMON CHIEF. -- It has been mentioned in several paragraphs that Smith, the Mormon Chief, had been arrested; that his arrest had caused great commotion at Nauvoo, the inhabitants of which had armed themselves and gone and rescued their leader from the hands of the Missouri agent. The Springfield (Ill.) State Register of the 7th, gives a full account of the transaction, which is wholly correct.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Monday, July 24, 1843. No. 103.
JOE SMITH. -- The sheriff of Jackson county, Missouri, has published a long letter, explaining the manner in which he arrested this 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 re-taken, which was held under consideration at the last accounts.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Friday, July 28, 1843. No. 107.
JOE SMITH. -- The Illinois State Register asserts that the agent of Missouri has applied to Governor Ford for an armed force, to aid him in arresting Joe again, but that the Governor has not decided whether to grant this request or not.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Tuesday, August 15, 1843. No. 122.
THE CITY OF NAUVOO. -- The following sketch of Nauvoo we find in an exchange paper:
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Monday, September 4, 1843. No. 139.
MORMON OUTRAGE. -- The Jacksonville Illinoian of the 19th August, says: -- A gentleman of this town, who has returned from a visit to Carthage, states that "considerable excitement exists in Hancock county on account of a gross outrage commited by Joe Smith, upon the Collector of that county.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Monday, September 18, 1843. No. 151.
ANTI-MORMON CONVENTION.-- The dispute between the States of Illinois and Missouri, as to the delivery of Joe Smith to the authority of the latter, is not yet settled. Gov. Ford has refused to call out the militia, at the request of the Governor of Missouri, to assist in taking Smith. He alleges that the laws have already been properly enforced, and Joe legally discharged. We observe in a Western paper, a call for the meeting of a convention, to be held at Carthage, in Illinois, to take "defensive measures against the Mormons." The Missourians, it is stated, twenty thousand in number, stand ready to cooperate with the Illinoians. Should they, in their "defensive" measures, proceed to aggressive acts. Gov. Ford will no doubt extend full protection to the Mormons. A paper states that his boundless popularity in the State over which he presides will secure any requisition he may make upon the militia of Illinois unhesitating obedience.
Vol. XV. Philadelphia, Saturday, September 23, 1843. No. 156.
THE MORMONS AND ANTI-MORMONS. -- The St. Louis Era contains a notice of the Anti-Mormon Convention held at Carthage. They declared, if Governor Ford would not surrender Joe Smith to the requisition of the Governor of Missouri -- which he has refused to do from political considerations -- that they would call in aid from other counties and other States, to assist them in delivering him up. As rumors were prevalent that a number of the citizens had had their lives threatened by the Mormons, the meeting resolved to avenge any blood that might be shed. They agreed not to obey the mandates of the Mormon officers of the county, who have been put in power by the Mormons, the whole county treasury being now at their disposal. There is considerable excitement, but the facts above stated show that it is more political than anything else. The Mormons, at the late election in that State, voted, in a body, the democratic ticket.
Vol. XXIX. Philadelphia, Saturday, September 23, 1843. No. 72.
An Anti-Mormon Movement --
A meeting of the Anti-Mormon delegates from Hancock and surrounding counties, was recently held at Carthage. According to the Burlington Hawk Eye, the resolutions adopted, were of the strongest kind.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Saturday, October 7, 1843. No. 12.
DEPARTURE OF MORMONS FOR NAUVOO. -- About thirty citizens of Pittsburg, who have joined the Mormon church (Latter Day Saints,) left on Tuesday last for Nauvoo, on the steamer West Point, with what worldly goods they possessed.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Thursday, November 9, 1843. No. 40.
THE PROPHET IN A NEW CHARACTER. -- Joe Smith, the Mormon leader, has opened a Hotel at Nauvoo. The following odd resolutions, among others, were passed at the opening, on the 3d ult.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Thursday, December 7, 1843. No. 64.
FROM NAUVOO. -- Nauvoo is getting to be a great place, and the doings of the "Saints of the Latter Days," who constitute a little republic among themselves, are becoming quite as interesting as those of foreign governments and principalities. Prophet Joe possesses more power than many of the crowned heads of Europe, for, while their subjects are always kicking against authority, his people are ready to obey all his recommendations, and carry out cheerfully his plans.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Thursday, January 11, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMONS AT NAUVOO have in public meeting denounced the State of Missouri for its charges against Joe Smith, and their city authorities have denounced imprisonment for life against any person who shall come within the corporate limits with a legal process for the arrest of Joe Smith, for any offence committed by him in Missouri during the Mormon difficulties. The Prophet has also declared that he considers it his duty, as Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion and Militia of Illinois, ro enforce said ordinance. "Said ordinance" will stand with very little force against a requisition from the Governor.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 30, 1844. No. 109.
MORE MORMON DIFFICULTIES. -- We learn that there was quite an excitement at Carthage yesterday, in consequence of the arrest of a citizen of that place, by a posse of Mormons from Nauvoo, on a charge of bastardy. The citizens declare that the individual shall not be taken to Nauvoo for trial -- and were under arms in his defence. We do not hear that any fighting was done. The excitement ran high, and may yet result in bloodshed. --
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Monday, February 12, 1844. No. ?
(Correspondence of the Public Ledger.)
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Tuesday, February 27, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- The Western papers speak as though a difficulty with the Mormons was apprehended. The St. Louis New Era says that there is a most bitter state of public feeling in part of Illinois against the Mormons. Meetings have been held at Carthage and other places, for the purpose of organizing opposition to the encroachments and usurpations of Joe Smith, the despotism of the Nauvoo corporation, and the hostilities of the Mormon legion. The same state of public feeling appears now to exist in Illinois that formerly existed in Jackson county, and in the Grand river country, in Misspuri. They talk openly of the extermination of the Mormons as the only means of securing their own safety.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Thursday, March 7, 1844. No. 141.
THE MORMONS. -- The Western papers still give out mutterings of war against the Mormons. A large meeting was recently held at Carthage, Illinois, growing out of numerous difficulties, of late occurrence, between the citizens of Carthage and their neighbors of Nauvoo, at which resolutions were passed, seemingly denunciatory of the Mormons and their leader, Smith. The Warsaw Message, in the vicinity of these troubles, does not wish to disguise the fact that a total extinction of said people is contemplated; that the thousands of defenceless women and children, aged and infirm, congregated at Nauvoo are to be driven away.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Friday, March 15, 1844. No. 148.
ANOTHER CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT. -- The Nauvoo Times and Seasons, says that on mature deliberation, the Mormons do not intend to cast their votes for Van Buren or Clay, but for General Joseph Smith. Joe despises the machinery of national conventions, and comes out plump on his own hook. The determination of his followers to support him will probably change the face of things in that State.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Monday, March 18, 1844. No. 150.
JOE SMITH, the Mormon leader, is in favor of a National Bank. He says -- "The country will be full of money and confidence, when a National Bank of twenty millions, and a State Bank in every State, with a million or more, give a tone (an odor of nationality) to money matters, and make a circulating medium as valuable in the purses of the whole community as in the coffers of a speculating banker or broker." As Joe is a candidate for the Presidency, this avowal of attachment to an "obsolete idea" will materially hurt his prospects. It is frank, however, for a man to come out with his principles before the election -- it shows he does not wish to deceive the people.
Vol. XVI. Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 20, 1844. No. 152.
AN EXPONDER OF THE CONSTITUTION. -- Daniel Webster has been called the great expounder of the Constitution, but Joseph Smith, General and prophet at Nauvoo, intends to dispute his title to that appellation. The General has recently indulged the public with an exposition of his views in regard to a "great regulator," in which he differs from Daniel, and believes that such an institution is not only not an "obsolete idea," but is highly essential to the prosperity of the country. He has since published his views of the power and policy of the government of the United States, in which he declares himself to be in favor of the abolition of slavery, by paying the owners of the slaves out of the public treasury; would abolish all penitentiaries, pay soldiers who had deserted their wages, and tell them not to come back again; believes it the duty of lawyers to repent and turn preachers, as it is desirable to have an enlightened clergy, and is in favor of the annexation of Texas, Mexico and Canada, when they ask it, and of occupying Oregon when the red man consents to the measure. This may be looked upon as the prophet's declaration of princuples previous to entering the Presidential course, and, unlike many politicians, he desires to spread them before the public eye. It is evident that he intends to establish himself upon the largest liberty principle.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Saturday, April 27, 1844. No. 29.
NAUVOO. -- Sunday, 7th inst., was a great day with the Mormons. From fifteen to twenty-five thousand persons were present at the temple on this occasion. Sidney Rigdon, who has been for a time suspended from his ministerial functions, was orator of the day.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 14, 1844. No. 43.
DISSENSIONS AMONG THE MORMONS AT NAUVOO. -- The St. Louis Republican gives a long account of some occurrences which, it is said, took place at Nauvoo, on the 26th ult. Smith, who is Mayor of the city, ordered his police to arrest a man by the name of Spencer, for an assault on his brother, in his own house -- the residence of his mother also: the accused refused to become [a] prisoner, alleging it was illegal to arrest without a writ from the Mayor. Several persons sided with Spencer. Smith went to aid the constable, when a young man named Foster, took out a pistol, and said he would shoot the Prophet. Smith seized the pistol, and amid many threats the traversers were brought before the court, where they were fined, Spencer for assaulting his brother, a cripple, $100, and said Spencer, Dr. Foster, and his brother, young Foster, each $100, for resisting the city authorities. Appeals were taken in all the suits. The case is, at present, undergoing a second trial before a Squire. The person who gives the Republican this information says Joe Smith has a number of enemies, and his influence is beginning to decline, but thinks his doctrine is on the increase. There are about fifty masons and stone cutters engaged about the temple. It will be the most extraordinary building on the American continent. They have a regular theatre, got up by the Mormons themselves.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Friday, May 17, 1844. No. 46.
MORMON POLITICIANS. -- The Mormons recently held a meeting at Gen. Smith's store, in Nauvoo, to consult upon measures for the furtherance of their designs in the next Presidential election. Several gentlemen addressed the meeting on their grievances, their rights, numbers and political influence. The official proceedings say: "From the statements presented, we have no reason to doubt but that we can bring, independent of any other party, from two to five hundred thousand votes into the field. Several gentlemen were nominated to attend the Baltimore Convention, to make overtures to that body."
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Monday, May 27, 1844. No. ?
==> a correspondent of a St. Louis paper says of Joe Smith the Mormon -- "He was dressed entirely in black, with no ornament, and with an ordinary plaided chinz cravat tied in a clumsy knot around his throat, [containing] a shirt and [seemingly] very stiff collar close to his cheeks. What an extraordinary mode of wearing his [--men---]!"
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Friday, May 31, 1844. No. ?
SCHISM AMONG THE MORMONS. -- The last Warsaw 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 to believe 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. The above intelligence, in its most essential features, is confirmed by information through other sources.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Thursday, June 6, 1844. No. ?
JOE SMITH, NAUVOO AND THE MORMONS. -- A correspondent of the St. Louis Republican gives quite an interesting account of the Mormons, their city, and their leader. Joe and his religion, he states, have been the subject of gross and unfounded misrepresentations. A story was recently put in circulation that Joe and his wife had quarrelled &c. This story, like a hundred others of a similar character, is not only false, but without a shadow of foundation. So long as these people are misrepresented or persecuted, so long will they grow and flourish, so long as they have a pressure from without to resist, they will be united as one man. Of the city the writer says --
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Thursday, June 13, 1844. No. 69.
A MASS MEETING OF MORMONS, or those friendly to the election of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, was held in New York, on Tuesday evening. There were about sixty persons present. 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. XIV. Philadelphia, Saturday, June 15, 1844. No. 14.
THE MORMON EXPLOSIONS.
The Warsaw (Illinois) Signal announces that a new paper is to be started in Nauvoo, by the opponents of Joe Smith, to be called the "Nauvoo Expositor." -- It is believed that the world may now look for some rich disclosures. The disaffected declare they will never again follow in the wake of "The Prophet" -- that he is a vile imposter, and they ase determined to serve him up. Meantime, it appears that Joe Smith has started a theatre at Nauvoo, for the purpose of enabling him to raise the wind and pay off some of his most pressing debts. Several of the Elders were among the performers, at the opening of the theatre, and they are advertised to continue to enact parts for the amusement of the people and to assist Joe out of his troubles. The Prophet attends the theatre in state; and appears to be particularly pleased with the acting of his associates. The truth is, no doubt, that the head of the city of Nauvoo finds it necessary to be getting up all kinds of devices, to divert the attention of his followers, from the extraordinary imposture to which they have thus far submitted.
Vol. XIV. Philadelphia, Saturday, July 6, 1844. No. 17.
THE MORMON WAR.
The intelligence from Warsaw, Carthage, and the adjacent towns, indicates the greatest excitement. The people were arming to proceed against the Mormons, when called upon.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 9, 1844. No. 90.
FURTHER FROM THE MORMON COUNTRY. -- The St. Louis Gazette of the 28th confirms the intelligence of the death of Prophet Smith and his brother. We copy the following letter.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Friday, July 12, 1844. No. ?
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.
I desire to make a brief but true statement of the recent disgraceful affair at Carthage, in regard to the Smiths, so far as circumstances have come to my knowledge. The Smiths, Joseph and Hyrum, have been assassinated in Jail, by whom it is not known, but will be ascertained. I pledged myself for their safety, and upon the assurance of that pledge, they surrendered as prisoners. The Mormons surrendered the public arms in their possession, and the Nauvoo Legion submitted to the command of Capt. Singleton, of Brown county, deputed for that purpose by me. All these things were required to satisfy the old citizens of Hancock that the Mormons were peaceably disposed; and to allay jealousy and excitement in their minds. It appears however that the compliance of the Mormons with every requisition made upon them failed of that purpose. The pledge of security to the Smiths, was not given upon my individual responsibility. Before I gave it, I obtained a pledge of honor by a unanimous vote from the officers and men under my command, to sustain me in performing it. If the assassination of the Smiths was committed by any portion of these, they have added treachery to murder, and have done all they could to disgrace the state, and sully public honor. (Signed)
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Saturday, July 13, 1844. No. 94.
...We have expressed our opinion that the two Smiths, Joe and Hyrum, were not killed in an attempt to escape from jail, or from an effort at rescue, and we now find that we were correct in our surmise. The following letter from Governor Ford of Illinois shows that the massacre of them was a thorough going cold-blooded murder. They had surrendered themselves to the authorities, and were awaiting a trial by jury. The claim is made by the enemies of the Saints, that it was in an attempt to take from jail the prisoners by their friends that they were shot by the guard. This statement was not believed by the Editor of the United States Gazette. As stated by them and the report of Governor Ford, which we shall present, confirms the Editors that they were right in their opinion as above stated. The very fact as admitted by all that have heretofore said anything about the killing of these men in their publications here stated that they came to their death at the hands of a mob from 150 to 250 strong, painted black, red, and yellow, is strong evidence that it was premeditated by the mob who had disfigured themselves. There was no need to paint themselves if they had wished to help the guard to keep the prisoners from escaping. It was claimed that the prisoners had been supplied with weapons...
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Monday, July 15, 1844. No. 95.
THE MORMONS. -- By the Osprey, which arrived yesterday, we have received "extras" from the office of the Nauvoo Neighbor, from which we take such extracts as are of essential interest for our readers. From Mr. M. C. Field, we learn that the utmost excitement continues to prevail in Warsaw and Carthage, the general sentiment [there] being, that either the Mormons or themselves must leave the country. At Nauvoo, on the contrary, peace is earnestly desired and hoped for. Our colleague and Mr. Chambers have met with an accident, their escape from which has been most providential. During the night their carriage was overturned through the ignorance of their driver, and broken to pieces down a declevity on the side of the road. Messrs. F. and C. were not seriously injured however and have gone on to Quincy, their object being to have a personal interview with Governor Ford. We return to the Nauvoo "Extra:"
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 17, 1844. No. ?
from the St. Louis Review
...Having visited Nauvoo and its vicinity in person for the purpose of getting at the true state of affairs among the Mormons and their neighbors, we are enabled to give the latest as well as the most correct intelligence. Nauvoo reposes in a state of quietude and tranquility most remarkable. During some thirty hours that have passed in the holy city, we heard but one solitary intemperate expression, and the man who uttered it, was instantly checked, and made silent by more prudent spirits around him.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Thursday, July 18, 1844. No. 98.
THE MORMONS. -- Persecution never yet did any good and never will. All the best instincts of mankind rise up against it and with a force exactly proportionate to civilization. Gamaliel spoke the wisdom of ages in telling the inquisitors of his time that, if Christianity were false, it would die spontaneously, and that if true, mankind could not crush it, and therefore that wisdom would let it alone, and persecution, whether it were right or wrong, would make it stronger. All history proves that Gamaliel was right, and astonished are we to find professing Christians, who cannot be ignorant of the New Testament, daily neglecting his advice.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Friday, July 19, 1844. No. 99.
NAUVOO MATTERS. -- A correspondent of the Republican, writing from Quincy on the [5th] inst, says nothing new had transpired touching the Mormon dificulties. He says "upon the return of the committee to Warsaw, informing the citizens of Hancock that no assistance whatever could be extended by Gov. Ford, to aid them in expelling the Mormons from that county; the citizens resolved to cease all hostile [activites] and to abandon the county as fast as they could remove therefrom." In [noticing] the Governor's letter, he thinks it "unnecessarily harsh and severe," and adds "its tendency, I fear, will be to exasperate the citizens, and renew the excitement among them, instead of alleviating it and restoring confidence to the community. Gov. Ford, without doubt, feels deeply aggravated at the course pursued by those who put the two Smiths out of existence, still, he could have vindicated his course without adopting the language he has, in condemning those whom he charges with treachery towards him." We do not believe the public will think so. A grosser act of treachery than the murder of the Smiths was never committed and involving, as it did, the Governor in its guilt, could he have been expected to speak otherwise than he did on the subject?
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 24, 1844. No. ?
Correct Likeness of the Celebrated Mormon Prophet, Joe Smith.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Monday, July 29, 1844. No. 107.
SMITH'S SUCCESSOR. -- Elder Hardy, President of the Boston Branch of the Mormons, states that no successor will be appointed. Joe had twelve apostles, upon whom devolved his powers and duties. Samuel W. Smith, the oldest living Mormon Smith, Joe's brother, will assume Hiram's office of Patriarch in the church.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 30, 1844. No. 108.
The Mormons and their Neighbors.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Wednes., July 31, 1844. No. 109.
MORMON MATTERS. -- The Warsaw Signal comes to us overflowing with Mormon matters. A desperate effort to exculpate the murderers of the Prophet and his brother is made. Desperate indeed!
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Friday, August 2, 1844. No. 111.
THE MORMON WAR. -- The senior editor of this paper, Mr. Taylor, at the horrible assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith in Carthage jail, on the afternoon of the 27th day of June, received three wounds in his left thigh and knee, and one in his left wrist; besides which, a fifth ball spent its force against his watch, in his left vest pocket. This ball, but for the timely interference of this valuable watch, must have caused instant death, as it would have passed directly into his lungs. This watch, though dreadfully shattered, is a friend that points to the very moment, when he stood between life and death, the hands pointing to "5 o'clock, 16 minutes and 26 seconds." Late in the evening of Friday last, we received the following reply from Gov. Ford to the 'Warsaw Committee of Safety.' There could no satisfaction arise to us by publishing the Warsaw communication, and we therefore omit it. We are pleased with the course the Governor takes, and the responsibility he assumes to execute justice according to law. Should he carry his plans through as 'strictly legal,' as he has purposed and promised in this document, his present friends, and those he wins by doing right, may long value the man for his impartiality and correctness. --
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Monday, August 5, 1844. No. 113.
A SKETCH OF NAUVOO AND ITS PEOPLE. -- An intelligent correspondent of the New York Journal of Commerce, writing from the West, has the following sketch of Nauvoo, the celebrated Mormon town: --
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Wed., August 7, 1844. No. 115.
THE MORMONS. -- The latest dates from Nauvoo represent that good order still reigns at that place. The work on the Temple was continued as previous to the violent death of the Prophet, and no change of note had taken place in the government of the city or church. The Cleveland Herald says: --
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Wed., August 14, 1844. No. ?
TO THE PEOPLE OF WARSAW IN HANCOCK COUNTY.
I am continually informed of your preparations and threats to renew the war, and exterminate the Mormons. One might suppose that you ought to rest satisfied with what you have already done. The Mormon leaders if they resisted the law, have submitted to its authority. They have surrendered the public arms; and appeared to be ready to do any thing required, to make atonement for whatever wrong may have been done. Since the assassination of their two principal leaders, under circumstances well calculated to inflame their passions, and drive them to excesses for the purposes of revenge, they have been entirely peaceful and submissive; and have patiently awaited the slow operation of the laws to redress the wrongs of which they complained. There has been no retaliation; no revenge; and for anything I can ascertain, there will be none. Those of your people, who are charged with being the most hostile to them, have lived, if they knew it, in perfect security from illegal violence. I am anxious for a pacification of your difficulties. You cannot drive out or exterminate the Mormons. Such an effort would be madness, and would not be permitted by the people of the State. You cannot be sustained in it either by force or law. You are blinding yourselves to your weakness, and keeping an agitation which must fail of the purpose intended, and recoil with terrible energy upon your heads. I exhort you to reconsider your infatuated resolutions. Try your Mormon neighbors again, and if you cannot dwell together in amity, you may at least refrain from injuring each other. From the moderation of the Mormons, under what they conceive to be the deepest injury, you might well hope that if they ever entertained designs inconsistent with your liberty and happiness, that those designs have been abandoned. They are also interested in preserving the peace. It is not natural to suppose that they, any more than yourselves, wish to live in continual alarm. They hope for quiet, and will be peaceful and submissive in order to enjoy it. But you are continually driving them to desperation by an insane course of threatening and hostility, and depriving yourselves of peace by the same means used to disquiet them.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Tuesday, August 20, 1844. No. 126.
EXCITEMENT AMONG THE MORMONS. -- "Joe Smith risen from the dead." A Mormon has arrived in St. Louis, who reports that Joe Smith has risen from the dead, and has been seen at Carthage and in Nauvoo, mounted on a white horse, and with a drawn sword in his hand. He says that as Joe is thus restored to life, every thing will go on prosperously with the Mormons.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Saturday, August 24, 1844. No. 130.
FROM NAUVOO. -- Since Governor Ford's decided course against the outlaws who killed Smith and his brother, and threatened to exterminate the Mormon settlement at Nauvoo, there has been something of a calm, disturbed only occasionally by the mutterings of vengeance from those who have been the aggressors rather than the injured. Whether the Mormons will remain at Nauvoo or go further West, seems yet undetermined. The Mormons generally believe Joe has arisen from the dead -- all things with them are quiet, and they are willing to remain so, provided the people let them alone. Emma, the wife of the fallen prophet, says her people will, as soon as arrangements can be made, emigrate to Oregon, but wish to be protected in the rights of their property, and the murderers of the prophet given up to the civil authorities to be dealt with according to the law. Old Mrs. Smith, the prophet's mother, very aged, has much influence with the people; says she has seen Joe and conversed with him. The Mormons, it is said, generally believe it, though it is difficult to imagine how any but the most ignorant and blinded dupes can be found to credit such absurdity.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Monday, August 26, 1844. No. 131.
MORMON AFFAIRS. -- It appears that the reports of the reappearance of Joe Smith and the appointment of his son as prophet are all false, and originated in a desire to injure the Mormons abroad. Sidney Rigdon had returned to Nauvoo from Pittsburg, and preached to the people on the 4th inst. In consequence of the death of Samuel Smith, Joe's brother, since the murder of the prophet, Sidney Rigdon will be chosen patriarch.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Thursday, September 5, 1844. No. 140.
NEWS FROM NAUVOO. -- Daniel Spenser has been elected Mayor of Nauvoo, pro tem. Geo. Miller and ____ Whitney have been elected Trustees of the Church property, and under their management the Temple is progressing rapidly. Samuel H. Smith, brother of the Prophet, died at Nauvoo about two weeks since. William is now the only surviving brother. Sidney Rigdon, who claimed the leadership of the church, on the ground of his being the only survivor of the first Presidency, and also, on the ground of his having been named by the Prophet, at one time, as his successor, has had his claims rejected by the twelve, who have decided not to have one man for leader, but that the church shall be governed by them collectively. The twelve seem to have no notion of letting one man have all the authority in his own hands, especially as they now hold it themselves.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Thursday, September 12, 1844. No. 146.
GOV. FORD AND THE MORMONS. -- Riot and disorder pervade the land. The Quincy (Ill.) Gazette says, that it is reported upon good authority that Gov. Ford recently wrote the Mormon leaders from Nashville, where he was attending the DEmocratic Convention, that it would be highly impolitic to move in the matter of arresting the men who took the lives of the Smiths, for this reason, that if he called out the militia for the purpose, there would be great reason to fear that they would rush on Nauvoo and cut off the Mormons, as the proper feeling in the State is strongly against them.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Friday, September 20, 1844. No. 153.
THE MORMONS appear to be sticking new "stakes" since the death of the prophet. Some 90 families, containing about 200 persons, have removed to the St. Crous river, under the charge of Mr. White [sic], a leading Mormon. They have settled at a place called the Pinery. At a meeting of Mormons, in the Bear Creek settlement, week before last, they resolved to quit the country. Sidney Rigdon is said to have left for Pittsburg -- and it is added that a large number of the English will soon follow him. Dissensions are said to exist among the Mormon leaders. Mrs. Smith, the widow of Joseph Smith, is accused of withholding the transfer of property belonging to the Church, held in Joe Smith's name. There was a rumor that she had purchased property at Hampton, were Law and the seceders reside.
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Monday, September 23, 1844. No. 155.
A VISION AT NAUVOO. -- Though Joe Smith is dead, the gift of prophecy remains with some of his followers, who seem to exercise it as Joe did, for their own advantage. Sidney Rigdon has had a quarrel with the twelve, and they have cut him off from the church. He threatens to come out with an exposition, and professes to have had a vision, in which it was shown him all that would transpire to the winding up scene. He says he has received the keys of David, spoken of in the third chapter of the Revelations, which shutteth and no man openeth, and openeth and no man shutteth. It has been shown to him that the temple will not be finished, and in less than four years there will be blood-shed; about this time the saints will fight the first great battle at Chambersburg, in Pennsylvania; the second in Harrisburg; third, at Philadelphia; fourth, at Baltimore; fifth, at Washington; sixth, at Richmond; seventh, at New York; eighth at Boston; ninth on the Hudson; tenth and last on this continent, at Monmouth, New Jersey, in which they will defeat the forces of Queen Victoria; take the shipping that brought over her army, and pass over in divisions to England, France and Spain, and finally complete the conquest of the world, and fight the battles of Gog and Magog, at Jerusalem, when the Saviour will appear, which will be in about eleven years from this time. Sidney says the keys he holds are above those held by Joseph. He has ordained several prophets, who are not to leave Nauvoo at present, but that a sign will be given them when to leave, so that they may assemble and take command of the army. If they have so grand a warlike job to perform, they had better begin soon. It will take some time to carry out this design of universal conquest.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Thursday, September 26, 1844. No. 2.
INFAMOUS. -- The people of Illinois are accused of a design to starve out the Mormons, and compel them to leave their city; provisions on their way thither are intercepted, and those having them ill treated. The farners are fearful of their lives being taken they proceed in the direction of Nauvoo with provisions. Within a few days previous to the 14th instant, numerous Mormons have visited St. Louis to provide the necessaries of life. Such persecution of a people, for a difference of religion, is infamously wicked.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Mon., September 30, 1844. No. 5.
MORMON AFFAIRS. -- Orson Hyde, one of the Mormon leaders, has written a letter denying all the material statements made in the recent letter of Sidney Rigdon. He charges that Rigdon was expelled from the Mormon church for offences entirely different from those alleged in his letter.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Tues., October 1, 1844. No. 6.
TRIAL OF SIDNEY RIGDON, AT NAUVOO. -- We have already noticed the fact that Sidney Rigdon had been cut off from fellowship with the Church of Latter Day Saints. The following are the singular proceedings in the case, as reported by the Nauvoo Neighbor.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Fri., October 11, 1844. No. 15.
LATEST FROM NAUVOO. -- The St. Louis Democrat gives a notice of the movements of Gov. Ford's army. "BY the Monina, which arrived this morning, we have the latest intelligence from Gov. Ford's army. Gov. Ford, with the principal portion of his forces, was encamped on the outskirts of Nauvoo. The Quincy Volunteers had arrived. Every effort was made to ascertain the Governor's next movement, but without success. Some of the compabies had been at Nauvoo two or three days. All was quiet at Warsaw. Sharp, Williams, and a portion of Joe Smith's guard at Carthage, had taken up their quarters at Churchville, on the Missouri side of the river.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Wed., October 16, 1844. No. 19.
THE WARSAW WAR. -- The recent expedition of Gov. Ford against the Anti-Mormons has accomplished its object and the troops have been withdrawn. On the approach of the Governor's forces, several citizens of Warsaw went over the Mississippi to Churchville, Missouri, where they entrenched themselves in an encampment, as they were apprehensive that warrants were out for several of them, in suspicion of having participated in the Carthage murder.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Fri., October 18, 1844. No. 21.
MORMONS IN SCOTLAND. -- Mormonism has made considerable progress in Scotland. At a meeting of the faithful in Glasgow last month some 500 were present, all in mourning, for the prophet, Joe Smith. The Scotch Mormon Conference embraces thirteen churches.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Fri., October 25, 1844. No. 27.
INTERESTING FROM THE MORMON COUNTRY.
The Illinois State Register of the 11th inst. contains some startling developments and assertions of the Anti-Mormon party in that State. If true, they show the necessity of the prompt and vigorous measures which Governor Ford recently resorted to, and for which the Anti-Mormon papers foully abused him. The following is the paragraph allued to in the Register:
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Friday, November 1, 1844. No. ?
Mormonism -- Spiritual Wives. -- George J. Adams, a leading Mormon of the Joe Smith School, has brought an action of slander, in the District Court of this city, against Benjamin Winchester, who is also a leading and conspicuous Mormon lecturer, and who regards the spiritual wife system, as he alleges Adams inculcates and practices, contrary to the laws of God and the country, and destructive of peace and harmony in the church and good will towards men. This cause will be one of much interest, and produce much excitement among the Mormons; at the same time that it will expose to the world the base practice of a certain class of this sect. Adams has employed as his counsel, David Paul Brown, Esq., Winchester has employed Col. Robert M. Lee.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Fri., November 15, 1844. No. 45.
MORMON DIFFICULTIES. -- The late grand jury of Hancock county, Illinois, assembled at Carthage, found indictments, for the murder of Joseph and Hiram Smith, against Sharp, Williams and ten others, making in all twelve indictments.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Monday, December 23, 1844. No. ?
MORMON MISSIONARIES. -- Two of the "Twelve" who constitute the head of the Mormon church since the death of the Smiths, are on their way to visit some of the eastern branches of the church, where Rigdon or seceding doctrines are said to be getting too strong a hold.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Saturday, December 28, 1844. No. ?
THE MORMON CHARTER. -- A bill has been introduced into the Illinois House of Representatives, repealing unconditionally the whole of the Mormon charters, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary by a vote of 108 yeas to 4 nays, two of the four voting in the negative were Mormon representatives. The Springfield correspondent of the St. Louis Republican expresses the opinion that the charters will be repealed.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Tuesday, December 31, 1844. No. ?
Gen. Deming, the Sheriff of Hancock, in his recent official visit to Warsaw, had his horse shaven and shorn of its mane and tail during the night of his visit.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Wednesday, January 8, 1845. No. 90.
MORMON AFFAIRS. -- The Governor of Illinois has sent a special message to the Legislature relative to the recent "Mormon Difficulties." It is a long document, and gives a complete history of the occurrence which led to the death of Joe Smith. The Governor takes ground against the repeal of the charter of the city of Nauvoo, but is in favor of modifications. Notwithstanding this, it is suposed that the charter will be repealed -- the bill to that effect having unanimously passed the Senate on the 19th ult.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Friday, January 10, 1845. No. 92.
THE ILLINOIS STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE MORMONS.
The Mormon authorities recently issued a writ for the arrest of the Hon. J. C. Davis, a member of the Hancock Circuit Court, charging him and nine others with the murder of Joe and Hiram Smith. A Mr. Deming, the Mormon sheriff of Hancock county, served the writ upon Mr. Davis at Springfield, on the 24th ult. He endeavored to get Mr. Davis to give bail, but the latter refused. He was willing to be taken to Carthage, but not to the city of Mormons. Deming then told him to consider himself under arrest. Thereupon the Illinois Senate appointed a committee of three to inquire into the circumstances of the case and make a report. The committee, consisting of three lawyers of high character, required the parties to appear before them, and, after a full examination, reported to the Senate. The Senate unanimously adopted an order that Deming, the sheriff, must release Davis from imprisonment. Deming, on receiving the order, at first told Davis that he was discharged; then he concluded to detain him and consider longer of the matter, but at length he discharged him.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Tues., January 23, 1845. No. 103.
JOE SMITH. -- An account of the death of the Mormon Prophet has lately been published by a man named Daniels, who gives this remarkable account: "When the life of the Prophet was being taken, taken, a light so strong, so bright, blazed between him and the corpse, that he and the four men who shot him were struck with terror and consternation. Their muskets fell from their hands, and they stood like marble, not having the power to move a single limb. This light was something like a flash of lightning, and was so much brighter than the day that, after it had passed, it left a slight darkness like twilight."
Vol. XVII. Philadelphia, Tues., February 11, 1845. No. 119.
ONE HUNDRED MORMONS SHOT. -- The Western Illinois and Iowa papers, of the 14th January, bring reports that a party of Mormons who recently left Nauvoo for the purpose of settling in the "Pinery," (high up the Mississippi river,) have all been murdered! Having got into a dispute with a French trading establishment, about the price of some provisions, which they thought exorbitant, they unceremoniously helped themselves to whatever they wanted, which so exasperated the Frenchmen, that they called in the aid of the Indians, and massacred 100 of the Mormon party, amounting in all to 300 or 400. The Green Bay Republican gives the same report.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Tuesday, February 25, 1845. No. ?
MORE TROUBLE AT NAUVOO. -- The St. Louis New Era of the 14th inst. mentions some more excitement, arising out of the arrest at Nauvoo of the constable of Hancock county, who is now held in custody by the authorities of that place. A writ was issued for him -- the Legion was paraded, and his jailors have expressed their determination to hold on to him at all hazards. The news of his arrest created quite a stir among the people of Warsaw. He is charged with being concerned in the murder of the Smiths.
Vol. XVIII. Philadelphia, Wed., March 26, 1845. No. 156.
THE MORMONS. -- A Western paper gives the following account of the Mormons:
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 8, 1845. No. ?
THE MORMONS. -- The Warsaw Signal states that most of the friends of Rigdon, who still remain in Nauvoo, have been despoiled of their property, and live in constant fear of their lives. One of these, Elder Marks, a man of wealth, fled from that city last week in the night.
Vol. XIX. Philadelphia, Tues., May 13, 1845. No. 43.
FANATICISM. -- As the extremes of fanaticism are laughed at even by those who are disposed to practise it in a milder form, we know of no better mode of preventing its growth than by an exposition of the worst character it can assume. Mormonism seems to embody about as much undiluted fanaticism as any sect ever had, be it ancient or modern, pagan of Christian. As a specimen of the latest spitit and action of this humbug, we take the following. It is a note of the proceedings of the Mormons at Pittsburg, under the guidance of Elder Sidney Rigdon, who seceded from the main body of converts at Nauvoo. The statement is strictly authentic, being taken from a Mormon paper published at Pittsburg.
Vol. XIX. Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 27, 1845. No. 55.
THE MORMONS. -- According to a paragraph in the Springfield (Ill.) Journal, of the 15th instant, the Mormons in different parts of the West are generally moving to their city of Nauvoo, carrying with them all the arms they can obtain. New mischuefs are supposed to be brewing.
Vol. XIX. Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 10, 1845. No. 67.
MORMONS IN THE PACIFIC. -- The last Nauvoo Neighbor says, "Elder Pratt, our Missionary at Tooboui, one of the Society group, has forwarded several letters to this city, under date of Sept. 17, 1844. Although not latest dates from that quarter, yet they contain much interesting matter, which will hereafter appear in its place. The Mission flourishes beyond our most sanguine expectations."
Vol. 63. Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 9, 1845. No. 15,436.
TROUBLE IN THE HOLY CITY. -- It is rumored that Bill Smith is making trouble for the Twelve, at Nauvoo, and will either compel them to surrender their power and submit to him, or he will throw himself in open rebellion. In consequence of the sickness and death of his wife, Smith has been comparatively quiet since his arrival in the city; but there have been many points in which he has disagreed with the heads of the church, which has led to coldness if not hostility. When Smith was on his way to the city, he openly declared that the Twelve should reinstate Elder Brannan, the Editor of the New York Prophet, who had been recently disfellowshipped, and said that if they were not willing he would compel them. By the last Neighbor, we perceive that he has succeeded, for Brigham Young has issued a circular announcing the fact that Brannan is restored; but it is done with evident reluctance. It is gossiped about that Smith will, in a decent time, marry Emma, widow of his brother, the Prophet. She is known to be hostile to the Twelve and will lend her influence for their overthrow. If this union is effected, we shall look for a complete revolution in the Holy City during the course of the summer. We do not know that such a change would, at all, alleviate the condition of the old settlers, but Bill Smith has some virtues which will render him less objectionable than the present rulers. He is generous, liberal and candid. --
Vol. 63. Philadelphia, Thursday, July 24, 1845. No. 15,449.
ITEMS FROM NAUVOO.
Wm. Backenstos, late Sheriff of Hancock County, has got into trouble with the Saints, and has been invited to leave Nauvoo. Brigham Young is said to have charged him, upon the stand, a few Sundays ago, with endeavoring to make a speculation out of the Church; with having endeavored to induce Emma Smith, widow of the prophet, to leave the city and expose the Saints; with being a correspondent of the Warsaw Signal; and with seducing Mormon women. Young mentioned no names, but it was distinctly understood that he was speaking of Wm. Backenstos, and said of the person "he guessed he'd leave before a week passed." Backenstos refuses to leave.
Vol. 63. Philadelphia, Wednesday, September 24, 1845. No. ?
THE MORMON TEMPLE.
This monster work in the far West is progressing and excites the wonder of all who look at it. Is it intended as a place of worship? It is said not. The people are to assemble without to worship; the saints alone are to enter within the "holy of holies." The Warsaw Signal insists upon it that the Temple has another object. It says: "The Temple, in reality, however, is designed, in our opinion, for fortification. It has regular port holes, in the shape of round windows, in the second story, and is in every respect well situated for a fortification. The wall enclosing five or six acres around the building, is about four feet thick, which can be intended for no other purpose than defence. The idea of its being intended merely as the foundation of an ornamental railing, as pretended by the Saints, is preposterous."
Vol. XXVI. Philadelphia, Wednesday, October 1, 1845. No. ?
ADDITIONAL MORMON NEWS.
From the Quincy Morning Courier of the 18th inst. we clip the following: About three o'clock on Wednesday, a mob of about fifteen men, who were engaged in burning the house of Mr. Lovelace, on Bear Creek, three miles from Nolton's settlement, were ordered to surrender by Sheriff Backenstos; they refused to comply, and immediately made off. The Sheriff ordered his posse to fire on them, and it is reported that two men were killed and two wounded by the discharge. The St. Louis New Era has the following: We learn that, on Tuesday, two anti-Mormon companies, commanded by Williams and Miller, were encamped about eight miles from Warsaw, and had determined to visit that town next day. In consequence, however, of the determined action of Sheriff Backenstos, they had crossed to the other side of the river. The work of destruction had ceased--temporarily at least.
AND DAILY ADVERTISER.
Vol. 7. Philadelphia, Friday, October 3, 1845. No. 2028.
Correspondence of the St. Louis Republican,
Vol. 63. Philadelphia, Friday, October 3, 1845. No. 15,510.
Correspondence of the Saint Louis Republican.
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Saturday, October 18, 1845. No. 22.
THE MORMON WAR -- A COMPROMISE. -- The St. Louis papers contain a correspondence between Gen. J. J. Hardin, Commanding General and others, with Brigham Young, on behalf of the Mormon Council, in reference to the late disturbances in Hancock county. The letter of Mr. Young announces the disgraceful fact that the laws of Illinois have been insufficient to protect a large body of the citizens of the State, entertaining peculiar religious opinions, against the prejudices and persecutions of another portion of its citizens, who, by force of arms and the most barbarous conduct, have forced the former to leave their homes and wander to some other quarter of the world in seach of the quiet and protection hitherto denied them. The letter says, the Mormons have resolved to leave Nauvoo in the spring, and have already commenced preparations to that effect. One thousand families, including the Twelve, the High Council, the Trustees and general authorities of the church are fully determined to remove in the spring, in dependent of the contingency of selling their property; and that this company will comprise from five to six thousand souls. The church as a body also desires to move with them, if sales can be effected to raise the necessary means. They have several hundred farms and over two thousand houses that they wish to sell; their church and other public buildings, for which they cannot find purchasers, they will rent out. They say though they may not find purchasers for their property, they will not sacrifice or give it away, or suffer it illegally to be wrested from them. The letter concludes:
Vol. 63. Philadelphia, Wednesday, October 29, 1845. No. 15,532.
DESTINATION OF THE MORMONS. -- "Nootka or Vancouver Island. on the Northwest coast of North America, is to be the final destination and home of the Mormon people. -- This island is about 300 miles long, and from 75 to 100 in width. It is separated from the main land by a long, narrow strait, and lies between the 47th or 48th and 51st or 52nd degrees of north latitude, extending along the coast in a northwest direction. The boundary line between the American and the British possessions will probably pass across the island. The English, we believe, have one or two trading posts on the island, but for the most part it is inhabited by Indians, of not a warlike disposition. It is a long journey, but can be accomplished. If the Mormons do emigrate to that distant land, they will be out of the reach of harm from white men, and may enjoy their peculiar notions in quiet, until the devil breeds his own discords and confusions among them."
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Thursday, October 30, 1845. No. 32.
MORMONDOM. -- We learn from the Quincy Whig that Mr. Backenstos, the Sheriff of Hancock county, who was arrested at Nauvoo by General Hardin, and taken to Quincy, charged with the murder of Worrell and McBratney, was examined before Judge Purple, and held to bail for his appearance at the Hancock Circuit Court in the sum of three thousand dollars. William Smith, the "patriarch" has issued a proclamation counselling the Mormons to remain where they are, and not to accompany Brigham Young to Oregon. He denounces the contemplated removal to the Pacific as a scheme which will benefit Young and his associates, but ruin those who follow them. He pretends to fear assassination and has left Nauvoo. The policy of the "patriarch" is to rest Mormonism on a foundation similar to that of Christian denominations, having the saints scattered throughout the country, and living with the rest of the community on terms of equality, instead of settling in large bodies, as at Nauvoo. The Smith family, with the mother of the prophet, will not go with Young to California. That expedition is considered as designed solely to perpetuate the power of Young.
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Wednesday, November 5, 1845. No. 37.
NAUVOO. -- The census just taken makes the population of Nauvoo proper to consist of 11,067 souls -- without the limits it is supposed there is a third more. About fifteen thousand individuals, it appears from this, are to be banished from Illinois because the Governor is too weak or too disregardful of his duty to protect them in their rights. The Court sitting at Carthage, we see, has commenced the trial of some of the persons engaged in the recent outbreak. Five of the persons charged with the destruction of the press at Nauvoo have been acquitted. Their plea was -- Instruction from the City Council. In the case of Backenstos (the sheriff) a jury was procured, and the trial was expected immediately.
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Monday, November 10, 1845. No. ?
MORE MORMON DIFFICULTIES. -- Sheriff of Rock Islands came to Nauvoo with a writ for one of the Reddings charge in the murder of Col. Davenport, a body of Mormons collected around the Sheriff attempting the rescue of Redding... Redding was wounded and the Sheriff was shot with a pistol and the prisoner escaped, other writs are to be served in Nauvoo, Mormon opposition expected, some of the writs are against the Council of Twelve, Mormons are said to have defied that State and have said no more arrests will be made in Nauvoo... Colonel Warren was to have marched into Nauvoo to execute writs against Redding, Brigham Young and others... Warren has information that a bogus manufactury is now, and was before the death of the Smiths, in operation at Nauvoo and that the Twelve or some of them are interested in it... The trial of Backenstos for the murder of Worrell has been moved to Peoria County...
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Tuesday, November 11, 1845. No. ?
MORMONISM. -- Mr. Wm. Smith, brother of martyred Joe, lectured in the hall of the Mechanic's Institute in St. Louis on the existing abuses in the Mormon Church... His style is of that peculiarly effective sing-song and nasal character which distinguished the primitive reformers. We have room but for the following extract:Note: The above text is a partly paraphrased transcript. The full text will be posted when it becomes available.
Vol. ? Philadelphia, Thursday, November 13, 1845. No. ?
FROM NAUVOO. -- A small military force in Hancock County was dispatched to Nauvoo under Capt. Morgan to apprehend Redding, who escaped the Sheriff of Rock Island. Col. Warren has gone to Springfield to speak to the Governor about the Mormons saying that no more arrests should be made in that city;
Vol. 63. Philadelphia, Wednesday, November 19, 1845. No. 15,550.
Major Warren, in command of the Illinois militia in Hancock County, made a visit last week to Nauvoo, for the purpose of aiding in the arrest of Jack Redding. It was not until after the friends of the Council of Twelve were assured that no writs were in his possession afainst them, that Brigham Young and his coadjutors could be found. Maj. Warren told them that he had a writ for Redding and he intended to take him at the peril of his life -- that they should not harbor murderers and thieves, but should give up such criminals, or he would hold them responsible. They replied that Redding had gone to Michigan; but that they would willingly, in all cases in future, submit to authority, and deliver up all murderers and rogues that took shelter in their city.
Vol. XX. Philadelphia, Tuesday, December 2, 1845. No. 60.
MORMON AFFAIRS. --The Warsaw Signal of the 20th ult. is devoted to matters relating to the Mormons. A daring robbery is charged to have been committed, some days previous, at the house of B. C. Bride, nineteen miles east of Warsaw. Three persons entered it, took possession of a large trunk, containing clothing and twenty dollars in money, and the papers of Mr. Bride. They entered the house about 2 o'clock at night -- were discovered fis they were leaving -- followed towards the Mormon settlement on Bear Creek, where the trunk and papers were found, minus the cash and clothing. The thieves escaped.