LDS Against the State
of Deseret - 1849
[ HO. OF
WILLIAM SMITH ET AL., OF COVINGTON, KENTUCKY.
Admission of Deseret into the Union.
DECEMBER 31, 1849.
FEBRUARY 15, 1841.
Referred to the Committee on Territories, and ordered to be printed.
To the honorable House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled.
Your petitioners respectfully represent, that whereas efforts are now
being made by the Salt Lake Mormons to obtain (by false representations
and fallacious pretensions) from the government of the United States a
State organization to be called the State of Deseret; and whereas we
believe that it would be highly detrimental to the best interests of
our country to comply with their request; we do therefore respectfully
petition your honorable body to provide some other way for the
government of the Salt Lake settlement. Your petitioners know most
assuredly that Salt Lake Mormonism is diametrically in opposition to
the pure principles of virtue, liberty, and equality, and that the
rulers of the Salt Lake church are bitter and inveterate enemies to our
government. They entertain treasonable designs against the liberties of
American free-born sons and daughters of freedom. They have elected
Brigham Young (who is the president of their church) to be the governor
of the proposed State of Deseret. Their intention is to unite church
and state; and whilst the political power of the Roman pontiff is
passing away, this American tyrant, is endeavoring to establish a new
order of political popery in the recesses of the mountains of America.
We have authentic information that more than 1,500 Salt Lake Mormons
took the following oath in the temple of God at Nauvoo:
"You do solemnly swear in
the presence of Almighty God, his holy angels and these witnesses, that you will
avenge the blood of Joseph Smith on this nation, and teach your children; and
that you will from this time henceforth and [forever] begin and carry out
hostilities against this
nation, and to keep the same intent a profound secret, now and forever. So help you God."
We might mention the names of many individuals who have confessed publicly that the above oath was administered to these people.
rulers of the Salt Lake church hypocritically pretend to venerate the
name and character of the Prophet Joseph Smith, that they may retain
their popularity among that people who believe that he was a true
prophet. These rulers are apostates from the true church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, which church Joseph was president of. They
teach and practice polygamy, and are thereby treating with the bonds of
wedlock, placing themselves on a level with the brute creation. Surely
your honorable body will not lend your aid to legalise adultery,
fornication, incest, and all manner of wickedness. These men have left
their for their country's good. They have left it that they might
escape the punishment which their crimes had invoked. They have been
guilty of murders, treason, fornication, robbery, counterfeiting,
swindling, blasphemy, and usurpation of power both political and
ecclesiastical; and we would beseech your honorable body to send an
armed force to bring them back from their hiding-place, that they may
be legally tried for some of their offences.
governor, Brigham Young, openly declared, at various times, before
large congregations, both in Nauvoo and at Council Bluffs, that those
who went to California should toe the mark, (that is, obey him) or they
should be circumscised across the throat. He hired men to assassinate
the lawful president of the church, namely William Smith, the brother
of Joseph Smith, in order that he might with greater facility usurp the
office of president of the church. He was foiled in various attempts to
take away the life of the true and lineal successor in the presidency,
who now has the privilege of informing your honorable body of the
political intrigues and tyrannical designs of these wicked men. He has
robbed and plundered President William Smith; entering into his house,
he even took the last bed, his children's clothing, horses, wagons,
&c., amounting to some eighteen hundred dollars worth of property.
Brigham Young also swindled President William Smith out of a printing
establishment, including press, types, &c., and real estate in the
State of Ohio. He has also carried on a system of robbery and
oppression towards the mother and widow of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
This is the character of the man who is the political and
ecclesiastical governor of the Salt Lake colony; this is the man who
stated publicly in Nauvoo that none should live to come back from
California to tell any tales; this is the man that told his followers
that they should not do military duty for the United States, and
afterwards sold 500 men unto the United States. He and his confederates
swindled these men and their families out of their bounty money, and
spent it in riotous living with their harlots. The cries of the widows
and the fatherless are ascending up to Heaven day and night in
consequence of the oppression of these men. The Salt Lake settlement is
like Sodom and Gomorrah. Many of its inhabitants would rejoice if they
could extricate themselves from the miseries, cruelties, oppression and
degradation in which they are placed by the stratagems and deceit of
these task-masters. Lend, lend your aid, O ye rulers of republican
America! save the helpless females of the Salt Lake territory from a
life of misery, degradation, and vice; many of them have been flagrantly
deceived by the false pretences of these sacerdotal hypocrites. Save
the rising generation of that land from being trained up in such a sink
of corruption, blasphemy, and treason. This is the prayer and petition
of the true and lineal presidency of the church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints; and, as in duty bound, your petitioners will ever
Presidents of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
We, the members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in
Covington, Kentucky, respectfully request your honorable body to grant
the prayers in the above petition,
WILLIAM G. JARMAN,
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