175 years ago today - Feb 15, 1844

[Green Mountain Boys]
We wish to address ourselves to Joe Smith in regard to his call upon us &c. Gen. Joe Smith, Lord Mayor of the holy City of Nauvoo, President of the grand high Cou<n>cil of the Mormon military church &c. We have read your call upon us and many of us have consulted together upon the subject and have come to the conclusion that you ought to have justice done you ... for we believe you honestly deserve it according to our sense of Justice, and that is this, that you be suspended by your neck to a gallows at least fifteen cubits & a span higher than Hamans. We believe that while you was in Kirtland you made a public declaration to your followers that the government of the Un[i]ted Stat[e]s was rotten and that after you got to far west [Missouri] you would give them a new government, that the Mormons must and should rule this continent for the Lord had told you so. . . .

. . . You say your Father stood Several times in the battles of American revolution, but he was not in it[,] neither in the last war with the british nation but if you mean the revolution you attempted in Missourie it would look a little more plausible ... he used to tel[l] about your being born with a veil over your face, and that he intended to procure a stone for you to see all over the world with. ... --If you studied piracy while digging for the money your Father pretended old Bob Kidd <had> buried, you should also have studied the fate of pirates. ...

No, Joe, you may go in the depths of disgrace, like all the low money diggers ...

[Green Mountain Boys to Thomas C. Sharp, 15 February 1844, Thomas C. Sharp and Allied Anti-Mormon Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut., as cited in Dan Vogel, Early Mormon Documents: Green Mountain Boys To Thomas C. Sharp]

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