John Taylor defends the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor as legal and necessary.

Jun 12, 1844
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John Taylor

John Taylor, "To the Public," Nauvoo Neighbor 2, no. 7 (June 12, 1844): 2

Nauvoo Neighbor
Nauvoo City Council, John Taylor
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In removing the Nauvoo Expositor as a nuisance, let it be distinctly understood that every step taken, has been sanctioned by legal proceedings, founded upon testimony had before the City Council: and when it is considered that Nauvoo is a corporated body, as well as any other city in the United States; has "reserved rights" as well as any State or State; and at the charter of the city of Springfield, which is a part of our charter, has the wise provision for the City Council "To declare what shall be a nuisance, and to prevent and remove the same;" and that it is a common occurrence for city corporations to remove scurrilous prints; and that Blackstone holds the rule just, "that a libelous print or paper, affecting a private individual, may be destroyed." Blackstone, 5. Note 6. And that wicked men, where conniving at the dearest rights of our city and citizens, it must be admitted on all hands that the emergency of the case, called for a special proceedings in defense of our sacred honors. No doubt that many that laughed add our misfortunes in Missouri, will roar at this legal procedure, as arbitrary, and then we reply that

"he that wants all men pleased each way,

And not himself offend;

He must begin his work to day,

But God knows when he'll end."

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