Proclamation, 15 January 1841

ful situation, or place, carrying with it,  also, the idea of rest; and is truly des criptive of this most delightful situation.  It is situated on the eastern bank of  the Mississippi river, at the head of the  Des Moines Rapids, in Hancock County;  bounded on the east by an extensive  prairie of surpassing beauty, and on the  north, west, and south, by the Mississip pi. This place has been objected to by  some, on account of the sickness which  has prevailed in the summer months,  but it is the opinion of Doctor [John C.] Bennett,  a physician of great experience and  medical knowledge, that Hancock Co.,  and all the eastern and southern por tions of the City of Nauvoo, are as  healthy as any other portions of the  western country, (or the world, to accli mated citizens,) whilst the northwes tern portion of the city has experienced  much affliction from ague and fever,  which, however, he thinks can be easi ly remedied by draining the sloughs on  the adjacent islands in the Mississippi.
The population of our city is increas ing with unparralled [unparalleled] rapidity, number ing more than three thousand inhabi tants. Every facility is afforded in  the city and adjacent country, in Han cock County, for the successful prosecu tion of the mechanical arts, and the  pleasing pursuits of agriculture. The  waters of the Mississippi can be suc cessfully used for manufactoring pur poses, to an almost unlimited extent.
Having been instrumental in the  hands of our heavenly Father in laying  a foundation for the gathering of Zion,  we would say, let all those who appre ciate the blessings of the gospel, and  realize the importance of obeying the  commandments of heaven, who have  been blessed of heaven with the posses sion of this world’s goods, first prepare  for the general gathering—let them dis pose of their effects as fast as circum stances will possibly admit, without ma king too great sacrifices, and remove  to our city and county—establish and  build up manufactories in the city, pur chase and cultivate farms in the coun ty—this will secure our permanent in heritance, and prepare the way for the  gathering of the poor. This is agreea ble to the order of heaven, and the only  principal on which the gathering can be  effected—let the rich, then, and all who  can assist in establishing this place,  make every preparation to come on  without delay, and strengthen our  hands, and assist in promoting the hap piness of the Saints. This cannot be  too forcibly impressed on the minds of  all, and the elders are hereby instruct ed to proclaim this word in all places  where the Saints reside, in their public  administrations, for this is according to  the instructions we have received from  the Lord.
The Temple of the Lord is in pro gress of erection here, where the Saints  will come to worship the God of their  fathers, according to the order of his  house, and the powers of the holy  priesthood, and will be so constructed as  to enable all the functions of the priest hood to be duly exercised, and where  instructions from the Most High will  be received, and from this place go forth  to distant lands.
Let us then concentrate all our pow ers, under the provisions of our magna  charta granted by the Illinois Legisla ture, at the “City of Nauvoo,” and sur rounding country, and strive to emu late the actions of the ancient cove nant fathers, and patriarchs, in those  things, which are of such vast impor tance to this and every succeeding gen eration.
The “Nauvoo Legion,” embraces  all our military power, and will enable  us to perform our military duty by our selves, and thus afford us the power,  and privilege, of avoiding one of the  most fruitful sources of strife, oppres sion, and collision with the world. It  will enable us to show our attachment  to the state and nation as a people.  whenever the public service requires  our aid—thus proving ourselves obedi ent to the paramount laws of the land,  and ready at all times to sustain and  execute them.
The “University of the City of Nau voo,” will enable us to teach our chil dren wisdom—to instruct them in all  knowledge, and learning, in the Arts,  Sciences and Learned Professions. We  hope to make this institution one of the  great lights of the world, and by and  through it, to diffuse that kind of  knowledge which will be of practical  utility, and for the public good, and al so for private and individual happiness.  The Regents of the University will  take the general supervision of all mat [p. 274]
JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, Proclamation, Nauvoo, IL, 15 Jan. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 Jan. 1841, 2:273–277.