Proclamation, 15 January 1841

[t]ers appertaining to education from  common schools up to the highest  branches of a most liberal collegiate  course. They will establish a regular  system of education, and hand over the  pupil from teacher to professor, until  the regular gradation is consummated,  and the education finished. This cor poration contains all the powers and  perogatives of any other college or  university in this state. The charters  for the University and Legion are ad denda to the city charter, making the  whole perfect and complete.
Not only has the Lord given us fa vor in the eyes of the community, who  are happy to see us in the enjoyment  of all the rights and privileges of free men, but we are happy to state that  several of the principal men of Illinois,  who have listened to the doctrines we  promulge, have become obedient to the  faith and are rejoicing in the same;  among whom is John C. Bennett, M.  D., Quarter Master General of Illinois.  We mention this gentleman first, be cause, that during our persecutions in  Missouri, he became acquainted with  the violence we were suffering, while  in that State, on account of our reli gion—his sympathies for us were a roused, and his indignation kindled  against our persecutors for the cruel ties practised upon us, and their fla grant violation of both the law and the  constitution. Amidst their heated  zeal to put down the truth, he addres sed us a letter. tendering to us his as sistence in delivering us out of the  hands of our enemies, and restoring us  again to our privileges, and only requir ed at our hands to point out the way,  and he would be forthcoming, with all  the forces he could raise for that pur pose—He has been one of the princi pal instruments, in effecting our safe ty and deliverance from the unjust  persecutions and demands of the au thorities of Missouri, and also in pro curing the city charter—He is a man  of enterprize, extensive acquirements,  and of independant mind, and is calcu lated to be a great blessing to our  community.
Dr. Isaac Galland, also, who is one  of our benefactors, having under his  control, a large quantity of land in the  immediate vicinity of our city, and a  considerable portion of the city plot  opened both his heart and his hands,  and “when we were strangers—took  us in,” and bade us welcome to share  with him in his abundance; leaving his  dwelling house, the most splendid edi fice in the vicinity, for our accommoda tion, and betook himself to a small,  uncomfortable dwelling—He sold us  his large estates, on very reasonable  terms, and on long credit, so that we  might have an opportunity of paying  for them, without being distressed, and  has since taken our lands in Missouri  in payment for the whole amount, and  has given us a clear and indisputable  title for the same. And in addition to  the first purchase, we have exchanged  lands with him in Missouri to the a monnt of eighty thousand dollars. He  is the honored instrument the Lord us ed, to prepare a home for us, when we  were driven from our inheritances,  having given him control of vast bodies  of land, and prepared his heart to make  the use of it the Lord intended he  should. Being a man of extensive in formation; great talents, and high liter ary fame, he devoted all his powers  and influence to give us a character.
After having thus exerted himself  for our salvation and comfort, and  formed an intimate acquaintance with  many of our people, his mind became  wrought up to the greatest feelings, be ing convinced that our persecutions,  were like those of the ancient Saints,  and after investigating the doctrines  we proclaimed, he became convinced of  the truth and of the necessity of obe dience thereto, and to the great joy and  satisfaction of the church he yielded  himself to the waters of baptism, and  became a partaker with us in our suf ferings. “choosing rather to suffer afflic tions with the people of God than enjoy  the pleasures of sin for a season.” In  connexion with these, we would men  tion the names of Gen. James Adams,  Judge of Probate, of Sangamon Coun ty, Dr. Green, of Shelby County, R[obert]  D. Foster, M. D., a gentleman of great  energy of character, late of Adams Co.,  Sidney Knowlton, of Hancock Co.,  Dr. Knight, of Putnam County, Indi ana, with many others of respectability  and high standing in society, with  nearly all the old settlers in our imme diate neighborhood. We make men tion of this, that the Saints may be en [p. 275]
JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, Proclamation, Nauvoo, IL, 15 Jan. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 Jan. 1841, 2:273–277.