[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 , who have listened to the doctrines we promulge, have become obedient to the faith and are rejoicing in the same; among whom is , M. D., Quarter Master General of . We mention this gentleman first, be cause, that during our persecutions in , he became acquainted with the violence we were suffering, while in that , 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 , 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. , 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 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 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. , Judge of Probate, of Sangamon Coun ty, Dr. Green, of Shelby County, , M. D., a gentleman of great energy of character, late of , Sidney Knowlton, of , 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]