AID FOR MORMONS—A meeting was held last night pur_suant to notice, in the chapel of the University, to devise means for the relief of these distressed people. The meet-ing was not very numerously attended. The Mayor pre-sided. Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen and Rev. Mr. White-house were nominated as vice-presidents. Mr. T L. Kane, of Philadelphia, introduced to the meeting two Mormons, for whose respectability and trustworthiness he pledged himself.
Mr. Jesse Little, a native of New Hampshire, one of the Mormons referred to, gave an account of the distresses of his people, which was most painful. The people who re-sided at Nauvoo, and were driven thence by the mob, were scattered along the country, from the settlements to the Rocky Mountains, the greater part being between Nauvoo and Council Bluffs. They had but little means of subsist-ence at the first, and during their progress Westward their wagons and clothing were for the most part sold to procure corn and pork to keep life in their systems; but even this sad necessity of selling what was essential to their com- fort produced only a scanty provision; and privation and exposure induced diseases which swept off hundreds. He had travelled with the pioneer company sent out by the Mormon community on the way to the Rocky Mountains, and reached as far as the salt lake, where he left them on his return. Their progress thither was a continuation of hardships; meat was their only food, while by the loss of cattle their sufferings were increased as they approached the mountains.
But it was not the moat distant parties who were in the deepest distress. It was upon those who had been permitted to remain in Nauvoo, and who were now at a short distance beyond the frontier settlement, that the afflic-tions fell most heavily. Fatal diseases raged among them and especially one, known as the "black canker," leav-ving frequently those who recover from its effects in a crippled condition for months. Perfect destitution pre-vails among them, and thousands have died from absolute famine. They need almost every necessary of life—the medicines and food to restore them to health—the means of procuring subsistence, implements of husbandry and seed grain, clothing to cover their nakedness, and oxen and cat-tle. Their condition is deplorable. It is but a half day's jour-ney from the point where the boats usually go to the pre-sent location of some thousands of these sufferers; and the appeal is made not only for the broken in health and hopes but for the widows and orphans that are gathered there. Disease and death have made many fatherless and widow-ed among them; but there are many women and children whose protectors have been withdrawn from them by the enlistment of a large number into what is known as the Mormon battalion.
Mr. Ezra Benson, of the Mormon community, was pre- sent, but the severe sickness he has undergone has thrown him into a decline, and he was too weak to address the as-semblage.
The Hon. Benjamin F. Butler offered the following reso-lutions:—
Whereas, we have been credibly informed that several thousands of our fellow citizens, commonly known as Mor-mons, are now wandering on the prairies of the Far West in a state of extreme destitution and suffering, resulting in the un4imely death of hundreds of their numbers, and threatening the destruction of the residue by hardships and famine:
Therefore, Resolved, That in view of human misery and destitution which we have the ability to mitigate, we know no difference of creed or sect, and consider only our duty, as men and Christians, to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted, whoever and wherever they may be.
Resolved, That after the generous and compassionate spirit evinced by our people in reference to the sufferings of Greece and Ireland, it would not become them to suffer thousands of their own countrymen to perish for want of seed to plant, implements of husbandry and medicines for the sick, and food to sustain them, until their labor could be made sufficiently productive for their support, when a moderate benefaction would place the sufferers beyond the reach of want and wretchedness.
Resolved, That upon the statements made by Mr. T. L. Kane, of Philadelphia, we commend to the favorable con-sideration of our fellow-citizens the application about to be made to them by Messrs. Benson, Appleby, Little and Snow, the committee now in this city, for donations to re-lieve emigrant Mormons In their present necessities.
The resolutions were unanimously adopted, and the meeting adjourned.
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