“A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in Missouri,” December 1839–October 1840

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Installment 5, April 1840


Editorial Note
Times and Seasons, Apr. 1840, 1:81–82. This fifth installment reprinted passages from ’s History of the Late Persecution Inflicted by the State of Missouri upon the Mormons (1839), pages 26–29. The author of the opening two paragraphs is unknown.

A HISTORY, OF THE  PERSECUTION, OF THE CHURCH  OF JESUS CHRIST, OF LAT TER DAY SAINTS IN  .
 
continued.
 
In the winter and spring of 1838,  the saints were prospered in all their  pursuits; the church received great  accession by emigration, as hundreds  of families moved in from various parts  of the and .—  Some time in the month of March, Pres ident Joseph Smith jr. arrived with his  family, accompanied by several breth ren, from , Ohio; soon after  this President arrived with  his family also, they both settled in . At this time there were seve ral persons living in , who  were disaffected with the church and  had dissented from it, and were cut off  from the church according to the rules  and regulations of the same. These  characters were busy in striving to  stir up strife and turmoil among the  brethren, and urging on mean and vex atious lawsuits; they were also, studi ously engaged in circulated false and  slanderous reports against the saints,  to stir up our enemies to anger against  us, that they might again drive us  from our homes, and enjoy the spoils  together. we are disposed here, to  give the names of some of those char acters, believing that justice to an in jured people, requires it at our hands.  They are as follows, viz: , , , , and , of whom we may  have occasion to speak hereafter.
We shall now make an extract from  s history published in last season, which is a correct  statement of facts.
“On the Fourth of July, 1838, many  thousands of our people assembled at  the city of , the county seat  of , erected a liberty pole, and  hoisted the bold eagle, with its stars and  stripes, upon the top of the same. Un der the colors of our count[r]y we laid the  corner stone of a of worship, and  had an address delivered by , in which was painted, in lively  colors, the oppression which we had  long suffered from the hand of our en emies; and in this discourse we claimed  and declared our constitutional rights,  as American citizens, and manifested a  determination to do our utmost endeav ors, from that time forth, to resist all  oppression, and to maintain our rights  and freedom according to the holy prin ciples of liberty, as guaranteed to every  person by the constitution and laws of  our government. This declaration was  received with shouts of hosannah to God  and the Lamb, and with many and long  cheers by the assembled thousands,  who were determined to yield their  rights no more, except compelled by a  superior power.
But in a day or two after these tran sactions, the thunder rolled in awful  majesty over the city of , and  the arrows of lightning fell from the  clouds and shivered the liberty pole from  top to bottom; thus manifesting to many  that there was an end to liberty and law  in that state, and that our little city  strove in vain to maintain the liberties  of a country which was ruled by wick edness and rebellion. It seemed to  portend the awful fate which awaited  that devoted city, and the and  p[e]ople around.
Soon after these things, the war clouds  began again to lower, with dark and  threatening aspect. The rebellious par ty in the counties around had long  watched our increasing power and pros perity with greedy and avaricious eyes,  and they had already boasted that as  soon as we had made some fine im provements, and a plentiful crop, they  would drive us from the , and  again enrich themselves with the spoils.  Accordingly, at an election held in  , the robbers undertook to  drive our people from the poll box and  threatened to kill whoever should at tempt to vote. But some were deter [p. 81]

Installment 5, April 1840


Editorial Note
Times and Seasons, Apr. 1840, 1:81–82. This fifth installment reprinted passages from ’s History of the Late Persecution Inflicted by the State of Missouri upon the Mormons (1839), pages 26–29. The author of the opening two paragraphs is unknown.

A HISTORY, OF THE PERSECUTION, OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST, OF LATTER DAY SAINTS IN .
 
continued.
 
In the winter and spring of 1838, the saints were prospered in all their pursuits; the church received great accession by emigration, as hundreds of families moved in from various parts of the and .— Some time in the month of March, President Joseph Smith jr. arrived with his family, accompanied by several brethren, from , Ohio; soon after this President arrived with his family also, they both settled in . At this time there were several persons living in , who were disaffected with the church and had dissented from it, and were cut off from the church according to the rules and regulations of the same. These characters were busy in striving to stir up strife and turmoil among the brethren, and urging on mean and vexatious lawsuits; they were also, studiously engaged in circulated false and slanderous reports against the saints, to stir up our enemies to anger against us, that they might again drive us from our homes, and enjoy the spoils together. we are disposed here, to give the names of some of those characters, believing that justice to an injured people, requires it at our hands. They are as follows, viz: , , , , and , of whom we may have occasion to speak hereafter.
We shall now make an extract from s history published in last season, which is a correct statement of facts.
“On the Fourth of July, 1838, many thousands of our people assembled at the city of , the county seat of , erected a liberty pole, and hoisted the bold eagle, with its stars and stripes, upon the top of the same. Under the colors of our country we laid the corner stone of a of worship, and had an address delivered by , in which was painted, in lively colors, the oppression which we had long suffered from the hand of our enemies; and in this discourse we claimed and declared our constitutional rights, as American citizens, and manifested a determination to do our utmost endeavors, from that time forth, to resist all oppression, and to maintain our rights and freedom according to the holy principles of liberty, as guaranteed to every person by the constitution and laws of our government. This declaration was received with shouts of hosannah to God and the Lamb, and with many and long cheers by the assembled thousands, who were determined to yield their rights no more, except compelled by a superior power.
But in a day or two after these transactions, the thunder rolled in awful majesty over the city of , and the arrows of lightning fell from the clouds and shivered the liberty pole from top to bottom; thus manifesting to many that there was an end to liberty and law in that state, and that our little city strove in vain to maintain the liberties of a country which was ruled by wickedness and rebellion. It seemed to portend the awful fate which awaited that devoted city, and the and people around.
Soon after these things, the war clouds began again to lower, with dark and threatening aspect. The rebellious party in the counties around had long watched our increasing power and prosperity with greedy and avaricious eyes, and they had already boasted that as soon as we had made some fine improvements, and a plentiful crop, they would drive us from the , and again enrich themselves with the spoils. Accordingly, at an election held in , the robbers undertook to drive our people from the poll box and threatened to kill whoever should attempt to vote. But some were deter [p. 81]
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