Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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In presenting to our readers a history of the perse cutions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day-Saints  in the State of we feel it our duty to  commence <them> it <it> at the beginning, notwithstanding many  of our readers <we> are <aware are> well acquainted with the outrages  committed in <(an account of them They having been published in the Evening & Morning star)> and might perhaps  rather see the paper filled with other matter <than <to have> those former troubles presented before them again.> yet  there are a great many others, who are altogether  unacquainted with those early troubles <persecutions> who would  feel that we had not done our duty were we to pass  by those former troubles <them> and commence <confine> our h[is]tory  to more recent transactions. Thus much by way of  introduction.
In the winter of A.D. 1830–31 five elders <of the church of Jesus Christ 4 <of which were> from the State of State & 1 <was> from > traveled  on foot, wading through a deep snow <which is not common in that country> through the praries  from to Missouri where  they made a permanent stand. <They> occasionally preach ing <preached> about the country as the way opened before  them. <A few believed the gospel preached and had been baptized when> About the middle of the July following July  a number more elders’ arrived at , and  soon <shortly> after a small branch of the church also arrived
At that time there appeared to be but little objection  to the church our people’s settleing there, although the  preaching had stir[r]ed up some few to show their quils <appear>  like a hedge hogs when they show their quils <an enemy is near>. The church  in continued to increase continually untill they were <it was>  driven from the . As the church increased the hostile spirit  of the people increased <also> in about the same proportion  Our <The> enemies circulated <from time to time> all manner of <false> stories against us <our people>  <hoping> thereby hoping to stir <up> the indignation of others. They also <in  the spring of 1832> brick batted or stoned some of our people’s <the> houses <of the Saints> breaking  in windows and &c. if not only disturbing but endangering  the lives of the inmates. In the course of that season a  county meeting was called <at > to adopt measures to drive the Saints  from the <but> the meeting broke up <without coming to any agreement about the Saints> having had too much [p. [1]]
In presenting to our readers a history of the persecutions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day-Saints in the State of we feel it our duty to commence it at the beginning, notwithstanding many of our readers we are aware are well acquainted with the outrages committed in (an account of them having been published in the Evening & Morning star) and might perhaps rather see the paper filled with other matter than to have those former troubles presented before them again. yet there are a great many others, who are altogether unacquainted with those early persecutions who would feel that we had not done our duty were we to pass by them and confine our history to more recent transactions. Thus much by way of introduction.
In the winter of A.D. 1830–31 five elders of the church of Jesus Christ 4 of which were from the State of & 1 was from traveled , through a deep snow which is not common in that country through the praries from to Missouri where they made a permanent stand. They occasionally preached about the country as the way opened before them. A few believed the gospel preached and had been baptized when About the middle of the following July a number more elders’ arrived at , and shortly after a small branch of the church also arrived
At that time there appeared to be but little objection to our people’s settleing there, although the preaching had stirred up some few to appear like hedge hogs when an enemy is near. The church in continued to increase continually untill it was driven from the . As the church increased the hostile spirit of the people increased also The enemies circulated from time to time all manner of false stories against our people hoping thereby to stir up the indignation of others. They also in the spring of 1832 brick batted or stoned some of the houses of the Saints breaking in windows &c. not only disturbing but endangering the lives of the inmates. In the course of that season a county meeting was called at to adopt measures to drive the Saints from the but the meeting broke up without coming to any agreement about the Saints having had too much [p. [1]]
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