Elders’ Journal, August 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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doubt they are men as much after your own  hearts, as ever David was after the heart of  God. And you Mr. [LaRoy] Sunderland in particu lar you have no doubt, in an  helpmete, after your own image and your  own likeness. Congratulate yourself great ly, in having obtained a man after your  heart, to help you to lie and persecute.
O ye priests, but you are a heaven born  race; and that all the world may well know  by the company you keep. You have got   for your associate; a man no torious. for lying, for adultery, for stealing,  for swindling, and for villainy of all kinds,  but for nothing else. Are you not happily  yorked [yoked] together with believers, precisely of  your own character? surely you are, since it  is company of your own choosing.
For our parts, we shall consider it an hon or, to be belied and persecuted by such de bauchees, in it we will rejoice as long as we  have breath, knowing if these men speak well  of us, that we are not doing the will of God.  For the friendship of such, is enmity against  God. And the friendship of God, is enmity  to such.
And there, O ye priests, we leave you with  your holy company, until it shall be said to  you all, “Depart ye workers of iniquity, into  everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and  his angels.”
There is another character, who has figur ed somewhat in the affairs of granny .  Doctor . This poor pitiful  beggar, came to a few years since,  with a large family, nearly naked and desti tute. It was really painful to see this pious  ’s (for such he professed to be) rags  flying when he walked the streets. He was  taken in by us in this pitiful condition, and  we put him into the , and gave  him enormous wages, not because he could  earn it, or because we needed his service, but  merely out of pity. We knew the man’s in competency all the time, and his ignorance,  and inability to fill any place in the literary  world, with credit to himself, or to his em ployers. But notwithstanding all this, out  of pure compassion, we gave him a place,  and afterwards hired him to edit the paper in  that place, and gave him double as much, as  he could have gotten any where else. The  subscribers, many at least, complained to  us of his inability to edit the paper, and there  was much dissatisfaction about it, but still  we retained him in our employ, merely, that  he might not have to be supported as a pau per.
By our means, he got himself and family  decently clothed, and got supplied with all  the comforts of life, and it was nothing more  nor less, than supporting himself and family  as paupers; for his services were actually, not  worth one cent to us, but on the contrary  was an injury. The owners of the establish ment, could have done all the work which,  he did themselves, just as well without him  as with him. In reality, it was a piece of  pauperism.
But now reader mark the sequel. It is a  fact of public notoriety, that as soon as he  found himself and family in possession of de cent apparel he began to use all his influence  to our injury, both in his sayings and doings.  We have often heard it remarked by slave  holders, that you should not make a negro  equal with you, or he would try to walk over  you. We have found the saying verified in  this pious , for truly this niggardly  spirit manifested itself in all its meanness;  even in his writings, (and they were very  mean at best) he threw out foul insinuations,  which no man who had one particle of noble  feeling would have condescended to. But  such was the conduct of this master of mean ness. Nor was this niggardly co[u]rse confined  to himself, but his sons also, were found en gaged in the same mean business.
His sons, in violation of every sacred obli gation, were found among the number of  granny ’s men, using all there influ ence (which however was nothing; but they  were none the less guilty for that, for if it had  been ever so great it would have been used)  to destroy the benefactors of their family,  who raised their family from rags, poverty,  and wretchedness. One thing we have learn ed, that there are negroes who were white  skins, as well as those who wear black ones.
Granny had a few others who acted  as lackies, such as , , , etc. but they are so far  beneath contempt that a notice of them would  be too great a sacrifice for a gentleman to  make.
Having said so much, we leave this hope full company, in the new bond of union which  they have formed with the priests. While  they were held under restraints by the church,  and had to behave with a degree of propriety,  at least, the priests manifested the greatest  opposition to them. But no sooner were they  excluded from the fellowship of the church  and gave loose, to all kind of abominations,  swearing, lying, cheating, swindling, drink ing, with every species of debauchery, then  the priests began to extol them to the heav ens for their piety and virtue, and made  friends with them, and called them the finest  fellows in the world.
Is it any wonder then, that we say of the  priests of modern days, that they are of sa tan’s own making, and are of their father the  devil. Nay verily nay; for no being but a  scandalous sycophant, and base hypocrite,  would say other ways. As it was with , so it is with these crea tures. While was held in bounds  by the church, and made to behave himself,  he was denounced by the priests as one of the  worst of men, but no sooner was he excluded  from the church for adultery, than instantly  he became one of the finest men in the world,  old deacon [Orris] Clapp of ran and took him  and his family into the house with himself,  and so exceedingly was he pleased with him,  that purely out of respect to him, he went to  bed to his wife. This great kindness and re spect, did not feel just so well about  but the pious old deacon gave him a hundred  dollars and a yoke of oxen, and all was well  again.
This is the , that was author of a  book which bears the name of ,  but it was this said that was the  author of it; but after the affair of ’s  wife and the pious old deacon, the persecu tors thought it better to put some other name [p. 59]
doubt they are men as much after your own hearts, as ever David was after the heart of God. And you Mr. LaRoy Sunderland in particular you have no doubt, in an helpmete, after your own image and your own likeness. Congratulate yourself greatly, in having obtained a man after your heart, to help you to lie and persecute.
O ye priests, but you are a heaven born race; and that all the world may well know by the company you keep. You have got for your associate; a man notorious. for lying, for adultery, for stealing, for swindling, and for villainy of all kinds, but for nothing else. Are you not happily yorked yoked together with believers, precisely of your own character? surely you are, since it is company of your own choosing.
For our parts, we shall consider it an honor, to be belied and persecuted by such debauchees, in it we will rejoice as long as we have breath, knowing if these men speak well of us, that we are not doing the will of God. For the friendship of such, is enmity against God. And the friendship of God, is enmity to such.
And there, O ye priests, we leave you with your holy company, until it shall be said to you all, “Depart ye workers of iniquity, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
There is another character, who has figured somewhat in the affairs of granny . Doctor . This poor pitiful beggar, came to a few years since, with a large family, nearly naked and destitute. It was really painful to see this pious ’s (for such he professed to be) rags flying when he walked the streets. He was taken in by us in this pitiful condition, and we put him into the , and gave him enormous wages, not because he could earn it, or because we needed his service, but merely out of pity. We knew the man’s incompetency all the time, and his ignorance, and inability to fill any place in the literary world, with credit to himself, or to his employers. But notwithstanding all this, out of pure compassion, we gave him a place, and afterwards hired him to edit the paper in that place, and gave him double as much, as he could have gotten any where else. The subscribers, many at least, complained to us of his inability to edit the paper, and there was much dissatisfaction about it, but still we retained him in our employ, merely, that he might not have to be supported as a pauper.
By our means, he got himself and family decently clothed, and got supplied with all the comforts of life, and it was nothing more nor less, than supporting himself and family as paupers; for his services were actually, not worth one cent to us, but on the contrary was an injury. The owners of the establishment, could have done all the work which, he did themselves, just as well without him as with him. In reality, it was a piece of pauperism.
But now reader mark the sequel. It is a fact of public notoriety, that as soon as he found himself and family in possession of decent apparel he began to use all his influence to our injury, both in his sayings and doings. We have often heard it remarked by slave holders, that you should not make a negro equal with you, or he would try to walk over you. We have found the saying verified in this pious , for truly this niggardly spirit manifested itself in all its meanness; even in his writings, (and they were very mean at best) he threw out foul insinuations, which no man who had one particle of noble feeling would have condescended to. But such was the conduct of this master of meanness. Nor was this niggardly course confined to himself, but his sons also, were found engaged in the same mean business.
His sons, in violation of every sacred obligation, were found among the number of granny ’s men, using all there influence (which however was nothing; but they were none the less guilty for that, for if it had been ever so great it would have been used) to destroy the benefactors of their family, who raised their family from rags, poverty, and wretchedness. One thing we have learned, that there are negroes who were white skins, as well as those who wear black ones.
Granny had a few others who acted as lackies, such as , , , etc. but they are so far beneath contempt that a notice of them would be too great a sacrifice for a gentleman to make.
Having said so much, we leave this hopefull company, in the new bond of union which they have formed with the priests. While they were held under restraints by the church, and had to behave with a degree of propriety, at least, the priests manifested the greatest opposition to them. But no sooner were they excluded from the fellowship of the church and gave loose, to all kind of abominations, swearing, lying, cheating, swindling, drinking, with every species of debauchery, then the priests began to extol them to the heavens for their piety and virtue, and made friends with them, and called them the finest fellows in the world.
Is it any wonder then, that we say of the priests of modern days, that they are of satan’s own making, and are of their father the devil. Nay verily nay; for no being but a scandalous sycophant, and base hypocrite, would say other ways. As it was with , so it is with these creatures. While was held in bounds by the church, and made to behave himself, he was denounced by the priests as one of the worst of men, but no sooner was he excluded from the church for adultery, than instantly he became one of the finest men in the world, old deacon Orris Clapp of ran and took him and his family into the house with himself, and so exceedingly was he pleased with him, that purely out of respect to him, he went to bed to his wife. This great kindness and respect, did not feel just so well about but the pious old deacon gave him a hundred dollars and a yoke of oxen, and all was well again.
This is the , that was author of a book which bears the name of , but it was this said that was the author of it; but after the affair of ’s wife and the pious old deacon, the persecutors thought it better to put some other name [p. 59]
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