Elders’ Journal, August 1838

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  • Historical Introduction
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a monstrous effort to bring forth. And  when the full time of gestation was  come, the wonder come forth, and the  priests who were in waiting, seized  the animal at its birth, rolled it up in  their papers, and sent it abroad to the  world; but , , and , in the character of mid-wives,  waited around the bed of mamma to get away the after birth; but  awful to relate! they no sooner got it  away than mamma expired; and the  poor bantling was left on the hands of  the priests, to protect and nurse it, with out any other friend. A short time  after the delivery of granny , a  little ignorant blockhead, by the name  of , whose heart was so  set on money, that he would at any  time, sell his soul for fifty dollars; and  then think he had made an excellent  bargain; and who had got wearied of  the restraints of religion, and could  not bear to have his purse taxed, hear ing of the delivery of granny ,  ran to , got into the ,  and tried withal his powers to bring  forth something, no body knows what, nor did he know himself; but he thought  as granny had been fruitfull,  so must he: but after some terrible  gruntings, and finding nothing coming  but an abortion, rose up in his anger,  proclaimed all revelation lies, and ran  home to his daddy with all his might,  not leaving even an egg behind, and  there sat down, and rejoiced in the  great victory he had obtained, over the  great God and all the holy angels, how  he had discovered them liars and im postures.
There was also a kind of secondary at tendant, that waited upon this grany of  modern libels, whose name is . In his character there is some thing notorious, and that is, that at a  certain time in , he signed a  libel, in order to avoid the punishment  due to his crimes. That libel can be  forth coming at any time, when called  for. And in so doing, has disqualified  himself, for taking an oath, before any  court of justice in the .
Thus armed and attended, this mod ern libeller, has gone forth, to the as sistance of the priests, to help them  fight against the great God and against  his work. How successful they will  be, future events will determine.
A few words on the history of this  priests helpmate may not be amiss.
He went into Ohio, some  few years since to live, and hired his  boarding in the house of one ; he had not however been there  but a short time, until began  to make a grievous complaint, about  his taking unlawful freedom with his  (’s) wife. was, according ly, brought to an account, before the  authorities of the church, for his crime.  The fact was established, that such un lawful conduct had actually taken place  between ( and ’s wife.)—   finding he could not escape,  confessed, plead for forgiveness like a  criminal at the bar, promising in the  most solemn manner, that if the church  would forgive him, he never would do  so again, and he was accordingly for given.
For some considerable time, there  were no outbreakings with him, at  least, that was known; but a train of  circumstances, began at last to fix guilt  on his head, in another point of light.  He had the handling of large sums of  money, and it was soon discovered,  that after the money was counted and  laid away, and come to be used and  counted again, that there was always  a part of it missing; this being the case,  repeatedly, and those who owned it,  knowing that there was no other per son but , who had access to it,  suspicion of necessity fixed itself on  him. At last, the matter went to such  lengths, that a search warrant was call ed for, to search his trunk. The war rant was demanded at the office of Esq. but he refused to  grant it, some difficulty arose on ac count of it.
The warrant, however, was at last  obtained, but too late, for the trunk in  question was taken out of the way, and  could not be found; but as to his guilt,  little doubt can be entertained by any  person, acquainted with the circum stances.
After this affair, began to  discover that there was great iniquity  in the church, particularly, in the edi tor of this paper, and began to make a  public excitement about it, but in a  short time, he had an opportunity of [p. 57]
a monstrous effort to bring forth. And when the full time of gestation was come, the wonder come forth, and the priests who were in waiting, seized the animal at its birth, rolled it up in their papers, and sent it abroad to the world; but , , and , in the character of mid-wives, waited around the bed of mamma to get away the after birth; but awful to relate! they no sooner got it away than mamma expired; and the poor bantling was left on the hands of the priests, to protect and nurse it, without any other friend. A short time after the delivery of granny , a little ignorant blockhead, by the name of , whose heart was so set on money, that he would at any time, sell his soul for fifty dollars; and then think he had made an excellent bargain; and who had got wearied of the restraints of religion, and could not bear to have his purse taxed, hearing of the delivery of granny , ran to , got into the , and tried withal his powers to bring forth something, no body knows what,nor did he know himself; but he thought as granny had been fruitfull, so must he: but after some terrible gruntings, and finding nothing coming but an abortion, rose up in his anger, proclaimed all revelation lies, and ran home to his daddy with all his might, not leaving even an egg behind, and there sat down, and rejoiced in the great victory he had obtained, over the great God and all the holy angels, how he had discovered them liars and impostures.
There was also a kind of secondary attendant, that waited upon this grany of modern libels, whose name is . In his character there is something notorious, and that is, that at a certain time in , he signed a libel, in order to avoid the punishment due to his crimes. That libel can be forth coming at any time, when called for. And in so doing, has disqualified himself, for taking an oath, before any court of justice in the .
Thus armed and attended, this modern libeller, has gone forth, to the assistance of the priests, to help them fight against the great God and against his work. How successful they will be, future events will determine.
A few words on the history of this priests helpmate may not be amiss.
He went into Ohio, some few years since to live, and hired his boarding in the house of one ; he had not however been there but a short time, until began to make a grievous complaint, about his taking unlawful freedom with his (’s) wife. was, accordingly, brought to an account, before the authorities of the church, for his crime. The fact was established, that such unlawful conduct had actually taken place between ( and ’s wife.)— finding he could not escape, confessed, plead for forgiveness like a criminal at the bar, promising in the most solemn manner, that if the church would forgive him, he never would do so again, and he was accordingly forgiven.
For some considerable time, there were no outbreakings with him, at least, that was known; but a train of circumstances, began at last to fix guilt on his head, in another point of light. He had the handling of large sums of money, and it was soon discovered, that after the money was counted and laid away, and come to be used and counted again, that there was always a part of it missing; this being the case, repeatedly, and those who owned it, knowing that there was no other person but , who had access to it, suspicion of necessity fixed itself on him. At last, the matter went to such lengths, that a search warrant was called for, to search his trunk. The warrant was demanded at the office of Esq. but he refused to grant it, some difficulty arose on account of it.
The warrant, however, was at last obtained, but too late, for the trunk in question was taken out of the way, and could not be found; but as to his guilt, little doubt can be entertained by any person, acquainted with the circumstances.
After this affair, began to discover that there was great iniquity in the church, particularly, in the editor of this paper, and began to make a public excitement about it, but in a short time, he had an opportunity of [p. 57]
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