History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<1842  Jan 29> and, method attending our arrangements, there being an emigration  office established in this town &c. The writer suspected there was a  genuine American trick being practised by the interested parties  at the head of the system, to decoy the ignorant and unwary to  perish in the swamps of , and that they were draining  the country of their best artists; and that it was high time some  steps were taken to put a stop to such practices. We have since  discovered that the writer is no other than Robert Phillips Esq. an  extensive manufacturer and merchant, brother to Mark Phillips Esq  another great manufacturer and member of Parliament for the  Borough of Manchester. The Editor of the Courier has been playing  upon the same string for several weeks since, and feels satisfied that <from>  the exposure which he has given the whole system, it must inevitably  die away. He was therefore satisfied with having done his duty,  and could safely leave them to the management of the proper parties,  and recommended the police to do their duty. It appears that the  gallant officer at the head of the police, (Sir Charles Shaw,) has  two much discretion and good sense to be set on like a dog to  worry out a society of Christians, because the editor of the Puseyite  Oracle, pointed the finger of scorn at them. Because they dared  to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences I should  have liked very well for the police to have been there on Sunday last, for  three persons had to be put out by the brethren for disturbing the meeting  in the Sacrament services.
I remain, beloved brethren, Your Bro. and fellow laborer
.”
“P. S. I omitted to say that the writer in the paper alluded to,  informed the public that he was endeavoring to obtain information  respecting the movements of the people. He had previously sent a person  to , to get him to state something in writing respecting emigra tion, and after the publication of the letter before referred to, he again  sent to for addional information in writing. I happened  to be at ’s when he made the second application, and I  told that he was the individual who had published the  letter written in the Courier. sent him another letter containing the  required information; and also stated that he had no objection to  submit to him, or to the Government of this country, or any of its  departments, the religious principles of our society, or place of emi gration, and indeed the whole of our movements in this and other [p. 55]
1842 Jan 29 and, method attending our arrangements, there being an emigration office established in this town &c. The writer suspected there was a genuine American trick being practised by the interested parties at the head of the system, to decoy the ignorant and unwary to perish in the swamps of , and that they were draining the country of their best artists; and that it was high time some steps were taken to put a stop to such practices. We have since discovered that the writer is no other than Robert Phillips Esq. an extensive manufacturer and merchant, brother to Mark Phillips Esq another great manufacturer and member of Parliament for the Borough of Manchester. The Editor of the Courier has been playing upon the same string for several weeks since, and feels satisfied that from the exposure which he has given the whole system, it must inevitably die away. He was therefore satisfied with having done his duty, and could safely leave them to the management of the proper parties, and recommended the police to do their duty. It appears that the gallant officer at the head of the police, (Sir Charles Shaw,) has two much discretion and good sense to be set on like a dog to worry out a society of Christians, because the editor of the Puseyite Oracle, pointed the finger of scorn at them. Because they dared to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences I should have liked very well for the police to have been there on Sunday last, for three persons had to be put out by the brethren for disturbing the meeting in the Sacrament services.
I remain, beloved brethren, Your Bro. and fellow laborer
.”
“P. S. I omitted to say that the writer in the paper alluded to, informed the public that he was endeavoring to obtain information respecting the movements of the people. He had previously sent a person to , to get him to state something in writing respecting emigration, and after the publication of the letter before referred to, he again sent to for addional information in writing. I happened to be at ’s when he made the second application, and I told that he was the individual who had published the letter written in the Courier. sent him another letter containing the required information; and also stated that he had no objection to submit to him, or to the Government of this country, or any of its departments, the religious principles of our society, or place of emigration, and indeed the whole of our movements in this and other [p. 55]
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