History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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constable I escaped the hands of an ruthles[s] and cowardly mob and arrived safely at my home
In this transaction talent as well both <as> civil and moral power <aided by physical for[c]e> to was were brought in array against me orded to blast my reputation as a christian and a member of society—to convince community of <the falsity and> dangerous tendency tendencies of the doctrines I taught yet the results were such as to convince the public that I sustained an unimpeachable moral character and the honest in heart that I was no fanatic that my doctrines were those of the Apostles and ancient Christians
After a few days I again returned to in company with for the purpose of confirming of confirming those whom we had been compelled to abandon for a time We had scarcely arrived at when the Mob commenced gathering together to oppose us and we thought it wisdom to leave the place which we did without even taking refreshment of any kind Our enemies pursued us and it was with much difficulty that we eluded them and arrived at home after travelling almost all night
How long shall men be persecuted on account of their religious faith in <a> country the constitution of which guarrantees to every man the right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience; and by men too who profess to be servants of the Most High—who are not backward to assert their own rights and yet with what avidity and eagerness deprive others of theirs <the> rights of conscience
For instance a Presbyterian of high stand standing was one of the principal instigators of this persecution who told me he considered me guilty with out Judge or jury The Celebrated also a Presbyterian was another instigator [p. 81]
constable I escaped the hands of a ruthless and cowardly mob and arrived safely home
In this transaction talent as well as civil and moral power aided by physical force were brought in array against me to blast my reputation as a christian and a member of society—to convince community of the falsity and dangerous tendencies of the doctrines I taught yet the results were such as to convince the public that I sustained an unimpeachable moral character and the honest in heart that I was no fanatic that my doctrines were those of the Apostles and ancient Christians
After a few days I again returned to in company with for the purpose of confirming those whom we had been compelled to abandon for a time We had scarcely arrived at when the Mob commenced gathering together to oppose us and we thought it wisdom to leave the place which we did without even taking refreshment of any kind Our enemies pursued us and it was with much difficulty that we eluded them and arrived at home after travelling almost all night
How long shall men be persecuted on account of their religious faith in a country the constitution of which guarrantees to every man the right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience; and by men too who profess to be servants of the Most High—who are not backward to assert their own rights yet with avidity and eagerness deprive others of the rights of conscience
For instance a Presbyterian of high standing was one of the principal instigators of this persecution who told me he considered me guilty with out Judge or jury The Celebrated also a Presbyterian was another instigator [p. 81]
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