History, circa 1841, fair copy

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  • Historical Introduction
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After a few days I again returned to in comp any with for the purpose of confirming those  whom we had been compelled to abandon for a time
We had sca[r]cely arrived at when the mob  commenced gathering together to oppose us and we thou ght 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 trav elling almost all night
How long shall men be persecuted on account  of their religious faith in a country the constitution  of which guarantees to every man the right [to] worship  God according to the dictates of their 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 without  Judge or jury. The celebrated also a Presbyterian was another instigator  of these deeds of violence. And a young man by  the name of of the same denomination  impiously swore out the first warrant against me.
But during all this persecution and rage of our enemies  we had much to console and strengthen us in our  faith The church at were very anxious  that we should again visit them and  (wife of ) had a dream which enabled  her to say that we would visit them that day which  actually came to pass for, <in> a few hours <afterwards> after, we  arrived. This circumstance served to confirm us in  our faith concerning dreams and visions in the last  days as foretold by the Prophet Joel. And although  we were compelld to fly from our enemies yet we  felt confident that we should come off victorious [p. 81]
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 guarantees to every man the right to worship God according to the dictates of their 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 without Judge or jury. The celebrated also a Presbyterian was another instigator of these deeds of violence. And a young man by the name of of the same denomination impiously swore out the first warrant against me.
But during all this persecution and rage of our enemies we had much to console and strengthen us in our faith The church at were very anxious that we should again visit them and (wife of ) had a dream which enabled her to say that we would visit them that day which actually came to pass for, in a few hours afterwards we arrived. This circumstance served to confirm us in our faith concerning dreams and visions in the last days as foretold by the Prophet Joel. And although we were compelld to fly from our enemies yet we felt confident that we should come off victorious [p. 81]
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