John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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In a short time become a majority, and of course rule the . The church kept increasing, and the old citizens became more and more dissatisfied, and from time to time offered to sell their farms and possessions. But the Mormons, though desirous, were too poor to purchase them. The feelings of the people were became greatly exasperated in consequence of the many falsehoods and evil reports that were in constant circulation against the church. Thus matters grew worse and worse, untill the people arose in their fury; and on the 20th. day of July AD 1833, the citizens met at the in , and appointed a committe[e] who called upon six or seven of the leading Mormons, and required them to shut up all their work shops, their , and their , and <agree to> leave the . The Mormons required time to give them an answer, but <they> would grant but fifteen minutes. The Mormons then refused to comply with their proposals, and the committe then returned to the where the people were assembled, <and> related to them the answer of the Mormons. They then took a vote to demolish the , which they did immediately, and tar[r]ed and feathered the and two one or two others, and appointed the 23d to meet again and carry on the work of destruction. The day arrived and the [p. 28]
a short time become a majority, and of course rule the . The church kept increasing, and the old citizens became more and more dissatisfied, and from time to time offered to sell their farms and possessions. But the Mormons, though desirous, were too poor to purchase them. The feelings of the people became greatly exasperated in consequence of the many falsehoods and evil reports that were in constant circulation against the church. Thus matters grew worse and worse, until the people arose in their fury; and on the 20th. day of July AD 1833, the citizens met at the in , and appointed a committee who called upon six or seven of the leading Mormons, and required them to shut up all their work shops, their , and their , and agree to leave the . The Mormons required time to give them an answer, but they would grant but fifteen minutes. The Mormons then refused to comply with their proposals, and the committe then returned to the where the people were assembled, and related to them the answer of the Mormons. They then took a vote to demolish the , which they did immediately, and tarred and feathered the and one or two others, and appointed the 23d to meet again and carry on the work of destruction. The day arrived and the [p. 28]
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