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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a charter, and of course they could not collect  their pay on notes received for loans, and  after struggling with it a while they  broke down. During their Mercantile and  banking operations, they not only indulged  in pride, but also suffered jealousy  to arise among them, and several persons  dissented from the church and accused  the Leaders of the church with bad man agement, selfishness, seeking for riches,  honor and dominion, tyranizing over  the people and striving constantly after  power and property. On the other hand,  the leaders of the church accused the  dissenters with dishonesty, want of fait  faith and righteousness, wicked in  their intentions, guilty of crimes such as  stealing, lying, encouraging the mak ing of counterfeist money &c. And this  strife or opposition arose to a great  heighth, so that instead of pulling  together as brethren, ought to, they tried  every way in their power, seemingly,  to destroy each othr; their enemies  from without rejoiced at this <and> assis ted the dessenters what they could, untill  Smith and finally were obligd  to leave , and with their fam ilies came to , in March or  April, 1838. During this strife,  some of the elders became tired of  this scene and left . went to the city of , where  he built up a church and published [p. 47]
charter, and of course they could not collect their pay on notes received for loans, and after struggling with it a while they broke down. During their Mercantile and banking operations, they not only indulged in pride, but also suffered jealousy to arise among them, and several persons dissented from the church and accused the Leaders of the church with bad management, selfishness, seeking for riches, honor and dominion, tyranizing over the people and striving constantly after power and property. On the other hand, the leaders of the church accused the dissenters with dishonesty, want of faith and righteousness, wicked in their intentions, guilty of crimes such as stealing, lying, encouraging the making of counterfeist money &c. And this strife or opposition arose to a great heighth, so that instead of pulling together as brethren, they tried every way in their power, seemingly, to destroy each othr; their enemies from without rejoiced at this and assisted the dessenters what they could, until Smith and finally were obligd to leave , and with their families came to , in March or April, 1838. During this strife, some of the elders became tired of this scene and left . went to the city of , where he built up a church and published [p. 47]
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