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 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 fait 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, ought to, 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, untill 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]
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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