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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Chapter 17
<Chap 17>
<Secret society formed. Presidency upheld. Former  revelations refered to. Organization. . Intentions. Perversions. Object of gather ing. Tyrany exercised. New constitution. Names  of society. And numbers.>
<Some time in June>  last, a few individuals began to form a  society that should be agreed in all things.  In order to this, they bound themselves under  very close restrictions. As this society began  to increase, they <secretly> entered into solem covenants  before God, and bound themselves under oath  to keep the secrets of the society, and cove nanted to stand by one another in difficulty,  whethr right or wrong; but said they would  correct each other’s wrongs among themselves.  As the presidency stood next to God, or  between God and the church, and was the  oracle through which the word and will  of God was communicated to the church,  they esteemed it a very essential thing to have  their word or the word of God through them  strictly adhered to. They therefore entered  into a covenant that the words of the  presidency should be obeyed, and no one  should be suffered to raise his hand or voice  against it; for as they stood at the head  of the church, it was considered no more  than reasonable that they knew more about  the will of God than any others did.  Consequently all things must be in submission  to them, and moreover, all tattling, lying  & backbiting must be put down, and he  that would not submit willingly should  be forced to it or leave the . Now  this secret combination was directly opposed  to the former revelations, and especially to [p. [55[a]]]
Chapter 17
Chap 17
Secret society formed. Presidency upheld. Former revelations refered to. Organization. . Intentions. Perversions. Object of gathering. Tyrany exercised. New constitution. Names of society. And numbers.
Some time in June last, a few individuals began to form a society that should be agreed in all things. In order to this, they bound themselves under very close restrictions. As this society began to increase, they secretly entered into solem covenants before God, and bound themselves under oath to keep the secrets of the society, and covenanted to stand by one another in difficulty, whethr right or wrong; but said they would correct each other’s wrongs among themselves. As the presidency stood next to God, or between God and the church, and was the oracle through which the word and will of God was communicated to the church, they esteemed it very essential to have their word or the word of God through them strictly adhered to. They therefore entered into a covenant that the word of the presidency should be obeyed, and no one should be suffered to raise his hand or voice against it; for as they stood at the head of the church, it was considered no more than reasonable that they knew more about the will of God than any others did. Consequently all things must be in submission to them, and moreover, all tattling, lying & backbiting must be put down, and he that would not submit willingly should be forced to it or leave the . Now this secret combination was directly opposed to the former revelations, and especially to [p. [55[a]]]
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