John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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preservation.
It is more than two years sinc[e] the first of these  fannaticks or knaves, (for one of th[e] other they undoubt edly are) made their first appearanc[e] among us.  and pretending as they did, and now do, to hold personal  communion and converse face to face with the most  high God to receve communications and revelations, direct  from heavn, to heal the sick by the laying on of hands  and in short, to perform all the wonder working  miracles wrought by the inspired apostles and Prophets.  We beli[e]ve them deluded fanaticks or weak and  designing knaves, and that they and their pretentions  would soon pass away, but in this we were deceived.
The arts of a few designing leaders among them  have thus far succeeded in holding them together as a  society, and since the arrival of the first of them they  have daily increased and if they had been respectable  citizens in society, and thus deluded, they would have  been entitled to our pity rather than to our con tempt and hatred, but from their appearance, from  their manners, and from their conduct, since  their comming among us, we have every reason  to believ that with but a very few exceptions, they  were of the very drggs [dregs] of that society from which  they came, lazy Idle and vicious
This we conceive is not idle assertion but a  fact susceptable of proof, For with these few ex ceptions above named, they brought into our country  little or no property with them, and left less behind  them, and we infer that those only yoked themselves  to the Mormon ear, who had nothing earthly  or heavenly to loose by th[e] change, and we fear  that if some of the leaders among them had paid  the forfeit due to crime, instead of being chosen [p. 40]
preservation.
It is more than two years since the first of these fannaticks or knaves, (for one of the other they undoubtedly are) made their first appearance among us. and pretending as they did, and now do, to hold personal communion and converse face to face with the most high God to receve communications and revelations, direct from heavn, to heal the sick by the laying on of hands and in short, to perform all the wonder working miracles wrought by the inspired apostles and Prophets. We believe them deluded fanaticks or weak and designing knaves, and that they and their pretentions would soon pass away, but in this we were deceived.
The arts of a few designing leaders among them have thus far succeeded in holding them together as a society, and since the arrival of the first of them they have daily increased and if they had been respectable citizens in society, and thus deluded, they would have been entitled to our pity rather than to our contempt and hatred, but from their appearance, from their manners, and from their conduct, since their comming among us, we have every reason to believ that with but a very few exceptions, they were of the very drggs [dregs] of that society from which they came, lazy Idle and vicious
This we conceive is not idle assertion but a fact susceptable of proof, For with these few exceptions above named, they brought into our country little or no property with them, and left less behind them, and we infer that those only yoked themselves to the Mormon ear, who had nothing earthly or heavenly to loose by the change, and we fear that if some of the leaders among them had paid the forfeit due to crime, instead of being chosen [p. 40]
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