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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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  • Historical Introduction
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embassadors of the most high, they would have been  inmates of solitary cells. But their conduct here  stamps their characters in their true color. More than  a year it has been ascertained that they have been tam pering with our slaves, and endeaveing [endeavoring] to sow dissen sion and raise sedition among them. Of this their  Mormon leaders were informed, and they said they  would deal with any of their members, who should  again in like case offend, but how spacious [specious] are  appearances[.] in a late No. of the star printed in  , by the leaders of the sect. there is an  article inviting free negroes and mulatoes from  other States to become mormons, and move and  settle among us. This exhibits them in still more  odious colours. It manafests a desire on the  part of their society, to inflict on our society,  an injury that they know would be to us entirely  unsuportable, and one of the surest means, of  driving us from the country, for it would  require none of the supernatural gifts that they  pretend to, to see, that the introduction of such  a cast[e] among us, would corrupt our blacks and  instigate them to blood shed.
They openly blaspheme the most high God  and cast contempt on his holy religion, by  p[r]etending to receive revelations direct from heavn  by pretending to speak in unknown tongues, by  direct inspiration, and by divin[e] pretentions deroga tory of God and religion, and to the utter subver sion of human reason.
They declare openly that God has given them  this Country of land and that sooner or later they  must and will have <possession of> our lands, for an inheritance  and in fine they have conducted themselves, on [p. 41]
embassadors of the most high, they would have been inmates of solitary cells. But their conduct here stamps their characters in their true color. More than a year it has been ascertained that they have been tampering with our slaves, and endeaveing endeavoring to sow dissension and raise sedition among them. Of this their Mormon leaders were informed, and they said they would deal with any of their members, who should again in like case offend, but how spacious [specious] are appearances. in a late No. of the star printed in , by the leaders of the sect. there is an article inviting free negroes and mulatoes from other States to become mormons, and move and settle among us. This exhibits them in still more odious colours. It manafests a desire on the part of their society, to inflict on our society, an injury that they know would be to us entirely unsuportable, and one of the surest means, of driving us from the country, for it would require none of the supernatural gifts that they pretend to, to see, that the introduction of such a caste among us, would corrupt our blacks and instigate them to blood shed.
They openly blaspheme the most high God and cast contempt on his holy religion, by pretending to receive revelations direct from heavn by pretending to speak in unknown tongues, by direct inspiration, and by divine pretentions derogatory of God and religion, and to the utter subversion of human reason.
They declare openly that God has given them this Country of land and that sooner or later they must and will have possession of our lands, for an inheritance and in fine they have conducted themselves, on [p. 41]
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