Journal, March–September 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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For the Lord God the eternal Father is our God  and Jesus the mediator is our saviour, and in  the great I am, is our strength and confidence  we have been driven time after time and that with out cause and smitten again and again, and that  without provocation, untill we have prooved the  world <wordd> with kindness, and the world <wordd> proved us, that  we have no designs against any man or set of men  That we injure no man. That we are peasibl with  all men, minding our own buisness, and our  buisness only, we have Suffered our rights and  our liberties to be taken, from us, we have  not avenged ourselves of those wrongs, we have  appealed to magistrates, to Sheriffs, to Judges, to  govonour<s> and to the President of the United Sta tes, all in vain, yet we have yealded, peacibly  to all these things, we have not complained at  the great God, we murmur<ed> not, but peacib ly left all, and retired into the back Country  in the broad and wild Prairie, in the barren &  desolate plains, and there commenced an ew, we made the desolate places to bud and  blosom as the rose, and now the fiend like  rase are disposed to give us no rest, Their  Father (the Devil) is hourly calling upon  them to be up and doing, and they like willi ng and obedient children need not the  second admonition, But in the name of  Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God  we will do it endure it no longer, if the  Great God will arm us with courage, with stren gth and with power, to resist them in their  persecutions. We will not act on the offensive  but always on the defensive, our rights and [p. 76]
For the Lord God the eternal Father is our God and Jesus the mediator is our saviour, and in the great I am, is our strength and confidence we have been driven time after time and that without cause and smitten again and again, and that without provocation, untill we have prooved the wordd with kindness, and the wordd proved us, that we have no designs against any man or set of men That we injure no man. That we are peasibl with all men, minding our own buisness, and our buisness only, we have Suffered our rights and our liberties to be taken, from us, we have not avenged ourselves of those wrongs, we have appealed to magistrates, to Sheriffs, to Judges, to govonours and to the President of the United States, all in vain, yet we have yealded, peacibly to all these things, we have not complained at the great God, we murmured not, but peacibly left all, and retired into the back Country in the broad and wild Prairie, in the barren & desolate plains, and there commenced anew, we made the desolate places to bud and blosom as the rose, and now the fiend like rase are disposed to give us no rest, Their Father (the Devil) is hourly calling upon them to be up and doing, and they like willing and obedient children need not the second admonition, But in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God we will endure it no longer, if the Great God will arm us with courage, with strength and with power, to resist them in their persecutions. We will not act on the offensive but always on the defensive, our rights and [p. 76]
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