Letter from Edward Partridge, between 14 and 19 November 1833

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Clay Co. Mo. 1 Nov. 1833
Beloved Brother Joseph
I set myself down this evening to write  you a few lines, I shall not attempt to give you a full history of what  has happened unto us within a few days <past,> for I suppose that has  given you the particulars, I simply <Suffice it to> say that & myself are  now living within 3 miles of Clay Co. & about 10 from  most of our br[ethre]n have left many have come to this  Some have gone South & some east. When it was concluded that  we would go, there appeared to be a spirit almost universal for leav ing the land forthwith. our move has been speedy & we have had  many inconveniences to encounter. yet are the Lord for the most part as  yet has given us very favorable weather. many are living as yet  in tents & shanties not being able to procure houses. <as yet.> We are in hopes  that we shall be able to return to our houses & lands before a grea[t]  while but how this is to be accomplished is all in the dark to us as yet,   has prophesied that we shall be enabled to return  to our houses by the first of next Jany & enjoy the fruit of our  labor & none to molest or make afraid. he says he was constrained  to prophesy & if he ever spoke by the spirit of God he then did & if it  does not come to pass we may call him a false prophet. the next  night after this prophecy was deliverd from 1 or 2 oclock till  day light <on the morning of the 13th Nov.> there appeared an extraordinary ph[enomenon] the heavens  were literally filled with meteors or shooting stars as they are  called. I was encamped on the N. side of opposite  & it appeared to us that they shot off every way from us none come ing <directly I> down very near us that came very near the ground though it is  said that they struck the ground in & in other places  round about, I viewed them for more than an hour before daylight  & probably saw thousands, at one time in the N.E. there appeared  probably 50 or 100 at one time they streamed down almost a[s] thick as  rain you have seen <that appears> at a distance when the sun shone upon it. during  this sight our people rejoiced but the worlds people were much  frightened. there has some other signs appeared of late, & rumor  says many but I put no confidence in the reports of our enemies
If we are delivered & permitted to return to our homes it must be by the  interposition of God, for we can see no prospect of help from goverment  & it appears to me that nought but the judgements of God will open  the way for our return, some of our brn. have their fears that  we shall be driven from city to city & from sinagouge to sinagouge  & few be left to receive an in the land, & this probably  will be the case unless we are soon restored back, for notwithstan ding that many are kind to us in this yet we have every reas  [reason]to believe that they will shortly be stir[r]ed up agai[nst] us & want to drive [p. [1]]
Clay Co. Mo. 1 Nov. 1833
Beloved Brother Joseph
I set myself down this evening to write you a few lines, I shall not attempt to give you a full history of what has happened unto us within a few days past, for I suppose that has given you the particulars, Suffice it to say that & myself are now living within 3 miles of & about 10 from most of our brethren have left many have come to this Some have gone South & some east. When it was concluded that we would go, there appeared to be a spirit almost universal for leaving the land forthwith. our move has been speedy & we have had many inconveniences to encounter. the Lord for the most part as yet has given us very favorable weather. many are living in tents & shanties not being able to procure houses. as yet. We are in hopes that we shall be able to return to our houses & lands before a great while but how this is to be accomplished is all in the dark to us as yet, has prophesied that we shall be enabled to return to our houses by the first of next Jany & enjoy the fruit of our labor & none to molest or make afraid. he says he was constrained to prophesy & if he ever spoke by the spirit of God he then did & if it does not come to pass we may call him a false prophet. the next night after this prophecy was deliverd from 1 or 2 oclock till day light on the morning of the 13th Nov. there appeared an extraordinary phenomenon the heavens were literally filled with meteors or shooting stars as they are called. I was encamped on the N. side of opposite & it appeared to us that they shot off every way from us none comeing directly down that came very near the ground though it is said that they struck the ground in & in other places round about, I viewed them for more than an hour before daylight & probably saw thousands, at one time in the N.E. there appeared probably 50 or 100 at one time they streamed down almost as thick as rain that appears at a distance when the sun shone upon it. during this sight our people rejoiced but the worlds people were much frightened. there has some other signs appeared of late, & rumor says many but I put no confidence in the reports of our enemies
If we are delivered & permitted to return to our homes it must be by the interposition of God, for we can see no prospect of help from goverment & it appears to me that nought but the judgements of God will open the way for our return, some of our brn. have their fears that we shall be driven from city to city & from sinagouge to sinagouge & few be left to receive an in the land, & this probably will be the case unless we are soon restored back, for notwithstanding that many are kind to us in this yet we have every reas reasonto believe that they will shortly be stirred up against us & want to drive [p. [1]]
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