Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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the Mormons dared worship Almighty God according to the dict ates of their own consciences, and agreeable to His divine will, as revea led in the scriptures of eternal truth, and had turned away fr om following the vain traditions of their fathers, and would not  preach <worship> according to dogmas, and commandments of those men who  preach for hire and divine for money, and teach for doctrine the  commandments of men excep expecting that the constitution of the  of the would have protected them therein. But notwithst anding the Mormon people had purchased upwards of two hundred  thousand dollars worth of land, most of which was entered and  paid for at the land office of the in the state of — and although the of the has been  made acquainted with these facts, and the particulars of our per secutions and oppressions, by petition to him and to congress— yet  they have not even attempted to restore the Mormons to their  rights, or given any assurance that we may hereafter expect red ress from them. And I do also know most positively and assuredly , that my brother, Joseph Smith Junior, Senior, has not been in  the state of since the spring of the year 1839. And further  this deponent saith not.
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the Mormons dared worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and agreeable to His divine will, as revealed in the scriptures of eternal truth, and had turned away from following the vain traditions of their fathers, and would not worship according to dogmas, and commandments of those men who preach for hire and divine for money, and teach for doctrine the commandments of men expecting that the constitution of the of the would have protected them therein. But notwithstanding the Mormon people had purchased upwards of two hundred thousand dollars worth of land, most of which was entered and paid for at the land office of the in the state of — and although the of the has been made acquainted with these facts, and the particulars of our persecutions and oppressions, by petition to him and to congress— yet they have not even attempted to restore the Mormons to their rights, or given any assurance that we may hereafter expect redress from them. And I do also know most positively and assuredly, that my brother, Joseph Smith Senior, has not been in the state of since the spring of the year 1839. And further this deponent saith not.
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