Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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favorable opportunity, wherein so goodly a number  of you may be inform’d that no such authority ever  has, ever can, or ever will be given to any man, and  if any man has been guilty of any such thing, let  him be treated with utter contempt, and let the  curse of God fall on his head, and let him be  turned out of Society as unworthy of a place among  men, & denounced as the blackest & the most  unprincipled wretch; and finally let him be  damned!
We have been informed that some unpri ncipled men, whose names we will not mention  at present, have been guilty of such crimes. We  do not mention their names, not knowing but what  there may be some among you who are not sufficiently  skill’d in Masonry as to keep a secret, therefore,  suffice it to say, there are those, and we therefore warn  you, & forewarn you, in the name of the Lord, to  check & destroy any faith that any innocent person  may have in any such character; for we do not  want any one to believe any thing as coming from us,  contrary to the old established morals & virtues &  scriptural laws, regulating the habits, customs &  conduct of society; and all persons pretending to be  authoriz’d by us, or having any permit, or sanction  from us, are & will be liars & base impostors, &  you are authoriz’d on the very first intimation of  the kind, to denounce them as such, & shun them  as the flying fiery serpent, whether they are prophets,  , or revelators; , , ,  , Mayers, Generals, City Councillors, Aldermen,  Marshalls, Police, Lord Mayors or the Devil, are  alike culpable & shall be damned for such evil  practices; and if you yourselves adhere to anything [p. [87]]
favorable opportunity, wherein so goodly a number of you may be inform’d that no such authority ever has, ever can, or ever will be given to any man, and if any man has been guilty of any such thing, let him be treated with utter contempt, and let the curse of God fall on his head, and let him be turned out of Society as unworthy of a place among men, & denounced as the blackest & the most unprincipled wretch; and finally let him be damned!
We have been informed that some unprincipled men, whose names we will not mention at present, have been guilty of such crimes. We do not mention their names, not knowing but what there may be some among you who are not sufficiently skill’d in Masonry as to keep a secret, therefore, suffice it to say, there are those, and we therefore warn you, & forewarn you, in the name of the Lord, to check & destroy any faith that any innocent person may have in any such character; for we do not want any one to believe any thing as coming from us, contrary to the old established morals & virtues & scriptural laws, regulating the habits, customs & conduct of society; and all persons pretending to be authoriz’d by us, or having any permit, or sanction from us, are & will be liars & base impostors, & you are authoriz’d on the very first intimation of the kind, to denounce them as such, & shun them as the flying fiery serpent, whether they are prophets, , or revelators; , , , , Mayers, Generals, City Councillors, Aldermen, Marshalls, Police, Lord Mayors or the Devil, are alike culpable & shall be damned for such evil practices; and if you yourselves adhere to anything [p. [87]]
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