Parley P. Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 1839

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cious are appearances. In a late number of the Star,  published in , by the leaders of this  sect, there is an article inviting free negroes and mu lattoes from other States, to become Mormons, and  remove and settle among us. This exhibits them in  still more odious colors. It manifests a desire on the  part of their society to inflict on our society, an injury  that they knew would be to us insupportable, and  one of the surest means of driving us from the ; for it would require none of the supernatural gifts  that they pretend to, to see that the introduction of  such a cast among us, would corrupt our blacks, and  instigate them to bloodshed.
“They openly blaspheme the most High God, and  cast contempt upon His Holy Religion, by pretending  to receive Revelations direct from Heaven—by pre tending to speak in unknown tongues by direct inspi ration—and by divers pretences derogatory of God  and religion, and to the utter subversion of human  reason. They declare openly that their God hath  given them this of land, and that sooner or la ter, they must and will have possession of our lands  for an inheritance; and in fine they have conducted  themselves on many other occasions in such a man ner, that we believe it a duty we owe to ourselves, to  our wives and children, and to the cause of public  morals, to remove them from among us. We are  not prepared to give up our pleasant places and good ly possessions to them; or to receive into the bosom  of our families as fit companions for our wives and  daughters, the degraded free negroes and mulattoes,  who are now invited to settle among us. Under such  a state of things, even our beautiful would  cease to be a desirable residence, and our situation  intolerable. We therefore agree, that after timely  warning, and upon receiving an adequate compensa tion for what little property they cannot take with  them, they refuse to leave us in peace as they found [p. 9]
cious are appearances. In a late number of the Star, published in , by the leaders of this sect, there is an article inviting free negroes and mulattoes from other States, to become Mormons, and remove and settle among us. This exhibits them in still more odious colors. It manifests a desire on the part of their society to inflict on our society, an injury that they knew would be to us insupportable, and one of the surest means of driving us from the ; for it would require none of the supernatural gifts that they pretend to, to see that the introduction of such a cast among us, would corrupt our blacks, and instigate them to bloodshed.
“They openly blaspheme the most High God, and cast contempt upon His Holy Religion, by pretending to receive Revelations direct from Heaven—by pretending to speak in unknown tongues by direct inspiration—and by divers pretences derogatory of God and religion, and to the utter subversion of human reason. They declare openly that their God hath given them this 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 many other occasions in such a manner, that we believe it a duty we owe to ourselves, to our wives and children, and to the cause of public morals, to remove them from among us. We are not prepared to give up our pleasant places and goodly possessions to them; or to receive into the bosom of our families as fit companions for our wives and daughters, the degraded free negroes and mulattoes, who are now invited to settle among us. Under such a state of things, even our beautiful would cease to be a desirable residence, and our situation intolerable. We therefore agree, that after timely warning, and upon receiving an adequate compensation for what little property they cannot take with them, they refuse to leave us in peace as they found [p. 9]
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