John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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remarks to the church I will close
I have left the church <​you​> not because I disbelieve the Bible, for I believe in God, and relig the Saviour and religion the same as ever, but when I retrace our track and viewing the doings of the church for six years past I can see nothing that convinces me that God had has been our leader; calculation after calculation has failed, and plan after plan has been overthrown, and our prophet seemed not to know the event till too late. If he said go up and prosper, still we did not propser, but have labored and toiled and waded through trials, difficulties and temptations of various kinds in hopes of deliverance. untill we are finally broken down and measurably destroyed, and that too through the foolishness and miscalculations of the church and leaders But no deliverance came. The promises failed, and time after time we have been disappointed; and still were commanded in the most rigid manner to follow him, which the church did untill many were led into the commission of crime, have been apprehended and broken down by their opponents and many have been obliged to abandon their country, their families and all they possessed, and great afflictions be has been brought upon the whole church. What shall we say to these things? Did not Your prophet proclaim in your ears that the day was your own and you should overcome, when in less that a week you were all made prisoners of war, and [p. 89]
remarks to the church I will close
I have left you not because I disbelieve the Bible, for I believe in God, the Saviour and religion the same as ever, but when I retrace our track and view the doings of the church for six years past I can see nothing that convinces me that God has been our leader; calculation after calculation has failed, and plan after plan has been overthrown, and our prophet seemed not to know the event till too late. If he said go up and prosper, still we did not propser, but have labored and toiled and waded through trials, difficulties and temptations of various kinds in hope of deliverance. But no deliverance came. The promises failed, and time after time we have been disappointed; and still were commanded in the most rigid manner to follow him, which the church did untill many were led into the commission of crime, have been apprehended and broken down by their opponents and many have been obliged to abandon their country, their families and all they possessed, and great afflictions has been brought upon the whole church. What shall we say to these things? Did not Your prophet proclaim in your ears that the day was your own and you should overcome, when in less that a week you were all made prisoners of war, and [p. 89]
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