Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]
Minutes and Testimonies, , Ray Co., MO, 12–29 Nov. 1838, State of MO v. Gates et al. for Treason (Fifth Judicial Circuit of MO 1838); unidentified handwriting; 126 pages; Eugene Morrow Violette Collection, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia.
In connection with the grand scheme of the Prophet, his preachers & prophets <apostles> should <were instructed to> preach <to> and prophets and <to> instruct their followers who are estimated in Europe & at about 40,000 that it was their duty to come up to the Stake called & to possess the Kingdom, that it was the will of God that they should do so & that the Lord would give them power to do possess the Kingdom— There was another writing drawn up in June last; which had in for its object to get rid of the dissenters & which had the desired effect. Since that time & since the introduction of this scheme of the prophet made known in the above constitution I have heard the prophet say say that it was a fortunate thing that we got rid of the dissenters, as they would probably have enda[n]gered the rolling on of the Kingdom of God, Which as introduced & to be carried into effect by the Danite band. That they, the dissenters, were great obstacles in the way, & that unless they were removed the aforesaid Kingdom of God could could <not> roll on— This paper against the dissenters was drafted by & is as follows:
To , , , and Greeting, Whereas, the Citizens of have borne with the abuse received from you at different times, and on different occasions, until it is no longer to be endured, neither will they endure it any longer, having exhausted all the patience they have, and conceive <that> to bear any longer is a vice [p. ]