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S. &. J. Francis. Springfield IL., November 10, 1831. Vol. 1. - No. 1.
The fact that a sect of fanatics, calling themselves Mormonites, have sprung up and extended themselves in the western part of New York and the eastern part of Ohio, is partially known to our readers. The origin, character and numbers of this sect have not yet been noticed in the Gazette, and, it seems proper now to notice them.
Vol. I. Springfield, Illinois, January 5, 1832 No. 9.
The Mormon delusion. -- By information from the west, some are falling off, as well as others uniting with Joe Smith, the head man from Palmyra. One who has lately left them by the name of Henry [sic - Erza?] Booth, of Portage county, Ohio, is publishing in the Ohio Star an expose of their diabolical pretensions and impositions. They pretend an ability, as in ancient times, to speak with tongues; and that Smith is able to hold converse with celestial spirits whenever he pleases. One of them pretends to have received a commission to preach the gospel, directly from heaven on a piece of parchment; another to have received his on the palm of his hand; and witnesses are found to attest to these lies. Visions are in great repute. One who has seen the New Jerusalem, and passed through its apartments, &c. The ten tribes of Israel are locked up, they say, by the ice of the North Pole, where they enjoy the society of Elisha and John; and by and by the ice is to give way, and then they are to return to their own land. Such are some of their absurdities which this young man is exposing.
Vol. II. Springfield, Illinois, July 5, 1832 No. 35.
The Mormons. -- A band of thirty or forty pilgrims of this delectable sect, men women and children, passed through this county a few days since, on their way to the "promised land," in Jackson county, Missouri. -- It appears that the "promised land" is continually continually received [sic - receiving?] emigrants of this description. "The Evening and Morning Star," a monthly paper, devoted to the dissemination of their tenets, has already been issued. We extract the following paragraphs from the first number:
Vol. II. Springfield, Illinois, April 6, 1833. No. 74.
THE MANDANS. -- Some [fifteen] hundred miles up the river Missouri [above] the Mormons, will be found the Mandans. These people, as well as [their] neighbors below them, have some very peculiar religious notions. Mr. Catlin, who visited them the last [summer] has given very interesting accounts of their religious ceremonies, [-------], and traditions...
Vol. II. Springfield, Illinois, August 17, 1833. No. 93.
From the Western Monitor.
At a meeting of the citizens of Jackson county, Missouri, called for the purpose of adopting measures to rid themselves of the set of Fanatics called Mormons, held at Independence on the 20th day of July, 1833, which meeting was composed of gentlemen from every part of the county, there being present between four and five hundred persons.
Vol. II. Springfield, Illinois, November 2, 1833. No. 104.
Companies of Mormons continue to pass through this State for "Mount Zion." One would suppose that the late events at Zion would cool the zeal of the new converts. But it is not so. It is given out that one of the prophets, some two years since, foretold the destruction of Zion, and the fulfilment of his prediction is regarded as conclusive evidence of the Divine character of the new religion. One of the Mormons on being required to point out another prophecy and its fulfilment, stated that about one year ago a Mormon prophet visited Cincinnati, and foretold the destruction of that city; and he had lately seen a person direct from Cincinnati, who informed him that the cholera and small pox had carried off nearly all the inhabitants of that city!!
Vol. II. Springfield, Illinois, Sat., November 16, 1833. No. 106.
CIVIL WAR IN MISSOURI.
The St. Louis Republican of Tuesday contains an account of a series of affrays in Jackson County, Missouri, between citizens of that County and the Mormons, in which between twenty and thorty citizens and several Mormons were KILLED. The Mormons, according to the account, acted only on the defensive. At the date of the last accounts there was a tremendous excitement in the county. No one could calculate the issue of it. Among the persons killed were some of the most respectable citizens.
Vol. II. Springfield, Illinois, November 23, 1833. No. 107.
Vol. II. Springfield, Illinois, December 7, 1833. No. 109.
(From the Missouri Monitor.)
The Mormons. -- To prevent misrepresentation, and to do justice to a portion of the people of Jackson county, is the great object of this article.
Vol. III. Springfield, Illinois, February 8, 1834. No. 118.
THE MORMONS. -- The last Western mail brought us a handbill in defence of the motives and conduct of the Mormons since their settlement in Jackson county in 1831. (continue reading original article from Missouri paper)
Vol. III. Springfield, Illinois, June 7, 1834. No. 135.
The St. Louis Republican of June 2 says:
Difficulties are anticipated between the Mormons and the citizens of Jackson county. A letter from Independence, under date of 21st May, says -- 'The people here are in fearful expectation of a return of the Mormons to their homes. They have heard that a reinforcement is coming from Ohio, and that as soon as the Santa Fe company of traders leave, the Mormons will re-cross the river from their temporary residence in Clay county; in which event, much blood will be shed. It is not to be wondered at, that they have chosen this as the 'promised land,' for it is decidedly the richest in the state.' A merchant of Independence has, we understand, given orders for a piece of artillery to be sent to him immediately, to be used in defence of his property. The Mormonites are now on their way from Ohio."
Vol. III. Springfield, Illinois, July 5, 1834. No. 139.
Intelligence from Jackson county, Mo. represents the citizens of that county as having organized themselves into a military force for the purpose of resisting the Mormons. Samuel C. Owens is elected commander-in-chief. The Mormons it is expected will be able to muster 700 men; and it is said are determined to take possession of their lands.
Vol. III. Springfield, Illinois, July 12, 1834. No. 140.
THE MORMONS -- From the Missouri Enquirer.
Vol. III. Springfield, Illinois, August 16, 1834. No. ?
No Battle in Jackson Co., Missouri
Vol. VI. No. 16. Springfield, Illinois, February 25, 1837. Whole 277.
Monson, Ohio, November 14, 183.
Vol. V. No. 10. Springfield, Illinois, August 5, 1837. Whole 300.
Springfield, Ill., August 4, 1837.
Vol. VII. No. 43 Springfield, Illinois, August 18, 1838. Whole 355.
THE MORMONS. -- It is stated in the Canton, (Ohio), Repository, that this people, to the number of about 200, with about fifty-seven wagons, filled with furniture, with their cattle, &c. have left Geauga County, on their way to "the promised land" in Missouri. They pitch their tents in the open field at night, after the manner of the ancient Israelites.
Vol. VII. No. 51. Springfield, Illinois, Sat., Oct. 13, 1838. Whole 363.
THE MORMONS AGAIN. -- The St. Louis Republican of Monday says -- "We learn by a passenger in the steamboat Kansas, which arrived on Saturday, that when at the Mormon town above the mouth of Grand River, he saw about 200 of the Mormons armed and prepared for the conflict." It seems that the citizens of an adjoining county had given notice to the Mormons to leave the country, or they would be driven off. The Mormons refused to go and "buckled on their armor for the conflict." -- The opinion is that nothing serious will be done -- as both parties dread an encounter.
Vol. VII. No. 52. Springfield, Illinois, October 20, 1838. Whole 364.
The last accounts from the seat of war left the two armies in hostile array. The Anti-Mormons had postponed the execution of their threat of driving the Mormons from the county, and given them two days more to leave. On Wednesday morning it "is believed a conflict took place." So says the St. Louis Gazette.
Vol. VIII. No. 3. Springfield, Illinois, November 10, 1838. Whole 367.
MORMON AND LOCO FOCO WAR. -- The late St. Louis papers contain sundry accounts of the movements of the beligerents. Many of them are undoubtedly eaggerated statements; but enough is true to show that a most deplorable state of things exists in the disturbed counties. The following extract of a letter from Judge King, dated at Richmond, Ray county, on the 24th ult. may be deemed authentic: --
Vol. VIII. No. 4. Springfield, Illinois, November 17, 1838. Whole 368.
The St. Louis Republican of the 15 inst. contains the following particulars of another outrage committed on the Mormons. It is taken from the Jeffersonian, printed at Jefferson City.
On the next page will be found an article from the St. Louis Gazette, giving some of the closing scenes of the Mormon Loco Foco War. Annexed is the latest news (from the St. Louis Republican) on the same subject. -- The remarks of the Republican on the Massacre of the Mormons, and the general character, of the wars, meet our own view of the matter.
THE MORMON WAR ENDED!
The Mormon war has been terminated by a surender of the Mormon leaders to the troops under Gen. Atchison. This happened on Sunday, Oct. 28th. On that day, about three thousand men, being part of the army of 5000, ordered out [by] Gen. Clark, comprising Gen. Atchison's division, made their appearance before the town of Far West, the county seat of Caldwell County, where the Mormons were entrenched. Upon their approach the Mormons had hoisted a white flag, which was shot down by Capt. Bogard, but was immediately replaced. Gen. Atchison then sent in a message, with a view to learn their wishes and intentions, when six of the leaders avowed their willingness to surrender, in the expectation hat the Mormons should be unharmed. The surrender was accepted; and the individuals put under guard. Their names are Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, George Hinkle, Lymon Wright, Parley P. Pratt, and Mr. Knight. The Mormons assembled, at Far West, comprised of 700 men under arms. Of this number, a small body of 150, retreated and pursued their way to the Northern frontier.
Vol. VIII. No. 5. Springfield, Illinois, November 24, 1838. Whole 369.
FROM THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLICAN.
The western mail, yesterday, brought us some additional particulars in regard to the \disturbance in Caldwell County. The Far West, published at Liberty, states that Gen. Clark still remained at the town of Far West, having under his command 1300 men, who were employed in guarding the captured Mormons. The General had despatched an order to Gen. Lucas commanding him to return Jo and Hiram Smith, Rigdon, Wright, Robinson and Hunt, for trial in Richmond, Ray County. Gen. Lucas was on his way to Jackson county and refused to obey his orders. A great many of the Mormons had made their escape from Caldwell county, leaving their families.
Vol. VIII. No 7. Springfield, Illinois, December 8, 1838 Whole 371.
The Philadelphia U. S. Gazette, says, "We perceive by the London papers received yesterday, that a number of Missionaries from the Mormons went on to England lately, and are there preaching their doctrines with some considerable success."