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Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois
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No. 1. Warsaw, Illinois, May 13, 1840. Vol. I.
LATEST FROM THE MORMONS.
It is known that these people, since their dispersion in Missouri, have collected in great numbers in and around Commerce in this state, on the Mississippi river. The name of Commerce, as we have heretofore stated, they have changed to Nauvoo, from the Hebrew or Egyptian, though of the signification of the term we are ignorant. They hold two great conferences every year, -- in the spring and fall; and that appointed for the present spring took place last week, commencing on the 6th, and ending on the 9th of April. We learn that between 2000 and 3000 persons were present, and that considerable accessions were made to the church from the surrounding neighborhood. Our informant states that the number was 74, all received by baptism, and that at the same time thirty of the ablest men were ordained to p[r]each the gospel.
No. 10. Warsaw, Illinois, July 15, 1840. Vol. I.
Wholesale Stealing. -- For some time past the inhabitants of this country and of Missouri, on the opposite side of the Mississippi, have been annoyed by petty depredations on their property, such as the loss of various small instruments of agriculture, such as are usually left out of doors, smoke-houses broken open, corn-cribs pilfered, and latterly clothes left out to dry have been taken, so that some families have lost the largest part of their linen; and not long since a Skiff, with several boxes of cotton yarn, was taken from Tully, in Missouri, and a store broken open. Cattle and hogs have also been missed, and horses accustomed to run loose in the prairies, have suddenly disappeared. No clue to these depredations could, for some time, be found, until a few days ago a gentleman of the name of Speece, who resides on a farm about 8 or 9 miles from here, on the bottom below, came suddenly on one of the depots of these stolen goods, on a slough not far from his residence. We understand from those who were down, that there were several piles of plunder of various kinds, such as carpenter's tools, different kinds of clothing, several boxes of glass, 6 barrels of Kenhawa Salt, a quantity of Castings, &c., &c. The boxes of glass and the castings marked C. Henshaw, Winchester, Mo. A part of these goods are now at Mr. Speece's house, some of them having been taken away by claimants from Missouri.
No. 12. Warsaw, Illinois, July 29, 1840. Vol. I.
It is well known to our readers, that after the Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, as they are usually called, were driven out of the State of Missouri they established their head-quarters at Commerce, in the upper part of this county on the Mississippi river, 18 or 20 miles above this place, where they have built largely, and where most of them reside, though they are scattered through this and the adjoining counties in considerable numbers. They have generally demeaned themselves as quiet, peaceable citizens, and displayed considerable fortitude under their severe trials in the loss of property and friends, and a commendable industry in trying to retrieve their fallen fortunes.
No. 13. Warsaw, Iillinois, Aug. 5, 1840. Vol. I.
No. 15. Warsaw, Illinois, Aug. 19, 1840. Vol. I.
No. 18. Warsaw, Illinois, Sept. 9, 1840. Vol. I.
HANCOCK COUNTY. -- From the statement of votes which we publish to-day, it appears that there are only nine counties in the State that poll a larger vote than Hancock, and one (Coles) that polled the same number. From the rapidity with which this county has been settling by the Mormons of late, the vote will be considerably increased in November...
No. 19. Warsaw, Illinois, Sept. 16, 1840. Vol. I.
To the Editor of "Western World":
Quincy, Monday evening Sept. 7.
No. 24. Warsaw, Illinois, Oct. 21, 1840. Vol. I.
MORMON CONFERENCE. -- This people held a Conference at Nauvoo, on Saturday last, which continued three days. It is calculated that there was not far from three thousand in attendance. A gentleman who was present, spoke in the highest terms of the appearance of the immense assemblage, and the good order which prevailed. The mild and humane laws of our State, and the tolerating and liberal principles which abound among our people, are having their just and proper effects upon this people. Their society is not only increasing in numbers, but individually their condition is greatly improved, surrounded as they are by the gifts of an ever-ruling power. We learn that they are expecting a large accession to their numbers in a short time from England -- one of their preachers, a Mr. [Studley], having met with distinguished success in that country.
No. 26. Warsaw, Illinois, Nov. 4, 1840. Vol. I.
MORE MORMONS. -- An English paper has the following paragraphs about a new shipment to this country. Its location of Quincy, "on the Mississippi. in Michigan." is amusing, and shows a wonderful precision in the knowledge of transatlantic geography:--
No. 27. Warsaw, Illinois, Nov. 11, 1840. Vol. I.
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