Vol. ? Portland, Me., June 1, 1819. No. ?
Vol. XIX. Portland, Me., March 26, 1822. No. 993.
From the Hallowell Gazette.
In Pittston, about nine miles below Hallowell, on the eastern bank of the Kennebec river, a party of about fourteen men are now engaged in digging for money. This extraordinary enterprize was commenced in 1817, and continued without much interruption for nearly a year, during which time a vast excavation was made 75 feet deep. The enchanted treasure, however, we understand, completely eluded the search. It was afterwards, partially abandoned; but in October last was recommenced with unabated vigor. The leader of the visionary gang is a substantial farmer, an inhabitant of a town not more than twelve miles distant from Hallowell, whose sons hold a reputable rank in society. The old man & his associates maintain an obstinate and mysterious silence upon the subject. As the scene of their labor is a resort for all the mischievous wags in the neighborhood, and of others who come to wonder at the infatuated perseverence of the money diggers, their taciturnity may partly be attributed to the unceasing ridicule which their visitants raise at their expense. It is, however, principally owing to the potent charm which secures this subterranean treasure from those who incautiously divulage the secrets of this mysterious enterprise. It is to be feared that the babling indiscretion of some of the members of this money digging fraternity has already led them a wild goose chase, since if the treasure were even laid open to day light, and the eager expectant had his hand already upon the rusty iron pot which holds the shining metal, and interjection of wonder -- an exclamation of triumph or delight, would sink it again fathoms underground.
ns. Vol. I. Portland, Me., November 1, 1824. No. 10.
ns. Vol. III. Portland, Me., November 24, 1826. No. 224.
It would be incredible had not our own observation, (as well as the testimony of others,) proved it, that there can be a single person in this well educated community, who believes in the arrant nonsense, and the impudent jugglery of the Divining Rod. Really, it is enough to make one angry, to be obliged to reason about it. A writer in the "Journal of Science and the Arts," has condescended to use argument, which we republish, not however, without lamenting the necessity of so doing; and hoping that the advancement of rational religion and good learning, may disperse this and other mists, which still envelope the minds of men.
Vol. XXV. Portland, Me., May 25, 1830. No. 1423.
(From the Wayne County Republican.)
NEW BIBLE. -- A fellow by the name of Joseph Smith, who resides in the upper part of Susquehanna county, has been, for the last two years we are told, employed in dictating, as he says, by inspiration, a new Bible. He pretended that he had been entrusted by God with a golden bible which had been always hidden from the world. Smith would put his face into a hat in which he had a white stone, and pretend to read from it, while his coadjutor transcribed. The book purports to give an account of the "ten tribes," and strange as it may seem, there are some who have full faith in his divine commission. -- The book, it seems is now published.
PORTLAND [ ] ADVERTISER.
Vol. ? Portland, Maine, June 1, 1831. No. ?
THE PROGRESS OF MORMONISM. The Painesville Ohio Gazette records another case of faithful infatuation, which has occurred among the Mormonites located in that vicinity. It will be remembered says, the newspaper, that when these deluded creatures first made their appearance here they declared themselves immortal. Death, however has paid them no respect other than by frequent visits. In defiance of repeated instances of mortality, they still profess the power of healing, refuse to call medical assistants...
Vol. XXVII. Portland, Maine, (Weekly) Tuesday, September 13, 1831. No. 1491.
MORMONISM. It is certainly strange; yet nevertheless true, that this infatuated people, if we may place confidence in the reports of the newspapers, are becoming more numerous, and assuming a more formidable appearance. We had hoped, that in this state the believers in the Book of Mormon would have been entirely extinct, and that no individual, however credulous, could be found so blind to reason and common judgment, as to permit himself to be carried away by the absurdities of the Mormon doctrine. The frailties incident to human nature have in all ages invariably shown themselves, either in remarkable lethergy, or an enthusiastic excitement, unsanctioned by reason or common sense. But the followers of the book of Mormon, if the accounts received be not inconceivably exaggerated, are amongst the most blind and deluded people we have upon record. They believe that their leader is the real Jesus Christ; and that both he and his disciples have infinite powers to work miracles, raise the dead, cleanse lepers -- and they testify that he has cast out many devils -- that the Millennium is nigh, and that Philadelphia is the place where Jesus Christ will meet his disciples and followers. They are now removing to the promised land -- some indefinite spot on the Mississippi -- some have gone and others are disposing of their property, often at an immense pecuniary sacrifice, that they may join their companions gone before. To such an enthusiastic pitch have they raised their imaginations, that the entreaties and persuasive arguments of friends have no weight whatever. Their religious ceremonies and observances are forms of obsceneness and blasphemy, and are conducted in a manner shocking to the sense of rational creatures. In their excesses, unrestrained by the presence of the opposite sex, and in one assembly -- they roll naked on the floor, and exhibit a variety of grotesque and unseemly forms, which humanity would blush to name, It is truly lamentable that such a state of things exists -- yet nevertheless these fanatics are daily receiving new accessions from New-York, Indiana, &c. -- Buck's Co. (Pa.) Int.
Vol. VIII. Portland, Maine, (Semi-Weekly) Friday, October 14, 1831. No. 713.
MORMONITES. The Hampshire Gazette says -- A lady from Ohio informs us that many of the Mormonites in Geauga county have started for the promised land in Missouri; some of them passed through the town in which she resides; their language was -- 'We have left Babylon, and are going to Mount Zion.' Among those who have embraced the doctrines of these fanatics are two merchants, and some respectable farmers. One man joined them whose property was estimated at 7,000 dollars. The lady to whom we have alluded found in the Lake steam boat a Mormonite woman on her return to Boston. She said she had made a journey all the way from Boston to Ohio, to investigate the subject of Mormonism, and had satisfied herself that the Mormon bible was a revelation from God, and the leaders true prophets. She stated that others from Boston had become converts to the new system. She believed that the Mormonites could perform miracles. When asked if she had seen any miraculous operations, she replied that she had seen a person who was very sick suddenly restored to health. -- On other subjects she conversed like a sensible, pious woman. She stated that she was a Methodist when she left Boston.
Vol. XXVII. Portland, Maine, (Weekly) Tuesday, October 18, 1831. No. 1496.
THE MORMONITES. -- One of this sect lately gave the following history of the origin of his religion: --
Vol. X. Portland, Me., Thurs., Nov. 24, 1831. No. 16.
The Mormon Delusion.
Ezra Booth, of Nelson, Portage county, Ohio, who was lately a zealous member of the new sect of fanatics, called Mormonites, which has lately sprung up in the West, but who has now renounced his error, is giving an account in a series of letters published in the Ohio Star, of what he heard and saw, while he remained connected with this society. We give below a part of one of his letters. It may seem strange to some that such miserable delusion can spread in any part of this country; but they who best understand the character of the population in those districts, which are only partially supplied with an educated ministry, will not be much surprised. If greator efforts are not made to diffuse learning and religion in the West, we may expect soon to see the Mormonites, or some other fanatics equally insane, counting their disciples by thousands. --
Vol. XXVII. Portland, Maine, Friday, (Weekly) December 6, 1831. No. 1503.
An extract of a letter from a person converted to Mormonism, but who is said to have been formerly a respectable citizen of Boston, is published in one of the papers of that city....
Vol. X. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 22, 1831. No. 20.
Sectaries in the Western States.
Here are Dunkards, known by wearing the beard, by trine [sic - triune?] immersion, universal salvation, and by receiving all persons of good morals, and who profess belief in Jesus Christ, and agree to obey the rules of the society. They are a harmless people, opposed to war, but in other respects submissive to government.
Vol. X. Portland, Me., Thurs., May 3, 1832. No. 38.
Death of a Mormon Preacher. -- Died in Pomfret, Vt. on Saturday, 7th inst. Jos. H. Bracenbury, "Mormon Preacher." He recently came to this town from Ohio, in company with one or two individuals of the same society. They preached, exhorted, and with great zeal and apparent humility, attempted to propagate their doctrines. Two or three embraced their sentiments so far as to be baptized -- one a Free Will Baptist, and the other a Presbyterian.
Vol. VII. Limerick, Me., Friday, Nov. 16, 1832. No. 29.
We understand that two Mormonite preachers have lately entered this State, and are now travelling from place to place, diligently laboring to make proselytes to their detestable and wicked system. In order to put the public on their guard against these impostors, we publish the following extract from a letter written by a gentleman in Windsor, Broome Co. N. Y. to his friend in Boston, dated Aug. 30, 1832. We copy it from the Boston Christian Herald.
Vol. XI. Portland, Me., Thurs., Nov. 22, 1832. No. 15.
A Church and State Conspiracy.
In commenting on the doings of a Baptist Anti-mission association in Illinois, the Editor of the Pioneer exclaims,
Vol. VII. Limerick, Me., Friday, Dec. 21, 1832. No. 34.
We believe that something from another hand has already appeared in our paper, giving some account of the Mormonites. As two preachers, as they call themselves, of that sect have recently made their appearance in a neighboring town, we feel obligated to the public to make some further remarks in relation to the character of their public communications, and the avowed object of their mission.
Vol. VII. Limerick, Me., Thurs., March 7, 1833. No. 45.
In my last communication I promised an article on Mormonism. And having been somewhat acquainted with its rise, I will first state a few particulars. Some years since, I understood that in Manchester, a town adjacent to Canandaigua, the place of my residence, there was a man named Joseph Smith, who said, that by divine direction he had dug a golden Bible (or metallic plates resembling gold) out of the ground: that on these plates was engraved the history of the ten lost tribes of Israel, of the people and wars that it is manifest from the existing remains of mounds and fortifications have formerly been on this continent. This intelligence awakened some interest, and such was the light in which it was presented, that I was inclined to think favorably. Being aware that the world has ever been ready to reject the truth and to judge a matter before they hear it, I prepared myself to examine the subject with a mind open to conviction, and determined if God had spoken, even though it were from the ground, that I would incline my ear and believe. Passing through Palmyra, and Manchester, where Joseph Smith resided, I made considerable inquiry respecting the character of Smith, and from those who were acquainted with him received the following statements, viz: That he was an obscure, illiterate, awkward, and unpolished youth, aged about 21 years; that previous to his declaration of having found the plates he had made no pretensions to religion, but that he had been in the practice more or less of "telling fortunes" and "digging in the earth for chests of gold," &c. &c.; and that for these practices, he had had the example of his father, Joseph Smith. These things were told me by several persons in different places. His being obscure, illiterate, and unpolished, was to me no argument that God had not spoken to the world by him, but the circumstance of his being a "fortune teller" and "money chest hunter," appeared to me very unfavorable to his high pretensions: for though in old times the Lord spoke by shepherds and fishermen, we never read that he appeared to "fortune tellers," soothsayers, astrologers, or to any persons of this class and spoke to the world by them.
Vol. XI. Portland, Me., Thurs., Apr. 11, 1833. No. 36.
The Mormonites. -- Several weeks since, we published a letter from Mr. B. Pixley, residing in Independence, Jackson co. Missouri, the seat of the Mormonites, which they call Mount Zion, and sometimes New Jerusalem. In the last Cincinnati Journal, we find another from Mr. Pixley, dated March 4. The Journal says, that Mr. Pixley is "a clergyman of the Baptist Church, and his statements may be relied upon as certainly correct." On the 1st of March, a member of the Mormon communion sued the Bishop in order to recover certain moneys sent to him, the said Bishop, from Ohio, by the plaintiff, for certain objects, which the plaintiff said had not been fulfilled. It appeared in evidence that the plaintiff had paid fifty dollars to the Bishop "to purchase an inheritance for himself and for the saints of God in Zion in these last days." The Bishop bought the lands in his own name, to his heirs and assigns, but had given no possession to the plaintiff and others, except to occupy some little portion of these grounds, about 20 acres to a family, while they should behave themselves well, but in default to be ejected. The jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff. Thus we see that the famed Mount Zion Mormonites do not agree among themselves. Others will also sue the Bishop. And Mr. Pixley advises those, who are determined to be Mormonites, to keep back at least enough of their property to get a little home of their own, and one year's provision. He says no miracles as pretended, are wrought here. "They are all wrought in Ohio. And in Ohio, it is understood, he supposes, that they are all wrought in Missouri!" --
Vol. IX. Portland, Maine., Friday, April 19, 1833. No. 942.
MORMONISM. We perceive by a letter from Independence, (Missouri,) to the editor of the Cincinnati Journal, that difficulties have already begun in the Mormon community, at Mount Zion, in that quarter; one of the members having sued the Bishop, in a court of justice, for fifty dollars, which had been sent by the plaintiff [to] said Bishop, from Ohio, "to purchase an inheritance for himself and the saints in Zion in these latter days." The jury found for the plaintiff; it appearing that though the bishop had indeed appropriated the money "to the purchase of an inheritance," yet he had procured the deed to be drawn up in his own name, to his heirs, &c. The writer states that on this decision several other members are ready to make demands on the bishop. It appears by another letter from the same gentleman, (Mr. Pixley, a Baptist clergyman,) that since their settlement at Mount Zion, or Jerusalem, as they sometimes term it, four or five hundred, including men, women, and children, have arrived there. Several others are said to be preparing to start there, from Cincinnati, in the course of a few weeks. --
Vol. XI. Portland, Maine., Thurs., May 30, 1833. No. 43.
MORMONISM AND THE SMALL POX. -- There having been several cases of small pox in the village of Jamestown, Chautauque County, a committee of citizens was appointed to take measures to prevent its spreading. In their report the committee state that their efforts to prevent the spread of the disease have been hindered by a sect calling themselves Mormonites, who profess to believe that the disorder will not attack them, neither would they spread it, although they might come in contact with others not protected, even if the [smell] or matter covered them. Notwithstanding their belief, one of the Mormons had been seized with the disease, and it was feared that this sect would be the means of scattering the infection through the country. --
Vol. IX. Portland, Maine, Wednes., (Tri-Weekly) July 3, 1833. No. 974.
Jacksonville, Illinois, June 2. -- The Storm. -- Last Saturday night, many parts of this county was visited by a tremendous storm... A company of Mormons -- between 80 and 100 -- arrived at the east bank of the Illinois, on their way to their New Jaerusalem, in Missouri, the same evening in which the storm commenced, with the intention of crossing and encamping in the timber on the other side. -- The place for their encampment had been judiciously selected -- every necessary preparation made for their removal -- but, by some apparently accidental cause, they did not procure a conveyance across the river that night, and were obliged to stay where they were. It was fortunate that they did so -- almost every tree on the opposite bank had been prostrated by the storm. Looking across the river and seeing the desolation that had been wrought in a single night one of them exclaimed, 'what an awful death we have all escaped.'
Vol. IX. Portland, Maine, Mon., (Tri-Weekly) Aug. 19, 1833. No. 994.
Cholera in Missouri -- Head Quarters of Mormonism broken up. -- A correspondent of the Journal of Commerce, in a letter dated Lexington, Missouri, July 25th, states that the Cholera is still marching west, and it had not abated. The temperate and intemperate, careful and careless, good and bad of all classes appeared to be equally subject to the attack.
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Aug. 22, 1833. No. 2.
ONE HONEST MORMON! -- One of the Mormonites has become dissatisfied with his new faith and brethren, and has denounced them all, in a Westfield, (N. Y.) paper, in the words following:
Vol. IX. Portland, Maine, Wednes., (Tri-Weekly) Sept. 18, 1833. No. 1007.
Count Leon who has made considerable noise over the country, and who has resided in this county, on the Ohio, for a year and a half past, departed for some part of the "far West" on Sunday last, accompanied by a number of those who followed him from Germany. It will be recollected that the Count effected a split in the Economy Society, a part of whom left their homes, firesides, and friends, to follow this adventurer who has with his large retinue been maintained at their expense, until their funds were exhausted. These honest, but deluded people have at length found him to be an impostor, and dissolved all connexion with him. The story that went the rounds in the newspapers, that the Count, on his arrival in this country, was in possession of 7,000,000 dollars, was altogether without foundation. While at Phillipsburg, he pretended that he had a direct intercourse with Heaven -- that he could change rocks and rubbish into pure gold, with which he intended to build up the "New Jerusalem" in the West. --
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Sept. 26, 1833. No. 7.
The Mormonites, who founded a settlement in Jackson County Missouri, which they regard as the land of promise, are such an eye sore to the inhabitants of that region, that they have been ordered to remove from the county with their families
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Oct. 17, 1833. No. 10.
Mormonism. -- The Mormonites have had regular preaching for some weeks past in the upper part of this town, during which time many acquisitions have been made to their church. Some of our most respected citizens, who reside in that part of the town, have embraced their faith, and are active in exerting their influence to extend and advance, as they say, the greatest light that has ever yet dawned upon the mysteries of an awful Eternity. --
ns Vol. II. Portland, Me., Wednesday, October 23, 1833. No. 10.
(From the Thomaston Journal.)
MONEY DIGGERS. The traditionary belief that the Buccaniers who infested the coast about 200 years ago secreted large sums in different places is still entertained. Various expeditions have been got up at different times to explore for the hidden treasure, but with uniform bad success. It is supposed to be strictlky watched and guarded by the departed spirits of the departed Pirates or 'auld Nick' himself, and it is only by the most scientific process that it can be subtracted from them. We saw a number of large places excavated on the Island of Monhegan last summer; the recent work of Money Diggers. They several times come so near as to strike the crowbar upon the pot containing the money and make it jingle again, when in an instnat, presto, change, and it was gone to another place. A company of money diggers consisting of two men, a boy, and an old woman, armed with mining [sic - mineral?] rods, crowbars, and the Bible, were employed on Saturday and Sunday nights in digging for money, over on Seavy's point. One of the men was so fortunate Sunday night as to stick his crowbar full chism upon the pot, when, strange to tell, a large rock fell, sent by an invisible and mysterious agency, directly at his feet, and the next instant a huge misshapen ghost stood before him, as he says, at least 20 feet high. -- 'Dad,' said the courageous boy, 'mayd'nt I thow a stone at him?' But the old man silenced the boy, and with blanched lips and chattering teeth addressed the ghost in the name of the Lord Jesus and demanded to know how much he would take for interest in the money; the ghost replied in a very surly tone that he wouldn't sell out and was about to make a semonstration of his power when the money diggers gave way to their fears and fled, closely pursued by more than five hundred ghosts, leaving the Bible on the spot. The old man says next time he'll have a 'clinch for it.' He begins to suspect the ghosts are made of tangible materials.
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 5, 1833. No. 17.
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 12, 1833. No. 18.
WAR UPON THE MORMONITES.
The account which we published last week, was from the pen of a Mormon. The following is from a letter of the Rev. B. Pixley to the Editors of the N. York Observer. It presents the affair under a somewhat different aspect. Still, it is obvious from both statements, that, so far as it respects acts of violence, the enemies of the Mormonites were the first aggressors. To be sure, the fanaticism, and extravagant pretensions of this sect must be sufficiently provoking to their near neighbors; but the course which has been taken in regard to them, besides its wickedness, is extremely foolish, and well suited to confirm these men in their delusions -- to induce them to think that they suffer for righteousness' sake -- and likewise to awaken the sympathy of the pious and the humane in their behalf. Why will not men learn wisdom from history, and from an examination of their own minds! Will such rough treatment from our fellowmen convert us to their sentiments?
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 19, 1833. No. 19.
[From the Morning Star.]
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Mar. 20, 1834. No. 32.
THE MORMON MYSTERY DEVELOPED.
Dr. P. Hurlburt, of Kirkland, Ohio, who has been engaged for some time in different parts of this state, but chiefly in this neighborhood, on behalf of his fellow-townsmen, in the pursuit of facts and information concerning the origin and design of the Book of Mormon, which, to the surprise of all who know the character of the leaders in the bungling imposition, seems to have gained multitudes of believers in various parts of the country, requests us to say, that he has succeeded in accomplishing the object of his mission and that an authentic history of the whole affair will shortly be given to the public. The original manuscript of the book was written some thirty years since, by a respectable clergyman, now deceased, whose name we are not permitted to give. It was designed to be published as a romance but the author died soon after it was written and hence the plan failed. The pretended religious character of the work has been added by some more modern hand -- believed to be the notorious Rigdon. These particulars have been derived by Dr. Hurlburt from the widow of the author of the original manuscript. --
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., July 17, 1834. No. 49.
Mormons. -- From the last Missouri Enquirer we learn, that warlike preparations are making on both sides. The inhabitants of Jackson county, "the promised land," have held a meeting, and elected Samuel C. Jones commander in chief of all their forces. The Governor of the State, it is said, had advised a compromise if possible, by purchasing the land of the Mormons, and paying them for the injuries they have sustained. For this purpose ten persons have been appointed and clothed with full power to settle the whole matter, who were to meet the Mormons at Liberty on Monday the 16th inst. Later intelligence states that the Governor has gone to Jackson co. himself. --
Vol. XII. Portland, Me., Thurs., July 24, 1834. No. 50.
THE MORMONS IN THE WEST.
ANOTHER BLOT ON OUR COUNTRY.
It must give pain to every orderly citizen, who feels sn honest pride in the fair fame of his native land to observe the discontents, which are ripening into petty civil wars, in different sections of our United States. Do npt those occurrences admonish the wise and good to unite in the best measures to counteract these outbreakings of the worst passions? We give the following extract of a letter, because we believe it to be our duty to be aware of the internal dangers that threaten our national peace: --
Vol. XIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Aug. 14, 1834. No. 1.
Vol. XIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Oct. 23, 1834. No. 11.
Gladden Bishop, a Mormonite Preacher, in an account of this fanatical sect, says it commenced in Manchester, Ontario county, N. York, April 1830, with only six members, and now numbers 20,000, and 800 preachers, with two printing offices, two stores, and a large stone edifice, for a house of worship. The facts, if true, which we doubt, are a sad commentary on the conservative power of human reason against the inroads of one of the most audacious impostures that ever disgraced the annals of mankind. -- Cab.
Vol. XIV. Portland, Me., Thurs., Oct. 22, 1835. No. 11.
The Mormonites. -- This sect is still in active existence in Ohio. Joe Smith, their leader, has had a stone building erected on the shores of lake Erie; 53 by 78 feet, which he has denominated the "Temple of the Lord." In several places in New England, they are holding forth and making proselytes. --
Vol. XIV. Portland, Me., Thurs., Nov. 12, 1835. No. 14.
Jo Smith, the Mormon prophet, has bought three mummies, and has discovered that they are the bodies of Joseph (the son of Abraham,) and King Abimeleck and his daughter. They are now to gull poor human nature. --
Vol. X. Portland, Maine, Wed., December 20, 1837. No. 51.
AUTHOR OF THE BOOK OF MORMON.
It is agreed on all hands that Smith is too ignorant and stupid to have originated such a book. This his followers readily admit, and glory in it as an evidence that he must have been divinely inspired. But others regard it as a proof of nothing more than that the book was indited by some other man. It is probable that Solomon Spaulding was the original author of the book of Mormon. He was a native of Ashford, Conn. born in 1761 -- was graduated at Dartmouth College, and ordained to the Christian ministry; but afterwards left the ministry, and went into mercantile business in Cherry Valley, N. Y. where he failed in business in 1809; and then removed to Conneaut, Ohio, where he was known to be employed in writing a book, with the avails of which he hoped to pay his debts. His book was entitled "The Manuscript found" -- it was an historical novel, purporting to be a record of the first settlers of America, who were represented as descendants of the Jews. In 1812, Spaulding went with his manuscript to Pittsburgh, Pa. where he soon after died. The vanity of Spaulding had led him to read his writings to several persons, who were surprised, upon reading the book of Mormon, to find the filling up of the very story which had before been read to them in the "Manuscript found." This induced them to send to the widow of Spaulding, who was then living in Massachusetts, to inquire into the fate of his papers. She recollected the "Manuscript found," but could not find it among his papers -- she thought that while her husband was living, the manuscript was taken to the printing office of one Lambdin, in Pittsburgh, but whether it was ever returned, she could not tell. -- Zion's Advocate of April 19th.
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, May 4, 1838. No. 19.
There is at this time much excitement in Vinalhaven and vicinity on the doctrine of Mormonism, or the religion of Jo. Smith, as it is called. The place was visited last August by two Mormon Preachers, who still remain, disseminating their new religious principles. They have baptized about fifty into the Mormon faith, and are encouraging others to go forward and embrace it. They have, prophesied the destruction of the town and its inhabitants, and are warning them to flee from hence to the far West, which has so frightened those who have joined them, that many have already sold their farms, stock, and every other article, and are getting in readiness to move to the West, to the community of the Mormons.
Vol. XVI. Portland, Me., Thurs., May 10, 1838. No. 40.
From Zion's Advocate.
A letter from the Pastor of the Baptist Church in Cleaveland Ohio, to the Pastor of the Baptist Church in Vinalhaven, Maine. Published ny request of the writer.
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, August 17, 1838. No. 34.
THE MORMONS, to the number of about 500, with 57 wagons filled with furniture, cattle, &c. &c. have left Geauga County, Ohio, on their way to "the promised land" in Missouri. They pitch their tents in the open fields at night, after the manner of the ancient Israelites. --
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Sept. 6, 1838. No. 5.
Signs of Trouble. --We learn through the medium of the St. Louis (Mo.) Gazette, that a public meeting was held at Carrollton, Carrol county, Mo., on the 13th ult., to take into consideration the most effectual was easiest way of preventing the people called Mormons from settling in that county. After the appointment of J. Stanly as Chairman, and T. H. Freeman, Secretary, a preamble setting forth the views of the meeting, was adopted, together with resolutions, disapproving of the conduct of David Thompson and Henry Rock in selling land to the Mormons, and entreating them to rescind all contracts made with them, for land or otherwise. They also resolved that the Mormons be and they are hereby requested, to leave the county of Carroll, on or before the 7th day of August next, and if not, by that time, other measures will be adopted.
Vol. ? Portland, Maine, September 22, 1838. No. ?
The St. Louis papers are reporting on "...various disturbances committed by the Mormons during the late election.... some cutting and stabbing was perpetrated by the Mormons of Davies county..."
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, September 28, 1838. No. 40.
THE "GLORIOUS" MISSOURI.
The following extracts from the Western Star, published in Daviess county, Missouri, reveal the state of things at present existing among the loving Loco Focos in the western counties of the "glorious" Missouri. These were the counties, it will be recollected, which gave such heavy majorities for Benton. The Mormonites, especially, voted for him in a mass, in obedience to a special revelation, to that effect, made to Jo Smith.
Vol. V. Bangor, Maine, Oct. 9, 1838. No. 85.
The Mormon War. -- The St. Louis Republican of the 19th says:
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Oct. 11, 1838. No. 10.
THE MORMON WAR.
The Mormon war in Missouri waxes warm, and the excitement there is great and unprecedented. One account coming from Lexington, says that the Mormons and their adversaries are up in arms. The citizens of Ray Co. had sent a wagon load of arms and ammunition to the citizens of Daviess, for the purpose of defending themselves. On their way out they were captured by a company of Mormons and taken to Far West, Committees from the other side had asked for men to assist them in the protection of their property. Far West is the head quarters of the Mormons. They have fortified their town, and are determined to hold out. -- They are stated to be about one thousand strong, and well supplied with arms and ammunition.
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, October 12, 1838. No. 42.
From the St. Louis Republican, Sept. 19.
Thrice - Weekly.
Vol. VI. Portland, Me., Monday, October 15, 1838. No. ?
Mormon Troubles Ended. -- A gentleman who arrived in St. Louis on the 28th ult., direct from Columbia, states that all the volunteer companies were disbanded by the Governor, and had returned to their respective homes. Peace and quietness reigned among the Mormons -- and the general impression in that section of the country was, that the Mormons had been greatly slandered -- "more sinned against than sinning."
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Oct. 18, 1838. No. 11.
Thrice - Weekly.
Vol. VI. Portland, Me., Friday, October 26, 1838. No. ?
The Mormon War. -- At the latest dates there was a prospect of the revival of the Mormon War, with more than its former degree of vigor.
Thrice - Weekly.
Vol. VI. Portland, Me., Monday, October 31, 1838. No. ?
Further from the Mormons. -- We learn by the Pirate, which arrived at noon today, that, on Tuesday night, the anti-Mormons were still in force near Dewit. The Pirate lay at Greenville, seven miles above Dewit, on Tuesday night. At that time, information had come in, that the Anti-Mormons had given their opponents notice that they must take up their line of march next morning at 8 o'clock. This, the Mormons refused to do. It was reported also that the Anti-Mormons had sent word to the Mormons that, if they would collect their women and children in one house -- that house should not be fired on. As the Pirate passed down on Wednesday morning, by Dewit, a flag was seen flying over the largest houses there. From all appearances, there is reason to believe that a conflict took place on Wednesday. -- St. Louis Gazette, Oct. 12.
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Nov. 22, 1838. No. 16.
Correspondence of the New York Express.
Office of the Missourian, Fayette, Mo.
Oct. 27. 1838
LATER AND MORE DREADFUL NEWS.
The simultaneous tolling of the bells aroused us from our pillow, last night, to hear the rehearsal of the most barbarous atrocities. The following letters which were read before the meeting, which speedily assembled in the Court House, embody the principal facts, as succinctly, as any language which we could substitute -- and we hence submit them without further comment than that they are from gentlemen of the first respectability. The meeting last night adjourned to meet again at 9 o'clock this morning, for the purpose of organizing, and marching this evening or to-morrow.
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, November 23, 1838. No. 48.
LATER FROM THE MORMONS.
St. Louis papers of Nov. 21, are filled with important news relating to the Mormon dislurbances in Missouri. The most authentic news at St. Louis on the 2d was, that a skirmish had occurred between the Mormons and citizens near the line of Ray county, in which ten of the citizens were killed and a number taken prisoners. This is but rumor however, and may or may not be true. There are so many reports, says the St. Louis Republican, it is almost impossible to know what to believe or what to reject.
Vol. V. Bangor, Maine, Monday, Nov. 26, 1838. No. 126.
The Mormon War has been ended by the surrender of all but 150 who had retreated to the northern frontier. The notorious Jo Smith and several other of the leaders have been taken.
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Nov. 29, 1838. No. 17.
From the St. Louis Eve. Gazette, Nov. 8.
THE MORMON WAR ENDED.
The Mormon war has been terminated, by a surrender of the Mormon leaders to the troops under General Atchinson. This happened on Sunday, October 28th. On that day, about three thousand men, being part of the army of 5000, ordered out under Gen. Clark, comprising Gen. Atchinson'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 that the Mormons should be unharmed. The surrender was accepted, and the individuals put under guard. Their names are Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, George Hinkle, Lyman Wight, Parley P. Pratt, and Mr. Knight. The Mormons assembled, at Far West, comprised 700 men under arms. Of this number, a small body of 150, retreated and pursued their way to the northern frontier.
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, November 30, 1838. No. 49.
The Mormons, after doing much mischief in Caldwell and Jo. Davies counties, Missouri, have capitulated with the military forces brought against them, and surrendered up their leaders, Jo. Smith, Rigdon, and others. What can be done with them?
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 6, 1838. No. 18.
From the St. Louis Republican.
THE MORMON WAR.
The Western mail, yesterday, brought us some additional particulars in regard to the disturbances 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, Wight, Robinson and Hunt, for trial in Richmond, Ray county. Gen. Lucas was on his way to Jackson county, and, it is said, refused to obey this order. A great many of the Mormons had made their escape from Caldwell county, leaving their families.
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, December 7, 1838. No. 50.
From the St. Louis Republican, Nov. 12.
SAD NEWS FROM THE MORMONS. The account of a bloody butchery of of thirty two Mormons, on Splawn's Creek, is fully confirmed. Two children were killed, we presume, by accident. Considerable plunder -- such as beds, hats, &c. were taken from the slaughtered. Not one of the assailants was killed or hurt. About the time of the surrender, several Mormon houses were burnt in Charlton; and one Mormon who refused to leave, killed. At Far West, after the surrender, a Mormon had his brains dashed out, by a man who accused the Mormons of burning his house in Daviess.
Vol. I. Belfast, Maine, Friday, December 14, 1838. No. 51.
The Mormons. -- The Booneville Emigrant of the 15th Nov. states that the trial of Joe Smith and forty-seven others of the Mormons was to come on at the Circuit Court of Ray co. which was then in session at Richmond. It is farther stated that it is not true that the Mormons are to be sent out of the State immediately.They are to be permitted to remain for the present, with the distinct understanding that they are not to make another crop in Missouri, but to leave it between this and next summer. The forces which were engaged in the Mormon war, are disbanded and sent home, with the exception of one troop of cavalry, which will be retained until the trials are over.
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Jan. 10, 1839. No. 23.
Mormonism. -- A letter has been written to the Rev. Charles G. Finney, by W. Parish, a man who was an amanuensis of Smith, and who from being his dupe, became his detector. He often heard Smith declare, that they had $60,000 in their vaults, and $6,000,000 at their command, when he knew that they had not over $6,000. He believes Smith and Rigdon to be thorough infidels -- and often heard Smith utter the strongest infidel sentiments. He expresses his astonishment that intelligent men could be deceived by him at all. Why was he deceived himself?
Vol. V. Bangor, Maine, Saturday, April 20, 1839. No. 249.
From the N. Y. Evening Star.
A public meeting is called at St. Louis, Mo., for the relief of the Mormons. A similar meeting was convoked at Quincy, we think it was, in Illinois, some weeks since; at which Rigdon attended, together with a number of other Mormons of less note, whose tale of wrongs, places in a light the most revolting, the persecutors of these unfortunate fanatics. That they have been deeply injured, there scarce remains a reasonable doubt, and that reparation for the injustice done them should be speedily made, admits of no question. Murder, rapine and every other description of oppression has been visited [upon] them by men whose motives are of the vilest character. It appeared from the statement of Rigdon, that under the pretext of carrying out the orders of the governor, black hearted villains perpetrated scenes of violence upon the wives and daughters of the Mormon settlers, the bare mention of which sickens the heart. We were ever of the opinion that the treatment of the Mormons was more severe than circumstances justified, or the exigencies of the case required. The hue and cry got up against them by the public authorities of Missouri, upon the exaggerated statements of interested and evil disposed persons, went far to countenance these outrages, and the sooner the State repairs the wrongs done them, so far as it is in their power to do so, for there is no restitution that can be made for much of the injury they were forced to suffer, the more credit it will be to them.
Vol. XVII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Apr. 25, 1839. No. 38.
(see original article on Spalding, etc., in
the Boston Recorder)
Vol. V. Bangor, Maine, May 20, 1839. No. 274.
The Mormons have all departed from Missouri, including Joe Smith, the prophet, and pitched their tents at Quincy, Illinois.
Vol. XVIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 26, 1839. No. 21.
From the Peoria Register, Nov. 30.
The Mormons. It is known that the Mormons, after leaving Missouri, repaired to this State, and remained the last winter in Quincy and its neighborhood, and that during the past summer they purchased a large tract of land at the head of the Des Moines rapids of the Mississippi, on both sides of the river, including the town of Commerce. We have seen a letter from one of the society, written recently to his friend in this county, giving some further particulars which will be found interesting.
Vol. XVIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Jan 16, 1840. No. 24.
THE MORMONS. -- This visionary sect have made a new establishment in Illinois, and it is said that since the persecutions which they encountered in Missouri and for which, as far as the destruction of property is concerned, they are now seeking indemnification from Congress, many influential families have joined them. There can be no justification, or even palliation of the cruel assaults made on this deluded people, and the impolicy of such persecution is now made manifest by the large increase to their numbers. As to the influential families which have joined them, their influence must be that of wealth and not of intelligence; for so flimsy and bare-faced an imposture, as that of Mormonism, could be credited by none but the deplorably ignorant, or sanctioned by none but the designing. -- Presb.
Vol. XVIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., March 19, 1840. No. 33.
Correspondence of the Journal of Commerce.
Vol. XVIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., April 2, 1840. No. 35.
Correspondence of the Journal of Commerce.
Vol. XVIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., July 9, 1840. No. 49.
Mormons.-- The Mormons are again collecting and building up a town at a place they call Nauvoo, in Illinois. It is said that since last October 3000 houses have gone up in the town, The persecution of these people by Missouri has led to this, and will finally result in rendering them not only objects of charity but of fair example. --
Vol. ? Winthrop, Maine, Thurs., Aug. 13, 1840. No. ?
SHAMEFUL: -- Three Mormons were carried away from Illinois by a party of Missourians a few days since and severely whipped on a charges of stealing. The case was a most flagrant one.
Vol. XX. Portland, Me., Thurs., May 12, 1842. No. 41.
THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS IN LANCASHIRE. -- On Sunday evening last the Radical or Chartist Chappel at Middleton, near Manchester, was crowded to excess when a young man from Manchester, a preacher amongst the Latter-day Saints, delivered a most extraordinary and singular lecture. In the course of his address he said there were upwards of 600 various religious creeds, but all of them except the Latter-Day Saints were in the dark, and not appointed to preach the gospel; he also declared that the preachers of the Latter-Day Saints could take deadly poisons without injury -- they could heal the sick by the touching of hands -- they could also handle serpents, and they would not hurt them -- they could speak and interpret in unknown tongues and that he said, had been done to a great extent that day in the Carpenter's Hall at Manchester, and a surgeon had lately joined their society and given over administring drugs to sick persons; the above he said, were signs that the Latter-Day Saints were right, and all others were wrong. On being questioned he admitted that there were some persons amongst their society who yet took physic when sick; but, he replied, they were not properly converted.
Vol. XX. Portland, Me., Thurs., June 2, 1842. No. 44.
Governor Boggs of Missouri Murdered. -- The Baltimore papers contain extracts from the papers of St. Louis, giving an account of the assassination, while sitting alone in his room, of Lilburn W. Boggs, lately Governor of the State of Missouri. The St. Louis New Era of the 11th says:
Vol. XXI. Portland, Me., Thurs., Sept. 1, 1842. No. 5.
Gov. Carlin and Joe Smith. -- We received per the Glaucus yesterday evening, a communication from Quincy, Ill., dated the 9th inst., which from the lateness of the hour, cannot be inserted entire this morning. The substance is about this: Since the election, Governor Carlin has resolved to comply with the requisition of the Governor of Missouri, and deliver up Joe Smith and A. P. Rockwell. The Sheriff of Hancock county, elected at the recent election, being a Mormon, the writ was placed in the hands of the Sheriff of Adams county. The Sheriff repaired to Nauvoo and arrested Smith and Rockwell, when a habeas corpus was issued by some of the Nauvoo authorities, and the prisoners taken out of the Sheriff's custody and released. The Sheriff had just returned to Quincy and reported the fact. Our informant says that it was currently reported, while he was writing, that Gov. Carlin was then in the act of issuing orders calling out the military to enforce the arrest, and it was expected they would march on the day following to Nauvoo. Our correspondent, however, expresses the confident belief that when the troops reach the city, Joe and his colleague will be among the missing.
Vol. XXI. Portland, Me., Thurs., Nov. 3, 1842. No. 14.
The Mormons. It seems to be verified that Joe Smith has actually been arrested, or has surrendered himself into custody. The Springfield (Ill.) Journal, however, suspects that his surrender was not made unyil he was tolerably well assured of a speedy release by habeas corpus or some other trickery.
Vol. XXI. Portland, Maine, Thursday, December 29, 1842. No. 22.
The Mormon Bible.
The recent appearance of the disciples of Joe Smith among us, makes it a duty to put the community on guard against the delusion of the Mormon sect. The pretended inspiration and revelations of their high priest Joe Smith are too much a matter of history and too ridiculous to require a recital here. Among other strange matters he makes his followers believe that the manuscript of the Golden Bible or Book of Mormon; was discovered by him in Ohio [sic], after having been hid in the earth for many centuries.
Vol. XXI. Portland, Me., Thurs., Feb. 2, 1843. No. 27.
Correspondence of the St. Louis Republican.
Vol. XXI. Portland, Me., Thurs., July 6, 1843. No. 49.
The Mormons. -- The Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer, of the 7th inst. says --
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Aug. 24, 1843. No. 4.
Resignation of a Prophet. -- The Alton (Ill.) Telegraph of the 6th inst., says:
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Sept. 7, 1843. No. 6.
Prospect of another Mormon War. -- The St. Louis New Era, of the 16th inst., says:
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 21, 1843. No. 21.
A number of the "Times and Seasons," the organ of Prophet Joseph Smith, and published at Nauvoo, under his immediate inspection, having fallen into our hands, gives an appaling view both of the profligacy of the conductors of the imposture, and the rapidity of its progress. The first pages are occupied with the continuation of the history of the prophet, from which we extract the following "Revelation" made in 1830 to Sidney Rigdon, Smith's principal coadjutor:
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., April 4, 1844. No. 36.
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., May 2, 1844. No. 40.
We understand that a Mormon Church has been organized in New Haven, -- that several converts have been baptized, -- deacons, and we believe preachers appointed, -- and the Holy Ghost (as they say) has been conferred upon some. Mormonism seems to be the Mohamedanism of the present day, and there are indications, that as the heretics and fanatics of the seventh century fell an easy prey to the "false prophet," so there are signs that the same classes at the present day will fall a prey to the machinations of "Joe Smith," and the "Book of Humbug." as the word mormon literally signifies. --
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., May 23, 1844. No. 43.
MORMONS. -- The Mormon delusion is still spreading. -- Several converts to the false prophet have of late passed through Boston on the Western Rail Road for Nauvoo. At Albany they were recruited to the number of 120, as we are informed. By special revelation, a large delegation, (as we learn by a brother in the ministry who had it from a Mormon preacher) are about to be dispatched from Nauvoo to the different countries of Europe to convert and gather the Jews to Joseph Smith's Mount Zion. As soonas this work is done, they say the Lord will come. --
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., June 27, 1844. No. 48.
Arrest of Joe Smith. -- The Warsaw (Illinois) Signal states that the U.S. Marshall had succeeded in arresting Joe Smith, at Nauvoo, and had proceeded with him down the river. Joe showed fight at first, but afterwards concluded that discretion was the better part of valor. Had Joe persisted, the military would have been called out to enforce the law.
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., July 11, 1844. No. 50.
Mormons. People in the region of Nauvoo are under arms, to a considerable extent, to aid the civil officers who have writs for the capture of Mormons who were engaged in the destruction of a printing office.
Vol. XXII. Portland, Me., Thurs., July 18, 1844. No. 51.
END OF THE MORMON PROPHET. -- The following letter, which we take from the Journal of Commerce, is, for its succinctness, as minute an account of the circumstances of Joe Smith's death, as any that has come to us.
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Aug. 29, 1844. No. 5.
Excitement among the Mormons. -- 'Joe Smith risen from the dead.' -- A Mormon has arrived in St. Louis, who reports that Joe Smith has risen from the dead, and has been seen at Carthage and in Nauvoo, mounted on a white horse, and with a drawn sword in his hand. He says that as Joe is thus restored to life every thing will go on prosperously with the Mormons.
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Sept. 5, 1844. No. 6.
THE MORMONS. -- Governor Ford of Illinois has issued a strong proclamation against the preparations said to be in progress to drive the Mormons out of the State. The document is addressed "to the people of Warsaw and Hancock county." He says -- "I am anxious for a pacification of your difficulties. You cannot drive out or exterminate the Mormons. Such an effort would be madness, and would not be permitted by the people of the State. You cannot be sustained in it either by force or law. You are blinding yourselves to your weakness, and keeping an agitation which must fail of the purpose intended, and recoil with terrible energy upon your heads. I exhort you to reconsider your infatuated resolutions. Try your Mormon neighbors again, and if you cannot dwell together in amity, you may at least refrain from injuring each other. From the moderation of the Mormons, under what they conceive to be the deepest injury, you might well hope that if they ever entertained designs inconsistent with your liberty and happiness, that those designs have been abandoned."
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Sep. 19, 1844. No. 8.
It is very common for Mormons, in working miracles to practice in the following manner:--
Vol. ?. Bangor, Maine, Sept. 26, 1843. No. ?
Anti-Mormon Movements. -- The Iowa Hawk Eye speaks of the Anti Mormon Convention as being very large and as having passed resolutions declaring that if Gov. FORD would not surrender "Jo Smith" on the requisition of the Gov. of Missouri, which he has refused to do from political considerations.
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Sep. 26, 1844. No. 9.
From the New York Commercial Advertiser.
MILLERITE MISSION TO ENGLAND.
A few months ago it was generally supposed that the Millerite delusion was at an end.... It seems, however, that the American market is now fully supplied, and the next movement is to be made toward England....
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Oct. 3, 1844. No. 10.
MORMONISM. -- Sidney Rigdon and Elder Hyde arrived in this city on yesterday evening. We learn that Rigdon, who professed to have had a revelation, and returned a few weeks since from Pittsburg, to be the successor of Smith, has been regularly unchurched by the Twelve Apostles. He returns to Pittsburg to establish a paper. His views of Mormonism remain unchanged, although they will not have him to rule over them. The administration of the affairs of the church for the present is to remain in the hands of the Twelve Apostles.
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Oct. 10, 1844. No. 11.
INTERESTING FROM THE MORMONS. -- Sidney Rigdon has been cut off. His trial is published in the Nauvoo Neighbor: --
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Maine, Thursday, October 17, 1844. No. 12.
INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN THE WEST.
It was the dark hour midnight when I landed at Nauvoo; just ten days after the acting of that tragi-comedy, whose closing scene was the murder of the Mormon "Prophget" and his brother. In these circumstances, I confess it was not without some faint misgivings that I entrusted myelf, a lone stranger, to the keeping of an uncouth looking personage who figured at the head of the "City Hotel," close to by the Landing. By him I was conducted to a chamber where were three beds. One was already occupied; the others were being vacated by a motley group conprising two families, who, in their flight from Mormon troubles, were hastening into the boat which I had just left. "Mine host" was not a man to waste words in making foolish apologies. -- Pointing to the now emptied, but unmade beds, and telling me to take my choice, he withdrew.
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Maine, Thursday, October 24, 1844. No. 13.
This delusion which seems to be waning in our own country has extended itself to Scotland, and is flourishing there. The Glasgow Examiner says there are reported to be in and about Glasgow, 17 churches or associations having 1133 members; of this number the church in Glasgow has more than 400. A man named Cairns, from this country is the author of the movement. Even the death of the prophet, of which the intelligence has just reached them does not appear to stumbled them. "The delegate from Kilbirnie shed tears when they heard of the murder of their beloved prophet, but took it as a testimony that his work was of God." "The delegate from Campsie said, "I must confess that, with us, there were some who scarcely expected the prophet would die. We expected he would live to lead the people on to God, and perhaps become President of America. Still, many of us think that perhaps God will bring him to life again." -- As some consolation, Cairns stated that Smith knew he was about to die, and that fifteen days before his death he had a vault prepared and other preparations made for that event. This the Glasgow saints appeared to swallow eagerly.
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Nov. 28, 1844. No. 18.
From the Glasgow Examiner.
THE LATTER DAY SAINTS, OR MORMONS,
Hearing that a branch of this sect was established in Glasgow, I attended their meeting on Sunday last. It was held in a large room in the Trongate capable of seating about 500 persons. On entering I found but few persons assembled, but the number soon increased until the room was well filled. Nearly every person was in mourning for the prophet. Many of the men were dressed in black clothes, as were some of the women and children, and the rest had their hats and bonnets trimmed with black riband or crepe. As each person entered he was greeted by the brethren, and a general shaking of hands took place, and a smart conversation, in loud tones, was kept up throughout the meeting. At the end of the room was a pulpit hung with black cloth, and in and around it were a few men who were spoken of as the "priests," "elders," and "teachers." In the pulpit was a man named Cairns, from Nauvoo, in the United States, the great centre of the fraud. He was a "smart" looking man, with a countenance expressive of great earnestness. I learned from one of the brethren that this was a sort of "conference morning," to ascertain the state of the Church in the Glasgow Conference. Suddenly a man rose up, and moved that brother Cairns be appointed President for the day, which was put to a show of hands -- both men and women voting -- and decided to be carried. Another person was called to another office, the precise purport of which I could not hear. A prayer was then made, and a hymn sung, after which Cairns stood up and said, "You are met this morning to receive a Report from the churches represented in the Glasgow Conference. We want to understand the exact number and standing of the saints. We want to know what effect the murder of our beloved prophet has had upon saints and upon the world round about. Be brief and to the point, and don't sermonise, but gives us the facts." He then called upon a number of delegates, who reported as follows: Number of Members -- Number of Churches ...
Vol. XXIII. Portland, Me., Thurs., Dec. 19, 1844. No. 21.
MORMON DIFFICULTIES -- We understand that the late grand jury of Hancock county, Ill. assembled at Carthage, found indictments, for the murder of Joseph and Hiram Smith, against Sharp, Williams and ten others, making in all twelve indictments. It is believed some curious and probably strange developments of political manoeuvering & management of some of the political managers in Illinois will be made in the course of these trials. We are told that nearly every one indicted has caused subpoenas to be issued for Governor Ford; they boast of what they can prove in justification or extennuation ny the Governor. Time will show how far these expectations are to be realized. --