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Vol. V. Rochester, NY, March 13, 1832. No. 6.
The Mormon Delusion. -- By information from the West, some are falling off as well as others uniting with Joe Smith, the impostor from Palmyra. One who has recently left them, by the name of Ezra 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.
Vol. VI. Rochester, April 7, 1832. No. 1655.
In Bennington, on the 25th ult. by the Rev. William Throop, Doct. Solomon Spalding to Miss Arvilla Ann Harris, both of Bennington.
Vol. V. Rochester, NY, April 10, 1832. No. 10.
Death of a Mormon preacher. -- Died, in Pomfret, Vt. on Saturday, 7th inst. Joseph H. Brackenbury, a 'Mormon Preacher.' He recently emigrated 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. In confirmation of their doctrine and divine mission, they professed to have power to heal the sick and raise the dead. It is credibly reported, that they attempted twice without effect, to heal a Miss Nancy Johnson, made a cripple by falling from a horse. She was not healed, for lack of faith; but started for Ohio with the Mormons, to obtain more. The company of Brackenbury attempted also to heal him, and since his decease, to raise him from the dead.
Volume II. Rochester, April 14, 1832. No. 8.
Mormonism is said to have taken deep root in the Baptist church, in the town of Mendon, in this county. A number were re-dipped on Sunday last. The preacher said that he should never die, but be translated, after the manner of Enoch, and that in eighteen months Mormonism would be the prevailing religion; and, that in five years the wicked were to be swept from the face of the earth. When we see the degradation to which weak human nature has been reduced of late, we cannot wonder at such fanatical extravagance.
Vol. VI. Rochester, April 20, 1832. No. 1666.
Mr. Phelps, who formerly edited the Ontario Phenix, and who about a year since became the follower of Jo. Smith, the author of the Book of Mormon, or Golden Bible, and left Canandiagua to unite with the infatuated few who had gone to the "promised land" in the West, has issued proposals for publishing at Independence, Missouri, a monthly work to be called The Evening and the Morning Star, and to be devoted to the promulgation of Mormon revelations as they shall be made from time to time, through the above named prophet. The following is an extract from the Prospectus of this new work:
Vol. XVI. Rochester, N.Y., Tues., April 24, 1832. No. 17.
Mr. Phelps, who formerly edited the Ontario Phenix, and who about a year since became the follower of J. Smith, the author of the Book of Mormon, or Golden Bible, and left Canadaigua to unite with the infatuated few who had gone to the "promised land" in the West, has issued proposals for publishing at Independence, Missouri, a monthly work to be called The Evening and the Morning Star, and to be devoted to the promulgation of Mormon revelations as they shall be made from time to time, through the above named prophet. The following is an extract from the Prospectus of this new work.
Volume II. Rochester, April 28, 1832. No. 10.
From the Observer and Telegraph.
Several verbal statements agree in establishing the following facts.
Volume III. Rochester, July 28, 1832. No. 4.
It is an old maxim, "if it be of God it will stand," but if upheld by the Devil it must fall. Whither [sic] the sect of Mormonites, are from the one source of the other, we shall not undertake to determine, but one thing is certain, that no imposture, since the days of Julius Caesar, has been more successful.
Volume III. Rochester, September 15, 1832. Series 1. No. 8.
MORMONISM IN NEW-ENGLAND.
It is stated in the Boston Christian Register, that two Mormonite preachers have recently visited that city, and made about 15 converts to their strange doctrines, who had been baptised and joined the Mormon church. Some of them are said to be respectable persons. All contemplate going to the west, and some have already started for "the promised land, the place of refuge for the house of [Israel] and for the Gentile world who will flee thither for [safety]," in Jackson county Missouri. Two females who have gone, had acquired by industry, one 1500, and the other 800 dollars, which they have given up to go into the general stock. The others possesses between 3 or $4,000 which they are going to put into the general fund, and which they can never draw out again. "Thus (says the Register) are people swindled out of their property, and drawn from their comfortable homes, by ignorant fanatics." One of the preachers has been at Lynn, where four or five persons have embraced Mormonism and been immersed. The preachers intend visiting the cities and principal towns in New England. -- N. Bedford Mercury.
Volume III. Rochester, October 13, 1832. Series 1. No. 12.
"The spirit of the times." informs us that MORMONISM has broken out in the town of Linn, Mass. (among the Shoemakers we suppose) and has carried off many persons.
Volume III. Rochester, December 8, 1832. Series 1. No. 16.
Mr. Editor: -- When I was a child and pleased with childish things, I was not a little delighted with the story of Aladin and his Wonderful Lamp, as recorded in the Arabian Nights Entertainments. These stories, though extravagent [sic] are amusing, and much may be learned form them, of the customs, manners, and opinions of the people of whom they treat. In the New York Observer of the 27th October 1832, an observer of the times gives us a long article on the subject of the Mellenium, which has not even novelty to recommend it, nor any other quality, unless it be as a substitute for Opium. Its dullness might lull us to sleep and save the necessity of other narcotics. The subject is exhausted Sabatai Sevi, Jemima Wilkinson, the elect lady, Joe Smith and many others have been stupid on this subject before an observer of the times meddled with it.
Volume III. Rochester, January 12, 1833. Series 2. No. 2.
It must be quite amusing to a laughing philosopher, to observe with what pomposity and arrogance, we boast of the "march of intellect," in this Paradise of the West, and hear young " springs of nobility," with faces as smoothe [sic] as vellum parchment, and something of the same color, gravely inform their companions in folly and ignorance, how long it has been " since they have finished their studies."
AND ROCHESTER OBSERVER.
N.S. No. 19. Rochester, Sat., February 2, 1833. Vol. VII, No. 6.
Mormonism. We have received a communication on this subject, from Mr. J. Smith, Jr., who we suppose, is a principal leader of the sect that embraces Mormonism. It is written throughout with much good feeling and intensity.
Devoted to the Improvement and Happiness of Mankind.
Vol. I. Rochester, New York, March, 1833. No. 11.
The people called Mormons, arose some four or five years since, in Manchester, about fifteen miles from my residence, through the instrumentality of a young man by the name of Joseph Smith. -- Smith's father, I am informed, had for many years been associated with a company of money-diggers in that neighbourhood, and the son was frequently taken with them on those nocturnal excursions. As it was thought the young man had a peculiar art of ascertaining where money was deposited, he served as a sort of prophet or seer for the company. This business, we understand, was pursued for many years; and this was the school in which the young founder of the Mormons was educated. But as they did not find so much money as their neighbours who dug with the plow by the light of the sun, the project was abandoned, and the company sunk in disgrace and poverty. In 1827, young Joseph had become nearly twenty years of age; and though his father was discouraged in the enterprise, and the company broken up, yet the young man was not discomfited, but put all his wits together -- looked into the hat again upon the stone of enchantment; and being aided by several visions and dreams, at length beholds the sacred plates of gold deposited in a stone box, where they had rested undisturbed for many thousands of years....
Vol. VI. Rochester, NY, March 12, 1833. No. 11.
Volume III. Rochester, March 19, 1833. Series 2. No. 6.
THE BOOK OF NAHUM.
Now it came to pass in the fourth year of the reign of Andrew, that there was a mighty stir among the people which sojourn in the land that lieth south from the great City of Mud, and the land of Brickkilns.[sic] And the Henrietites said one to another, the spirit of the Lord is at work among the people.
Volume III. Rochester, April 9, 1833. Series 2. No. 8.
From North Henrietta.
Behold, it came to pass in the fifth year of the reign of good king Andrew. and the second month thereof; and of the fourth year of the reign of the "glorious excitement" with which we are "especially favored;" even in the heat thereof, when spiritual, heavenly and divine things was the only topic, to the exclusion of things earthly, temporal. "sensual and devlish;" behold, a rare thing did happen in the camp, even in the tent of "Bob the meek;" and there straightway began to be a "mighty stir" in the camp and among all them that sojourned in the coasts round about: & the matter was concerning the union of the "two tribes"Ņand the spirit of the Lord, and the spirit of gratification, led them on -- avec grand force!
Volume III. Rochester, May 11, 1833. Series 2. No. 10.
We are informed that this new-fangled zealot has closed his labors in this devoted village, and we are inclined to think that his mission which has cost our good people much time as well as money, if not a total, at least a partial failure. It will not be denied that the novelty of the scene not unfrequently drew a crowd to the 2d Church as the gift of unknown tongues often fills Mr. Irvin's meeting house at Regent's square in London, to overflowing. On the whole we are inclined to think the number of these patent made converts, of the masculine gender are extremely limited, & some of them begin to doubt exceedingly. Burchard, as he appears in the pulpit, is somewhat turned of 40 years, although his dress, raven locks, and close shorn chin, may give him the advantage of himself in point of years. It is hard to discover what his real tenets are, as his preaching, if preaching it can be called, savors more of "story telling" than any thing else, while his text, if he takes one, is seldom brought to view. We should think that he in[c]ulcates the doctrine of "free will" in the strongest terms, and makes dreadful breaches in the old established platforms. His enunciations is too rapid, and may be considered bad ; while his manner is dictatorial in the extreme. He will probably go down to fame with Anne Lee, Jemima Wilkinson, Joe Smith, Jun., &c. &c.
Vol. XVII. Rochester, May 14, 1833. No. 20.
Mormonism and the Small Pox.
There having been several cases of small-pox in the village of Jamestown, Chautauqua 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. VI. Rochester, NY, May 21, 1833. No. 21.
From the New Bedford Gazette.
Money Digging. -- A few days since, three young men on the south side of Martha's Vinyard, were engaged in laboring in a field which was once an orchard. -- two of them ploughing, and the other picking up stone at a distance. As the plough passed over a certain part of the land, the ploughshare started up two or three pieces of silver coin, which was hastily snatched up by the holder and put in his pocket. His companion, observing him stop and pick up something, and when the plough went over the spot again, seeing him repeat the movement, he desired to change situations with him. This was done and he too reaped his crop; when each finding that the other was master of the secret, they proposed a manoeavre to get rid of the third person, so that they could divide the spoil without his coming in for a share. They therefore declared it best to leave off work that forenoon, as it was nearly twelve o'clock -- which was readily acquiessed in. What they obstained no one can exactly state -- but it is believed not far from two or three thousand dollars, which had been originally buried in a bag (ascertained by pieces of the cloth adhering to some of the coin) were excavated. This was divided between the two; leaving the man in the field with them, (who was no less a personage than our good friend Jones, well known as the author of Haverhill) to attest the truth of the old adage --
Vol. VI. Rochester, NY, June 18, 1833. No. 25.
MORMONISM IN THE FAR WEST.
The Pioneer, (printed at Rock Spring, Ill.) under date of April 26th, contains a long account of that modern sect of fanatics, the Mormonites. Making due allowance for the Editor of the Pioneer, for it is evident that he is an alarmist, there is no doubt that Mormonism is rapidly spreading in certain districts. He states that there are now between 2 and 300 Mormon preachers in the field; that so far as they preach from our bible, their doctrine is sound; that they maintain with great force the truth of their new bible, (the book of Mormon,) they rail against missionaries, and preachers of the gospel who work for pay; and positively affirm that the present generation will not pass away, before all the human family who do not obey God will be destroyed, and Mount Zion in America, (on the western borders of Missouri,) and Jerusalem in Palestine, are gathering together. -- The government of the new ecclesiastical combination, is thoroughly despotic. It assumes to control property, personal service and the mind. Several thousands in Missouri, and Illinois, have already adopted the Mormon creed. In Jackson county, Missouri, there are one thousand. -- Cincinnati Chron.
Volume III. Rochester, July 3, 1833. Series 2. No. 13.
Digging Money. -- A number of laborers, believers in Kidd's money, at work in a field, accidentally discovered upon the top of a large stone, an inscription in ancient characters, which, on decipheration, read as follows :
Volume III. Rochester, July 25, 1833. Series 2. No. 14.
We learn from Kirkland [sic] (Ohio) that Jo Smith, the pseudo prophet and ostensible prime mover of the Gold Bible heresy, is now in that town, with many of his worthy compeers, and the community or society is said to be increasing.
Volume III. Rochester, September 3, 1833. Series 2 No. 16.
Volume III. Rochester, Nov. 1, 1833. Series 3. No. 1.
FRIEND OBADIAH -- It seems by the New York Observer, that our friend W. W. Phelps, late editor of the Ontario Phoenix, printed at Canandaigua of Anti-masonic memory, has lately become a public nuisance in Jackson County Missouri, in so much that the good people have deemed it necessary to embargo his types and press so that he may not issue any more Stars.
Vol. VII. Rochester, Nov. 14, 1833. No. 2105.
THE MORMONITES. -- There is no religion or rather form of religion, no creed or system of politics, that will not find its advocates. A friend from the upper part of Oxford County informs us, that one Mormon preacher from Ohio, and another from New Hampshire, reinforced by a pair of preachers from Saco, have been making a great stir somewhere about Lake Umbagog. Nearly the whole of the Freewill Baptist Church, numbering thirty persons, with their pastor, have gone over to the Mormonites, and avowed their faith in the book of Mormon. -- The have all been re-baptized in the waters of the Lake. In Andover, the preachers have had some trouble with the citizens, and were rather unceremoniously dismissed. -- Portland Advertiser.
Volume III. Rochester, Nov. 16, 1833. Series 3. No. 2.
The early Peruvians displayed a much more liberal spirit, in their art of conveying their ideas by pictures and rude imitations, than many other nations of old, whose cabalistic signs served only to confound and perplex the many, and exalt the power of the gifted few. The learned in all ages have pursued, as far as they are able, the plan of the ancient Egyptian priests, involving science in mystery and obscuring their written language with numerous emblematical characters understood by none but themselves. One, uninitiated,[sic] might as well attempt to read Chinese, with its alphabet of a thousand and one letters, as to penetrate into the meaning of some works on mathematics and chemistry. So fond in fact are people of this species of freemasonry, that even our every day records and bills of accounts must have characters thrust into them, resembling or conveying as little as possible, the ideas they are designed to represent. We like the notion of a country sub-sheriff, (who, no doubt, found it rather difficult to convey his meaning even in the ordinary characters of our language,) advertising for sale, among other articles, a + cut (cross cut) saw. This reminds us of the anecdote of a man, who presented his bill of charges for payment, all the hieroglyphical items of which were admitted, except one. "That" said he to the purchaser, "is a cheese, fourteen shillings."
Volume III. Rochester, Nov. 27, 1833. Series 3. No. 3.
A correspondent informs us that Smith and Rigdon are again in trouble and that the authorities of Geauga Co. (Ohio) were about to proceed against them for swindling, and that they had fled to Canada, fugitives from justice, where they intend to commence the conversion of his Majesty's liege subjects. They will probably commence with the Wesleyan Methodists, as being from their tenets the most suitable to begin with.
Vol. VI. Rochester, NY, December 3, 1833. No. 49.
Mormon Civil War! -- Last evening's Journal of Commerce brings news from Jackson county, Missouri. The mob assembled on the 31st Oct. and committed further depredations upon the Mormons. The next night another attack was made. The Mormons were prepared to defend themselves, and some of the mob were killed or badly wounded. -- Several other attacks were made in the course of the two following days, at each of which members of the mob were killed, and two or three of the Mormons had fallen in defending their families and property from the assailants.
Volume III. Rochester, Dec. 9, 1833. Series 3. No. 4.
Trouble in Missouri -- The New York Commercial of Friday, contains a letter from Mr. Hyde, a Mormonite, giving an account of several conflicts, in which blood was shed, between a body of Mormons, living at the town of Independence, Missouri, and some of the inhabitants, by whom they were attacked. He states that on the 31st October last, some forty or fifty men came and demolished twelve dwelling houses of the Mormonites. The inmates were obliged to escape to the woods. On the 1st of November, they were attacked again. and broke open the doors and windows of all the dwellings in the town belonging to the Mormonites. -- The next day the Mormonites gathered their property together, to be better prepared for defence, and at night they were attacked and fired upon with guns and returned the fire, and shot one of the assailants. A day or two afterwards the people collected together to the number of three hundred. well armed, and made another assault. The Mormonites were prepared, and poured back a deadly fire upon them. Three of the assailants were killed, and a number mortally wounded. This writer then left the place; after he had descended the river, (Blue) and landing to receive freight, a man rode up and stated that there had been another battle, and about twenty of the assailants killed. The cannonading was distinctly heard from the boat. This is indeed extraordinary. These men are fanatics, it is true -- ;but harmless ones. This account is almost incredible, but seems to have been generally believed. Who could credit it that a people, only from a difference in creed and worship, would in this country be hunted down like wild beasts?
AND CHRISTIAN ADVERTISER.
Vol. I. Rochester, Saturday, December 14, 1833. No. 20.
Mormonites. -- Orsan Hyde, in a letter to the editor of the St. Louis Republican, says that on Thursday night, October 31, some forty or fifty of the citizens of Jackson county, assembled about eight miles from Independence the seat of the Mormonites, and demolished twelve of the dwelling houses. On the night of the 1st of November, they entered the store of Gilbert & Whitney and scattered their goods through the streets -- demolished Mr. Gilbert's dwelling house, and broke the doors and the windows of all the dwellings belonging to the Mormonites in the town of Independence.
AND CHRISTIAN ADVERTISER.
Vol. I. Rochester, Saturday, December 21, 1833. No. 21.
The Mormonites. -- The St. Louis Republican of the 22n ult. states that more pacific accounts have been received from the county of Jackson. The Mormonites have determined to oppose no further resistance to the dominant party, and are leaving the county and their homes, with the intention of forming another community elsewhere. The original statement as to the number of killed, is said to have been exaggerated. The most authentic accounts state the number of six; two of the citizens and four of the Mormonites; and that a considerable number were wounded.
Vol. VIII. Rochester, Dec. 22, 1833. No. 2119.
The Mormon mystery developed. -- Doct. P. Hurlbert, of Kirtland, 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 in this region 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 superadded by some more modern hand -- believed to be the notorious Rigdon. These particulars have been derived by Dr. Hurlbert from the widow of the author of the original manuscript. -- Palmyra Sentinel.
Vol. VI. Rochester, NY, December 24, 1833. No. 52.
The Mormon mystery developed. -- Doct. P. Hurlbert, of Kirtland, 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 in this region who know the character of the leaders in the bungling imposition, seems already 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 superadded by some more modern hand -- believed to be the notorious Rigdon. These particulars have been derived by Dr. Hurlbert from the widow of the author of the original manuscript. -- Palmyra Sentinel.
AND CHRISTIAN ADVERTISER.
Vol. I. Rochester, Saturday, December 28, 1833. No. 22.
Grand Island, comprising about 18,000 acres in the Niagara River, and which was the proposed site of the renowned Jewish city whither the dispersed were summoned a few years since by Major Noah, has been recently purchased by some capitalists in Boston. Their intention is to clear it of its extensive forests of white oak ship timber for exportation, a project greatly facilitated by the easy access to it from the Erie Canal and the approach by water from Buffalo.
Volume III. Rochester, Dec. 30, 1833. Series 3. No. 6.
"Behold how these christians love one
FRIEND OBADIAH, -- In the New York Observer of Dec. 7th. we have a comment on the above extract, in a letter from Orson Hyde, dated St. Louis, Nov. 9th, 1833, giving an account of a civil war between the Mormonites and their brother christians, in which it appears that some twenty or twenty five men have been killed in battle, and the sound of cannon heard at a distance, in proof the peaceable disposition and forbearing spirit of christianity -- comments are needless. Yours, &c.