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By D. C. Miller. Batavia, Tues., April 17, 1832. N. S. Vol. 1. No. 14.
Two Mormonites, last Saturday evening, attempted to give a history of their sect, and explain the principles of mormonism. If their creed consists of inconsistency, unmeaning jargon, silly nonsense, undigested and indigestible ideas and reasons, they succeeded most admirably in giving the citizens of this village, a very luminous conception of it. We came to the conclusion that the two disciples here were more knaves than fools, and yet that they were both knaves and fools, and in a very small way. We may notice them again.
Vol 3. Danville, Thurs., April 19, 1832. No. 5.
M O R M O N I S M.
The Mormonites have found a resting place in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, whence we have received the prospectus of a newspaper from W. W. Phelps, formerly of the Ontario Phenix. We make a few extracts for the singularity of the thing.
By D. C. Miller. Batavia, Tues., April 24, 1832. N. S. Vol. 1. No. 15.
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 baptised -- one a free-will baptist, 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.
Vol I. Albion, N. Y., May 29, 1833. No. 39.
(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 stones at a distance. As the plough passed over a certain part of the land, the plough share 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 stoop 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 I. Albion, N. Y., August 7, 1833. No. 49.
Mormonism in the far West. -- The Pioneer printed at Rock Spring, Illinois, under date of April 26th, contains a long account of that modern sect of fanaticks, 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 despicable. It assumes to control property, personal service, and the mind. Several thousands in Missouri, and Illinois, have already adopted the Mormon creed. In Jackson co., Missouri, there are one thousand. --
Vol II. Albion, N. Y., September 11, 1833. No. 2.
Key to the Revelation -- The Messrs. Harpers have just published, in a single * mo. of 400 pages, a work upon this deeply interesting portion of the Scriptures. It is from the Rev. Ethan Smith, of Boston, and is embraced in thirty-six Lectures. It comes fortified with commendations from distinguished Clergymen of various denominations, who speak of it as a work of great research, and conveying correct illustrations of the symbolic language of a prophecy. -- Albany Journal.
Vol I. -- N. S. Geneseo, Wednesday, October 23, 1833. No. 11.
NEW PAPER. -- Col. David C. Miller, of Batavia, gives notice through the Batavia Times, that "soon after the Election, he intends to issue a Prospectus for publishing a Journal each week, to be devoted to the interests of the producing classes of the citizens of Genesee. It will be addressed to the liberal of all parties. -- To be entitled the 'Genesee Enquirer.'" Col. Miller is an experienced editor, and he is 'rather notoriously known' as one of the producers of the antimasonic excitement.
Vol X. Geneseo, Wednesday, December 18, 1833. No. ?
From the Albany Journal.
The people of Jackson county are using the torch, the sword, and the musket, against the Mormonites. On the 31st of October, a mob of 50 persons attacked and demolished 12 of the Mormon dwellings, beat the inmates, and drove women and children into the woods. On the 1st of Nov. the war re-commenced, both parties using fire arms. On the 5th, the mob recommence[d] the assault about 300 strong. Several of the assailants were badly wounded and three of them killed. Among the latter was an Attorney named H. L. Breazeale. Subsequently there was another battle, in which several were killed on both sides. One of the Mormon worshippers gives an account of the affair in a St. Louis paper, concluding as follows:
Vol II. Albion, N. Y., December 25, 1833. No. 10.
Mormonism Exploded, -- The Book of Mormon, it has been ascertained by Doct. Hurlbert, of Kirtland, Ohio, was written some thirty years since, by a respectable clergyman, now deceased, designed to be published as a romance. The religious character of the work is supposed to have been superadded by the notorious Rigdon.
Vol IX. Geneseo, Wednesday, July 30, 1834. No. 32.
From the Baltimore American.
A particular account of the last Mormon campaign in Missouri, is given in the Western papers. The belligerents seem to have been mutually exasperated, and to have approached very near to a general and bloody battle. The numbers engaged in the contest on both sides are much larger than we had supposed. The Mormons assembled late in June, in Clay county, (Mo.) and were reinforced by parties principally from Ohio, until they mustered from 800 to 1000 men, armed with "guns, tomahawks, knives, and from two to four braces of pistols each." Their design was to cross the river and take possession of Jackson county -- the 'Zion,' as they term it, of their faith. Their leader, the prophet Jo Smith, promised them to "raise again" all who should be slain in fighting the battle for the possession of this Holy Land. The Jackson county people were equally determined to resist the passage of the river, at all hazards. A letter from a person on the spot, published in Maysville, Ky, says that Jackson County raised 900, and Lafayette 400, and that several hundred more were ready to come at a moment's warning. The feeling of the people may be conjectured from the expression of opinion in the letters quoted, that had the Mormons attempted to cross the river, not one of them would have been "left to tell the tale." "No quarter would have been given, and we could have killed most of them before they got across the river."
Vol XIII. Geneseo, February 20, 1838. No. 10.
REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS AMONG THE MORMONS. -- The "latter day saints" like other saints are showing symptoms of mutiny. The golden bible has as many interpreters as the true book. Joe Smith, who fights the devil manfully when he can catch him from home, can't manage the imps upon his own dung hill. They have risen upon Rigdon, his lieutenant, and upon himself, taken possession of the Temple at Kirtland, and Saint Joseph and a few followers are fugitives from their own holy city. One Parish, a "reformer" in that precious body of blasphemers, is about to publish an expose of the whole concern. -- N. Y. Gazette.
Vol I. Geneseo, August 14, 1838. No. 48.
JOURNEYING TO THE PROMISED LAND. -- There has been a very general breaking up of Joe Smith's tribe at Kirtland, some 60 wagon loads having made a move to Missouri in one caravan. Like the journeying Israelites, they pitched their tents at night, depending on the 'heathen' for food. The Mormons will find but little "milk and honey" in Missouri.
Vol I. Geneseo, September 4, 1838. No. 51.
From the St. Louis Gazette, Aug. 15.
From a correspondent of the Gazette we obtain the following information with regard to the Mormons, who are settled in the interior of the state:--
Vol II. Geneseo, September 25, 1838. No. 2.
THE MORMONS. -- The people composing this sect seem to get into trouble wherever they go. Their present location is in Missouri, and in a Western paper we learn the following particulars respecting them:
Vol XIV. Geneseo, November 5, 1838. No. 774.
MORMON WAR RENEWED - BLOODSHED . -- In the Louisville Journal of Oct. 16th, we have later news from the Mormons, and despatches to Governor Boggs at St. Louis. Several hundred of these, armed, are encamped at a new rendezvous called Dewitt, (Mo.,) a few miles above the mouth of Grand River. A body of armed citizens, with a field piece, were near them, and several skirmishes had taken place, in which two or three were wounded. The citizens, or rather mob, are under a Dr. Austin of Connecticut, and a Col. Jones. They offered to pay the Mormons for their lands and ten per cent interest, and transport their people out of the country. The Mormons said they would die first, and have since been so strengthened by a reinforcement from the main body at the 'Far West,' in Caldwell county, 70 miles distant, that the mob deferred making a general attack.
Vol II. Geneseo, November 6, 1838. No. 8.
FURTHER FROM THE MORMONS. -- We learn by the Pirate, which arrived at noon to-day, 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 Prate passed down on Wednesday morning, by Dewit, a flag was seen flying over one of the largest houses there. From all appearances, there is reason to believe that a conflict took place on Wednesday. -- St. Louis Rep.
Vol XIV. Geneseo, November 20, 1838. No. 776.
Vol II. Geneseo, November 27, 1838. No. 11.
From the Missouri Daily Argus, Nov. 5.
"ELK HORN, Oct. 30, 1838.
Vol XIV. Geneseo, November 27, 1838. No. 777.
Vol II. Geneseo, December 4, 1838. No. 12.
From the St. Louis Republican of the 12th inst.
Further from the Mormons. -- The account of the bloody butchery of thirty two Mormons, on Splawns 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.
Vol XIV. Geneseo, December 4, 1838. No. 778.
FURTHER FROM THE MORMONS. -- The account of a bloody butchery 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.
Vol II. Geneseo, December 25, 1838. No. 15.
We perceive from the proceedings of the Missouri Legislature, that a memorial, asking pecuniary aid from [sic, for?] the Mormon women and children of Caldwell county, was laid before that body on the 3d inst. It appears that the houses of many of the Mormons in that country have been burned down; that about 60 Mormon men, all of them married, have been arrested and imprisobed, 40 killed, and 100 compelled to fly to escape the vengeance of the citizens, and that 200 women, most of whom have small children are thus left destitute, with no food to keep them from starvation and no shelter to protect them from the winter storms.
Vol XVI. Geneseo, January 15, 1839. No. 784.
HOW A MORMON PREACHER TRIED TO WALK ON THE WATER AND HOW HE GOT "SUCKED IN." . -- Some time ago, in a town in western New York, where the Mormon delusion had made numerous converts, the disciples were summoned to assemble in a wild place, circumjacent to a pond, on the water of which the gifted elder anounced that he should walk and preach. The believers notified their doubting friends, and great things were anticipated. But it seems there were a few wicked Lamanites, who secretly set themselves to make mischief. Choosing their opportunity just before the appointed day of miracles, they ascertained by means of a raft, that the pond to be traversed was extremely shallow; a thin sheet of water covering a common swamp mire. This mire was found to be of a consistency nearly strong enough, except within a small central space, to sustain the weight of a man. They soon discovered a line of plank laid in a particular direction completely across the pond, sunk about four inches under the surface of the water. -- These were so fastened down, and locked together, and so daubed with mud, as to be quite imperceptible from the neighboring declivities. They resolved on preventing the miracle by sawing the concealed bridge in pieces, just where it crossed the deepest and most dangerous part of the pond. This was done, and left seemingly as they found it. The expected day arrived, the congregation placed themselves as in an amphitheatre on the surrounding slopes and the preacher appeared at the edge of the water. Presently he raised his stentorian voice and as he paced his invisible bridge with a step apparent unearthly taught and warned the people. All ears were open, and every eye strained from its socket with astonishment. But alas! just as the miracle-worker seemed to have wrought conviction of his divine power in the wondering hearts of the multitude, he stepped upon one of the detached pieces of plank, sallied side-ways, and instantly plunged, floundering and sinking in the watery mire. The mingling shrieks, screams and shouts of the spectators, all in a rush of commotion were appalling. The scene was indescribable. Even those who had spoiled the miracle, were filled with horror when they actually saw the unfortunate impostor disappear. They had not dreamed that their trick would cost him more than the fright, discomfort and disgrace of being submersed and afterwards struggling ashore; all along taking it for granted that his plank would enable him to swim, however it might treacherously fail him to walk. -- But the tale closes with the close of his life and the consequent close of Mormonism in that vicinity. He sunk, and long before the confounded assembly were in a condition to afford him relief, perished, a victim to his imposture. -- N. O. Sun.
Vol II. Geneseo, May 7, 1839. No. 34.
Extract of a letter dated
The Mormons, who lately excited such interest, have left for the State of Illinois in great numbers, and the remainder will follow in the spring. Some of them are such fools as to think that at some future day, and that not very far off, they will return and repossess the New Jerusalem. -- They are selling their lands for a mere song, and have been continually doing so since the fracas. A great many places with good improvements have been sold at a mere trifle over Congress price, and some for even less. There was an attempt made a short time since by six of the tribe to rescue their leader, Jo Smith. They failed however, and five of the number are now in prison. Sydney Rigdon has been bailed in the sum of $4000, and both he and his bail have left the State. -- It is said that all the Mormons upon whose testimony the leaders were committed have gone away. If so, I do not see but Joe is pretty safe from every thing but mob law.
Vol XVI. Geneseo, July 2, 1839. No. 808.
THE MORMONS' BIBLE. -- The origin of this work, which it has puzzled so many to account for, being evidently the product of a cultivated mind, yet found in the hands of exceedingly ignorant and illiterate persons, is at length explained. -- It was written in 1812, for amusement, as a historical romance of the lost race, the remains of whose numerous mounds and forts are found on the banks of the Ohio. The author was Rev. Solomon Spaulding, a graduate of Dartmouth College, who resided at New Salem, Ohio, and on the appearance of a Mormon preacher there, many of the friends of the deceased clergyman, recollected passages which he had read to them during the time he was engaged in composing it. On inquiry the original manuscript was found among his papers. It also appeared that at one time he had some thoughts in relation to printing the work, and that it remained at a printing office for a long time. Sidney Rigdon, who has figured so largely in the history of the Mormons, as at that time employed in this printing office, and it was no doubt copied by him. --