Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1822. No. 10.
We are requested to state that ADAMSON BENTLEY, of Warren, will be a candidate to represent this district in the next Congress.
Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Oct. 16, 1822. No. 14.
Statement of votes in Geauga County, taken at the late election.
...Congress, Samuel W. Phelps 444; Eli Baldwin 232; Elisha Whittlesey 74; Nehemiah King 73; Simeon Perkins 1...
Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1822. No. 17.
At Kirtland, by Nathaniel Wheeler, Esq., Mr. Newal K. Whitney, to Miss Ann Smith, all of the above place.
Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1822. No. 21.
In Kirtland, by the Reverend J. Badger, Mr. N. K. Whitney to Miss E. A. Smith.
Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Wed., March 12, 1823. No. 35.
On March 4, Varnum J. Card and Jonathan Lapham, Chagrin, and James H. Paine, Painesville, became attorneys.
Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Wed., Mar. 26, 1823. No. 37.
The brick courthouse at Erie burned last Saturday night. All the records of the county were destroyed.
Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Wed., May 14, 1823. No. 42.
A List of Lands in Geauga County, Ohio, delinquent for taxes
... Bentley, Adamson R[ange] 8, T[ownship] 11, Tr[act] 4: 196 acres...
Vol. I. Painesville, Ohio, Wed., May 21, 1823. No. 43.
A manuscript written in an undertermined language was discovered in Detroit. Four pages were sent to Gen. Macomb in Washington. He sent them to Georgetown College. The manuscript was in Irish and was a treatise on doctrines in the Catholic Church.
Vol. II. Painesville, Ohio, Thurs., June 3, 1824. No. 47.
A LIST OF LANDS,
Antisdale, Roger W. R[ange] 8, T[wp] 6, Tr. 2: Sec. 3, lot 8 176 acres...
Vol. V. Painesville, Ohio, June 8, 1827. No. ?
At a recent meeting of the Medical Society of the 20th District, Drs. Philo Tilden, Nahum Howard, Dennis Cooley, and Samuel L. Fenton were admitted members... Censors: Anson Hotchkiss, Storm Rosa, Evert Denton...
Vol. V. Painesville, Ohio, July 6, 1827. No. ?
MARRIED -- On [3d] instant by Elder Sidney Rigdon, Mr. James Gray, of Pittsburgh to Miss Mary Kerr, at Mentor, Ohio.
Vol. V. Painesville, Ohio, 1827? No. ?
Transcriber's Introduction: In his Nov. 16, 1830 "Golden Bible" article in the Painesville Telegraph, editor Eber D. Howe laconically mentioned that about "two or three years since, an account was given in the papers, of a book purporting to contain new revelations from Heaven, having been dug out of the ground, in Manchester in Ontario County, N. Y..." Although Howe did not specifically say that he had printed such a notice in an issue of the Telegraph back in 1827-28, his mention of the divine "book" being "dug out of the ground" hints at the possibility that Howe reprinted the notice from a western NY newspaper.
Vol. ? Painesville, Ohio, Jan. 11, 1828. No. ?
A meeting of the Grand River Bible Society; Auxiliary to the Connecticut Western Reserve Bible Society, was held on the 8th inst., in the village of Painesville...
Vol. ? Painesville, Ohio, March 27, 1829. No. ?
Mr. John R. St. John is the new owner of the Cleveland Herald -- replacing Willes
Vol. ? Painesville, Ohio, April 3, 1829. No. ?
We present to our readers this week, extracts from one of the unpublished degrees of masonry. In this degree the whole story of masonry is told. It is a solemn, sad and sickening tale. We can now see the primary object of an institution, which has claimed to be the quintessence of morality -- the handmaid of religion, and even the immaculate fountain, from whence.
Vol. 1. No. 15, 2nd Series Painesville, Ohio, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1829. Whole No. 367.
"Golden Bible." -- The Palmyra Freeman says, the greatest piece of superstition that has ever come within our knowledge, now occupies the attention of a few individuals of this quarter. It is generally known and spoken of as the "Golden Bible." Its proselytes give the following account of it: In the fall of 1827, a person by the name of Joseph Smith of Manchester, Ontario county, reported that he had been visited in a dream by the spirit of the Almighty, and informed that in a certain hill in that town, was deposited this Golden Bible, containing an ancient record of a divine nature and origin. After having been thrice thus visited, as he states he proceeded to the spot and after having penetrating "mother earth a short distance, the Bible was found together with a huge pair of spectacles! He had directed, however, not to let any mortal being examine them, under no less penalty than instant death! They were therefore nicely wrapped up and excluded from the vulgar gaze of poor wicked mortals!" It was said that the leaves of the bible were plates of gold about 8 inches long, 6 wide and one eighth of an inch thick, on which were engraved characters or hieroglyphicks; by placing the spectacles in a hat, and looking into it, Smith could (he said so at least) interpret the characters. An account of this discovery was soon circulated. The subject was almost invariably treated as it should have been with contempt. A few however believed the "Golden" story, among whom was Martin Harris, an honest and industrious farmer of the town of Paltry. So blindly enthusiastic was Harris, that he took some of the characters interpreted by Smith, and went in search of some one, besides the interpreter, who was learned enough to English them; but to all whom he applied (among the number was Professor Mitchell, of New York,) happened not to be possessed of sufficient knowledge to give satisfaction! Harris returned, and set Smith to work at interpreting the Bible. He has at length performed the task, and the work is soon to be put to press in Palmyra. Its language and doctrines are said to be far superior to the book of life!
Vol. I. No. 21, 2nd Series Painesville, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1829. Whole No. 373.
George Wilber, of Auburn, and Orrin Henry, of Bainbridge, were appointed Geauga Co. School Inspectors last week.
N.S. Vol II. Painesville, Tues., Nov. 16, 1830. No. 22.
The Golden Bible. -- Some two or three years since, an account was given in the papers, of a book purporting to contain new revelations from Heaven, having been dug out of the ground, in Manchester in Ontario County, N. Y. The book, it seems, has made its appearance in this vicinity. -- It contains about 500 octavo pages, which is said to be translated from Egyptian Hieroglyphics, on metal plates, by one Smith, who was enabled to read the characters by instruction from Angels. About two weeks since some persons came along here with the book, one of whom pretends to have seen Angels, and assisted in translating the plates. He proclaims destruction upon the world within a few years, -- holds forth that the ordinances of the gospel, have not been regularly administered since the days of the Apostles, till the said Smith and himself commenced the work -- and many other marvellous things too numerous to mention. In the neighboring township of Kirtland, we understand that twenty or thirty have been immersed into the new order of things; many of whom had been previously baptised. -- The name of the person here, who pretends to have a divine mission, and to have seen and conversed with Angels, is Cowdray. We understand that he is bound for the regions beyond the Mississippi, where he contemplates founding a "City of Refuge" for his followers, and converting the Indians, under his prophetic authority.
N.S. Vol II. Painesville, Tues., Nov. 30, 1830. No. 24.
The Book of Mormon. -- It being the business of an Editor to collect and lay before his readers whatever seems to agitate the public mind, we took occasion two weeks ago to notice a pretended new revelation from God, which had recently visited this vicinity. To record the thousand tales which are in circulation respecting the book and its propagators, would be an endless task, and probably lead to the promulgation of a hundred times more than was founded in truth. In this way, we perceive that the Gazette last week, shot wide of the mark in many important particulars. There are rising of 100 in this and an adjoining county who have embraced the ideas and assertions of Joseph Smith, jr., many of them respectable for intelligence and piety. If the book of Mormon, as it is called, with the presentations of its apostles, is a fabrication, it is one of the most infamous and blasphemous character; and we must confess, after having an opportunity to canvass some of its claims to a true revelation from God, we have not been able to discover testimony which ought to elicit faith in any prudent or intelligent mind. It may, perhaps, be useless to condemn the thing by positive and absolute assertions -- time will discover in it either something of vast importance to man, or a deep laid plan to deceive many.
THE BOOK OF MORMON
An account written by the hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi.
BY JOSEPH SMITH, JUNIOR,
The following is the PREFACE to the book:
N.S. Vol II. Painesville, Tues., Dec. 7, 1830. No. 25.
[For the Telegraph.
Those who are the friends and advocates of this wonderful book, state that Mr. Oliver Cowdry has his commission directly from the God of Heaven, and that he has credentials, written and signed by the hand of Jesus Christ, with whom he has personally conversed, and as such, said Cowdry claims that he and his associates are the only persons on earth who are qualified to administer in his name. By this authority, they proclaim to the world, that all who do not believe their testimony, and be baptized by them for the remission of sins, and come under the imposition of their hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and stand in readiness to go to some unknown region, where God will provide a place of refuge for his people, called the "New Jerusalem," must be forever miserable, let their life have been what it may. If these things are true, God has certainly changed his order of commission. When Jesus sent his disciples to preach, he gave them power against all unclean spirits, to cast them out, to heal all manner of diseases, and to raise the dead. But these newly commissioned disciples have totally failed thus far in their attempts to heal, and as far as can be ascertained, their prophecies have also failed. Jesus Christ has forewarned us not to believe them: "There shall arise false Christs and false Prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect behold -- I have told you before, we give too much credit to these men." -- Let us follow the example of the church at Ephesus: "Thou hast tried them which say they are Apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars." We ought to believe God, though it should prove all men to be liars.
N.S. Vol II. Painesville, Tues., Dec. 14, 1830. No. 26.
We copy the following from the Milan (Huron County) Free Press, promising at the same time, if the statements therein contained should prove erroneous, to publish it freely. We know the sensitiveness of a great number of individuals in this section, on everything that may be said touching the new Bible and its propagators, many of whom view it as a sin against the Holy Ghost to say aught against Joseph Smith or his apostles.
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