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Vol. V. No. 11.                       Circleville, Ohio, Wed., May 29, 1839.                       Whole No. 115.


                                                        [H]OLLISTON, April 8, 1839.
To the Editor of the Boston Recorder.

Dear Sir.-- As the Pastor of the Congregational church and society in this town, I have had occasion to come in contact with Mormonism in its grossest forms. Consequently, I have been led to make inquiries relative to its origin, progress, and so far as they have any, the peculiar sentiments of its votaries. My object in this has been, as a faithful pastor, so far as possible, to arrest the progress of what I deem to be one of the rankest delusions ever palmed on poor human nature. However, [not] supposing that the readers of the Recorder would be interested in the details of Mormonism in general, I send you for publication in your valuable periodical, the following communication, as a paper of unusual importance, giving a certified, sufficiently well attested and true account of the origin of the "Book of Mormon," or "Golden Bible," as it is sometimes called; on which the whole system mainly depends. And here, perhaps it should be said, that the leaders of the delusion pretend that the book was dug out of the ground, where it had been deposited for many centuries; that it was written on certain metallic plates, in a peculiar character or hieroglyphic; that the finder, a man of money-digging memory who was accustomed to look into the ground by aid of a peculiar stone, was in a similar manner enabled to read and translate it! Hence what is sometimes called the Mormon Bible. But not such was its origin, according to the following communication. *

The occasion of the communication coming into my hands, is as follows. -- Having heard incidentally that there was a lady in Monson, Ma., whose husband now dead was the author of the book, I requested in a note, Rev. D. R. Austin, Principal of Monson Academy, to obtain of her, for my benefit, and to be used as I should think proper, a certified account of its origin with her husband; for the character of which lady I wished the venerable Dr. Ely and himself to avouch. The following highly satisfactory document came in reply.

You are requested to insert it in the Recorder, not so much because it will interest the majority of your readers, but that the facts well attested may be laid up in memory, and the number of your paper containing them being kept, may afford the means to an enlightened community, to refute so great an imposition on the world. I would not only respectfully bespeak its publication in the Recorder, but in other papers; I would it were published throughout the land. For many Mormons are struggling throughout the country endeavoring to propagate their notions; and with some success, with a peculiar class of people. The origin of this pretended revelation being thus completely authenticated, may save many minds from delusion, fanaticism and ruin.

Yours respectfully,                 JOHN STORRS.

*For communication, see first page, commencing on columns 4th.


As this book has excited much attention and has been put by a certain new sect, in the place of the sacred scriptures, I deem it a duty which I owe to the public, to state what I know touching its origin. That its claims to a divine origin are wholly unfounded, needs no proof to a mind unperverted by the grossest delusions. That any sane person should rank it higher than any other merely human composition, is a matter of the greatest astonishment; yet it is received as divine by some who dwell in enlightened New England, and even by those who have sustained the character of devoted Christians. Learning recently, that Mormonism had found its way into a church in Massachusetts, and has impregnated some of its members with its gross delusions, so that excommunication has become necessary, I am determined to delay no longer doing what I can to strip the mask from this monster of sin, and to lay open this pit of abominations.

Rev. Solomon Spaulding, to whom I was united in marriage in early life, was a graduate of Dartmouth College, and was distinguished for a lively imagination and a great fondness for history. At the time of our marriage, he resided in Cherry Valley, N.Y. From this place we removed to New Salem, Ashtabula county, Ohio; sometimes called Conneaut, as it is situated upon Conneaut Creek. -- Shortly after our removal to this place, his health sunk, and he was laid aside from active labors. In the town of New Salem, there are numerous mounds and forts, supposed by many to be the dilapidated dwellings and fortifications of a race now extinct. These ancient relics arrest the attention of the new settlers, and become objects of research for the curious. Numerous implements were found and other articles evincing great skill in the arts. Mr. Spaulding being an educated man, and passionately fond of history, took a lively interest in these developments of antiquity; and in order to beguile the hours of retirement and furnish employment for his lively imagination, he conceived the idea of giving an historical sketch of this long lost race. Their extreme antiquity of course would lead him to write in the most ancient style, and as the Old Testament is the most ancient book in the world, he imitated its style as nearly as possible. His sole object in writing this historical romance was to amuse himself and his neighbors. This was about the year 1812. Hull's surrender at Detroit, occurred near the same time, and I recollect the date well from that circumstance. As he progressed in his narrative, the neighbors would come in from time to time to hear portions read, and a great interest in the work was excited among them. It claimed to have been written by one of the lost nation, and to have been recovered from the earth, and, assumed the title of "Manuscript Found." -- The neighbors would often inquire how Mr. S. progressed in decyphering "the manuscript," and when he had sufficient portion prepared he would inform them, and they would assemble to hear it read. He was enabled, from his acquaintance with the classics and ancient history, to introduce many singular names, which were particularly noticed by the people, and could be easily recognized by them. Mr. Solomon Spaulding had a brother, Mr. John Spaulding, residing in the place at the time, who was perfectly familiar with this work and repeatedly heard the whole of it read.

From New Salem, we removed to Pittsburg, Pa. Here Mr. S. found an acquaintance and friend, in the person of Mr. Patterson, an editor of a newspaper. He exhibited his manuscript to Mr. P. who was very much pleased with it, and borrowed it for perusal. He retained it a long time, and informed Mr. S. that if he would make out a title page and preface, he would publish it and it might be a source of profit. This Mr. S. refused to do, for reasons which I cannot now state. -- Sidney Rigdon, * who has figured so largely in the history of the Mormons, was at this time connected with the printing office of Mr. Patterson, as is well known in that region and as Rigdon himself has frequently stated. Here he had ample opportunity to become acquainted with Mr. Spaulding's manuscript, and copy it if he chose. It was a matter of notoriety and interest to all wgo were connected with the printing establishment. At length the manuscript was returned to its author, and soon after we removed to Amity, Washington county, Pa., where Mr. S. deceased in 1816. The manuscript then fell into my hands and was carefully preserved. It has frequently been examined by my daughter, Mrs. McKenstry, of Monson, Mass., with whom I now reside, and by other friends. After the "Book of Mormon" came out, a copy of it was taken to New Salem, the place of Mr. Spaulding's residence, and the place where the "Manuscript Found" was written. A woman preacher appointed a meeting there, and in the meeting read and repeated copious extracts from the "Book of Mormon." The historical part was immediately recognized by all the older inhabitants, as the identical work of Mr. S., in which they had been so deeply interested years before. Mr. John Spaulding was present, who is an eminently pious man, and recognized perfectly the work of his brother. He was amazed and afflicted, that it should have been perverted to so wicked a purpose. His grief found vent in a flood of tears, and he arose on the spot and expressed to the meeting his deep sorrow and regret, that the writings of his sainted brother should be used for a purpose so vile and shocking. The excitement in New Salem became so great, that the inhabitants had a meeting and deputed Dr. Philastus Hurlbut, one of their number, to repair to this place and to obtain from me the original manuscript of Mr. Spaulding, for the purpose of comparing it with the Mormon Bible, to satisfy their own minds and to prevent their friends from embracing an error so delusive. This was in the year 1834. Dr. Hurlbut brought with him an introduction and request for the manuscript, signed by Messrs. Henry Lake, Aaron Wright, and others, with all of whom I was acquainted, as they were my neighbors when I resided in New Salem.

I am sure that nothing could grieve my husband more, were he living, than the use which have been made of his work. The air of antiquity which was thrown about the composition, doubtless suggested the idea of converting it to the purposes of delusion. -- Thus an historical romance, with the addition of a few pious expressions and extracts from the sacred Scriptures, has been construed into a new Bible, and palmed off upon a company of poor deluded fanatics, as divine. I have given the previous brief narration, that this work of deep deception and wickedness may be searched to the foundation, and its author exposed to the contempt and execration he so justly deserves.

MATILDA DAVISON.            

Rev. Solomon Sapulding was the first husband of the narrator of the above history. Since his decease, she has been married to a second husband by the name of Davison. She is now residing in this place; is a woman of irreproachable character, and an humble Christian, and her testimony is worthy of implicit confidence.
                       A. ELY, D. D.,
    Pastor Cong. Church, in Monson.
                       D. R. AUSTIN,
    Principal of Monson Academy.
Monson, Mass., April 1st, 1839.

* One of the leaders and founders of the sect.

Notes: (forthcoming)


Vol. V. No. 11.                       Circleville, Ohio, Wed., July 24, 1839.                       Whole No. 115.

From the Cincinnati Daily News, June 13.


Agreeably to public notice, a meeting was held in the College Chapel last evening, which was opened by a few remarks from a gentleman accompanying Mr. Greene; after which Mr. Greene gave a statement of the early settlement of the Mormons in Missouri, and a history of their persecution, which has hardly a parallel even in the persecution of the primitive christians. They were ruthlessly driven from their homes, their property destroyed, the women and children forced into the woods, without any shelter from the inclemency of the weather, (it being in the month of January) where they roamed about till their feet became so sore that their enemies tracked them by the foot-prints of blood. The men were in many instances cruelly murdered. On one occasion the mob attacked a smith shop, into which nine of the Mormons and two boys had taken refuge; it being a log house, the mob fired between the logs and killed every individual of the nine men; they then entered and dragged the two boys from under the bellows who begged for mercy in most piteous tones; one of the miscreants applying his rifle to the ear of the youngest, (who was but nine years old,) said, "My lad we have no time to quarter you, but we will halve you," and immediately shot away the whole upper part of his head. The other boy was severely wounded in the hip, but had the presence of mind to fall and remain quiet, and so escaped; he is still living, and is at Quincy, Ill. Speaking of the massacre, he said, "they had killed my father and brother, and I was afraid if I moved they would kill me too." To cap the climax, the villains plundered the dead bodies of their clothes, &c. In another instance; part of the mob pursued an aged man, who, finding he could not escape, turned and raising his hands to Heaven begged for mercy: the reply he received was a shot from a rifle, and he fell mortally wounded; he still besought them to save him, when one of the party picked up a scythe, or sickle, and literally hacked him to pieces as he lay on the ground.

This man assisted in the achievement of our liberties in the revolutionary war. Mr. Greene's narrative contained many such instances, and was indeed a tale of woe and suffering at which the heart sickens.

Hon. Thomas Morris then addressed the meeting. He said he had been in the vicinity of these transactions, and had taken some pains to acquaint himself with the facts, and from all he could learn, the Mormons were an industrious and harmless people, that no specific charges had been brought against them by the executive of Missouri, but that their religion gave offence to a mob -- for causes which may at any time induce the same persecution of any religious sect in our land, -- He said he believed the statements made by the gentleman to be true, and that they were corroborated by those who resided in the vicinity of their occurrence.

On motion, a chairman and secretary were appointed, and resolutions passed condemning the conduct of the executive of Missouri; appointing a committee to prepare a statement of the treatment received by this distressed people, and recommending them to the favorable notice of the people of Cincinnati.

The meeting then adjourned, to meet next Monday evening at the same place.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. 3. No. 13.                Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Jan. 17, 1844.                Whole No. 236.

For the Religious Telescope

Maumee Circuit.

BR. HANBY. -- About the first of December I found a question asked in the Telescope whether circuit preachers ought to be entitled to the Telescope, who made no exertion to procure subscribers; after reading I paused, and reflected, and then answered NO!

I then concluded to send on the money for my paper, or order it stopped, or use every laudable means of getting a few responsible subscribers. The first round I made, after this resolution, I obtained three good subscribers and cash in advance all but $1. I gave in these names and cash to P. E. Davis, at our last Quarterly Meeting, December 9.

I have made one more excursion since and now send you seven good, responsible subscribers. I shall be disappointed if I do not pay over their subscription money at or before our next Annual Conference. I am bound, with the blessing of God, for twenty paying subscribers this conference year, so if you please, mark one Polyglot Bible for

Your Brother in Christ.
                D. P. HURLBUT.

Note. -- New-Years morning, five more wishing to look through your Telescope. * * *

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. 3. No. 17.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., February 14, 1844.                    Whole No. 240.


...D. P. Hurlbut 20 ...

... All others who obtain twenty-five good paying subscribers, shall receive a Polyglot Bible ...

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. 3. No. 29.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., May 8, 1844.                    Whole No. 252.

Minutes of the Sandusky Annual Conference.

The Sandusky Annual Conference of the United Brethren in Christ, convened at Jacob Garners, in Sandusky County, O. April 4th, 1844...

Appointment of the Preachers.

... Been-creek Cir. -- D. P. Hurlbert....

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. ?. No. ?.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wedn., July 17, 1844.                    Whole No. ?.

          For the Religious Telescope.


The principal causes that has led to the late division are as follows: Near two years ago Joseph received, it is said, divine permission to enjoy an addition to the number, to the former, twelve spiritual wives; this created an increasing suspicion. To allay the uneasiness of the brotherhood some time last winter the prophet issued a proclamation, by divine authority, for all the brethren to choose and become lawfully married to spiritual wives, with whom they should live during the thousand years millennium, as no marrying or giving into marriage is to be in that state of things. Accordingly letters of invitation were issued inviting those from abroad to be in attendance at their first jubilee meeting, which took place some time in April last; this happily for the world had the opposite effect. A ceceding party immediately indentified themselves, which increased duly; a printing press was obtained and a prospectus circulated, proposing to publish a weekly paper, exposing the corruptions of the prophet and his party. The first number came to hand last week. The prophet called a Council, which pronounced this new printing establishment a public nuisance, marched directly to the printing office, destroyed the press and the appurtenances thereto, issued orders that the seceding party leave the city, not allowing sufficient time to take with them their effects. Some made their way into the adjacent neighborhoods. The Steam Ferry Boat of Fort Madison was employed to convey two hundred souls to that place. A warrant was issued at Carthage to bring the prophet to an account for this outrage. The officer on arriving at Nauvoo was taken prisoner by the Mormons and put into safe keeping.

The prophet declares all the devils in hell combined with Hancock county, are not sufficient to make him a prisoner. It is reported that the militia are ordered under arms and also a number of armed men have crossed the river from Iowa; it is also expected that the Missourians will participate. What these things will end in, time will tell.             J. DENHAM.
Iowa, May 11, 1844.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. ?. No. ?                    Circleville, Ohio, Wedn., July 24, 1844.                    Whole No. ?


(Death of Joseph Smith -- under construction)


Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. ?. No. ?                    Circleville, Ohio, Wednesday, July 31, 1844.                    Whole No. ?

          For the Religious Telescope.


In our last we gave the particulars as related in different papers, in relation to the death of Joseph and Hiram Smith. Reports were at that time so conflicting that an opinion could hardly be expressed with any degree of certainty. The case turns out, however, to be one highly reproachful to Illinois. It was said by way of extenuation, doubtless, that when the Smiths were in jail that some mormons attempted to break through the guard for the purpose of rescuing the prisoner, and that they and the Smiths both shot at the guard. The statement all appears to be untrue. The Smiths had peaceably surrendered themselves to the Governor upon pledge of their own personal safety, by the [check] magistrate and were safely and peaceably lodged in jail at Carthage, to await their trial for treason and when in this hapless condition, a mob attacked the prison, and literally murdered the two Smiths and two or three others. How highly dishonorable, how vile the wretches, -- what insidious cowards must be the gang who would thus take the advantage of helpless prisoners. The fact that Smith might be or really was an imposture, affords no apology. He was now in the hands of the law. The act will haunt the vile perpetrators, and hang as an incubus upon their hearts, as Cain's mark did upon his forehead, until they shall truly feel themselves vagabonds upon the earth. Should Mormonism truly be a humbug, this event will prove very unfavorable to true religion.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. ?. No. ?.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Aug. 28, 1844.                    Whole No. ?.


Father Bowser is no more. He fell asleep in Jesus, August 5th, 1844. John Bowser, the subject of this memoir, was born in Overling, in Germany, Aug. 5th, 1787; emigrated to America in 1803; embraced religion, April 2d, 1809; was married to Christena Graul, Oct 8th, 1811; received license to exhort the same year; was licensed to preach in 1812; ordained at an Annual Conference held in Montogomery county, Ohio May 31st, 1822.

From Fairfield county, Ohio, his former residence he emigrated to Lucas county, O., Aug. 12th, 1838, where, under the blessing of God, he was the honored instrument of building up the cause of the Redeemer in this, then wilderness, country. Long will his memory be cherished by many who have been by him led to the foot of the cross. His great strength lay in his truly exemplary christian course at home and abroad. The disease of which he died was the intermittant fever. He was first confined July 23d, but not considered dangerous until the 27th. Aug. 3d I visited him, finding him quite low. Sunday 4th, found the symptoms still more unfavorable, he then requested the prayers of his brethren that his faith might not fail him. His mind now became clearer, his prospects of heaven brighter; he exclaimed, "Lovely brethren! I die in the same faith I have preached. If I had strength I would now preach." Being asked what would you preach? Answered "I would preach on the Divinity of Christ; He is my Prophet, Priest and King. Yes, Omniscient, omnipresent. conquering King.

His regard for the poor, a prominent feature of his character, showed itself even in death, calling his children around his bed he exhorted them to remember the poor, requesting them in the settlement of his estate to forgive a part of the debts, and not to crowd them (the poor) for the balance. He also made provision in his will for the continuation of the same liberality in the support of the Gospel which he had manifested in life. His work being now done, the Lord said "It is enough come up higher."

On Monday, the 6th, a discourse was delivered from Psalms 116, 15 vg., by request.

Yours in Christ,
                D. P. HURLBUT

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. V. No. ?.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Oct. 9, 1844.                    Whole No. ?.

          For the Religious Telescope.



Of the Sandusky Annual Conference.

The Sandusky Annual Conference of the United Brethren in Christ, convened at Jacob Garners, in Sandusky County, Ohio. April 4th, 1844...

...Members Present...

... Doctor P. Hurlbut

... Appointments of Preachers...

... Been-creek [Circuit] -- D. P. Hurlbut ...

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. V. No. 18.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Nov. 26, 1845.                    Whole No. ?.

Flight of the Mormon Prophet from Nauvoo.

William Smith of the patriarch's family, has fled from Nauvoo. The St. Louis papers published his "faithful warning to the Latter Day Saints," against the unrighteousness of the elders who have usurped the patriarchal chair, of whom he is the only legal occupant. He counsels peace, love to all men, and a restoration of confidence between the Mormons and their neighbors; opposes emigration to Oregon, and promises further exposure of the unrighteousness of the "wicked elders." He is now in St. Louis, under the protection of some friends. His address is dated 25th of October.

Note: The above news item probably came from the St. Louis Missouri Republican.


N.S. Vol. V. No. 19.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Dec. 3, 1845.                    Whole No. ?.


      For the Religious Telescope.

                                                St. Joseph's Cir, Oct. 28, '45.

Br. D. Edwards: -- The condition of a part of my Circuit, reminded me of the situation of the American army at West Point, while Arnold was counting gold in New York. By the grace of God I erected the bloody banner of the Cross, and commenced with these words: "I am determined to know nothing amongst you, but Jesus Christ and him crucified." Order was soon restored, and we resumed our march for the high lands of glory.

The Circuit was last traveled as a 4 weeks Ct., I now travel it in 3, with three new appointments. I have taken in about 30 new members. In some places things look well, and we have opposition enough to keep us wide awake. Infidelity assumes a very bold appearance, and has furnished me with written arguments against Christian religion, to be answered in the pulpit. Thus far the grace of God has been sufficient for me "Therefore I will not fear." Universalism and Campbellism are in many places legal tender, and what shall I do with them? * They are both for war and both are right - both can conquer the world, and both have all the Bible on their side; and, like Goliath, both defy the armies of the living God; and yet, at times, intimate that they are at variance, and sometimes challenge for the combat; but the Brethren as yet, have quenched the fire, by crying peace and saying (in truth) are not ye Brethren.
* * * * *
                          D. P. HURLBUT.

*Preach Christ to them, in all the fullness of his grace, and in all the power of the spirit. Never stop to cavil until the whole Circuit is in a blaze. The power of the Spirit in the heart, and exhibited in the life -- giving life and energy to our sermons and prayers, is the most irrefutable argument in favor of the doctrine we preach.- - -
Ed. Tel.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. V. No. 28.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed,, Feb. 4, 1846.                    Whole No. 303.

                    For the Religious Telescope.


Can a strong - or as Mr. Buck calls them - a high Calvinist consistently be a minister among us? Or, in other words, are we not known as an Arminian Church?

                D. P. HURLBUT.

Editor's answer. --- The only difficulty we have in answering the above question is, a proper understanding of the terms Calvinist and Arminian, they being understood differently by different persons. If by a strong Calvinist is meant one who believes the peculiar views so zealously advocated by John Calvin, such as unconditional election and reprobation and the impossibility of finally falling from grace, we unhesitatingly answer no. We consider such views unscriptural and of bad tendency.

As to the second part of the question, we answer, that we are ranked among those denominations called Arminian, although we differ in some respects from Arminians. Some sentiments are attributed to Arminians by Calvinistic authors which we as a church never believed. (Editor)

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. VI. No. 1.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., July 29, 1846.                    Whole No. ?

                    For the Religious Telescope.


Bro. Edwards: -- A Telescope is an instrument to assist in determining objects at a distance. In looking through yours many curious, as well as useful ideas are brought to my mind, assisted by faith predicated upon testimony and observation. The World's Convention at London appeared a sight that would make angels smile, but our venerable Bishop Russel got hold of the other end, and it made things look ugly enough. But there are a great many glasses in some Telescopes, and above all a great many eyes to be applied to the same instrument. Vision, as well as the other senses, may at times deceive us: our prejudices and purposes may at times lead us astray; our wills also in a certain sense are martyrs of our faith. I find that it is easier to object than it is to suggest. If the London Convention is not the thing we desire tell me where to find it: for a something is necessary to draw the Protestant churches nearer together, to hasten in that glorious day, when we (the Protestant churches) may be one, as Christ and his Father are one. After all I shall be sadly disappointed if we are not represented in the World's Convention. The subject of Slavery may come up, as well as secret societies, and let us as a church be there by delegation, and let the delegates of all the Protestant world know that we will not compromise with the popular views of the day.     D. P. HURLBUT,
June 27th. 1846.

                 For the Religious Telescope.


To the Preachers, Exhorters, Stewards, leaders and members in general, of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, on St. Joseph circuit, greeting:

Whereas, a report, false in itself, and slanderous in its tendency, injurious to me, and dishonorable to you, has been put in circulation by some evil disposed person or persons, the substance of which is as follows: viz: That the brethren on this circuit cannot, or will not pay their preacher his full salary this conference year. This therefore is to inform such person or persons, and all whom it may concern, that we consider ourselves grievously injured by this report, and that this report is false we pledge our sacred honor, religious character purses to prove before the next Annual Conference.

Signed for and in behalf of all St.
Joseph Circuit.
          D. P. HURLBUT., P. C.
St. Joseph Circuit, July 4th, 1846.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. VI. No. 22.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., August 18, 1846.                    Whole No. ?


This day we celebrated on St. Joseph circuit in Richland Townships, Stuben c., Ind., as follows: Opened by prayer, in a splendid bowry prepared by nature, and seated by art, by Rev. Geo. H. Thayer, of the M. E. Church, from Oneida co., New York who then addressed a large, attentive audience on the subject of American Independence. As a yankee would say, "it was done up right." He traced the finger of God in our obtaining and retaining our liberty; proving that virtue, integrity, and piety are essential to a free government. I then followed with a few charges against old Alchohol [sic.], supported by reason and matter of fact. Adjourned till 3 o'clock P.M. Prayer by Br. J. Thomas, Br. Thayer then resumed the subject of liberty, showing American slavery a foul blot upon our national honor, and a violation of god's written word. It was well received. I then followed upon the same subject. In short, I find the Bible has made me a teetotal cold water man and a downright Abolitionist. I must close by saying the ball of liberty is rolling, put in motion by the right hand of Omnipotence, its speed accelerated by the efforts of the true Christians and patriots, it shall roll until every chain shall be broken, and every burden undone, and the oppressed shall go free. Oh Lord, hasten the day --
                      D. P. Hurlbut.


I have thought that Circuit preachers could receive their Circuits more on the principles of Republicanism than they do at present, and to much better advantage on the lot plan, for several reasons. 1. On the old plan, if the people are not pleased with their preacher they censure the committee, and they are thrown into doubts, under which they labor the whole year. 2. The Presiding Elder would not have so much of "Send us brother such as one," and all asking for the same man embarrassing his mind, for he wishes all well, and he cannot suit all with the selection which they have made. 3. It would save the preachers the trouble of getting up so many petitions and the committee from overlooking them. 4. It would leave the committee in the Conference room to assist in doing the business of Conference. 5. It would save the committed from censure for telling some of the preachers and not others, where their circuits are. 6. It would prevent that jealousy that might arise in the preachers against the committee, for not suiting them in their appointments. 7. It would be just as likely to place the preachers where the Lord would have them as the present plan. 8. It would cause people and preachers to pray more for God to direct the lot. 9. It would relieve the Stationing committee of an obligation, and a burden too heavy for frail, mortal man to bear; for how does that committee know that God does not say to Jonah, "Go to Ninevah," and who would dare to say to that man, "Go to Tarsus." You, my dear brethren, think and pray over this matter, and see if we are trusting the Lord, and exercising that faith that we profess, and preach: and see if there could not be a better and safer plan adopted, one that would remove all those difficulties, and bring about the above named prayer, and cause us to increase more in faith and trust in the Lord. For instance, the following: Let each circuit be named on a ticket and let each preacher draw his circuit or station, and when two are required on one circuit, let the one that draws that circuit first have charge. Let us think and pray over this, and if we can make a step towards holiness, let us make it. Nothing in view but the glory of God, and advancement of his kingdom. --
                a Circuit Preacher.

Note: Article transcriber Dale W Adams tentatively attributes the above unsigned letter to D. P. Hurlbut.


N.S. Vol. VI. No. 47.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., June 16, 1847.                    Whole No. 374.

             For the Religious Telescope.

Abridged Laconic Epitomized.

To all my friends in truth and United Brethren in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, greeting:

My present field of labor is Swan creek Circuit, Western District, Sandusky Con., Ohio. My Post office address is Maumee [PO], Lucas co., O.

In re-organizing the classes I found 99 members. Received this year 37. The story that I died this spring is false. My answer to one and all who are urging me [to] write for the Telescope, is this: I fear [the] readers will think of mine as I think of some which I read, -- "and is the author a member of the United Brethren Church (not to say Bishop)?" "Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon, lest the daughters of the uncircumsized (or enemies) rejoice."

I intend, God willing, to meet the trustees of our Institution at Blendon, at their next session. What was become of our travelling agent, viz: Jacob Barger? We are waiting patiently for you. Will Brother Herrington tell us where to look for the statistics of our last An. Con.

Br. Edwards, I will try to get some subscribers if the Telescope does its duty in sustaining liberty, temperance, religion and education. Your present position is right. God bless your endeavors to do good.

On reading the minutes if the Virginia Annual Conference, I thought of a yankee trick, as follows: A certain man had a quantity of wool which he wished dyed a peculiar color. He sent his wool with a sample to the dyer, charging him to give it the precise shade. He proceeded with pleasure for some time; at last he came to some fleeces not well cleansed, and the color was not as bright as the sample. After some fruitless efforts he lights upon the following plan: said he, "if I cannot dye the wool to the sample, I can bring the sample to the wool." So thrusting the wool and sample into the dye, he raises them without the shout of victory. But the owner having a specimen of the sample before him on the day of settlement, the dyer lost his reward, and was charged with wasting the wool.
      Yours in Christ, D. P. HURLBUT.
Monclova, May 24, 1847.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. VII. No. ?                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., March 8, 1848.                    Whole No. ?

          For the Religious Telescope.

Minutes of the Sandusky Annual Conference.

... [D. P.. Hurlbut confessed to trifling conversation when out of pulpit]... though improvement is claimed by defendant, and promise of future amendment....

(under construction)

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. VIII. No. 4.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Aug. 23, 1848.                    Whole No. 435.

          For the Religious Telescope.

Thy Will be Done.            

It's quite a common thing in "these last days"
To say ours prayers - the mass of people prays.
One great mistake is common to us all;
And by this error many righteous fall;
Forgetting what is said by God's dear son,
"Our Heavenly Father, let thy will be done."

In vain the precious promises we plead,
Present our suits, and urge that we have need,
Plead all the merits of a Savior's blood,
His mediation now before our God,
'Till this is learned the work is scarce begun,
Not my will, Father, but thy will be done.

Not from the lips alone let this proceed,
,But in thy soul let Jesus always read,
To thy good will I every thought resign;
And every power of body and of mind
Brought to a focus, centred all in one
Desire, "O Father, let thy holy will be done."

             D. P. HURLBUT.
     Portland Mission, July 28th, 1848.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. VIII. No. 8.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Sept. 20, 1848.                    Whole No. 439.

                  For the Religious Telescope.

General Conference.

Bro. Edwards: --
With pleasure I have noticed some very appropriate and valuable suggestions in the Telescope, relative to General Conference, the delegates to which are soon to be elected.

If I can discern the signs of the times, that Conference will form a very important epoch in the history of our beloved Church. A few items I will now lay before the Brethren that will occupy some time in that ecclesiastical body. 1st. Education will present her claims; her arguments will be drawn from Revelation, observation, experience and reason. Shall we send men there armed with superstition and tradition, (I will not say ignorance,) to oppose the Otterbein University, and other Institutions of learning? Brethren and Sisters, answer this question at the election this fall for delegates.

2d. Secret societies. Those who adhere strictly to our old land-marks will oppose, in the spirit of our discipline. Free Masonry in all its forms, whether as ancient Free Masonry, Odd Fellowship, Recobites, or Sons of Temperance. And shall we send one man to represent us in that body that will apologize for any secret combination? Forbid it, Brethren, by your votes. The power is in your hands and to God you stand accountable how you improve it.

3d. With a degree of reluctance I mention the "sum of all villanies" Slavery. It is to be declared there may be some, who blinded by education, may offer some apology for"isolated cases" that yet exist in the South. (I hope I am mistaken, but let us be prepared for the worst.) If this should be the case, let us send men who will stand on the broad platform of Discipline, and never consent to compromise, in any sense of the word, with the God dishonoring, and soul destroying principle of Slavery, though it be Christened a "Democratic Institution." Bear this in mind, ye lovers of Freedom; remember the Golden rule, and act accordingly at your election.

4th. War. Is it compatible with the genius of our holy religion to murder our enemies according to law? I am sorry to acknowledge to the world that the affirmative of this question has one advocate in our Church, but such is the fact; here is the question, shall we love our enemies - or shoot them; or can we love them and pray for them, and at the same time shoot them down as we would Bears, Panthers, or Hyenas? Answer this, ye lovers of the "Prince of Peace." May the God of Peace give you wisdom to vote in view of the "Judgement seat of Christ."

5th. Shall that old India Rubber Article on Ardent Spirits, any longer disgrace our Church and put the blush on the cheek of every true Washingtonian? I trust it will not; I hope it will be buried in silence and no monument tell its resting place. Let oblivion cover its memory, and a substitute be found worthy of a true protestant Church, whose banner is now raised high in the moral atmosphere, and saying to sister Churches follow me as I follow Christ; every reader can at one glance see my position. "And what can I do?" is the question of every one. I will answer for one, though I may not be there myself, I will select three Brethren who are eligible to membership in General Conference, whose views are the same as my own and vote for them. This, young Brother and Sister, is your duty and privilege; see to it that you do your duty and leave the event with God. May God in his inifinite mercy purify the Church, and make us Holy, is the prayer of your United Brother in Christ.
                D. P. HURLBUT.
Portland Mission, Aug. 1, 1848.

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. 1. No. 7.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Oct. 16, 1850.                    Whole No. 546.

An[nual] Conference Minutes.
Minutes of the Sandusky An. Con.

The above Conference convened at Bretz's Meeting House, Seneca co., Ohio, on Friday; Sept. 20th, 1850 at 8 o'clock A.M.

.... Members Present ...

... D. P. Hurlbut [itinerant] ...


... To examine applicants for license to preach ...

... D. P. Hurlbut ...

Where are the preachers stationed this year?

... Sandusky Circuit - DP Hurlbut, Fremont, Sandusky, co. Ohio ...

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. 1. No. 32.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., April 9, 1851.                    Whole No. 573.


The subject of sanctification or entire concentration to God, is one to which I have paid little attention in times past. I had a twofold reason for this neglect. First, I disliked the doctrine, and secondly, I considered those who profess the blessing to be reclaimed backsliders. I came to this conclusion from the fact that those who professed the blessing seemed to be tempted far beyond any thing that I had ever experienced. Sometime in the month of June last, I heard the doctrine preached experimentally for the first time. I was not pleased with the sentiments at that time. It however bro't me to reflect more upon the subject, and to see that a deeper work of grace was necessary. I was brought to see that my heart was not wholly given up to God, from the fact that I was subject to impatience, which betrayed a want of reconciliation to God.

Sometime in the month of November, my mind was aroused to stronger efforts; but now temptations of the deadliest kind assailed my mind. The hypothesis maintained by some that God has no other means of access to the soul than through the medium of the five senses, seemed to be Satan's strong hold. I was, however, enabled to through grace, to consecrate my all to God. I was enabled in full assurance of faith to ask God to cleanse me from every secret fault, and give me a clean heart. I then felt a change in my feelings which I cannot describe. It was calm, tranquil, heavenly, and full of love. My soul was unutterably full of glory and of God. My peace was like a river. That restless impatience has gone. All is resignation. Believing that all things work together for good to them that love God, I am happy at all times, and under all circumstances. My worldly cares are few. Jesus is all in all, and I feel him in my soul. My hope is like an anchor, sure and stedfast. I have greater nearness to God in prayer than I ever enjoyed before. I am stronger than before and firmer than ever. --
  Maria S. Hurlbut, March 29, 1851

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. 1. No. 34.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wednesday, April 23, 1851.                    Whole No. 573.


I would say to the friends of Zion, that the Lord has done great things for us on the Sandusky circuit this conference year.- It seems like days of other years, when God in mercy first visited this circuit, and the wilderness of the red man commenced to be a fruitful field. The two brethren that labor with us this year, D. P. Hurlbut and P. Lammon, appear to be stripped for the race, and harnessed with the spirit of Christ...

                J. DESELMS

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. II. No. 8.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wed., Oct. 8, 1851.                    Whole No. 597.


The Sandusky Annual Conference convened at the Beaver Creek Church, Wood Co., O., Sept. 18th, 1851

Members Present

... DP Hurlbut ...

In the progress of the examination the name of D P Hurlbut being called, and it appearing that he had been suspended from the office of the ministry until the session of this body, conference resolved itself into committee of the whole to try the case.

The charges on which he had been tried and suspended, were as follows:

1st. For trying to take advantage of his fellow-men.

2d. For making assertions which he afterwards contradicted.

3d. For making use of light and unchristian conversationj, and thereby lessening his usefulness as a minister of the Gospel.
The question was asked whether a preacher may be tried after an acquittal on the same charges before a similar tribunal. The chair decided in the affirmative.

An appeal was taken from the decision of the chair and the conference concurred.

After a hearing of the testimony and the remarks of the plaintiff and defendant, it was

Resolved, That the case be deferred for decision until Monday morning - at which time the following action was taken.

Resolved, 1st. That in the case of Br. D. P. Hurlbut, we believe there is dishonesty in the land case.

2d. That the third charge is sustained by testimony.

3d. That he be suspended from the office of the ministry until the setting of the next Sandusky Annual Conference, where the case may come up for final decision.

Resolved. That this conference feels deeply wounded by the reflections cast by way of imputation by D. P. Hurlbut and others, on those whom duty called to inquire into the moral deportment of said D. P. H. for the last year...
                J. DESELMS

Notes: (forthcoming)


N.S. Vol. III. No. 8.                    Circleville, Ohio, Wednesday, October 6, 1852.                    Whole No. 649.


This conference convened at Johnsonville, Morrow county, O., September 16, 1852 ...

Members Present

... H Rathbun ...

... D P Hurlbut (sus) ...

The name of D P Hurlbut being called, the journal relating to the [action of the] last conference in his case, was read [The matter of] his case taken up for final [de----] after considerable deliberation [------- ed], that D P Hurlbut be entirely suspended from the ministerial office [the following] resolution was adopted.

Reasons for this suspension:

1st. For having failed to render that satisfaction to conference and others (by repentance and otherwise,) which they had a just cause to expect of him in consequence of charges determined [---ed] against him, for which he was suspended for one year.

2nd. Upon reliable testimony given to this conference, his deportment during suspension, has been unworthy of the sacred office of a minister of the Gospel.

Notes: (forthcoming)

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