Vol. XIV. Gettysburg, July 20, 1830. No. 38.
From the Columbia N. Y. Republican.
The following is an extract from an order of the President, through the Secretary of War, to Generals Carroll and Coffee, dated May 30, 1830:
Vol. XV. Gettysburg, June 7, 1831. No. 32.
A young man who taught school in Palmyra, Wayne county, New York, was lately hoaxed by a traveller who told him of a rich old man in Ohio, who had a daughter, half Indian, and that he would give a barrel of dollars to any white man who would marry her. He wrote a letter to the old gentleman, which was answered by a young man in the secret, and the schoolmaster visited Ohio, was introduced to an elderly man, and after midnight informed of the joke which sent him home with a heavy heart.
Vol. 13. Gettysburg, June 7, 1831. No. 39.
From the N. Y. Courier.
Trouble among the Anti-Masons -- Persecuting each other, &c., &c. -- The charge of Masonic abductions and persecutions which has kept political anti-masonry alive, & made this great State the scene of excitement, asperity, and ill will beyond measure, is now coming home to the right source. The following shows that the Anti-masons have arrested and imprisoned upon a pretence of debt, one of their most active and talented Editors, W. W. Phelps, of the Ontario Phoenix. It seems that Mr. Phelps took a trip to Palmyra from a curiosity to compare "the Book of Mormon," a new discovery, with the Bible, and while there was arrested by certain persons living in Canandaigua & thrown into jail, where he must remain thirty days, leaving a sick family at home. This is something like the original arrest of Morgan for a small debt, at Canandaigua. But let us hear what he says, which is curious.
Vol. 13. Gettysburg, August 2, 1831. No. 47.
Mormonites. -- The fanatical and deluded beings, who are settling en masse, in the northern part of this state, it would appear, from the notices taken of them by the editors in the neighborhood of their new settlement, are still increasing in number; thirty or forty families from the state of New York, & others from different parts of the union have lately arrived and professed the doctrine of Mormonism,
Vol. II. Gettysburg, Tuesday, August 16, 1831. No. 16.
Awful, Indeed! -- An earthquake has taken place within 200 miles of Pekin; from 500,000 to one million beings are represented to have perished; twelve towns or cities are destroyed. The earthquake was accompanied by storms and floods that lasted three days.
Vol. 16. Gettysburg, September 10, 1833. No. 1.
Some extraordinary proceedings in reference to the deluded sect of the Mormonites, took place recently in Jackson county, Missouri, where is the principal settlement of that people. -- A public meeting of the citizens was held, in which they passed resolutions that no Mormon should hereafter settle in or move into that county, and that those now there should remove within a reasonable time, after they shall have settled up their business. They required the editor of the Star, a paper published for the purpose of advocating Mormon doctrines, to discontinue his paper forthwith. For the alternative, in case of any failure to comply with any of these requisitions, the Mormonites were "referred to those of their brethren, who have the gift of divination, & unknown tongues, to inform them of the lot which awaits them." These significant resolutions were read and adopted, and a committee appointed to wait on the leaders of the sect, and provide for the strict performance of the order of the meeting. The order was not complied with -- no answer being given by the editor of the Mormonite press and the keeper of "the Lord's store-house," to whom the communication was particularly addressed -- and therefore the meeting resolved to raze the printing office to the ground, but provided by resolution for the preservation of the materials of the establishment -- the Missouri Times asks, if for their own use? Subsequently another meeting was had, the result of which was an agreement between the citizens attending the meeting and the Mormonites. By this agreement a number of the Mormonites undertook to remove with their families, before the first of January, and to induce all their brethren to remove, 1 half by the first of January, and one half by the first of April -- to discourage any further settlement and to discontinue the press. On these conditions the meeting undertook to protect them and their property from violence.
Vol. 16. Gettysburg, December 17, 1833. No. 15.
Civil War in the West. -- The St. Louis Republican of Nov. 12th , contains a letter from Orson Hyde, (one of the persecuted Mormonites,) giving at length some account of a most flagrant and outrageous attack upon these deluded people, by the citizens of Jackson county. On Thursday night, Oct. 31, between forty and fifty persons congregated in a mob and demolished twelve dwelling houses belonging to the Mormonites -- the inmates fled into the woods. On Friday night another attack was made upon their storehouse, which was demolished, and the goods scattered through the streets. On Saturday night, the mob again attacked them, but the Mormonites had prepared themselves and shot one of the mob. On Monday, the mob collected to the number of between 2 and 300, well armed. At night a part of this number made a descent upon the Mormonites, but the latter were so well prepared, that three of the mob were killed, and a number mortally wounded. On Tuesday night, another battle was fought, in which about 20 of the mob were shot, and 2 or 3 of the Mormonites. The magistrates refused to interfere in the matter -- Carrolltonian.
Vol. 16. Gettysburg, December 24, 1833. No. 16.
The Governor of Missouri lately exercised his constitutional power of pardoning a person convicted of murder, under the belief of the insanity of the perpetrator of it. The act occasioned no little excitement at St. Louis, where the effigy of the Governor was paraded through the streets, and afterwards burnt.
Vol. VIII. Gettysburg, December 30, 1833. No. 9.
The Mormon War.-- A letter from the Rev. B. Pixley, to the editor of the New York Observer, relative to the civil war in Missouri between the inhabitants and the Mormons. gives a somewhat different version of the affair, from that published some time ago, in this paper, on the authority of Orson Hyde, one of the Elders. From Mr. P.'s account, it appears that the sect proclaimed that the spot they had selected was the Zion spoken of in scripture -- that the present inhabitants would be driven off, and that they, the Mormons, should inhabit the country. This arrogant pretence, coupled with an invitation to all the free negroes to come and join them, aroused a spirit of opposition, and induced the citizens, last summer, to pull down their printing office. They were proceeding to other extremities, when expostulation ensued and a treaty was made in which it was agreed that the Mormons should move away before another summer, and in consideration thereof the other party were to make good the loss sustained by destroying their printing office.
Vol. 16. Gettysburg, January 7, 1834. No. 18.
THE MORMONITES AGAIN,
Governor Dunklin of Missouri, has issued an Executive Letter, directed to several leading men of the Mormon persuasion, directing them to appeal to the courts of law, which are bound to render them satisfaction for the late outrageous assaults upon their rights and liberties as peaceable citizens. The Governor says. "in the event that the laws cannot be executed, and that fact is officially made known to me, my duty will require me to take such steps as will enforce a faithful execution of them."
Vol. VIII. Gettysburg, July 14, 1834. No. ?
THE MORMONS IN MISSOURI.
Current information from Missouri confirms the apprehensions entertained of the breaking out of a furious Civil War between the Mormons and the residents of Jackson county, in the State of Missouri. The Fayette Monitor, of the 21st, says "By our next number we anticipate something (on the Mormon controversy) in an authentic form. The People may look for the worst."
Vol. 16. Gettysburg, July 22, 1834. No. 46.
We have been looking out for some days past for news of bloodshed between the Mormons and their opponents in Jackson county, in Missouri. The subjoined is the first report of it, and being through a private channel, may not be very accurate. --
Vol. 16. Gettysburg, July 29, 1834. No. 47.
The report of a battle between the citizens of Jackson county, Missouri, in which it was said that the Mormon leader was slain, is not confirmed. The accounts from St. Louis, make it probable that no such collision has taken place but that on the contrary, the Mormons have abandoned the attempt to use force in order to regain possession
Vol. IX. Gettysburg, March 23, 1835. No. 21.
Mormonism in Massachusetts.
Strange as it may seem, those senseless wretches, the Mormons, have numerous and organized societies in the neighborhood of Northampton, Mass.; and in South Hadley they have formed a junction with another precious denomination of fanatics who call themselves "Perfectionists," forsooth. Their religious (!) exercises consist of exhortations, jumpings, dances &c., and they have, says a Northampton paper, found a dozen proselytes among the highly intelligent citizens of old Hampshire. We beg the editor's pardon, but we fancy there must be some mistake about the "intelligence" aforesaid.
Vol. IX. Gettysburg, June 29, 1835. No. 35.
An Angel caught. -- The Magazine and Advocate says, says, that while the Mormon Prophet, Jo Smith, was in Ohio, engaged in proselying people to the faith of the "Golden Bible," he sought to give additional solemnity to the Baptismal rite, by affirming that on each occasion an angel would appear on the opposite side of the stream, and there remain till the conclusion of the ceremony. The rite was administered in the evening in Grand River, near Painesville, not by the Prophet in person, but by his disciples. In agreement with the prediction of the Prophet, on each occasion a figure in white was seen on the opposite bank, and the faith of the faithful was thereby greatly increased. Suspicions, as to the incorporeal nature of the reputed angel, at length induced a company of young men (unbelievers of course) to examine the quality of the ghost, and having secreted themselves, they awaited its arrival. -- Their expectations were soon realized, by its appearance in its customary position, and rushing from their lair, they succeeded in forcing it into the stream, & although its efforts at escape were powerful, they succeeded in bearing it in triumph to the opposite side of the stream, when who should this supposed inhabitant of the upper world be, but the Mormon Prophet himself! --
Vol. IX. Gettysburg, August 10, 1835. No. 41.
Mormonism has broken out in Boston, and not the yellow fever, as was reported. One of the leaders of that precious gang, styling himself "an elder among the latter day saints," gives notice that he will give a lecture on his creed in Julien Hall. These are precious times, and almost lead us to a belief that a part of the fellow's title may not be amiss, namely, the "latter day," for it would seem that Satan has broken loose. -- U. S. Gaz.
Vol. 17. Gettysburg, August 25, 1835. No. 51.
Jo Smith, the Mormon prophet, has bought three mummies, and has discovered they are the bodies of Joseph (the son of Jacob,) and King Abimelech and his daughter. They are now carrying them about the country with which to gull poor human nature. --
NS Vol. I. Gettysburg, March 1, 1836. No. 23.
Mormonism in New England. -- The Mormons have congregated in some force at a place called St. Johns-burg [sic - Johnsbury?], in Vermont. -- Their house of worship is an old barn, which they have fitted up. The elect from the land of faith and promise in the West have despatched twelve apostles to the East for the purpose of making proselytes. An eastern paper furnishes and account of their mode of worship and the articles of their faith. -- A brother of Joe Smith the chief prophet of the western tribe of Mormon Saints, is the principle apostle now on a pilgrimage of faith to the East. He claims -- as do his brethren -- the gift of tongues, and the gift of healing -- and he recommends -- very justly, that these gifts be not abused. The saints to whom they have vouchsafed, have trifled with both these gifts. Their gift of tongues has induced them to talk a great deal of nonsense, and their gift of healing has failed in its efficacy, probably because those on whom it was exercised, were deficient in faith. By the book of Mormon it appears, that a large tract of country has been set by Providence with proper metes and bounds, for the abiding place of the latter day saints, to which, although they have a right, yet they consider it prudent to obtain an earthly title by purchase. The object of the Mormon apostles is to induce certain ignorant fanatics in the East to dispose of their property, and proceed to the West. There is every reason to believe -- says an Eastern paper -- that they will succeed in making proselytes in Vermont.
Vol. 20. Gettysburg, May 23, 1836. No. 30.
A gentleman living in Lorane county Ohio, writes that a more extraordinary sect has not sprung up since the days of Mahomet. In the town of Kirtland they have erected a stone temple at an expense of $40,000. It is 60 by 80 feet broad; and 50 feet high. It has two rows of Gothic windows. The floor is the place of worship, with four rows of pulpits at each end, having three pulpits in a row. These twelve pulpits rise behind and above one another, and are designed, the uppermost row for the bishop and his counsellors, the second for the priest and his counsellors, the third for the teachers, and the fourth or lowest for the deacons. Over the division between each of the rows of pulpits is a painted canvass, rolled up to the ceiling, and to be let down at pleasure, so as to conceal the dignitaries from the audience. The area can be divided into four apartments at pleasure to carry on the objects of imposture. The second and attic stories are for a theological and literary seminary, which is expected to have the manual labor system attached to it. The Mormons are very eager to acquire an education. -- Men, women, and children are studying Hebrew. Some of the men pursue their Hebrew till 12 o'clock at night, and attend to nothing else. They pretend to have remarkable revelations, work miracles, heal the sick, &c.
Vol. 20. Gettysburg, August 15, 1836. No. 42.
The Mormons. -- The followers of the prophet, Joseph Smith, and the believers in the Golden Bible, are becoming a formidable sect in the U. S. We might look upon such modern credulity with amazement -- we might be surprised to see such absurdities, nay worse than absurdities, the most brazen blasphemies -- espoused and taught by the tongue of eloquence, & believed with implicit faith -- did not history force upon us the humiliating fact that no intelligence is too great, no mind too strong to become the dupe of fanatics and impostors. The mind upon all ordinary matters may be perfectly sane, while in others it can be little less than lunatic. It might be supposed that the good sense of the people would put down these glaring impostures in the first step -- but what is the fact? Mathias had more influence over his followers, than all other human efforts combined. When he told them to pour their wealth into his lap, or demanded the basest prostitution of his deluded victims, they thought eternal salvation depended upon their compliance. When Jo. Smith raised a band of his followers, armed to defend the city of Zion in Missouri, and a dispute arose whether they should encamp or march on, the prophet came, and in the most imposing manner exclaimed -- "In the name of the Lord God -- march on!" and all sedition was hushed and not a murmur heard. -- When witchcraft spread such terror among our puritanical leaders of New England, how many unfortunate creatures suffered the bitterest persecutions from the hallucinations of some misguided fanatic or enthusiast. Even the reality of ghosts, and the influence of visible intangible supernatural beings, are firmly believed by hundreds and thousands in the community.
THE REPUBLICAN COMPILER.
NS Vol. II. Gettysburg, April 18, 1837. No. ?
The Monroe, Michigan, Bank has one hundred and twenty-two thousand dollars in circulation, and only a little over one thousand dollars in specie wherewith to redeem it -- it has also stopped payment....
THE REPUBLICAN COMPILER.
NS Vol. III. Gettysburg, April 17, 1838. No. 30.
From the Painesville Republican.
THE REPUBLICAN COMPILER.
NS Vol. III. Gettysburg, May 15, 1838. No. 34.
Mr. Casson Draper, aged 19 years, was killed in Twinsburg, Portage co. on the 19th of April, by the fall of a tree. -- The deceased, and an elder brother, repaired to the woods in the morning & commenced chopping, and at noon both were found crushed by the first tree they had fallen. The surviving one is badly injured & cannot probably survive, though we understand some of the Mormon priests have been testing their pretended 'gift of miracles' upon the bruised man. --
Vol. 22. Gettysburg, July 30, 1838. No. 40.
The Mormons. -- The Mormons to the number of about 500, with 57 wagons, filled with furniture, cattle, &c. have left Geauga county, Ohio, on their way to the "promised land" in Missouri. They pitch their tents in the open fields at night, after the manner of the ancient Israelites.
Vol. 23. Gettysburg, October 29, 1838. No. 1.
MORE OF THE MORMONS.
It appears from the annexed letter, which we copy from the St. Louis Republican, that blood has already been spilt in a conflict between the Mormons and a Missouri mob, and that a still more serious collision is threatened. The Republican adds, that a messenger bearing despatches to Governor Boggs, arrived in St. Louis, on Tuesday, the 11th inst.
Vol. 23. Gettysburg, November 5, 1838. No. 2.
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 Dewitt. The Pirate lay at Greenville, seven miles above Dewitt, 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 Dewitt, 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. --
Vol. 23. Gettysburg, November 19, 1838. No. 4.
From the Baltimore American.
MORMON TROUBLES. -- A slip from the Missouri Watchman, of the 29th October, contains the proceedings of a meeting of the citizens of Ray county, convened for the purpose of considering the difficulties existing between the people of Missouri and the Mormons. At this meeting a report was made by three persons, who had visited certain places in Davies County, where the Mormons were reported to have committed excesses. They found numerous ruins of dwellings, stores, mills, &c., which were laid in ashes, and were informed that their contents had previously been pillaged by the Mormons and carried off. It was also stated to them that the Mormons had driven away large numbers of cattle. -- They were represented to be about 600 strong. These persons were deterred from prosecuting their inquiries further, from the fact of their meeting families removing into Ray County for safety, who stated that the country on the north side of Grand River was devastated and entirely deserted, except by the Mormons.
Vol. IX. Gettysburg, Nov. 20, 1838. No. 34.
From the Mormons.
We have highly exciting intelligence from Missouri. The Mormonites and their opponents were in the field, and already a number of lives have been sacrificed.
Vol. 23. Gettysburg, November 26, 1838. No. 5.
The Mormon War at an end
Vol. 23. Gettysburg, December 3, 1838. No. 6.
THE REPUBLICAN COMPILER.
NS Vol. IV. Gettysburg, January 1, 1839. No. 15.
THE MORMON PRISONERS.
We learn from the Western Star, of November 20, that the examining trial of the Mormons before Judge King, closed at Richmond on the Wednesday previous. That paper says, "Some twenty-five of thirty were discharged, and about thirty-five are retained for indictment and trial -- some for treason against the State, some for murder, some as accessories to murder, and some for arson, burglary, robbery and larceny. -- We are informed the testimony discloses many facts which have not yet been published to the world, but not deeming it proper to make them the subject of newspaper comment before the trials of the accused, we forbear their disclosure. We are not apprized with certainty what steps will be taken for the safe custody of the prisoners, but think it most probable they will be divided and sent to the jails of the most convenient counties having jails. They are at present under the guard of a part of Capt. Bogard's company of militia, Gen. Clark having disbanded all his troops by order of the Governor.
Vol. 24. Gettysburg, December 30, 1839. No. 8.
Correspondence of the U. S. Gazette.
Washington, Dec. 21.
Vol. 25. Gettysburg, April 26, 1841. No. 28.
TheMormons. -- The corner stone of the Great Mormon Temple (that is to be) at Nauvoo, Illinois, was laid on the 6th instant, in presence of seven or eight thousand persons, and the Nauvoo Military Legion, consisting of six hundred and fifty men. -- The Warsaw, Ill. 'World' says:
Vol. 26. Gettysburg, May 16, 1842. No. 17.
Mormonism. -- The spread of this singular delusion is one of the most remarkable signs of the times. What the sign may denote, beyond an extensive degree of credulity in poor human nature, it is not for us to say. The extension of this sect is proceeding rapidly, not only in the West, but in the very centre also of the most populous and educated portion of New England. In Boston, it is stated, a church was established in March last, numbering thirty converts; it is now filled with a large congregation. From this point they have radiated throughout the neighboring towns. In Chelsea, Medway & Salem, the foundations of Mormonism have been laid, In the last named town nearly seventy have been baptized into the faith. They have extended themselves also into New Hampshire, At Peterborough seventy were baptized in one day, and the church in that place numbers over 100 members.
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, January 23, 1843. No. 17.
Joe Smith , charged with sending Mormons into Missouri to assassinate Gov. Boggs, and for whom a requisition had been made by the Gov. of Missouri, was brought before Judge Pope at Springfield, Illinois, on the 5th instant, on a writ of habeas corpus, and discharged. The decision in the case was upon the ground that he was not a fugitive from justice, and consequently not the subject of a surrender to the authorities of another State.
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, March 27, 1843. No. 26.
Orin Porter Rockwell, the Mormon who has been accused of being the person who attempted to assassinate ex-Governor Boggs, of Missouri, last summer, was apprehended at St. Louis on the 6th instant, and committed to jail. -- He will now have to stand his trial.
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, April 3, 1843. No. 27.
More Mormons. -- We learn that no less than three hundredlive Mormons arrived yesterday from Liverpool in the ship Swanton. They are on their way to Nauvoo, but we shrewdly opine that their faith in Joe Smith will be most essentially worked out of them before they arrive as his strong hold. --
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, June 19, 1843. No. 38.
There is a split among the Mormons, and the seceders, under one Hinkle, have set up a separate establishment on their own hook near a place called Blue Grass, somewhere in the territory of Iowa. Hinkle has already baptized four hundred into his new form of fanaticism, and appears to be driving a lively business of it. After he has baptized his new recruits he lays his hands upon their head when he says they receive power to prophesy, cure the sick, heal the lame, and perform all other miracles, like the Apostles of our Saviour! We have a great deal to say about the 'march of intelligence,' and abundance of flattery to bestow upon the enlightenment of the nineteenth century, the spread of science and the ameliorating influence of education, but it seems to us that there is about as much gross ignorance and disgusting fanaticism in our day as at any former period ..
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, July 3, 1843. No. 40.
Nauvoo. -- The editor of the Cuyahoga Falls True American says he conversed with a gentleman a day or two since who had lately visited the Mormon Prophet, who states that there are now at Nauvoo, congregated from all parts of the world, some 17 or 18,000 souls. -- in a miserable, wretched condition, subject to the order of Smith. While hundreds become dissatisfied with the represented 'Promised Land,' and leave for a better 'heritage,' their places are filling up by fresh converts in a wicked system of delusion. The great temple, estimated to cost half a million dollars, has advanced about 11 feet in the walls.
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, July 24, 1843. No. 43.
A gentleman from the Mormon city of Nauvoo a few days since, informs the editor of the Cincinnati Chronicle, that of the 15,000 persons who make up the population of Nauvoo, about one-third are of various religious denominations. The arrest of their leader Joe Smith has caused great excitement, and he confirms the previous statement that two parties of armed Mormons had left the city for the rescue of Smith while on his way to Springfield, Illinois. He adds that all the gunpowder at Nauvoo had been made into ball cartridges, and even the women had been actively engaged in casting balls, and making cartridges.
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, July 31, 1843. No. 44.
A special edict to the Philadelphia Mormons is published in the last Nauvoo Times and Seasons. They are 'instructed and counseled to remove without delay, and locate themselves in the city of Nauvoo, where God has a work for them to accomplish.' The edict is published by order of the 'Quorum of the Twelve.'
Vol. 27. Gettysburg, September 4, 1843. No. 49.
Prospects of another Mormon War. -- The St. Louis New Era, of the 16th ultimo, says:
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, February 26, 1844. No. 22.
Made Mormons of. -- Two young women were baptised into the Mormon faith by immersion on Sunday afternoon. at Salem, Mass. in the South Mill Pond, a hole, of a few yards square, where the water was about three feet deep, having been cut in the ice for that purpose.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, March 11, 1844. No. 24.
Probable Mormon War. -- A large meeting was recently held at Carthage, Illinois, growing out of numerous difficulties of late occurrence between the citizens of Carthage and their neighbors of Nauvoo, at which resolutions were passed strongly denunciatory of the Mormons and their notorious leader, Joe Smith. The Warsaw Message, remarking upon this state of things, holds the following language:
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, April 1, 1844. No. 27.
A fellow named Dennett [sic - Bennett], a seceding Mormon, undertook on Monday, to give a lecture on, and exposition of Mormonism, at the Marlborough Chapel, Boston. A monstrous crowd attended, anxious for the revelation. Dennett confessed that he was caught doing some very naughty tricks. After a time he was interrupted by the explosion of Chinese crackers, and then by a rotten egg leveled at his head; and, subsequently, he was ejected with "force and foot." The plastering of eggs in his hair, and on his face, was frosted by a few pounds of powder, and the poor miserable object was left running with all his might.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, April 8, 1844. No. 28.
Mormons. -- On Friday last, in Little Britain township, Lancaster county, four persons were baptized according to the canons of Joe Smith's church, -- from which we infer that a certain description of people "are not dead yet."
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, May 13, 1844. No. 33.
The Mormons. -- A friend has permitted us to copy the annexed extract from a letter from a gentleman of Ohio. The writer, we are assured, is a candid observer and a man of excellent judgment.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, June 10, 1844. No. 37.
Schism among the Mormons. -- The last Warsaw (Illinois) Signal states that a rupture has taken place among the Mormons -- a respectable number of the most intelligent members of that body having seceded, under the guidance of William Law, and set up for themselves. It does not appear that the religious views of the seceders have undergone any material change. They profess that Joseph Smith was once a true prophet; but contend that he has now fallen from grace, and not worthy to remain at the head of the Church. Private information (says the Alton Telegraph of the 18th) confirms the above intelligence in the most essential features.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, June 24, 1844. No. 39.
Mormon Outrage. -- The St. Louis Gazette of the 4th instant says an organized party of five or six hundred men has started for Nauvoo, to release from the custody of the Mormons Dr. Hitchcock, U. S. Marshal of Iowa. Dr. H. went to Nauvoo to arrest a criminal, and was seized and confined by the Prophet's followers.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, July 1, 1844. No. 40.
Troubles at Nauvoo. -- It seems that a portion of Joe Smith's followers have rebelled against his authority, and have established a paper called the "Nauvoo Expositor," the first number of which commenced a series of essays to prove that the Prophet was guilty of all the most heinous crimes in the calendar. -- We learn from the Cincinnati Commercial that on the 10th ult. this paper was declared by the authorities of that city a nuisance, and the city marshal at the head of the police, in the evening took the press, materials and paper into the street and burnt them.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, July 8, 1844. No. 41.
Joe Smith and his Council have surrendered to Gov. Ford, of Illinois. They were taken to Carthage, where they would be examined on the 25th. Joe will be set free on giving bail; but a St. Louis paper says, "a body of 200 horse troop mean to follow him, it is said, until they kill him!"
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, July 15, 1844. No. 42.
Death of Joe Smith.
==> We stated in our last that Smith and his Council had been arrested and confined in the jail at Carthage. A guard was summoned around the prison by Gov. Ford, who then left for Nauvoo, to take possession of the arms, &c. of the Mormon Legion. During the Governor's absence, on the evening of the 27th ult. it is said that an effort was made to rescue the prisoners, by firing upon the guard, and that at the same time Smith and his friends within the prison seconded the efforts of those without by firing from the windows. This, if correct, was the signal for assault, and immediately the jail was broken into. -- Smith attempted to escape by jumping from the window, in which act he was fired upon and instantly killed, having received a number of bullets in his body.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, July 29, 1844. No. 44.
==> The Governor of Illinois has made a requisition on the U. S. Government for 500 troops, to be stationed in the neighborhood of Nauvoo, to prevent blood-shed by the Mormons or anti-Mormons.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, August 5, 1844. No. 45.
Successor of the Prophet. -- John Hardy, President of the Boston Branch of the Mormons, in reference to a successor to Joe Smith, informs the Editor of the Times that all speculations on this point are "fudge and nonsense," and says, "Samuel H. Smith, the oldest member of the family now living, and a brother of the murdered Prophet, will take the office of his brother Hiram as Patriarch in the church, according to the ancient custom of God's people."
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, September 2, 1844. No. 49.
Mormon Affairs. -- It appears that the reports of the re-appearance of Joe Smith and the appointment of his son as prophet, are all false, and originated in a desire to injure the Mormons abroad. Sidney Rigdon had returned to Nauvoo from Pittsburg and preached to the people on the 4th ult. In consequence of the death of Samuel Smith, Joe's brother, since the murder of the prophet, Sidney Rigdon will be chosen patriarch.
Vol. 28. Gettysburg, September 9, 1844. No. 50.
Mormon Anecdote. -- It is very common for Mormons in working miracles to practice in the following manner:
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, September 30, 1844. No. 1.
A Vision at Nauvoo. -- Though Joe Smith is dead, the gift of prophecy remains with some of his followers, who seem to exercise it as Joe did, for their own advantages. Sidney Rigdon has had a quarrel with the twelve, and they have cut him off from the church. He threatens to come out with an exposition, and professes to have had a vision, in which it was shown him all that would transpire to the winding up scene. He says he has received the keys of David, spoken of in the third chapter of the Revelations, which shutteth and no man openeth and openeth and no man shutteth. It has been shown to him that the temple will not be finished, and in less than four years there will be blood-shed; about this time; the saints will fight the first great battle at Chambersburg, in Pennsylvania; the second in Harrisburg; third, at Philadelphia; fourth, at Baltimore; fifth, at Washington; sixth, at Richmond; seventh, at New York; eighth at Boston; ninth on the Hudson; tenth, and last on this continent, at Monmouth, New Jersey, in which they will defeat the forces of Queen Victoria; take the shipping that brought over her army, and pass over in divisions to England, France and Spain, and finally complete the conquest of the world, and fight the battles of Gog and Magog, at Jerusalem, when the Saviour will appear, which will be in about eleven years from this time. Sidney says the keys he holds are above those held by Joseph. He has ordained several prophets, who are not to leave Nauvoo at present, but that a sign will be given them when to leave, so that they may assemble and take command of the army. If they have so grand a warlike job to perform, they had better begin soon. It will take some time to carry this design of universal conquest -- Sun.
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, October 7, 1844. No. 2.
Infamous. -- The people of Illinois are accused of a plan to starve out the Mormons, and compel them to leave their city: provisions on their way thither are intercepted, and those having them ill treated. The farmers are fearful of their lives being taken if they proceed in the direction of Nauvoo with provisions. Within a few days previous to the 14th ult. numerous Mormons have visited St. Louis to provide the necessities of life. Such persecution of a people, for a difference of religion, is infamously wicked.
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, November 11, 1844. No. 7.
By the Die Vernon we learn that more trouble was brewing in the Mormon country. This was the week of the Circuit Court of Hancock Co., Illinois. -- Williams and Sharp went up to stand their trial. Two hundred armed Mormons appeared at Carthage and stated that they came by authority of Gov. Ford. There were also between one and two hundred persons present, armed and disguised as Indians, and it was anticipated that they would come in collision, and if so, much murder and bloodshed would ensue. It is scarcely credible that Governor Ford should authorize an armed body of Mormons to attend Court at Carthage -- for he might have been sure that such a proceeding would lead to violence. But his course in relation to the Mormons has been that no act can now create much surprise. --
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, December 2, 1844. No. 10.
The Mormon Vote. -- Nearly the entire vote of the Mormon city was given to Mr. Polk. The full returns give Polk 2000; Clay 5.
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, December 23, 1844. No. 13.
Unpleasant Rumor. -- The Warsaw (Illinois) Signal states that Lyman Wright's party of Mormons have emigrated to Prairie du Chien, made an attack upon a trading station, ninety miles above that place, for the purpose of robbing it, but were hotly received, and four of the gang killed. The remainder fled pursued by the exasperated French and Indians, who coming up to the Mormons, murdered all they could find, we know not how many. The rumor was generally believed at Nauvoo.
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, December 30, 1844. No. 14.
Mormonism. -- The Springfield (Illinois) correspondent of the St. Louis Republican says: "It is mentioned here that Wood, who acted as one of Joe Smith's counsel at the time of his death, is endeavoring to prevail on the 'prophet's' wife to make a full exposure of Mormonism, and to allow him to publish it, and that she has consented so to do."
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, January 6, 1845. No. 15.
Its location; how the Mormons came by it; the dimensions of the city; all residents are not of the Church; Temple; sculptured pilasters; interior finished; brazen laver; the city will never be abandoned by its builders.
Vol. 29. Gettysburg, May 19, 1845. No. 34.
==> The Pittsburg Gazette says that city is the centre of an extensive branch of the Mormon delusion. At the head of the Branch is Sidney Rigdon, who publishes a paper which is called the Messenger and Advocate. In one of the numbers it is announced that the Mormon Church was organized in that city on the 7th of April. The imposture appears to be quite as gross and absurd as that inculcated at Nauvoo.
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Vol. 28. Gettysburg, September 29, 1845. No. 2.
Serious Disturbance. -- A correspondent of the St. Louis Republican writes from Warsaw, Illinois, under date of the 11th inst., as follows:
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Vol. 28. Gettysburg, October 6, 1845. No. 3.
A Battle Fought and Twenty-one Persons Killed -- Another Battle Expected.
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Vol. 28. Gettysburg, October 13, 1845. No. 4.
The Hannibal (Mo.) Journal of the 23d ult., contains the following letter, dated
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Vol. 28. Gettysburg, November 10, 1845. No. 8.
The Mormons have held a grand Convention at Nauvoo, and resolved unanimously to leave Illinois and settle at Vancouver's Island, on the Columbia river -- the wealthy agreeing to devote their means to assist the poor to emigrate with them. Elder P. P. Pratt addressed the Convention, from which we make the following extract:
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Vol. 28. Gettysburg, November 24, 1845. No. 10.
THE MORMONS intend to sell their land and buildings at Nauvoo, including the great temple, to the Catholic Church. An agent is now in Cincinnati, endeavoring to negotiate with Bishop Purcell. It is said that terms have been agreed upon.
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Vol. 28. Gettysburg, December 22, 1845. No. 14.
Letter from the Widow of the
The present state of affairs among the Mormons and their intentions for the future, are probably more authentically portrayed in the following letter than in any other -- coming as it does from one who has been and is so intimately connected with them. It is from Mrs. Smith, widow of the late General Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and would be read with interest were it even very lengthy. --
Vol. 47. Gettysburg, March 22, 1847. No. 26.
There has been, for the last two or three years, a settlement of Mormons in the vicinity of Greencastle, Franklin county -- at the head of which is Sydney Rigdon, the Mormon Prophet. Some dissensions have lately commenced among them, and their number is gradually diminishing. It is said that the most licentious practices have been indulged in, and even their Prophet has been guilty of some acts which call for the interference of the law. If these things are as represented, where are the officers of Justice? They are delelict of duty, if they suffer such proceedings to pass unpunished.