History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the states of , , and , and that their numbers are increased beyond all every rational calculation; all of whom are required as soon as convenient, to come up to Zion, which name they have thought proper to confer on our little village. Most of those who have already come, are characterized by the profoundest ignorance, the grosest superstition, and the most abject poverty. Indeed, it is a subject of regret by the Saints “Star” itself, that they have come not only <​un​>able to by <​buy​> an inheritance, which means some fifteen acres of wild land for each family, but destitute of the means of pro[HC 1:396]curing bread and meat. When we reflect on the extensive field in which the sect is operating, and that there exists in every country a leaven of superstition that embraces with avidity, notions the most extravagant and unheard of, and that whatever can be gleaned by them from the perliews of vice, and the abodes of ignorance, is to be cast like a waif into our social circle, it requires no gift of prophecy to tell that the day is not far distant when the civil government of the county will be in their hands. When the Sheriff, the Justices, and the County Judges will be Mormons, or persons wishing to court their favor from motives of Interest or ambition. What
What would be the fate of our lives and property, in the hands of Jurors and witnesses, who do not blush to declare, and would not upon occasion swear hesitate to swear, that they have wrought miracles, and have been the subjects of miraculous and supernatural cures; have converse with God and his angels, and possess and exercise the gifts of divination and of unknown tongues, and fired with the prospect of obtaining without money and without price, may be better imagined than described.
One of the means resorted to by them, in order to drive us to emigrate, is an indirect invitation to the free brethren of color in , to come up, [p. 332]
the states of , , and , and that their numbers are increased beyond every rational calculation; all of whom are required as soon as convenient, to come up to Zion, which name they have thought proper to confer on our little village. Most of those who have already come, are characterized by the profoundest ignorance, the grosest superstition, and the most abject poverty. Indeed, it is a subject of regret by the “Star” itself, that they have come not only unable to buy an inheritance, which means some fifteen acres of wild land for each family, but destitute of the means of pro[HC 1:396]curing bread and meat. When we reflect on the extensive field in which the sect is operating, and that there exists in every country a leaven of superstition that embraces with avidity, notions the most extravagant and unheard of, and that whatever can be gleaned by them from the perliews of vice, and the abodes of ignorance, is to be cast like a waif into our social circle, it requires no gift of prophecy to tell that the day is not far distant when the civil government of the county will be in their hands. When the Sheriff, the Justices, and the County Judges will be Mormons, or persons wishing to court their favor from motives of Interest or ambition.
What would be the fate of our lives and property, in the hands of Jurors and witnesses, who do not blush to declare, and would not upon occasion hesitate to swear, that they have wrought miracles, and have been the subjects of miraculous and supernatural cures; have converse with God and his angels, and possess and exercise the gifts of divination and of unknown tongues, and fired with the prospect of obtaining without money and without price, may be better imagined than described.
One of the means resorted to by them, in order to drive us to emigrate, is an indirect invitation to the free brethren of color in , to come up, [p. 332]
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