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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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was moulded into militia, to effect by stratagem what he knew, as well as his hellish host, could not be done by legal force. As Lieut, Gov, he had only to wink, and the mob went from maltreatment to [HC 1:437] murder. The horrid calculations of this second Nero were often developed in a way that could not be mistaken. Early on the morning of the 5th., say at 1 o’clock A.M. he came to , , and , and told them to flee for their lives. Now, unless he had given the order to do so, no one would have attempted murder, after the had agreed to go away: His conscience vacilated on its rocky moorings, and gave the secret alarm to these men.
The Saints who fled, took refuge in the neighboring counties— mostly in , which received them with some degree of kindness, Those who fled to the county Of Van Buren were again driven, and compelled to flee, and those who fled to , Missouri, were soon expelled, or the most of them, and had to move where ever they could find protection. [HC 1:438]
13 November 1833 • Wednesday
November 13th. about 4 o’clock A.M. I was awaked by Brother Davis’ knocking at my door, and calling on me to arise and behold the signs in the heavens. I arose, and to my great joy, I beheld the stars fall from heaven like a shower of hail stones; a literal fulfilment of the word of God as recorded in the holy Scriptures and a sure sign that the coming of Christ is close at hand. In the midst of this shower of fire, I was led to Exclaim, how marvillous are thy works; O Lord! I thank thee for thy Mercy unto thy servant; and save me in the thy kingdom for Christ’s sake; Amen.
The appearance of these signs varied in different sections of the country. In Zion, all heaven seemed enwrapped <enwrapt> in splendid fire-works, as if every star in the broad expanse, had been suddenly hurled from its course, and sent lawless through the wilds [p. 376]
was moulded into militia, to effect by stratagem what he knew, as well as his hellish host, could not be done by legal force. As Lieut, Gov, he had only to wink, and the mob went from maltreatment to [HC 1:437] murder. The horrid calculations of this second Nero were often developed in a way that could not be mistaken. Early on the morning of the 5th., say at 1 o’clock A.M. he came to , , and , and told them to flee for their lives. Now, unless he had given the order to do so, no one would have attempted murder, after the had agreed to go away: His conscience vacilated on its rocky moorings, and gave the secret alarm to these men.
The Saints who fled, took refuge in the neighboring counties— mostly in , which received them with some degree of kindness, Those who fled to the county Of Van Buren were again driven, and compelled to flee, and those who fled to , Missouri, were soon expelled, or the most of them, and had to move where ever they could find protection. [HC 1:438]
13 November 1833 • Wednesday
November 13th. about 4 o’clock A.M. I was awaked by Brother Davis’ knocking at my door, and calling on me to arise and behold the signs in the heavens. I arose, and to my great joy, beheld the stars fall from heaven like a shower of hail stones; a literal fulfilment of the word of God as recorded in the holy Scriptures and a sure sign that the coming of Christ is close at hand. In the midst of this shower of fire, I was led to Exclaim, how marvillous are thy works; O Lord! I thank thee for thy Mercy unto thy servant; save me in thy kingdom for Christ’s sake; Amen.
The appearance of these signs varied in different sections of the country. In Zion, all heaven seemed enwrapt in splendid fire-works, as if every star in the broad expanse, had been suddenly hurled from its course, and sent lawless through the wilds [p. 376]
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