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

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by a party of the mob, who tore down their chimneys, broke in their doors and windows, and hurled large rocks into their houses, by which the life of old Mrs Miller, in particular, was greatly endangered. Mr Miller is aged sixty five years being the youngest man in the four families. Some of these men have toiled and bled in the defense of their country; and old Mr Jones, one of the sufferers, served as <a> life guard to Gen George Washington, in the revolution. Well may the soldier of Seventy six contemplate with horror the scenes which surround him at this day, in , where liberty, law, and equal rights, are trodden under foot, It is now apparent, that no man embracing the faith of this people, whatever be his age or former standing in society, may hope to Escape the wrath of the mob, whenever it is in their power to inflict abuse.
A court of inquiry was held at , Clay county, Missouri, the latter part of this month, to inquire into the conduct of , for driving the Saints, or Mormons from , which resulted in his arrest for further trial by a court Martial.
26 December 1833 • Thursday
December 26th. James Blanchard, and Alonzo Rider were cut off from the by a of in ; for repeated transgressions, and promising to reform, and never fulfilling. Nelson Acre was also cut off, on account of his absenting himself from the meet[HC 1:469]ings, and saying that he wanted no more of the church, and that he desired to be cut off, &c.— None of these being present, the council notified them of their exclusion by letters. This day evening a was called to investigate the case of Elder Ezekiel Rider, who had said many hard things against : such as “that was not fit for a bishop, and that he treated the brethren who came into the store with disrespect; that he was over bearing, and fain would walk on the necks of the brethren,” &c. Brother Story was also in a similar transgression.
I rebuked them sharply, and told them that the church must feel the wrath of God except they repent of their sins, and cast away their murmurings and complainings one [p. 411]
by a party of the mob, who tore down their chimneys, broke in their doors and windows, and hurled large rocks into their houses, by which the life of old Mrs Miller, in particular, was greatly endangered. Mr Miller is aged sixty five years being the youngest man in the four families. Some of these men have toiled and bled in the defense of their country; and old Mr Jones, one of the sufferers, served as a life guard to Gen George Washington, in the revolution. Well may the soldier of Seventy six contemplate with horror the scenes which surround him at this day, in , where liberty, law, and equal rights, are trodden under foot, It is now apparent, that no man embracing the faith of this people, whatever be his age or former standing in society, may hope to Escape the wrath of the mob, whenever it is in their power to inflict abuse.
A court of inquiry was held at , Clay county, Missouri, the latter part of this month, to inquire into the conduct of , for driving the Saints, or Mormons from , which resulted in his arrest for further trial by a court Martial.
26 December 1833 • Thursday
December 26th. James Blanchard, and Alonzo Rider were cut off from the by a of in ; for repeated transgressions, and promising to reform, and never fulfilling. Nelson Acre was also cut off, on account of his absenting himself from the meet[HC 1:469]ings, and saying that he wanted no more of the church, and that he desired to be cut off, &c.— None of these being present, the council notified them of their exclusion by letters. This evening a was called to investigate the case of Elder Ezekiel Rider, who had said many hard things against : “that was not fit for a bishop, and that he treated the brethren who came into the store with disrespect; that he was over bearing, and fain would walk on the necks of the brethren,” &c. Brother Story was also in a similar transgression.
I rebuked them sharply, and told them that the church must feel the wrath of God except they repent of their sins, and cast away their murmurings and complainings one [p. 411]
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