Editorial, 4 May 1838

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, May 1838.
Notwithstanding all the efforts of the enemies to the truth, both from without and within, to the contrary, we are enabled to present this Journal, to the patrons, with the prospect of being able to continue it in time to come, without interruption.
Great have been the exertions of the opposers to righteousness, to prevent us from sending abroad the doctrines of the to the world: every effort has been used by the combined influence of all classes of enemies, and of all sects and parties of religion; and of those who are opposed to it, in all its forms to prevent it.
It is indeed somewhat unexpected to us, to be able to commence printing the Journal again so soon; but the general interest felt in it by the Saints in general, soon, in a degree, repaired the loss which was suffered in the burning of the press in ; and another establishment, by the exertions of the Saints in , has been obtained, sufficiently large, to print the Journal; and soon will be greatly enlarged, so as to do all the printing necessary, for the whole church.
We have no doubt, but liberal minded men will continue to aid with their means until the establishment will be sufficiently supplied with means to make the largest of the kind, any where in the region of country where it is located.
In this place, the church is as pleasantly situated as could be expected, taking into consideration their circumstances, as the settlement here is but about eighteen months old, and the first settlers had been driven from their homes, and all their property destroyed, and had to come here without any thing.—But to their honor it may be said, that few people on earth have endured the same degree of persecution, with the same patience.
Nothing discouraged by the great afflictions and tribulations which they have had to endure for Christ’s sake. They united with all their powers, to turn a solitary place into a fruitful field—we do not say a wilderness, for there is not a sufficiency of timber to make it a wilderness—and have exceeded the highest expectations of the most enthusiastic.
Large bodies of land have been, and are now putting under cultivation.
We might venture an assertion on this point, and that, without the fear of contradiction by those who are acquainted with the settlements in this vicinity, and that is, no part of the world can produce a superior to , if an equal. Eighteen months since without scarcely an inhabitant: at this time the city of “,” the county seat, has one hundred and fifty houses, and almost the whole county is taken up, or all that part of it, which can be conveniently settled for want of timber: and large bodies of it are now under cultivation.
An enconium too high, cannot be placed upon the heads of the enterprising and industrious habits of the people of this . They are fast making for themselves, and their posterity after them, as beautiful, interesting, and as profitable homes, as can be in any country.
In a very few years, and it will be said with propriety, “that the solitary place has become glad for them;” and we can say, that the people will be as glad for it.
This town “” is situated in Missouri, in the midst of a prairie of very rich soil. It is an elevated piece of land, and has a commanding view of the surrounding country for many miles, in every direction. On the north, about one mile passes , a heavy stream which has many water privileges on it. On the south, a little more than half a mile, runs Goose Creek, a tributary of . It also is large enough to admit of water-works.
To all appearance the country is healthy, and the farming interest is equal to that in any part of the world; and the means of living are very easily obtained, not even luxuries excepted.
From this to the territorial line on the north, is from eighty to one hundred miles, and to the line on the west, twenty five or upwards, or what was the territorial line, before the purchase [p. [33]] of what is called the Platt[e] and Nodawa[y] countries, or rather Notawa, which signifies rattle snake.
It will be seen by this, that this town is situated in the north west corner of the State of , in the 40th deg. of north latitude. The land is rolling and generally dry; at least, there are no more wet lands, than are necessary for grazing purposes, when the country becomes all subdued.
The Saints here are at perfect peace with all the surrounding inhabitants, and persecution is not so much as once named among them: every man can attend to business without fear or excitement, or being molested in any wise. There are many of the inhabitants of this town, who own lands in the vicinity, and are at this time busily engaged in cultivating them. Hundreds of acres of corn have been planted already, in our immediate neighborhood; and hundreds of acres more are now being planted. (This is the fourth day of May).
The crops of wheat are very promising, and the prospect is that we will have an abundant harvest. The vast quantities of provision purchased, in this upper country by the , for the use of the Garrison, and also for the Indians, have made all kinds of provision dear, and somewhat scarce. Corn is fifty cents per bushel; wheat one dollar; pork from eight, to ten dollars per cwt.; and all kinds of provision on a par with these.
Perhaps it might be thought by some necessary, that we should say something about the affairs of .—The burning of the printing office there &c. But it is now, as in former days. In former days the destroyers of the Saints’ property were of the baser sort of mankind, even so it is now. And as the Saints in former days considered a formal notice of them, beneath both their character and standing, so do the Saints in like manner now. Only say as they did; “That a gang of the baser sort, burned and wasted our property to the utmost of their power” regardless of law, justice, or humanity, and were upheld in their wickedness, by those who were like the high priest in Paul’s day, who though, he sat to judge after the law, commanded Paul to be smitten contrary to law. So it was with our persecutors in the east: for notwithstanding they sat to judge after the law, yet, commanded they our property to be destroyed contrary to law.
And as Paul and Barnabas did at Iconium. So did we at .—“When there was an assault made, both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews, with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, they were ware of it, and fled into Lystria and Derbe, cities of Lyconia, and unto the region that lieth round about. And there they preached the gospel.”
So we did in like manner, taking them for our example. When there was an assault being made, of liars, thieves, and religionists, with their rulers all combined, we were aware of it, and fled to “,” and are here preaching the gospel whereunto we are called by the power of God. Let so much suffice for .
We have the gratification of saying to the abroad, that we hope to be able to furnish the Journal regularly, from hence forth, as long as it may be thought wisdom to continue it. And we hope on their part, they will use all their exertions to give it circulation.
The enemies have made so many attempts to destroy us, and always failed, that we now just laugh at them for fools, as the God of heaven said he would at their calamity. [p. 34]