John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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topic of conversation all last summer untill many of the church became inspired with the belief that God would enable them to stand against any thing even the state of or the if they should come in a mob. Many of the church however became disgusted with these things, and looked upon them as great inconsistences and calculated to bring swift destruction upon the church. But such was the influence of the presidency over the church that it was of no use to say any thing, for the Lord they supposed was going to do great things which would require great faith and they must prepare for it. For this <​end​> end much was to be done and the scripture says, “if ye are agreed as touching any one thing it shall be done” consequently to become one was very essential and they must be well united in all things, and this though a great work must and should be done performed at all hazards. But there were many obstacles in the way. The dissenters kept up a kind of secret opposition to the presidency and church. They would occasionly speak against them, influence the minds of the members against them and occasionally correspond with their enemies abroad; and the church it was said would never become pure unless these dissenters were routed from among them. Moreover if they were suffered to remain they would destroy the church. Secret meetings were held and plans contrived how to get rid of them. Some had [p. 53]
topic of conversation all last summer untill many of the church became inspired with the belief that God would enable them to stand against any thing even the state of or the if they should come in a mob. Many of the church however became disgusted with these things, and looked upon them as great inconsistences and calculated to bring swift destruction upon the church. But such was the influence of the presidency over the church that it was of no use to say any thing, for the Lord they supposed was going to do great things which would require great faith and they must prepare for it. For this end much was to be done and the scripture says, “if ye are agreed as touching any one thing it shall be done” consequently to become one was very essential and they must be well united in all things, and this though a great work must and should be performed at all hazards. But there were many obstacles in the way. The dissenters kept up a kind of secret opposition to the presidency and church. They would occasionly speak against them, influence the minds of the members against them and occasionally correspond with their enemies abroad; and the church it was said would never become pure unless these dissenters were routed from among them. Moreover if they were suffered to remain they would destroy the church. Secret meetings were held and plans contrived how to get rid of them. Some had [p. 53]
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