Letter from David Orr, 14 June 1843

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with lively Intrest in any Information which you may be pleased to transmit. That you may the more readly appreciate the purity of my motives and my Character as a man, I refer you to the 2 Elder Snow’s & Elder Farr with whom I contracted an acquaintance in in your Some 3 years Since— They Spoke in daytime and I Spoke at night— Also to Elder Stewhart who was Intimate with me while in this Country. Can you not Send an Elder through this country the present Summer or fall?, One of respectable talants, I think, could affect Considerable. The Mormons here are entirely destitute of Preaching from their Own denomination— Many of the Secterian Clergy are so proscriptive, and Dogmatical, that they cannot Enjoy themselves whare these hightoned Souls of Distinction, Lumber! As political DamagogueIsm, has well nigh destroid Our land and nation, bidding difyence [defiance] to constitutional liberty and the inalienable rights of man, so religious DemagogueIsm in many places, has bid defience to the mild precepts of Jesus Christ and his Enspired Apostles, and by the practice of Religious Fraud has duped and gutted their; Morally blind adherence, and arogated to themselves the Commanding atitude of a Cardinal Or Pope. Consequently Every Soul that does not Implicitly yield to Clerical Dictation, must, without mercy, be sacraficed upon the Alter of Secterion bigotry!! That I be no farther tedious, “My address is Lawrence County State of Ark, Reeds, Creek, P. O,.— may grace, mercy, and truth through God the father and [p. [2]]
with lively Intrest in any Information which you may be pleased to transmit. That you may the more readly appreciate the purity of my motives and my Character as a man, I refer you to the 2 Elder Snow’s & Elder Farr with whom I contracted an acquaintance in in your Some 3 years Since— They Spoke in daytime and I Spoke at night— Also to Elder Stewhart who was Intimate with me while in this Country. Can you not Send an Elder through this country the present Summer or fall?, One of respectable talants, I think, could affect Considerable. The Mormons here are entirely destitute of Preaching from their Own denomination— Many of the Secterian Clergy are so proscriptive, and Dogmatical, that they cannot Enjoy themselves whare these hightoned Souls of Distinction, Lumber! As political DamagogueIsm, has well nigh destroid Our land and nation, bidding difyence [defiance] to constitutional liberty and the inalienable rights of man, so religious DemagogueIsm in many places, has bid defience to the mild precepts of Jesus Christ and his Enspired Apostles, and by the practice of Religious Fraud has duped and gutted their; Morally blind adherence, and arogated to themselves the Commanding atitude of a Cardinal Or Pope. Consequently Every Soul that does not Implicitly yield to Clerical Dictation, must, without mercy, be sacraficed upon the Alter of Secterion bigotry!! That I be no farther tedious, “My address is Lawrence County State of Ark, Reeds, Creek, P. O,.— may grace, mercy, and truth through God the father and [p. [2]]
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