Vol. ? New York City, November 12, 1831. No. ?
THE MORMON DELUSION
Ezra Booth, of Nelson, Portage county, Ohio, who was lately a zealous member of the new sect of fanatics, called Mormonites, which lately sprung up in the West, but who has now renounced his error, is giving an account in a series of letters published in the Ohio Star, of what he heard and saw, while he remained connected with this society [several illegible lines follow] ...
Vol. XI. New York City, June 1, 1833. No. 22.
MORMONISM AND THE SALLPOX. -- There having been several cases of small pox in the village of Jamestown, Chautauqua county, a committee of citizens was appointed to take measures to prevent its spreading. In their report the committee state that their efforts to prevent the spread of the disease have been hindered by a sect calling themselves Mormonites, who profess to believe that the disorder will not attack them, neither would they spread it, although they might come in contact with others not protected, even if the small pox matter covered them. Notwithstanding their belief, one of the Mormons had been seized with the disease, and it was feared that this sect would be the means of scattering the infection through the country. --
Vol. XI. New York City, Aug. 24, 1833. No. ?
REGULATING "THE MORMONITES."
We copy from the St. Louis Republican the following account of the high-handed measures pursued by the people of Jackson county, in Missouri, with a view to rid themselves of the Mormonites. The principle acted upon is the same with that adopted by the Georgians in the case of the Cherokees, and by the Canterbury people in the case of Miss Crandall. As the editor of the Republican truly observes, these proceedings "are wholly at war with the genius of our institutions," and it requires but little discernment to perceive that if they should be tolerated by public opinion they will very naturally prepare the way for an extensive invasion of the liberty of the people both civil and religious.
Vol. ? New York City, Sept. 7, 1833. No. ?
The inhabitants of Jackson county, in Missouri, have taken very high-handed measures to rid themselves of the Mormonites. The number of the sect in the county was about 1200, and every spring and autumn, other swarms were poured upon them. The inhabitants accordingly met, and a committee was appointed to take their grievances into view, which committee reported, that should this population continue to increase, they will probably soon have all the offices of the county in their hands; and that the lives and property of the other citizens would be insecure, under the administration of men who are so ignorant and superstitious as to believe that they have been the subjects of miraculous and supernatural cures; hold converse with God and his angels, and possess and exercise the gift of divination, and of unknown tongues: and are, withal, so poor as to be unable to procure bread and meat. Finally, the committee say --
Vol. XI. New York City, Nov. 9, 1833. No. 45.
THE MORMONITES. -- A friend from the upper part of Oxford County informs us, that one Mormon preacher from Ohio, and another from New-Hampshire, reinforced by a pair of preachers from Saco, have been making a great stir somewhere about Lake Umbagog. In the plantation of Letter B, in the vicinity of Lake Umbagog, nearly the whole of a Freewill Baptist Church, numbering thirty persons with their pastor, have gone over to the Mormonites, and avowed their faith in the book of Mormon. They have all been re-baptized in the waters of the Lake. In Andover the preachers have had some trouble with the citizens, and were rather unceremoniously dismissed -- Portland Adv.
Vol. XI. New York City, Dec. 7, 1833. No. 49.
CIVIL WAR IN MISSOURI.
On our last page we have given an account of a war between the Mormonites and their neighbors in Missouri from the pen of a Mormonite . The following letter from the Rev. B. Pixley to the editors of the New York Observer, gives a different coloring to some parts of the story. There seems, however, to be no doubt that the enemies of the Mormonites have always been the aggressors. They pulled down their printing office last summer, and in the recent disturbances they rore off the roofs from their houses. These were the first acts of violence in both cases, and the bloodshed which followed was the natural consequence of these acts. It may be very unpleasant to have such men as the Mormonites for neighbors, but so long as they do nothing worse than "invite free negroes to join them from all parts of the country," and merely publish the prophecy that the present inhabitants of the counties in their vicinity are destined "to be driven off, and that they, the Mormons, are to possess the country," we think they might have been safely left to themselves. There can rarely be a case in which the people need any other protection against "fanatics" than that which is afforded by the laws of the land, and we have not yet seen any reason for making this case an exception to the general rule.
Vol. XII. New York City, July 12, 1834. No. 28.
THE MORMONS IN MISSOURI. -- The Enquirer, published in Liberty, Missouri, near the residence of the Mormons, says, under date of the 11th ult., "Our friends at a distance may feel desirous to hear something respecting the 'Mormons, so called,' and knowing that the larger portion of them are in this county, may look to us to give them the wanted information. We have heretofore been almost silent on this subject, hoping that the difficulties which occurred in Jackson county, between the citizens and the Mormons, would be soon settled in an amicable way, at least without the shedding of blood, and in fact, we have felt very little interest in the matter, further than it affected the general good of the country. But as this thing has arrived at a crisis which is really appealing to the feelings of good men, we feel it a duty to inform our readers of the movements of this people, at the same time we do not wish to be understood as trying to exasperate the minds of the people against this deluded and unfortunate sect.
Vol. XII. New York City, July 19, 1834. No. 29.
A MORMON BATTLE. -- A letter has been received at Chardon, Ohio, direct from Missouri, which states that a body of well armed Mormons, led on by their great prophet, lately attempted to cross the river into Jackson county. A party of the citizens of Jackson county opposed their crossing, and a battle ensued, in which Joe Smith was wounded in the leg, and the Mormons obliged to retreat; that Joe Smith's limb was amputated, but he died three days after the operation.
Vol. ? New York City, January 9, 1836. No. ?
The Mormons in Ohio, -- The Mormons pretend to have the spirit of Prophecy, to speak with tongues, and to work miracles. The Mormons I presume, do not make many new proselytes in this area. A few are occasionally leaving them and others are coming in from abroad. They have also been visited recently by Mathias "the imposter"...
Vol. ? New York City, October 6, 1838. No. ?
Vol. ? New York City, October 20, 1838. No. ?
Vol. ? New York City, November 17, 1838. No. ?
THE MISSOURI MORMONS.
Vol. ? New York City, November 24, 1838. No. ?
Vol. ? New York City, December 29, 1838. No. ?
EXAMINING TRIAL OF THE MORMONS CLOSES. -- About thirty Mormons were discharged and thirty-five retained... some for treason, some for murder, some for arson & robbery... Indictments in counties of Ray and Daviess... The Mormons Petitioned Missouri for pecuniary aid ... Mormon houses have been burned... 40 Mormen Men killed and 100 compelled to escape...
Vol. ? New York City, January 12, 1839. No. ?
Vol. ? New York City, March 9, 1839. No. ?
MISSOURI MORMONS MOVING
Vol. XVII. New York City, Apr. 25?, 1839. No. ?
Origin of the Book of Mormon
Vol. XVIII. New York City, May 9, 1840. No. ?
THE MORMONS: -- The Mormons have deputed twelve of their number (answering, we suppose, to the twelve Apostles) to go to the Holy Land and Preach the Gospel to the Jews. John Page and Orson Hyde are two of the number. The Headquarters of the Mormons are now at Commerce, Illinois, on the Mississippi River. Their number is increasing.
Vol. XVIII. New York City, August 8, 1840. No. 32.
MORE MORMON DIFFICULTIES: -- The last Quincy Whig gives an account of a difficulty between some of the Mormons, residing in Illinois, and some of the citizens of Missouri, residing at Tully, on the Mississippi. It seems, or rather, the citizens of Tully, Missouri, allege, that there has been considerable property, such as salt, oron, &c. stolen from that place within the last two weeks -- the Missourians charged the Mormons with the thefts -- practising upon the suspicions several perosns of Tully, crossed over the river in the vicinity of the Mormon settlements, below Nauvoo -- after searching the bottom, sure enough sundry of the missing articles were found concealed among the underwood. It further appears, from the statement of our informant, that two or three Mormons were in the bottom hunting horses, while the Missouri party were on the hunt for the goods, and coming upon them as it were by accident, three of the Mormon horse hunters, together with a very respectable old gentleman, whose gray hairs should have protected him from insult, -- were charged with secreting the goods, made captive, and contrary to their will forced across the river and confined in Tully, Here, with their victims in their power, the Missourians proceeded to inflict a severe punishment upon them. One was immediately stripped, a halter placed around his neck, and attached to a limb above his head, and so tightly drawn, that to prevent choking to death, he was obliged to stand on the tops of his toes, in this situation, with his arms fastened around the tree, so that his bare back was fully exposed, the tormentors swore that they would take his life unless he would confess. In vain he urged his immocence that he had never committed any theft, &c., they still applied their whips until his back was so dreadfully lacerated, that to save his life, he agreed to confess any thing they could desire. He was taken down from the tree, with scracely any life in him, and actually confessed whatever his tormentors wished! This was necessary, to give a coloring of justice to their inhuman outrage. Two other Mormons were totyured in the same manner, and a similar confession extorted from them. The old gentleman we spoke of above, one of the four abducted, behaved with such resolution, and pointed out to them so clearly the injustice and inhumanity, that after stripping and fastening him to a tree, and taunting him with epithets of the foulest character, they took him down and finally set him at liberty. One of the victims, by some means, succeeded, all cut to pieces as he was, in making his escape -- he reached the river closely pursued by his persecutors, where finding a canoe, he made all haste for the shore; upon arriving at which, he staggered out of the boat and fell exhausted on the beach, seemingly resolved to die, if die he must, upon a soil where the laws were respected. The other of the victims, by our latest intelligence, were still in the hands of the people of Tully, if death, of which there is some probability, has not put an end to their sufferings. A petition, affidavits, &c. detailing a history of the outrages, and communicating the names of several citizens of Tully, who were engaged in the transaction has been laid before Gov. Carlin. The Governor, with commendable spirit, we learn, has taken hold of the amtter, and avows his intention of investigating all the circumstances connected with these outrages -- and to protect the Mormons from future outrage and aggression, to the utmost of his authority. It is also the intention of the Governor, we understand, as soon as the necessary papers can be made out, to demand the authors of the outrage from the Executive of Missouri. Every good citizen, of whatever party or denomination will sustain the Governor, in vindicating the laws of our State, which have in this transaction, been shamefully violated.
Vol. XVIII. New York City, December 5, 1840. No. 49.
THE MORMONS. -- This singular sect are determined not to be driven from the face of the earth. The recent terrible persecutions they have suffered at the lawless hands of the people of Missouri, seems to have stimulated their exertions. They have recently purchased the steamboat Desmoines, formerly owned by the United States, and have put it in complete order, changing the name to that of their new city -- Nauvoo. The boat will run from St. Louis to Nauvoo, Galena and Dubuque. The Mormon population of Nauvoo, is estimates, at the present time, at 3000, and 600 persons of the same sect are said to be now on their way from England. --
Vol. XIX. New York City, January 8, 1841. No. 2.
PROGRESS OF MORMONISM: -- A Mormon Newspaper entitled "Times and Seasons" has been started at Nauvoo, Illinois. The first number gives a history of the "Rise of the Church," (the true church of course,) by which it appearsthat the Mormons recognise the entire Scriptures, including an "infinite atonement" by the Redeemer. Another article on the "Gospel" interprets the passage giving the Apostles the power of miracles, speaking in unknown tongues, &c., [ ----------- ] as applicable at this day. The Mormons have a [re-----] priesthood, "elders," &c. -- [It] appears that they have numerous societies in various parts, the following being incidently mentioned: Philadelphia, 255 members, New York, 210, Brooklyn, L. I. 19, Hempstead L. I. 20, Monmouth co. N. J. 25, Chester co. Penn. 135, Lancaster co. Penn. 84, New Jersey 116, Oneida, N. Y. 80.
Vol. XIX. New York City, May 8, 1841. No. 19.
THE MORMONS: -- The corner stone of the Great Mormon Temple (that is to be) at Nauvoo, Illinois, was laid on the 6th inst., in the presence of seven or eight thousand persons, and the Nauvoo Military Legion, consisting of six hundred and fifty men. The Warsaw (Ill.) "World," says: "Mr. Rigdon officiated at the laying of the chief comer stone, and addressed the assembly in a very energetic manner in a speech of about an hour's length. On the whole the exercises passed off with the utmost order, without accident or the slightest disturbance. Gen. Bennet commanded the Legion, under the direction of the Prophet, and acquitted himself in a truly officer like manner."
Vol. XIX. New York City, June 26, 1841. No. 26.
THE MORMONS -- ARREST OF JO. SMITH. -- By the annexed extract of a private letter from a highly respectable gentleman residing near the Mormon City, Nauvoo, it appears that the scenes which a few months since were enacted in Missouri, are in danger of being repeated in Iowa. There is a tract of 120,000 acres of beautiful land lying directly opposite the Mormon settlement on the Mississippi River. This Tract was given to the half breeds of the Sac and Fox nations by the United States, and has been purchased from them by the whites. Proceedings have been had in the Equity Court of Iowa to partition these lands, and Commissioners appointed by the Court to survey and divide them among the lawful claimants. -- Some months since, the title being then unsettled, Jo Smith received a revelation from God to the effect that the Latter Day Saints should go in and possess this fair land, and enjoy the fruits thereof. -- Accordingly there are said to be now about 2000 of these people residing on said lands, who claim by the highest possible title, -- a title direct from the Creator; and they seem determined to set all human decrees at defiance. In addition to despoiling the lands of much valuable timber, they now forbid the Commissioners and Surveyors, on pain of death, to attempt a survey and partition. The arrest of their leader, it is to be hoped, will prevent the execution of their threat.
Vol. XIX. New York City, August 7, 1841. No. 32.
MORMONS IN NEW JERSEY. -- The Trenton State Gazette states that the Mormons have two societies in Monmouth county: one at Honor's town, and the other at Tom's river. About 200 belong to the former and 70 or 80 to the latter. They have also meetings regularly, once a week at New Egypt, besides occasional meetings at other places.
Vol. XIX. New York City, August 28, 1841. No. 35.
AMERICAN MORMONS IN ENGLAND. -- One of the English papers states that on the 22d. ult. two young men, formerly of Louth, members of the "Church of the Latter-day Saints," commonly called "Mormons," arrived at Louth, direct from the banks of the Missouri (America), far west of New York. One of them represents himself as a divinely authorised elder, of the above church, and as having obtained, on the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery, the promise of the miraculous gift of tongues, by which he will be enabled to preach with power to the "Lamanites," a tribe of Indians, the whole of whom, it has just been discovered by the "Book of Mormon," brought to light by an angel, are the descendants of the patriarch Joseph. These young Mormons intend soliciting subscriptions towards the building (now in progress) of a city and temple of Jerusalem, in the middle of America, simultaneously with the rebuilding of the temple in Judea by the other tribes of Israel, about (as they assert) to retain thither ommediately; after which, they declare, both the cities, and all those who join the Mormons by the iniatory rite of baptism in the same theological order as the "Campbellites," will be caught up into heaven, whence they will again descend with the celestial New Jerusalem, and the Redeemer in person, to the earth, which will become one extended plain, the islands uniting with the continents, and the waters pushed up to the far north. All the wonderful predictions of Daniel and the Revelations will then be literally accomplished in rapid succession, and the destruction of every anti-Mormonist, and the final consummation of all things. will follow.
Vol. XIX. New York City, November 6, 1841. No. 45.
THE MORMONS IN ILLINOIS.
The Rev. B. F. Morris, Warsaw, Ill., writes:
Vol. XX. New York City, January 22, 1842. No. 4.
THE MORMON COMMUNITY OF NAUVOO, ILLINOIS: -- The Mormon Elders have issued an Epistle from the city of Nauvoo, on the Mississippi, requiring the "Saints of the Last Days" to contribute one tenth of all their substance, and one tenth of their earnings, to help forward the Temple of The Lord. Their city now numbers 10,000 inhabitants.
Vol. XX. New York City, February 12, 1842. No. 7.
(From the Louisviile Gazette.)
We are frequently forcibly struck with remarks we hear concerning Mormonism and various other superstitions which are daily springing up.... We should cease to be surprised at the success of Matthias, or at the swift and constantly increasing accession of numbers to Mormonism, when we see educated and intelligent men leading themselves to the mysteries of Mesmerism, or in other words Animal Magnetism... [remainder of article has nothing of significance on the Mormons]
Vol. XX. New York City, June 11, 1842. No. 24.
THE MORMONS IN SALEM. -- Mormonism is advancing with a perfect rush in this city just at present. Several of the Elders have made a descent upon us. Meetings have been holden now very frequently for several days past, and crowds flock to listen to the strange doctrines of the "Latter Day Saints." How many new converts they make, we have not learned, but understand that the whole number of those who have come over to the faith, is about eighty. --
Vol. XX. New York City, July 16, 1842. No. 29.
EXCOMMUNICATION EXTRAORDINARY. -- General Bennett, who has been commander of the "Nauvoo Legion," has been thrown over a wall by the Mormon dignitaries. The last number of the "Times and Seasons," the Mormon organ, published at Nauvoo, contains the following bull: --
Vol. XX. New York City, July 30, 1842. No. 31.
TROUBLE WITH THE MORMONS.
The State of Illinois appears to have become highly excited in consequence of certain disclosures concerning the political purposes of the Mormons, the infamous and polluted character and conduct of Joe Smith, their prophet, and the condition and privileges of their city of Nauvoo... Numerous Mormon Villainies exposed... Jo Smith's attempted assassination of Governor Boggs of Missouri... Joe Smith's prediction in Nauvoo to congregation of violent death of Gov. Boggs in 1841...
Vol. XX. New York City, August 20, 1842. No. 34.
CRISIS OF MORMONISM APPROACHING: -- The Mormon farce is manifestly drawing to a close. They continue from time to time to assume still higher ground, and to utter more direct threats. They are rallying from every point to this county, for the purpose of carrying the elections, and thus getting all the public business of the county into their hands -- and there is a state of growing excitement among the rest of the community. I am afraid the next August election will not pass by without bloodshed. I presume Nauvoo is as perfect a sink of debauchery and every species of abomination as ever was Sodom or Nineveh. --
Vol. XX. New York City, September 3, 1842. No. 36.
ARREST OF JOSEPH SMITH.
Requisition has been made upon Gov. Carlin, by The Executive of Missouri, for the bodies of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and O. P. Rockwell, the latter having been indicted in Missouri as principal and the former as an accessory in the attempted assassination of Ex-Governor Boggs... Both Released in Nauvoo... Prophet has Revelation... Battle fought between the Mormons and anti-Mormons... 30-40 killed or wounded...
Vol. ? New York City, September 10, 1842. No. ?
Joe Smith's followers leaving him... company of 40 reaches St. Louis from Nauvoo...
Vol. ? New York City, October 29, 1842. No. ?
ARREST OF JOE SMITH.
JOE SMITH IN CUSTODY AT CARTHAGE. -- ...to be brought before Judge Douglass who is holding court... writ of habeas corpus to be suspended...
Vol. ? New York City, December 17, 1842. No. ?
MORMON EMIGRANTS IN NEW ORLEANS.
Vol. ? New York City, December 31, 1842. No. ?
MORMON PREACHER FROZEN TO DEATH.
Alpheus Harmon, a Mormon preacher -- one of the three hundred commissioned by Joe Smith to spread the doctrines of Mormonism -- and his nephew, Orsey Harmon, were frozen to death on Thursday, the 17th ult., on the open prairie between Carthage and Nauvoo, about seven miles from the latter place. They were travelling across the prairie toward Nauvoo with an ox team and wagon, and it is supposed they became bewildered in the storm. Mr. Alpheus Harmon was found on the Saturday following, a few rods from the wagon, and his nephew, a young man, was not found until the following Monday. It appears he had wandered some two miles from the wagon before he perished.
Vol. XXI. New York City, January 7, 1843. No. 1.
THE MORMON TEMPLE AT NAUVOO.
... monument to folly completed at an expense of $200,000...
Vol. XXI. New York City, Jan. 21, 1843. No. 3.
THE MORMON PROPHET. -- Joe Smith, accompanied by a retinue of some 15 or 20 of his Mormon subjects, appeared at Springfield (Ill.) on the 2nd inst., and surrendered himself to the Sheriff of the county, upon the warrant issued by the Gov. of Illinois, upon the requisition of the Gov. of Missouri, upon a charge of being accessory before the fact to an attempted assassonation of ex-Gov. Boggs. After his arrest by the Sheriff, a writ of habeas corpus was sued out and he gave bail in the U. S. Circuit Court to await its decision from day to day, on the exception taken by his counsel to the arrest. He contends that the act of Congress authorizes the authorities of one state to call upon those of another, only for fugitives from justice. Joe was a citizen of Illinois and in the State at the time of the alleged crime.
Vol. XXI. New York City, Feb. 25, 1843. No. 8.
MORMONISM IN MASSACHUSETTS. -- ...Mormon preachers visit Cummington... succeed in gaining proselytes... Nine persons baptised... converts believe that Joe Smith is true Phrophet and that the Melchisedec priesthood has been restored...
Vol. XXI. New York City, March 4, 1843. No. 9.
MORMONISM IN WESTERN NEW YORK. -- One of our oldest subscribers in Genesee county, who has himself embraced the doctrines of Joe Smith, called upon us a few days ago, and stated that he had been appointed agent for some thirty or forty farmers, now residents of the counties of Genesee and Wyoming, who intend of emigrating as soon as they can dispose of their property, to the city of Nauvoo, Ill., the head quarters of the "Latter Day Saints." They offer their farms, some of which lie in the vicinity of Batavia, and others on the Attica and Buffalo Railroad, at from 15 to 25 sollars per acre. These facts will excite greater wonder when it is recollected that the prophet Joe commenced his career in Western New York, and was never able to make but one or two converts here, until his name became celebrated at the west. --
Vol. XXI. New York City, July 8, 1843. No. ?
THE MORMON WAR. -- ...Joe Smith was lately indicted in some upper counties in Missouri, for murder and treason growing out of the Mormon war. Immediately thereafter a writ was issued and a messenger despatched to Springfield, Illinois, with a requisition from the Governor of Missouri on the Governor Of Illinois for the arrest and Delivery of Smith. It was intended to keep the whole proceedings a secret, [to secure Joe's arrest], but in some way or another the Mormons at Springfield [heard of action in advance] and despatched a messenger to [warn] Smith at Nauvoo. Smith has left for parts unknown, or at least keeps himself so concealed that he cannot be arrested. It is reported that Rockwell, who is in jail at Independence for the attempted assassination of Governor Boggs, has signified a willingness to turn State's evidence and reveal the whole plot and actors. If this be true, it probably furnishes an additional motive for Smith to keep out of the clutches of the law.
Vol. XXI. New York City, July 15, 1843. No. ?
JOE SMITH AND THE MORMONS. -- ... Joe Smith passed thru Peoria on his way to Springfield... in carriage in custody of officers... Half a dozen citizens of Missouri participated in the arrest of Smith... Joe procured writs to be issued against them, which were executed and they were jailed... These prisoners sent for aid... large numbers of the Nauvoo Legion may arrive...
Vol. XXI. New York City, September 23, 1843. No. 38.
The Prairies, Nauvoo, Joe Smith,
Vol. XXI. New York City, Sept. 30, 1843. No. 39.
THE MORMONS AND ANTI MORMONS. -- The St. Louis Era contains a notice of the Anti-Mormon Convention held at Carthage. They declared, if Governor Ford would not surrender Joe Smith on the requisition of the Governor of Missouri, which he has refused to do from politicak considerations, that they would call in aid from other counties and other States, to assist them in delivering them up. -- As rumors were prevalent that a number of citizens had had their lives threatened by the Mormons, the meeting resolved to avenge any blood that might be shed. They agreed not to obey the mandates of the Mormon officers of the county, who have been put in power by the Mormons, the whole county treasury being now at their disposal.
Vol. XXII. New York City, February 3, 1844. No. 5.
THE MORMONS IN ENGLAND.
On Monday, the 11th Dec. last, an inquest was taken before Mr. T. Badger, coroner, and a highly respectable jury, on the body of Robert Turner, of Sheffield, aged 35, by trade a spring-knife cutter, whose body had been discovered on Sunday afternoon in the river Rother. It appeared from the evidence of William Bellamy, Matthew Gregory, Simeon Gee and others, that Turner had embraced the religion of the Mormonites, or Latter-day Saints, and after preaching at Handsworth Woodhouse on Sunday, the 19th of November, he gave out that if any person felt thoroughly convinced of the truth of the religious principles which he professed and preached, and would attend early on the following morning, he would baptize them in the river Rother. Accordingly, very early the following morning, several persons met Turner, their preacher, in a meadow called "Fairy Meadow," adjoining the river above Woodhouse Mill, and the party, after praying and singing, and being addressed by one of their preachers from Shieffield, as to the absolute necessity of their being born of water and of the Spirit, or else they would not enter the kingdom of heaven, several of their disciples at once proceeded to strip off all their clothes, and Turmer plunged into the river, which was deep and considerably swollen by the late rains, followed by one William Bellamy, a collier, whom he baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He got out safe, and then one Matthew Gregory wnet in, and the priest aftering plunging him over the head, to use the man's own words, and nearly "slockening" him, he, with great difficulty, half-drowned, and much frieghtened, scrambled out of the river and saved his life, but Turner, on leaving hold of Gregory, unfortunately slipped forward into the deep water, and the current running strong, he was carried away into the middle of the river, and soon sank to rise no more. Exertions were made to save the man without effect. Daily efforts have since been made to find the body, and on Sunday afternoon last it was discovered standing upright in the river, with the head partly out of the water, and about twenty-five yards only from the place where he was drowned. The coroner and jury, after making strict inquiry into all the circumstances of the case, but strongly condemning the rash and inconsiderate conduct of the parties in plunging into the river, where it was both deep and dangerous, and strongly recommending the surivors not again run such risks, returned a verdict of "Accidental death."
Vol. XXII. New York City, February 24, 1844. No. 8.
MORMONS. -- Two young women were baptized into the Mormon faith, on Sunday afternoon, in the South Mill Pond -- a hole, of a few yards square, where the water was about three feet deep, having been cut in the ice for that purpose. The administrator of the ordinance, in his common dress, of pantaloons, &c., but in his shirt sleeves, first appeared from the edge of the ice into the opening, and then the young women, one after the other, were assisted into the water, baptized, and lifted out again upon the ice. The administrator made a prefactory address to the audience; but if there were prayers, singing, &c., the services probably took place some where under cover. --
Vol. XXII. New York City, March 2, 1844. No. 9.
MORMON DIFFICULTIES IN ILLINOIS. -- The Quincy Herald of the 9th instant, states that four wagons passed through through that place on Tuesday previous, on their way to the State Arsenal at Alton, for the purpose of procuring arms to be used against the Mormons. The difficulties and the prospect of an immediate breach between the citizens and the Mormons has been brought to the knowledge of Gov. Ford, and he has been earnestly appealed to, to maintain the peace and protect. The state of exasperation between the Mormons and citizens is such that we will not be surprised to hear of actual hostilities between them and a portion of our own citizens. --
Vol. XXII. New York City, March 23, 1844. No. 12.
MORMONS IN ALABAMA. -- The Mobile Journal of the 7th inst. says: -- "The Mormons are upon our borders. We learn from a late letter from Sumpter county, that they are making a somewhat formidable demonstration in the adjoining county of Mississippi. They commenced operations at Pleasant Springs late in the fall, and now number about seventy-five proselytes -- some twenty being seceders from the Methodist connexion and about twenty-six from the Baptist -- the balance from non-professors. They have recently commenced propagating their faith at Brooklyn, only a few miles from our State line, where they will probably meet with a like success."
Vol. XXII. New York City, May 25, 1844. No. 21.
MORMON POLITICIANS. -- The Mormons held a meeting at Ge. Smith's store, in Nauvoo, to consult upon measures for the furtherance of their designs in the next Presidential election. Several gentlemen addressed the meeting on their grievances, their rights, numbers and political influence. The official proceedings say: "From the statements presented, we have no reason to doubt but we can bring, independent of any other party, from two to five thousand votes into the field. Several gentlemen were nominated to attend the Baltimore Convention, to make overtures to that body."
Vol. XXII. New York City, June 1, 1844. No. 22.
SCHISM AMONG THE MORMONS. -- The last Warsaw Signal states that a rupture had taken place among the Mormons -- a respectable number of the most intelligent members of that body having seceded, under the guidance of William Law, and set up for themselves. It does not appear that the religious views of the seceders have undergone any material change. -- They profess to believe that Joseph Smith was once a true prophet; but contend that he is now fallen from grace, and no longer worthy to remain at the head of the Church. Private information confirms the above intelligence in its most essential features. --
Vol. XXII. New York City, June 22, 1844. No. 25.
MORMON OUTRAGES RENEWED. -- The Alton Telegraph of the 8th inst., has the following:
Vol. XXII. New York City, July 6, 1844. No. 27.
THE MORMON DIFFICULTIES. -- The St. Louis papers of the 18th ult. were looking for an outbreak at Nauvoo. The excitement in the neighborhood of Warsaw was hourly increasing, and nearly 2000 persons armed and equopped, had placed themselves under the control of the Sheriff to assist in arresting Joe Smith.
Vol. XXII. New York City, July 13, 1844. No. 28.
FROM THE MORMON COUNTRY -- DEATH OF THE PROPHET. -- A sudden and tragic issue has followed the exciting accounts from Nauvii and its vicinity, which attracted so much attention last week; whether it will be the end, or only the beginning of the end is a question very difficult to answer.
Vol. XXII. New York City, July 20, 1844. No. 29.
MORMON DISTURBANCES. -- Signs of peace. -- At Nauvoo, on the 2d inst., all was quiet.
Vol. 23. New York City, May 3, 1845. No. 69.
A FACT IN THE MORMON IMPOSTURE.
There are some errors so desperately absurd and evil that nought less than fact could induce our belief of their success. As of stark night into which one has but to peer if he would know its blackness, we should say of these beforehand, all men will detect their gross, fraudlent nature at once. Alas for human pride, no delusion has yet been too shallow or villainous, for the credulity of numerous souls. The cause God reveals in emphatic truth by his Word. Carnal wisdom, arrogant, but senseless as wicked, is apt to all folly. There are no depths of mystic nonsense too low for its grivelling bent, no lyimg abominations too glaring for its complacent belief[.] Vishnu, Apis, Joan Southcote, and Joe Smith, stand mainly in one category with respect to the essential type faith accorded them by their devotees. All unbelief in the alone truth of God originates in one source, is the various issue of sinful spiritual blindness.