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Vol. XVII. Palmyra, N. Y., Weds., August 12, 1840. No. 45.
MORMONS ABDUCTED AND WHIPPED BY THE MISSOURIANS. -- The Illinois papers give an account of an act of the most barbarous cruelty, practised by citizens of Tully, Missouri, upon the Mormons, residing in Hancock county, Illinois. It was alleged by the Tullians. that much property, such as iron, salt, &c. had been stolen from that place, which they were confident had been taken by the Mormons. They accordingly proceeded across the river, and made search in the bottom near the Mormon settlement. There they sure enough found a portion of the property that had been missed. Several Mormons, among whom was an aged man, were at the time in the bottoms, hunting for some horses, which had gone astray. These were seized by the Missourians, and forcibly abducted across the river to Tully. Here they were one at a time stripped, tied up by the neck and hands and whipped, in a most barbarous manner, without evidence of their guilt, or even a pretence of trial. The first man was whipped nearly to death, to extort a confession of guilt. He ptotested his innocence as long as he had any hope of his life being spared, but finally sunk down, confessing any thing the dictated. A second was served in the same way, and compelled to make a full confession of guilt, for the sake of furnishing a pallation for the brutal outrage. The old man was next stripped and tied up, but so forcible were his expostulations, and so firm was his determination to die rather than to bear false witness against himself and friends, that the barbarians let him go.
Vol. XVIII. Palmyra, N. Y., Weds., Jan. 6, 1841. No. 14.
M O R M O N I S M.
Vol. XVIII. Palmyra, N. Y., Weds., June 23, 1841. No. 38.
The Governor of Illinois a Mormon! -- The Western papers announce that the Governor of Illinois has, bona fide, become a Mormon. -- There had been several hundred Mormons from New York and England, who had lately made a "descent" upon Nauvoo and the circumjacent regions, by way of making a settlement there. -- Among them is a beautiful girl who has, it appears, converted Gov. Carlin to the "true faith." The Mormons are building a temple, which it is said, looks very like a fort. --
Vol. XVIII. Palmyra, N. Y., Weds., June 30, 1841. No. 39.
THE MORMONS -- ARREST OF JOE 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.
NS Vol. 1. Lyons, N. Y., Wednesday, July 7, 1841. No. ?
THE MORMONS IN MORE TROUBLE.
ARREST OF JOE SMITH. -- By letters from the Mormon city, it appears that the "Saints" have become involved in nearly as much difficulty with their new neighbors in Illinois, as they formerly encountered in Missouri, and the excitement against them is increasing very fast. It seems that by authority of a vision lately had by Joe Smith, they have squatted on a large tract of land on the opposite side of the Mississippi; and the proceeding is likely to lead to serious disturbance.
WAYNE COUNTY WHIG.
NS Vol. 2. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., August 18, 1841. No. 47.
A NOVEL CEREMONY. -- We neglected to mention, last week, says the Warsaw (Ill.) Signal, that a revolutionary soldier was baptized at Nauvoo on the 4th inst., by one of the Elders, for Gen. Washington; another old soldier was baptixed at the same time for Gen. Harrison. The doctrine of the Mormons appears to be, that those who are living must be baptized by one having authority from Joe Smith, or else go to hell; but those who are already dead, may be brought out of interment, by a friend or relation receiving the baptismal rites in their behalf. The nation may rejoice, therefore, that the illustrious patriots above named, are now taken from the possession of the Prince of Darkness, and admitted into the fellowship of the Saints!
Vol. XIX. Palmyra, N. Y., December 15, 1841. No. 11.
The delusion got up by Joe Smith, is one of the most remarkable as well as one of the most successfull of the age. Its success in fact has placed the Mormons in a situation to excite a somewhat deeper interest than mere curiosity. The Mormons are skillful in argument, so that they contend with no little success against all their opponents. They adopt the whole of our Bible, and claim that they have an additional revelation which was communicated to Joe Smith on the golden plate[s]. They say that the spirit of prophecy is an essential sign of the true church, and boldly state their pretensions on the possession of this gift. They say that no true church has existed on earth since prophesying ceased, at or near the apostles' time, and that the church church has now been restored, with the new revelation and the returning gifts of prophecy. They claim of course that to the Saints belongs the earth, and seem to have no duubt that they Shall possess it. They seem indeed to have some reason for their expectations, for their numbers in this country are already estimated at a hundred thousand and as many more in Europe. Their converts comprise a large number of men of intelligence and [s----ness], and not a few who have stood high in the Christian Churches of various denominations, as men "of piety and excellence. Their city of Nauvoo is growing in a manner unprecedented; men of property [----- -----ly] joining them, and adding their whole estates to the common stock. They have acquired so much political [importance] as to procure of the Legislature of Illinois an act of incorporation, authorizing the Mormons to maintain a standing army of a thousand men. Smith and Rigdon have ordained twelve apostles, who have been anointed for their work by a sight of the golden plates. One or two of them, we believe, have already deserted the standard and disclosed the designs of their Great Prophet. When we see a miserable creature like Smith [---- putting] on the garb of sanctity, and guided by pretended inspiration, digging into the side of a hill, and there secluding himself for months, and then coming forth with the [pretention] that he has found a new revelation, which revelation is nothing more nor less than a piece of imaginative writing left in a manuscript by a deceased clergyman, and when we see such a fraud believed in and adopted by[--- ---- ----ed] men, and spreading more rapidly than any system of truth ever did, we are amazed.... --
Vol. XIX. Palmyra, N. Y., July 20, 1842. No. 42.
COMMOTION IN A WASP'S NEST. -- Gen. John C. Bennett, Mayor of the Mormons, city of Nauvoo, and commander of the Nauvoo Legion, has been "excluded from the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints" by Jo Smith, for alleged improper conduct. The General has since addressed the following note to the editor of the Burlington Hawkeye: --
NS Vol. 2. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., Aug. 3, 1842. No. 15.
==> That prince of humbuggery and villainy, Joe Smith, the Mormonite, is bringing down upon his devoted head the denunciations of many of his late followers, since the exposures by Bennett, (one of the excommunicated) have been published. Like the Kilkenny cats, Joe and his adversary are determined to annihilate each other. Bennett calls Joe a thief, murderer and a lawless vagabond, while Joe, as an offset, threatens Bennett's life.
NS Vol. 3. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., Aug. 3, 1842. No. 45.
GOV. CARLIN AND JOE SMITH. -- We received per the Glocous yesterday evening, a communication from Quincy, Ill., dated the 9th inst., which from the lateness of the hour, cannot be [imeried?] entire this morning. -- The substance is about this: Since the election, Governor Carlin has resolved to comply with the requisition of A. P. Rockwell. The Sheriff of Hancock county, elected at the recent election, being a Mormon, the writ was placed in the hands of the Sheriff of Adams county. -- The Sheriff repaired to Nauvoo and arrested Smith and Rockwell, when a habeas corpus, was issued by some of the Nauvoo authorities, and the prisoners taken out of the Sheriff's custody and released. The Sheriff had just returned to Quincy and reported the facts. Our informant says that it was currently reported while he was writing, that Gov. Carlin was then in the act of issuing orders calling out the military to enforce the arrest, and it was expected they would march on the day following to Nauvoo. Our correspondent, however, expresses the confident belief that when the troops reach the city, Joe and his colleague will be among the missing. --
Vol. XIX. Palmyra, N. Y., August 10, 1842. No. 45.
Dr. Bennett, the late Mormon general and Mayor of the holy city of Nauvoo, in disclosing the revelations of the "prophet" Smith, winds up one of his chapters with the following precious morceau:
NS Vol. 3. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., Sep. 14, 1842. No. 51.
ORIGIN OF MORMONISM.
We have the following letter in a late number of the Lowell (Mass.) Journal. It was not intended for the public eye, but giving as it does a history of the origin of Mormonism, it was solicited for publication by a number of gentlemen of that city. -- We copy it, believing that many of the facts it contains may be new to a large proportion of our readers.
NS Vol. 3. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., Sep. 21, 1842. No. 52.
==> Joe Smith and his accomplice in the intended murder of ex-Gov. Boggs, of Missouri, had not been arrested at the date of the last accounts, not had the Mormons been annihilated by the forces of the Governor of Illinois; but, on the contrary, they are represented as going ahead rapidly. They are above the law, and can commit any crime with perfect impunity, in consideration of voting the Locofoco ticket. Alas, alas!
Vol. I. Bath, N. Y., Wednesday, January 3, 1844. No. 16.
HORRIBLE SCENE --
On Thursday, the 23d of Nov., at 8 o'clock a frightful occurrence took place at Crewe, in Cheshie, which has caused the livliest emotions of pity, anger and surprise throughout the whole of that now populous nighborhood. It is well known that the Grand Junction Railway Company have erected immense works at Crewe, and have in their employment between 400 and 500 workmen. Among these are men of all shades of religious opinions, and some of them are Mormonites, better known as "latter day saints." The priest of this order is a blacksmith, of the name of Cartwright, and among the devotees is a fanatic named Pugmire, also a smith, or engineer. The latter was married to a respectable woman of about 30 years of age, who had borne him three children, and was within three months of her next confinement. She had steadily refused to adopt the fanatical opinions of her husband, and much altercation had ensued in consequence. Worn out, however, with his repeated solicitations, and his continuing declarations that unless she submitted to be baptised into the order, she would be entirely lost, she declared her intention to one of her neighbors to obey her husband's wishes, being satisfied, as she said, that unless she did so, "She should never have any more peace with him.
Vol. I. Bath, N. Y., Wednesday, February 28, 1844. No. 24.
THE MORMONS. -- An intelligent gentleman who resides in the vicinity of Nauvoo informs us that the Mormons are [making?] constant accessions to their numbers from various parts of the United States and from Europe -- that the great Temple is progressing slowly -- and that "General Joseph Smith" is becoming more and more dictatorial and threatening towards the worldly powers that be, and more impious in his pretensions to the character of a prophet. Still he is so much of the "earth, earthly," that he fears kidnapping or assassination by the "evil minded Missourians." and keeps a portion of forty Policemen pretty constantly about his person! Smith keeps a tavern called the Nauvoo House, and by special ordinances monopolizes the liquor trade at 12 1/2 cts. a glass! --
Vol. I. Bath, N. Y., Wednesday, June 5, 1844. No. 38.
MORMON TOAST. -- The following is an extract from a communication in the Baptist Advocate, showing the spirit of Mormonism in its essence. It was the winding up to one of "Jo's" speeches to the Legions, against the missionaries, and the climax of his "bursting eloquence," on such zealous occasions.
Vol. XXI. - No. 40. Palmyra, N. Y., July 3, 1844. Whole 1083.
THE MORMONS. -- Joe Smith has been indicted by the Grand Jury of Hancock county for resisting the lawful authorities -- great excitement prevails at Nauvoo -- Joe has declared martial law in the city -- the people of the surrounding country are preparing to subdue the Mormons and capture the Prophet, and it is feared that scenes of blood will ensue.
Vol. XXI. - No. 41. Palmyra, N. Y., July 10, 1844. Whole 1084.
NEWS FROM NAUVOO -- JOE SMITH AND
Intelligence was received last evening of the death of Joe Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and his brother Hyram. The following are the particulars as near as we can learn them:
NS Vol. 4. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., July 10, 1844. No. 12.
LATEST FROM THE MORMONS -- SURRENDER OF JOE SMITH. -- We have just received the western mail, St. Louis papers of the 22d ult. We take the following from the Reporter of that city, of that date: The Mormon difficulties have not yet reached a crisis. Joe Smith and several others voluntarily surrendered themselves to a magistrate in Hancock county, and were discharged. The citizens in the neighborhood still threaten war, but have not yet made the contemplated attack upon Nauvoo.
Vol. XXI. - No. 42. Palmyra, N. Y., July 17, 1844. Whole 1085.
GREAT EXCITEMENT AT NAUVOO -- PARTICULARS OF
By the most authentic accounts it appears that Joe and Hyrum Smith had been arrested and were in jail at Carthage, confined on certain offences against the laws of the state. The Carthage Greys, a volunteer company, were placed as a guard around the jail. About 6 o'clock on the evening of the 27th ult., an attempt was made by the Mormons on the outside to rescue the prisoners from the custody of the guard. A youth, about 19 years of age, (a Mormon,) began the fray by shooting the sentinel at the door, wounding him severely in the shoulder. Simultaneously with this attempt, the Mormons on the inside of the jail presentewd pistols through the windows and doors and fired upon the guard, wounding four individuals very severely. This action on the part of the Mormons was the signal for certain and sure vengeance. The lives of Joe and Hyrum Smith were quickly taken, but we believe no others. Carthage was filled with Mormons, previous to the affray. The Mormons appeared to be collecting around the jail for the purpose of attempting the rescue of their leader.
NS Vol. 4. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., July 17, 1844. No. 13.
LATEST FROM NAUVOO
Our advices (says the N. Y. Tribune) by last evening's mail confirm the death of the prophet, and indicate an end of the Mormon War, at least for the present. The circumstances attending the death of Joe and his brother appear to be quite different from our first account. We cut the following from the Cincinnati Atlas of the 4th inst.:
Vol. I. Bath, N. Y., Thurs., July 18, 1844. No. 44.
IMPORTANT FROM NAUVOO --
Friend Flagg: -- Enclosed you have a copy of an "Extra" issued at Quincy. We left Nauvoo about day light this morning (Friday 28th) all was quiet. The Mormons have not heard of the death of the Smiths, as Gov. Ford, who was encamped a few miles back, has (as supposed) intercepted the messengers from Carthage.
Vol. XXI. - No. 43. Palmyra, N. Y., July 24, 1844. Whole 1086.
FROM NAUVOO. -- All was quiet at Nauvoo on the 26th ult. The slaying of the Smiths appears to have been a wanton and unprovoked murder, and was so pronounced by Gov. Ford, who is now using his best efforts to dfetect the murderers, so that they may be dealt with according to law.
Vol. XXI. - No. 44. Palmyra, N. Y., July 31, 1844. Whole 1087.
==> We learn that Gov. Ford, of Illinois, has made a requisition on the United States Government for 500 troops, to be stationed in the neighborhood of Nauvoo, to prevent any blood-shed by the Anti-Mormons or the Mormons.
Vol. XXI. - No. 49. Palmyra, N. Y., Sept. 4, 1844. Whole 1092.
FROM NAUVOO. -- We have intelligence from Nauvoo to the 5th inst. All was quiet. It appears the reports of the appearance of Joe Smith, and the appointment of his son as Prophet, are false, and originated in a desire to injure the Mormons abroad. Sidney Rigdon had returned to Nauvoo from Pittsburgh, and preached on the 4th ult. In consequence of the death of Samuel Smith, Joe's brother, since the death of the Prophet, Sidney Rigdon will be chosen Patriarch of the Mormon flock. He is their master spirit, and will make a shrewd and energetic leader. There are five widows of the Smith family now living in Nauvoo; the mother of all, and the late wives of Joe, Hyrum, and their two brothers. Accessions to the Mormon strength continue to be quite large. In Nauvoo the usual activity is apparent, and the Temple is steadily going up in its unique form and shape. Its style of architecture is of the pure Mormon order. -- St. Louis Organ.
NS Vol. 4. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., Nov. 20, 1844. No. 31.
LIMITS TO PHILANTHROPY. -- The New Bedford Bulletin says that Elder Smith, brother to the celebrated Joe Smith, concluded his second lecture on Mormonism in New Bedford, with this declaration::
Vol. XXI. Palmyra, N. Y., December 25, 1844. No. 26.
LATEST FROM THE MORMONS.
The last number of the Nauvoo "Times and Seasons," the newspaper organ of the Mormons published in the city of Nauvoo, contains the following, which will perhaps be interesting to our readers, here in the birth-place of Mormonism, both as an item of news and as a matter of curiosity.
Vol. XXII. Palmyra, N. Y., March 12, 1845. No. ?
MORMONISM -- Startling Disclosures.
Elder Rigdon's Magazine for January, published at Pituburg, gives some disclosures of corruption and licentiousness among the Mormons in New York. New Jersey, &c. It appears that the degrading polygamy founded by Joe Smith and established at Nauvoo a short time before his death, has been encouraged and sustained by people of intelligence. magazine for January, published at Pittsburgh, gives some disclosures of corruption and licentiousness among the Mormons, in New York, New Jersey, &c. It appears that the degrading polygamy founded by Joe Smith, and established at Nauvoo a short time before his death, has been encouraged and sustained by people of intelligence. Rigdon gives the following account of a recent visit to the Mormon Churches, and of his own efforts to arrest the corruption that was rapidly spreading among the deluded followers:
THE WESTERN ARGUS.
NS Vol. V. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., Oct. 1, 1845. No. ?
MORMON TROUBLES -- THIRTY
The Morning News of yesterday says, a slip from the Quincy Courier, Adams County. Illinois, dated 14th instant, informs us that a body of anti-Mormons had attacked "Morley's Settlement," near Lima, in that county, and burnt twenty-five or thirty houses, with barns, wheat stacks, &c. The Courier adds:
THE WESTERN ARGUS.
NS Vol. V. Lyons, N. Y., Mon., November 3, 1845. No. 29.
THE FUTURE HOME OF
Nootka or Vancouver Island, on the northwest corner of North America, we have it from good authority, is to be the final destination and home of the Mormon people. This Island is about 300, miles long, and 75 to 100 in width. It is separated from the main land by a long, narrow strait, and lies between the 47th or 48th and 51st or 52d degrees of north latitude, extending along the coast in a northwest direction. The boundary line between the American and British possessions in the northwest, will probably pass across the Island. The English, we believe, have one or two trading posts on the Island, but for the most part, it is inhabited by Indians of not a warlike disposition. It is a long journey, but can be accomplished. If the Mormons do emigrate to that distant land, they will be out of the reach of harm from white men, and may enjoy their peculiar notions in quiet, until the devil breeds his own discords and confusion among them. We understand from the same authority, that companies are rapidly organizing at Nauvoo, for an early start in the spring. The church authorities and leading men will go out in a very large company, and without doubt the remainder will follow. --
THE WESTERN ARGUS.
NS Vol. V. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., March 11, 1846. No. ?
ANOTHER CHAPTER IN MORMONISM.
The Cincinnati Commercial furnishes some new and carious information of the affairs of Mormonism. It appears that on Friday week, M. Searls, a messenger from the Mormon prophet, James J. Strang at Voree, Wisconsin, arrived at Cincinnati, and on Sunday both branches of the Mormons, at Cincinnati the Rigdonites, and the Twelveites, disbanded and all but three individuals acknowledged the power and glory of the new prophet. -- The messenger brought the news that Emma Smith, wife of Joseph, and her son Joseph the second acknowledged Strang as the Lord's anointed. One of the Smith's came from Voree a few days since, to Naovoo, and proclaimed Strang the head of the Church in the Temple, at that place, without molestation. The saints are flocking to Vooree in great numbers; it is to be the gathering place of all these strange people, except the Twelve and their adherents, now on their way to California, over the Rocky Moantains or some other country. The Commercial adds --
THE WESTERN ARGUS.
NS Vol. VI. Lyons, N. Y., Wed., May 6, 1846. No. 3.
THE FOLLOWERS OF RIGDON. -- A new class of fanatics has sprung up within a short time pas in Pennsylvania, They are the followers of Sidney Rigdon, who claim to have received an immediate revelation from heaven. They have organized a kind of ecclesiastical government a board of directors called a quorum of twelve,