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Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

wo a lamentable tail yea a sorrifull tail too much  to tell too much for contemplation too much to think of  for a moment too much for human beings it cannot  be found among the hethans it cannot be found am ong the nations where Kings and tyrants are inth roned it cannot be found among the savages of the  wilderness yea and I think it cannot be found amo ng the wild and ferocious beasts of the forist that a  man should be mangled for sport women be violated <rob[b]ed>  of all that they have their last morsel for subsistan ce and then be violated to gratify the hell[i]sh desires  of the mob and finally left to perish with their  helpless ofspring clinging around their necks  but this is not all after a man is dead he must be  dug up from his grave and mangled to peaces for no  other purpose than to gratify their splean against the  religeon of god. They practise <these> things upon the saints  who have done them no rong who are inocent  and virtuous who loved the Lord their god and  were willing to forsaik all things for his <Christ> sake  these things are awfull to relait but they are verily  true it must needs bee that offences come, but WO!  to them by whom they come. O God where art thou  and where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding  place how long shall thy hand be stayed and thine  eye yea thy pure eye behold from from the etearn al heavens the rongs of thy people and of thy servants [p. 3]
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JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae, letter, Liberty, MO, to the Church and Edward Partridge, Quincy, IL, 20 Mar. 1839; handwriting of Alexander McRae and Caleb Baldwin with corrections by JS and signatures of JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae; 26 pages; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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