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Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

In presenting to our readers a history of the perse cutions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day-Saints  in the State of Missouri we feel it our duty to  commence <them> it <it> at the beginning, notwithstanding many  of our readers <we> are <aware are> well acquainted with the outrages  committed in Jackson County <(an account of them They having been published in the Evening & Morning star)> and might perhaps  rather see the paper filled with other matter <than <to have> those former troubles presented before them again.> yet  there are a great many others, who are altogether  unacquainted with those early troubles <persecutions> who would  feel that we had not done our duty were we to pass  by those former troubles <them> and commence <confine> our h[is]tory  to more recent transactions. Thus much by way of  introduction.
In the winter of A.D. 1830–31 five elders <of the church of Jesus Christ 4 <of which were> from the State of N. York State & 1 <was> from Ohio> traveled  on foot, wading through a deep snow <which is not common in that country> through the praries  from St Louis to Jackson Co. Missouri where  they made a permanent stand. <They> occasionally preach ing <preached> about the country as the way opened before  them. <A few believed the gospel preached and had been baptized when> About the middle of the July following July  a number more elders’ arrived at Jackson Co., and  soon <shortly> after a small branch of the church also arrived
At that time there appeared to be but little objection  to the church our people’s settleing there, although the  preaching had stir[r]ed up some few to show their quils <appear>  like a hedge hogs when they show their quils <an enemy is near>. The church  in Jackson Co. continued to increase continually untill they were <it was>  driven from the Co.. As the church increased the hostile spirit  of the people increased <also> in about the same proportion  Our <The> enemies circulated <from time to time> all manner of <false> stories against us <our people>  <hoping> thereby hoping to stir <up> the indignation of others. They also <in  the spring of 1832> brick batted or stoned some of our people’s <the> houses <of the Saints> breaking  in windows and &c. if not only disturbing but endangering  the lives of the inmates. In the course of that season a  county meeting was called <at Independence> to adopt measures to drive the Saints  from the County <but> the meeting broke up <without coming to any agreement about the Saints> having had too much [p. [1]]
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Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, ca. 1839; handwriting of Edward Partridge; nineteen pages (several additional leaves missing); CHL.

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