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Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

committee who was to request the Saints to appoint a  committee to meet them on at Liberty at a certain <given time> day
The committees met agreeable to appointment when  it was proposed <a proposition was made> by the Clay committee to the other <something to this effect> that  whereas the people of Clay had <kindly> received the saints in their  distress when <when> <and at that time> it was expected that they wanted would soon  return to Jackson Co. and not think of making Clay Co. a  permanent home and whereas the prospect of returning to  Jackson Co. was small at that <present> time and <that> a portion of the citizen  of Clay Co. were dissatisfied to have them stay where they  were any longer therefore they <the committee in behalf> requested that they <the saints> should  look them<selves> out a new place to of location either in some  unsettled part of the state or otherwise go out of the State as suited  them best. The committee disclaimed all right to request any  such thing: they said that the saints had just as good a right  there as they had but that they thought that considering  the opposition that there was to them there it would be better  for them to be <go where they could be> more by themselves <& even recommend their gathering to gether which was the very thing they wanted> <they said> <they> that if they would consent  to go they would send a committee with them who could pilot <were acquainted>  them anywhere with the country and would pilot them in looking  out a location They <However A location> had already looked <been> searched out a location  and purchased about 1600 acres of land <purchased> and <they> were willing and even  making preperations some of them to move away <there> there soon  consequently the committee on the part of the church consented  to the propositions made to them and all parted in <with apparant> good feel ing Soon afterwards 3 on the part of the church & 2 pilots  started to seek a location they traveled a number of days about  the new settlements in <towards> the N.W. corner of the State they finally  concluded that the place previously pitched upon Now Caldwell  Co. was the place where they would settle there being but <a> few  inhabitants <and they generally willing to sell out> in a district of country large enough for a Co.
Upon these movements the mob spirit measureably subsided  and the saints prepared and moved to their new settlement  as fast as their circumstances would permit pleased with the  idea of settleing <together> by themselves togeth
Here is the end of what E. P. [Edward Partridge] has written [p. [18]]
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While incarcerated at Liberty, Missouri, in March 1839, JS addressed a letter to the Saints and to “Bishop [Edward] Partridge in particular” in which he called for the Saints to gather up “a knoledge of all the facts and sufferings and abuses put upon them” in Missouri that they might publish the records “to all the world” and “present them to the heads of the government.” (JS et al., Liberty, MO, to the church members and Edward Partridge, Quincy, IL, 20 Mar. 1839, in Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 123:1, 6].) Apparently in response to this assignment, Edward Partridge wrote a history that became the first three installments of “A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in Missouri,” an eleven-part series published in the church’s Illinois newspaper, Times and Seasons, between December 1839 and October 1840.
Partridge may have intended to tell the entire Missouri story himself, but he fell ill shortly after publication began and died 27 May 1840. Partridge’s manuscript, which he did not title, is provided here. The full text of “A History, of the Persecution,” which necessarily relied on other sources following Partridge’s demise, will receive comprehensive treatment in volume 2 of the Histories series of The Joseph Smith Papers and will eventually be posted to this website.
Partridge’s history begins with his account of the Missouri conflicts in the early 1830s. Partridge was a bishop of the church in Missouri, first in Jackson County and then in Clay County following the Saints’ expulsion from Jackson County. He also served as bishop in Caldwell County after the Saints relocated there from Clay County in 1836. By the time he drafted his account of the Mormon experiences in Missouri, the Saints had been exiled from the state and had relocated to Illinois.
Partridge’s narrative is based on firsthand observations and may also have relied on other records he kept. It begins, “In presenting to our readers a history of the persecutions,” indicating that Partridge wrote it for publication purposes. However, there are occasionally significant differences between the manuscript version and “A History, of the Persecution” as published.
The early custodial history of the Partridge manuscript is somewhat uncertain. However, the manuscript was presumably among materials in the possession of church historian and recorder Joseph Fielding Smith, who held that office from 1921 to 1970 and who had worked in the Church Historian’s Office many years prior. The manuscript became part of the First Presidency’s papers when Smith became church president in 1970, and, with other records (including Revelation Book 1 and two Howard Coray drafts of JS’s history), was transferred from the First Presidency’s office to the Church History Library in 2005.

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