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Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

confusion among themselves <than to do more> than to have a few knock downs after taking a plentiful supply of whisky.
The result of this meeting may be attrebited in part  to the influence of certain patriotic individuals among  whom Genl. Clark a Sub. Indian agent may be  considered as principal, he hearing of the meeting  came from his agency <or home> some 30 or 40 miles <distant,> a day  or two before the meeting He appeared quite  indignant at the idea of having the laws and Constitution <Constitution>  and laws trampled <troddon> under foot, by the strong tram pling upon the weak. He went to certain influential  mob characters and offered to decide our case with  them in single combat. He said that it would be better  for one or two individuals to die than for hundreds to  be put to death
Although the meeting had broken up without doing any  thing, yet the hostile spirit of individuals were <was> no  less abated. Such was their thirst for the destruction  of the Saints that they, that same fall, shot into <the houses of> certain  individuals. in the night One house had a blanket ball  in particular lodged in the a log near the head of the  owner of the house as he lay in bed.
During the winter and Spring of 1833 the mob spirit spread <itself>  though in a measure secretly, but in the forepart of summer  it began to show itself openly by <in> the stoning of houses  and other insults. Some time in July we saw the  unparalleled declaration of the people of Jackson Co. made  its appearance. in which they charged <seemed to have tried their best to defame> our people  with a charging them with crime at the same time  they acknowledged that the laws of the land would  not reach <our people> us, which was evidently the case, for they  administered held the reins of goverment or in other [p. [2]]
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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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