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John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Preface

Preface.
In conversing with my friends, I have been frequently  asked, “how did you come to join the Mormons?”— “how could you  yield to their delusions?” These inquiries and others of the same  nature, I have always answered frankly and fully, as it is my  intention to do in the present little work, which, indeed, I have  [un]dertaken not less for the satisfaction of my friends who have  [adv]ised me to it, than to explain the motives which have  [gov]erned my conduct. I know of no better way of doing this, than  [to] give a brief history of the circumstances that have come to  [m]y knowledge had from personal observation as well as from  [ot]her sources. It is not pretended, however, that these pages will  contain a complete account of all the doctrinal particulars connected  with the Mormons. Such an account would not, perhaps, be of  interest to the general reader. I shall confine myself to  so much of their history as will enable men him to judge  correctly of the true character of the “Church of Christ of  Latter day Saints,” as well as to understand the reasons  of my own own conduct.
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John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, ca. 6 April 1838– ca. 26 January 1839; handwriting of John Corrill and an unidentified scribe; seventy pages numbered 20–90, plus three unnumbered pages; John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

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