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Letter from Edward Partridge, between 14 and 19 November 1833

Letter from Edward Partridge, between 14 and 19 November 1833

further, The worlds people are very desirous to have us sell the lands & since you advised us not to, I do not want to, but if we are to be driven about for years I can see no use in keeping our possessions here. Some of our brn. that have given me money to buy lands with are desirous to receive a deed of some land & I have thought it best to give deeds to such as are anxious to have them. I want your advice upon the subject of the lands & also I want wisdom & light on many subjects, in this time of trial We have made two attempts to get a peace warrent, the first before a justice one of the mob he at first refused but after consulting with some others of the mob he consented, we however sent to Lexington 40 miles east to the circuit Judge

2 Nov. 1797–10 Sept. 1873. Teacher, farmer, lawyer, judge. Born in King and Queen Co., Virginia. Son of Joseph Ryland and Rosamiah Molly. Moved to Richmond, Madison Co., Kentucky, 1809. Attended Forest Hill Academy in Washington Co. (later in Marion Co.),...

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& after quite a struggle made out to obtain one. but when the brn. came back with it we had agreed to go away & the mob or militia as they were called were raging with great fury & we have done nothing with it. neither do we believe it would be of any use to try to enforce it. now. our lawyers say it can do us no good in their opinion, as to our suits for damage we were expecting to start a number between this & the next term which is in Feb. next there has no writ been taken out as yet, since our removal we have not been able to get together [so] as to have a council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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of high priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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& advise with one another what is best to do do. It would seem that the prospect is bad respecting our having justice done us by any course we may pursue. justice would give us the Co. of Jackson

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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almost. we believe but this would take years to accomplish unless our damages could be settled by arbitrating that is leaveing the case to judicious disinterested men. There is an other way we might obtain the land by natural means. that is this could we obtain money by loan or from brn. that were able we might buy out the most of the inhabitants in all probability & let them leave the Co.

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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but this would take many thousand dollars. after looking at the whole I am of opinion that unless God works for his people & displays his power in some way or another we cannot return to the land again. my mind is to have the disciples all leave the land & see if God will not pour out his judgments in some way upon that wicked people. rumors are afloat that it is with difficulty that the Indians are restrained from coming upon the people as to this I know nothing about it & I place no great confidence in romors. I hope ere this there may have been a comforting [w]ord from the Lord through you but be this as it may I am anxious to hear from you In haste your brother in Christ [p. [2]]
further, The worlds people are very desirous to have us sell the  lands & since you advised <us> not to, I do not want to, but if we are  to be driven about for years I can see no use in keeping our  possessions here. Some of our brn. that have given me money  to buy lands with are desirous to receive a deed of some land  & <I> have thought it best to give some deeds to such as are anxious  to have them. I want your advice upon the subject of the lands  & also I want wisdom on & light on many subjects, <in this time of trial> We <have> made two attem pts to get a peace warrent, the first before a justice one of the mob he  at first refused but after consulting with some others of the mob he  consented, we however sent to Lexington 40 miles east to the circuit  Judge

2 Nov. 1797–10 Sept. 1873. Teacher, farmer, lawyer, judge. Born in King and Queen Co., Virginia. Son of Joseph Ryland and Rosamiah Molly. Moved to Richmond, Madison Co., Kentucky, 1809. Attended Forest Hill Academy in Washington Co. (later in Marion Co.),...

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& after quite a struggle made out to obtain one. but when  the brn. came back with it we had agreed to go away & the  mob or militia as they were called were raging with great  fury & we have done nothing with it. neither do we believe  it would be of any use to try to enforce it. <now.> our lawyers say it  can do us no good in their opinion, as to our civil suits or suits  for damage we were expecting to start a number between this  & the next term which is in Feb. next there has no writ been  taken out as yet, since our removal we have not been able  to get toge[ther] [so] as to have a council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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of high priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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& advise  with one another what we shall <is best to do> do. It would seem that the prospect  is bad respecting our having justice done us by any course we may  pursue. justice would give us the Co. of Jackson

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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almost. we believe  but this would take years to accomplish unless our damages could  be settled by arbitrating that is leaveing the case to judicious  disinterested men. There is an other way we might obtain the  land by natural means. that is this could we obtain money  by loan or from brn. that were able we might buy out  the most of the inhabitants in all probability & let  them leave the Co.

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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but this would take many thousand dollars.  after looking at the whole of I am of opinion that unless  God works for his people & displays his power in some  way or another we cannot return to the land again. my  mind is to have the disciples all leave the land & see if  God will not pour out his judgments in some way or  another upon that wicked people. many rumors are  afloat that it is with difficulty that the Indians are restrai[n]ed  from coming upon the people as to this I know <nothing> about it &  I place no great confidence in romors. I hope ere this there may have  been a comfort[ing] [w]ord from the Lord through you but be this as it may I am  anxious to hear from you In haste your brother in Christ [p. [2]]
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Bishop Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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, the church’s presiding officer in Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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, wrote this letter two weeks after renewed vigilante violence drove about one thousand church members from Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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, Missouri. Partridge painted a bleak picture of the expulsion’s aftermath, reporting that he saw no prospect of help from the Missouri government. The expectation of further violence was ever present. Partridge also requested advice regarding the disposition of members’ land in Jackson County. Finally, he noted that learning the Lord’s will in the matter was crucial. Partridge sent this letter from Liberty

Located in western Missouri, thirteen miles north of Independence. Settled 1820. Clay Co. seat, 1822. Incorporated as town, May 1829. Following expulsion from Jackson Co., 1833, many Latter-day Saints found refuge in Clay Co., with church leaders and other...

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, Missouri, to JS at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, and retained an unsigned copy in his records.

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