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Letter from Robert D. Foster, 24 December 1839

scripture— I asked God to give me the victory, and down came the Mighty Methodist, by a little— shepherd boy of a Mormon— I asked him to be so kind as to give me his meeting house, to preach in some night— but he said he would not— he would not pollute it— I then told him that was not right— he said it was, and would consider my doctrine false till I performed a miricle— I told him not to forbid others believing, but he said he would—
I told him if he said any thing ungentlemanly from the pulpit, if I heard him I should take the liberty to reply— said if I did he would have me put out of the house— I then requested him to appoint time and place, and we would discuss before the publick— but he said he would not waste his time with such nonsence— and that he was sorry such a promising young man should be so deluded— I told him I asked no sorrow, and begged he would give himself no uneasiness on that head— He was the most whipped man I ever have seen, and repented having his friends brought in, I know; he is the champion of the Methodist and is whipped well— I did not tell him how I whipped him but I will tell you— I asked God to close his mouth, if he did not receive it gladly, and he did— I can whip as many Methodist as there are blades of grass on the largest Prairie in Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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, if God will assist me— and this is way in which I whipped him— God filled my mouth and my heart— and I was as happy as any mortal could be— while he was writhing in the most awful agony of body & mind.
I cannot tell you all, but I will visit all the Priests in Washington

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, but what I will find some honest heart to embrace the truth.— I am not discouraged, I am going to hunt them [p. 121]
scripture— I asked God to give me the victory,  and <down> came the Mighty Methodist, by a little—  shepherd boy of a Mormon— I asked him to  be so kind as to give me his meeting house, to  preach in some in the night— but he said  he would not— he would not pollute it— I  then told him that was not right— he said  it was, and would consider my doctrine <false> till  I performed a miricle— I told him not to  forbid others believing, but he said he would—
I told him if he said any thing ungentle manly from the pulpit, if I heard him  I should take the liberty to reply— said  if I did he would have me put out of the  house— I then requested him to appoint time  and place, and we would discuss before  the publick— but he said he would not  waste his time with such nonsence— and  that he was sorry such a promising young  man should be so deluded— I told him I  asked no sorrow, and begged he would give  himself no uneasiness on that head— He  was the most whipped <man> I ever have seen, and  repented having his friends brought in, I  know; he is the champion of the Methodist  and is whipped well— I did not tell him how  I whipped him but I will tell you— I asked God  to close his mouth, if he did not receive it gl adly, and he did— I can whip as many Meth odist as there are blades of grass on the largest  Prairie in Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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, if God will assist me— and  this is way in which I whipped him— God filled  my mouth and my heart— and I was as hap py as any mortal could be— while he was wri thing in the most awful agony of body & mind.
I cannot tell you all, but I will visit all the  Priests in Washington

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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, but what I will find  some honest heart to embrace the truth.— I am  not discouraged, I am going to hunt them [p. 121]
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Robert D. Foster

14 Mar. 1811–1 Feb. 1878. Physician, land speculator. Born in Braunston, Northamptonshire, England. Son of John Foster and Jane Knibb. Married Sarah Phinney, 18 July 1837, at Medina Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church, before Oct. 1839. Ordained an elder,...

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, letter, Washington DC

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, to JS, Philadelphia

Port city founded as Quaker settlement by William Penn, 1681. Site of signing of Declaration of Independence and drafting of U.S. Constitution. Nation’s capital city, 1790–1800. Population in 1830 about 170,000; in 1840 about 260,000; and in 1850 about 410...

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, PA, 24 Dec. 1839; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 119–122; JS Collection, CHL.

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