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Letter to the Church in Caldwell County, Missouri, 16 December 1838

but the saviour said that offences must come but woe unto them by whom they come, and again blessed are ye when all men shall revile you and speak all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake, rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Now dear brethren if any men ever had reason to claim this promise we are the men, for we know that the world not only hates us but speak all manner of evil of us falsely for no other reason than because we have been endeavoring to teach the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ after we were bartered away by Hinkle

13 Nov. 1801–Nov. 1861. Merchant, physician, publisher, minister, farmer. Born in Jefferson Co., Kentucky. Son of Michael Hinkle and Nancy Higgins. Married first Sarah Ann Starkey. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri....

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and were taken into the militia camp we had all the evidence we could have wished for that the world hated us and that most cordially too. If there were priests of all the different sects they hated us, if there were Generals they hated us, if there were Colonels they hated us, and the soldiers and officers of every kind hated us, and the most profane blasphemers and drunkards & whoremongers hated us, they all hated us most cordially. And now what did they hate us for, purely because of the testimony of Jesus Christ. Was it because we were liars? We know that it has been reported by some but it has been reported falsely Was it because we have committed treason against the government in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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or of burglary, or of larceny or arson, or any other unlawful act in Daviess county

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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. We know that certain priests and certain lawyers and certain judges who are the instigators aiders and abettors of a certain gang of murderers and robbers who have been carrying on a scheme of mobocracy to uphold their priestcraft against the saints of the last days for a number of years and have tried by a well contemplated and premeditated schemes to put down by physical power a system of religion that all the world by all their mutual attainments and by any fair means whatever were not able to resist. Hence, mobbers were encouraged by priests and Levites, by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenees, and the Herodians, and the most ruthless, abandoned, and debauched, lawless inhuman and the most beastly set of men that the earth can boast of; and indeed a parallel cannot be found any where else; to gather together to steal to plunder to starve and to exterminate and burn the houses of the Mormons these are the characters that by their treasonable and avert acts have desolated and laid waste Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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these are the characters that would fain make all the world believe that we are guilty of the above named acts. But they represent us [p. 3]
but the saviour said that offences must come but woe unto them  by whom they come, and again blessed are ye when all men shall  revile you and speak all manner of evil against you falsely for my  sake, rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Now dear  brethren if any men ever had reason to claim this promise we are  the men, for we know that the world not only hates us but but speak  all manner of evil of us falsely for no other reason than because we  have been endeavoring to teach the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ  after we were bartered away by Hinkle

13 Nov. 1801–Nov. 1861. Merchant, physician, publisher, minister, farmer. Born in Jefferson Co., Kentucky. Son of Michael Hinkle and Nancy Higgins. Married first Sarah Ann Starkey. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri....

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and were taken into the  militia camp we had all the evidence we could have wished for that  the world hated us and that most cordially too. If there were priests  of all the different sects they hated us, if there were Generals they  hated us, if there were Colonels they hated us, and the soldiers and  officers of every kind hated us, and the most profane blasphemers and  drunkards & whoremongers hated us, they all hated us most cordia lly. And now what did they hate us for, purely because of the  testimony of Jesus Christ. Was it because we were liars? We know  that it has been reported by some but it has been reported falsely  Was it because we have committed treason against the government  in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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or of burglary, or of larceny or arson, or any  other unlawful act in Daviess county

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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. We know that certain  priests and certain lawyers and certain judges who are the instigators  aiders and abettors of a certain gang of murderers and robbers  who have been carrying on a scheme of mobocracy to uphold their  priestcraft against the saints of the last days for a number of years  and have tried by a well contemplated and premeditated schemes  to put down by physical power a system of religion that all the  world by all their mutual attainments and by any fair means  whatever were not able to resist. Hence, mobbers were encouraged  by priests and Levites, by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenees, and the  Herodians, and the most ruthless, abandoned, and debauched, lawless  inhuman and the most beastly set of men that the earth can boast  of; and indeed a parallel cannot be found any where else; to gather  together to steal to plunder to starve and to exterminate and burn  the houses of the Mormons these are the characters that by their treason able and avert acts have desolated and laid waste Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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 these are the characters that would fain make all the world believe  that we are guilty of the above named acts. But they represent us [p. 3]
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, MO, 16 Dec. 1838; seven pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.

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