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

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 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 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 or of burglary, or of larceny or arson, or any  other unlawful act in Daviess county. 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  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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JS, letter, Liberty, MO, to the church in Caldwell County, MO, 16 Dec. 1838; seven pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.

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