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Parley P. Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 1839

PREFACE.
 
The following Narrative professes to be a plain, unvarnished statement of facts, penned by one who was a personal sufferer in the scenes which it unfolds to the world. It makes few pretentions to literary merit, being written in a cold, dark, and dreary prison, and amid the chat, noise and confusion of several prisoners; and in the midst of the howling, laughing, contention, song-singing, gambling and blasphemy of a gang of demons in human shape, who were placed as guards over us. It was written by one who was held in bondage, to be tried for his life, in a state

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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where all law and justice were at an end; the highest authorities of the state having banished his wife and three little infant children from their homes, robbed of their all, to wander in a land of stangers, together with all his friends and witnesses. It was written by one who was daily in danger of being assassinated while prisoner, and who, to all human appearance, had no prospect of ever living to publish his work. And even the writings themselves were providentially and very narrowly preserved from destruction, and sent out of prison by stratagem, when eagerly sought for by those who dreaded to have truth come to light. The fact is, a goose-quill in our fingers was more terror to the guilty authorities of 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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, than the slingstone of the stripling son of Jesse, or the jaw bone in [p. [iii]]
PREFACE.
 
The following Narrative professes to be a plain,  unvarnished statement of facts, penned by one who  was a personal sufferer in the scenes which it unfolds  to the world. It makes few pretentions to literary  merit, being written in a cold, dark, and dreary pri son, and amid the chat, noise and confusion of several  prisoners; and in the midst of the howling, laughing,  contention, song-singing, gambling and blasphemy of  a gang of demons in human shape, who were placed  as guards over us. It was written by one who was  held in bondage, to be tried for his life, in a state

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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 where all law and justice were at an end; the highest  authorities of the state having banished his wife and  three little infant children from their homes, robbed  of their all, to wander in a land of stangers, together  with all his friends and witnesses. It was written by  one who was daily in danger of being assassinated  while prisoner, and who, to all human appearance,  had no prospect of ever living to publish his work.  And even the writings themselves were providentially  and very narrowly preserved from destruction, and  sent out of prison by stratagem, when eagerly sought  for by those who dreaded to have truth come to light.  The fact is, a goose-quill in our fingers was more ter ror to the guilty authorities of 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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, than the sling stone of the stripling son of Jesse, or the jaw bone in [p. [iii]]
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Parley P. Pratt

12 Apr. 1807–13 May 1857. Farmer, editor, publisher, teacher, school administrator, legislator, explorer, author. Born at Burlington, Otsego Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Traveled west with brother William to acquire land, 1823....

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, History of the Late Persecution Inflicted by the State of Missouri upon the Mormons, in Which Ten Thousand American Citizens were Robbed, Plundered, and Driven from the State, and Many Others Imprisoned, Martyred, &c. for Their Religion, and All This By Military Force, By Order of the Executive; i–vi, 7–84 pp.; Detroit, MI: Dawson & Bates, 1839. The copy used for this transcription is held at CHL.

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