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Times and Seasons, 15 February 1842

J. There was always a few that protested against it.
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1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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. The Church of England is not that few; nor the Church of Scotland; nor are the Methodists, Presbyterians, or Baptists; nor any body that you can point me out in England; and all the Episcopal form of Church Government in the United States, came either directly from the Church of Rome, through the Church of England or indirectly from the Church of England, through the Methodists, and is consequently all a figment.
J. And you belong to a church only ten years old, ten years old, ten years old.
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1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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. These, sir, are my reasons for believing my former statements—That we had transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, corrupted the Gospel, and lost the Priesthood, and your potent arguments have not convinced me to the contrary, especially your last ten years old one.
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*Why he should ask this question I do not know; except he did not believe himself, what he said, he could prove, as the statement was of his own propounding.
 
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TIMES AND SEASONS.
CITY OF NAUVOO

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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TUESDAY, FEBUARY 15, 1842.
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VALEDICTORY.
As is customary upon like occasions, it now becomes my duty to say a few words to the friends and patrons of the Times and Seasons, by way of a farewell address.
When I look back and survey the scenery through which this church has passed, for the short space of three years, it is impossible to find words to express my feelings—to recollect that three years this present month, many thousands of the members of this church were compelled to leave their peaceful and happy firesides, to sacrifice all the enjoyments of a sweet and pleasant home, which they had purchased with their own money, and made comfortable by the labor of their own hands; to flee for their lives, and seek protection in a strange land, among strangers,—all to satisfy the avarice and hellish desire of an infatuated mob, and to obey the order of a second Nero, who then acted as Governor

14 Dec. 1796–14 Mar. 1860. Bookkeeper, bank cashier, merchant, Indian agent and trader, lawyer, doctor, postmaster, politician. Born at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky. Son of John M. Boggs and Martha Oliver. Served in War of 1812. Moved to St. Louis, ca...

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of a, said to be, free and sovereign 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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—all conspire to fill the mind with solemnity, and sad recollections of by-gone days.
It is not, however, my intention at present, to dwell at length upon these things, more than to draw the contrast between those days and the present.
In the summer of 1839, having a few months previous emerged from the confines of a 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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prison, where I had been thrust, together with about sixty of my brethren, solely because we would not renouncc the religion of heaven, Br. D. C. Don Carlos Smith

25 Mar. 1816–7 Aug. 1841. Farmer, printer, editor. Born at Norwich, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816–Jan. 1817. Moved to Manchester, Ontario Co., 1825. Baptized into LDS church by David...

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, and myself

25 May 1816–11 Mar. 1891. Printer, editor, publisher. Born at Floyd (near Rome), Oneida Co., New York. Son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Moved to Utica, Oneida Co., ca. 1831, and learned printing trade at Utica Observer. Moved to Ravenna, Portage Co....

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purchased the remains of a printing establishment, had by the church 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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, which had been saved from the ruins by being buried in the earth, and after having carefully extracted the polluted soil 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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from the press and type; which, by the by, like ourselves, were none the better for having passed through the scrutinizing ordeal of an ungodly mob, we issued a prospectus for publishing this paper, under circumstances the most adverse possible. The only place we could obtain wherein to put our press, was an under ground room to an old ware house, without any floor, and almost destitute of light: here we succeeded in issuing a few copies of the paper, when disease, which we had contracted while laboring in a damp room, brought us upon our sick beds, and we were compelled to suspend business for several months; however, in the month of November we were permitted, through the blessings of a kind Providence, again to issue the paper, which has been published until the present time without interruption; notwithstanding two good and mighty men have fallen while acting as its editors.
The Times and Seasons is now placed on a permanent basis, with a liberal patronage, and its circulation daily increasing. The building in which it is published was erected expressly for a printing establishment; with spacious rooms, where each branch can be carried on in its own department, without interfering with the other. The church, also, is in a flourishing and prosperous condition—more so than at any previous period since its rise; naught but joy and gladness seems to pervade the bosoms of the saints, and peace and happiness attend all their footsteps.
Under these circumstances I now take leave of the editorial department of the Times and Seasons, having disposed of my entire interest in the printing establishment, book-bindery, and stereotype foundery, and they are transferred into other hands. The Editorial chair will be filled by our esteemed brother, President Joseph Smith, assisted by Elder John Taylor

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, of the Quorum of the Twelve, under whose able and talented guidance, this will become the most interesting and useful religious journal of the day.
With these considerations, I feel confident that [p. 695]
J. There was always a few that pro tested against it.
T

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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. The Church of England is not that  few; nor the Church of Scotland; nor  are the Methodists, Presbyterians, or Bap tists; nor any body that you can point  me out in England; and all the Episcopal  form of Church Government in the Uni ted States, came either directly from the  Church of Rome, through the Church of  England or indirectly from the Church of  England, through the Methodists, and is  consequently all a figment.
J. And you belong to a church only  ten years old, ten years old, ten years  old.
T

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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. These, sir, are my reasons for be lieving my former statements—That we  had transgressed the laws, changed the  ordinances, corrupted the Gospel, and  lost the Priesthood, and your potent argu ments have not convinced me to the con trary, especially your last ten years old  one.
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*Why he should ask this question I do not  know; except he did not believe himself, what  he said, he could prove, as the statement was of  his own propounding.
 
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TIMES AND SEASONS.
CITY OF NAUVOO

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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,
TUESDAY, FEBUARY 15, 1842.
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VALEDICTORY.
As is customary upon like occasions, it now  becomes my duty to say a few words to the  friends and patrons of the Times and Seasons,  by way of a farewell address.
When I look back and survey the scenery  through which this church has passed, for the  short space of three years, it is impossible to  find words to express my feelings—to recollect  that three years this present month, many thou sands of the members of this church were com pelled to leave their peaceful and happy firesides,  to sacrifice all the enjoyments of a sweet and  pleasant home, which they had purchased with  their own money, and made comfortable by the  labor of their own hands; to flee for their lives,  and seek protection in a strange land, among  strangers,—all to satisfy the avarice and hellish  desire of an infatuated mob, and to obey the or der of a second Nero, who then acted as Gover nor

14 Dec. 1796–14 Mar. 1860. Bookkeeper, bank cashier, merchant, Indian agent and trader, lawyer, doctor, postmaster, politician. Born at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky. Son of John M. Boggs and Martha Oliver. Served in War of 1812. Moved to St. Louis, ca...

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of a, said to be, free and sovereign 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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 all conspire to fill the mind with solemnity, and  sad recollections of by-gone days.
It is not, however, my intention at present,  to dwell at length upon these things, more than  to draw the contrast between those days and the  present.
In the summer of 1839, having a few months  previous emerged from the confines of a Missou ri

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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prison, where I had been thrust, together with  about sixty of my brethren, solely because we  would not renouncc the religion of heaven, Br.  D. C. [Don Carlos] Smith

25 Mar. 1816–7 Aug. 1841. Farmer, printer, editor. Born at Norwich, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816–Jan. 1817. Moved to Manchester, Ontario Co., 1825. Baptized into LDS church by David...

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, and myself

25 May 1816–11 Mar. 1891. Printer, editor, publisher. Born at Floyd (near Rome), Oneida Co., New York. Son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Moved to Utica, Oneida Co., ca. 1831, and learned printing trade at Utica Observer. Moved to Ravenna, Portage Co....

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purchased the remains  of a printing establishment, had by the church  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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, which had been saved from the ru ins by being buried in the earth, and after having  carefully extracted the polluted soil 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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 from the press and type; which, by the by, like  ourselves, were none the better for having pas sed through the scrutinizing ordeal of an ungod ly mob, we issued a prospectus for publishing  this paper, under circumstances the most ad verse possible. The only place we could obtain  wherein to put our press, was an under ground  room to an old ware house, without any floor,  and almost destitute of light: here we succeeded  in issuing a few copies of the paper, when dis ease, which we had contracted while laboring in  a damp room, brought us upon our sick beds,  and we were compelled to suspend business for  several months; however, in the month of No vember we were permitted, through the bles sings of a kind Providence, again to issue the  paper, which has been published until the pres ent time without interruption; notwithstanding  two good and mighty men have fallen while act ing as its editors.
The Times and Seasons is now placed on a  permanent basis, with a liberal patronage, and  its circulation daily increasing. The building  in which it is published was erected expressly  for a printing establishment; with spacious  rooms, where each branch can be carried on in  its own department, without interfering with the  other. The church, also, is in a flourishing and  prosperous condition—more so than at any pre vious period since its rise; naught but joy and  gladness seems to pervade the bosoms of the  saints, and peace and happiness attend all their  footsteps.
Under these circumstances I now take leave  of the editorial department of the Times and  Seasons, having disposed of my entire interest  in the printing establishment, book-bindery, and  stereotype foundery, and they are transferred  into other hands. The Editorial chair will be  filled by our esteemed brother, President Joseph  Smith, assisted by Elder John Taylor

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, of the  Quorum of the Twelve, under whose able and  talented guidance, this will become the most in teresting and useful religious journal of the day.
With these considerations, I feel confident that [p. 695]
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Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL), 15 Feb. 1842, vol. 3, no. 8, pp. 687–702.
Note: Though this issue was the beginning of JS’s editorship of the Times and Seasons, he did not actually begin direct supervision of the newspaper until the following issue. See “To Subscribers” in the 1 Mar. 1842 issue.

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