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Hulburt entitled 'Mormonism Unveiled,' will find that he there states that the said manuscript of Spaulding's romance was lost and could no where be found. But
the widow is here made to say that it is carefully preserved. Here scems to be some knavery or crooked work; and no wonder, for this said Hulburt is one of
the most notorious rascals in the western
The production, signed Matilda Davidson, is evidently the work of a man accumstomed to public address, and the Book of Mormon I know to be true, and the Spaulding story, as far as the origin of the Book of Mormon is connected with it, I know to be false.
I now leave the subject with a candid public, with a sincere desire, that those who have been deluded with such vain and foolish lies, may be undeceived.
Monson, where he saw Mrs. Davidson Your brother Jesse passed through and her daughter, Mrs. McKinestry, and also Dr. Ely, and spent several hours with them, during which time he asked them the following questions. viz:
Did you, Mrs. Davidson, write a letter to John Storrs, giving an account of the origin of the Book of Mormon? Ans: I did not. Did you sign your name
to it? Ans: I did not, neither did I ever
Recorder: the letter was never brought
Ans: I think some
took it, said he would get it printed, and let me have one half the profits. Ques. Has Dr. P. Hurlburt got the manuscript printed? Ans: I received a letter stating it did not read as they expected, and they should not print . Ques. How large is Mr. Spaulding's manuscript? Ans: About one third as large as the Book of Mormon. To Mrs. McKinestry-how old were you when your father wrote the manuscript? Ans: About five years of age. Ques. Did you ever read the manuscript? Ans: When I was about twelve years old, I used to read it for diversion. Ques. Did the manuscript describe an idolatrous or religious people. Ans: An idolatrous people. Ques. Do the manuscript and the Book of Mormon agree? Ans: I think some of the names agrec. Ques. Are you certain that some of the names agree? Ans: Ques. Have you ever read Book of Mormon? Ans: I Ques. Was your name attached to that letter which was sent to Mr. John Storrs by your order? Ans:
I am not.
Editors, who have given publicity to the Spaulding story, will do an act of justice by giving publicity to the foregoing. P. P. PRATT. N. Y. Nev. 27th, 1839.
Massachusetts, to his daughter Elizabeth Haven of Quincy, Adams co. Illinois.
Copy of a Letter written by Mr. John
No. I never meant that my name should be there.
You see by the above questions and answers, that Mr. Austin, in his great zeal to destroy the "Latter Day Saints," has asked Mrs. Davidson a few questions,
then wrote a letter to Mr. Storrs in his
answers given. Mrs. Davidson is about
Louisville, July 15, 1840,
MY DEAR SIR:-A slight
mistake occurs in the article on the "Prospects of Unitarianism," in the last Messenger. The Episcopal Society at Erie did not invite Unitarian preaching. The request came from several respectable individuals who were members of the Society. I understand that the gentleman who has been preaching there for a few weeks past has, in consequence of ill health returned to New England. Where shall we look for preachers? We want men strong in body and strong in spirit. We must have for this country men who can labor cheerfully when deprived of the conveniences and even proprieties which are esteemed essential in New England. We are called to preach in Court Hou
ses and kitchens. And the
into the proper instruments.
together. The time has come when the liberal sects should harmonise on their common grounds if they would maintain vigorously their part of the Lord's controversy with error and sin. I invited Professor G. to communicate to the readers of the Messenger his views on this subject.
The Society in this place, where I have been for a few weeks on exchange, are in good spirits, notwithstanding the contemplated removal of their Pastor. They are in earnest about establishing an agency and theological school, and have contributed liberally of their means. Mr. Clarke is doing a good work in Pennsylvania. A letter received from Meadville, says: "Every day indeed sees increasing interest manifested in our views." To the truth of this for months past, I can personally testify. Our prospects here were never so good, A willingness to hear and examine is freely avowed, and is manifested in attendance on our meetings and requests for our books. We trust we are doing good, not in creating sectarians, but in promoting the spirit of "Liberty, Holiness, and Love."
Quincy June 22, 1840. ·
labors in the cause of truth and righte
DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER:Though unacquainted as to face and form, yet knowing you will through your ousness, I resort to the pen to express to you my deep and hearty sympathy with you in your labors for the furtherance of Christian liberty, truth and charity. I profess to be enlisted in the same holy cause, though it is my lot to do battle, single-handed, in the outposts. I have been preaching here now some ten sabbaths, although my labors have been interrupted by a tour of five weeks to the north. A Methodist, _Congregational (Trinitarian) Baptist, Episcopal, German Lutheran, and Roman Catholie Churches, had been formed in this town previously to the gathering of ours; and that with a population of less than 2000. We launched our bark upon a tide so low as scarcely to float it. But we are making some progress. Our church, 26 by 36 feet, will be completed in August. It will receive a plain finishing inside. Its exterior will be quite neat. It will have no gallery, no porch, but a close enmoveable benches with backs. The cost try within the door; and instead of pews, will not exceed $1,050. We are not
yet fully understood by our brethren around us. We have been misrepresented. We style our church the 2d Congregational. From the 1st Congregational, a Presbyterian church seceded during the past winter; both of which are
now building new churches, upon a scale, as is said, much larger than ours. There are five pastors constantly residing here. My own labors are constantly divided among several places in this vicinity. My mission also embraces the neighbor
hood of Hillsboro', situated about one hundred and thirty miles south-east of Quincy. I expect to be there by the next sabbath, and there to remain till September, when our Church here is to be dedi
cated. The number of communicants here is not large, but is increasing at every communion season.
Your friend and fellow laboier, WILLIAM P. HUNTINGTON.
THE American Peace Society has been in existence many years, and has included, among its members, many of the best men of our nation and some of foreign countries. Its object is to prevent war between nations, and give to bodies of men those principles of peace, and to make them act upon those rules of common sense, that govern most men in their ordinary intercourse. How far they have effected their object, is not to be discussed here: suffice it to say now, that we believe that war is much more unpopular throughout the civilized world, than it was a quarter of a century ago—that the military spirit is now almost extinct in our own country, and that it would be impossible now to goad a nation to arm itself and spill another's blood, on such grounds as formerly would have excited them to madness and murder.
The Peace Society claims to have produced this change in popular sentiment-and doubtless they have had their share in producing it. Some few members of the Society have been very industrious in their work of love. Their periodicals, the Advocate of Peace, and other occasional publications, have been beautifully but not powerfully sustained. Throughout all these runs a spirit of gentleness and love; but there is a lack of a bold denunciation of the spirit of anger and selfVOL. VIII.-25.
ishness, whence first arises the germ of war. We were forbidden to draw the sword upon our brothers of another nation-yet we could be angry with our own neighbor. But notwithstanding these deficiencies, this society has wrought a wonderful and admirable work. They have done much good in their day. We love their spirit-we honour their causewe will at all times lend them our little aid, and give them our warmest sympathy.
In the summer of 1838, several individuals in New-England, thinking the Peace Society had stopped short of the true object of their principles, and that a higher purpose should be tried, called a Convention in Boston to discuss and fully and efficiently adopt the true principles of Peace, as they are taught by our Saviour. The Peace Society, as such, had no hand in the getting up or in the proceedings of this Convention. It emanated from and was composed of those whom we call sometimes reproachfully the ultras of the Society, and of others, who, from the feebleness of the Society's action, or its low aim, had never joined it, but whose souls burned a more faithful obedience to the law of love.
These and others met, and continued in session at Boston three days-the 18th, 19th and 20th of September, 1838. In the Convention men and women spoke and acted equally, considering that, not physical power, but souls should be recognized; for God had given both the same law and the same immortal destiny. Nevertheless, several men were offended that women should sit and debate with them, and withdrew themselves from the assembly. The others proceeded to the business of their meeting with all the zeal of reformers, and a sincerity becoming a true devotion to their purpose.
Their first Resolution is significant of their whole plan: "Resolved, That human life is inviolable, and can never be taken by individuals or nations, without commiting sin against God."
After adopting this and other resolutions against war, bloodshed, bearing arms, forcible governments, &c., they resolved themselves into the "New-England Non-Resistance Society," adopted a Constitution and a Declaration of Sentiments, from which we make a few extracts:
"PREAMBLE. Whereas, our Saviour has left us an example, that we should follow his steps, in forbearance, submission to injury, and non-resistance even when life itself is at stake;
"And whereas, the weapons of a true Christian are not carnal, but spiritual, and therefore mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;