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Hulburt entitle:l "Mormonism Unveiled,' Massachusctis, lo his daughter Elisawill find that he there states that the said beth Haren of Quincy, Adams co. manuscript of Spaulding's romance was Illinois. lost and couid no where be found. But the widow is here made to say that it is
Your brother Jesse passed through carefully preserved. There scems to be
Monson, where he saw Mrs. Davidson some knavery or crooked work; and no
and her daughter, Mrs. Mckinestry, and wonder, for this said Hulburt is one of also Dr. Ely, and spent several hours the most notorious rascals in the western
with them, during which tiine he asked country. He was first cut off from our
them the following questions, viz: society for an attempt at seduction and
Did you, Mrs, Davidson, write a let. crime, and secondly he was laid under
ter to John Storrs, giving an account of bonds in Geauga county, Ohio, for
the origin of the Book of Mormon! threatening to murder Joseph Smith, Jin, Ans; I did not. Did you sign your name after which he laid a deep design of the
to it? Ans: I did not, neither did I ever
see the letter until I saw it in the Boston Spaulding romance imposition, in which he has been backed by evil and designing Recorder: the letter was never brought men in different parts of the country, and
10 me to sign. Ques. What agency sometimes by those who do not wish to
had you in having this letter sent to Mr. do wrong, but who are ignorant on the Storrs? Ans: D. R. Austin came to my subject. Now what but falsehood could house and asked me some questions, took he expected from such a person? Now
some minutes on paper, and from these if there is such a manuscript in existence, what is written in the letter true? Ans:
minutes wrote that letter. Ques, Is let it come forward at once, and not be kept in the dark. Again, if the publie
In the main it is. Ques. will be patient, they will doubless find read the Book of Mormon? Ans: 1 that the piece signert Matilda David- have read some in it. Ques. Does Mr. son” (Spaulding's widowl is a base fab. Spaulding's manuscript, and the Book of rication by priest Storrs of Holliston,
Normon agree? Ans: I think some Mass., in order to save his craft, after few of the names are alike. Ques. Does losing the deacon of his church, and sev
the manuscript describe an idolatrous or eral of its most pious and intelligent a religious people? Ans: An idolatrous members, who left his society to embrace people. Ques. Where is the manuscript? what they considered to be truth. At Ans: Dr. P. Hurlburt came here and any rate, a judge of literary productions, took it, said he would get it printed, and who can swallow that piece of writing as
let me have one half the profits. Ques. the production of a woman in private llas Di, P. Hurlburt got the manuscript life, can be made to believe that the printed? Ans: I received a letter staBook of Mormon is a romance.
For the ting it did not read as they expected, and one is as much like a romance as the they should not print a. Ques. How other is like a woman's composition.
large is Mr. Spaulding's manuscript? The production, signed Matilda Da- Ans: About one third as large as the vidson, is evidently the work of a man
Book of Mormon. To Mrs. Mchinese accumstomed to public address, and the try-how old were you when your father Book of Mormon I know to be true, and
wrote the manuscript? Ans: About five the Spaulding story, as far as the origin years of age. Ques. Did you erer read of the Book of Mormon is connecied the manuscript? Ans: When I was. with it, I know to be false.
about twelve years old, I used to read it I now leave the subject with a candid for diversion. Ques. Did the manuscript public, with a sincere desire, that those describe an idolatrous or religious peowho have been deluded with such vain ple. Ans: An idolatrous people. Ques. and foolish lies, may be undeceived.
Do the manuscript and the Book of Editors, who have given publicity to
Mormon agree? Ans: I think some of the Spaulding story, will do an act of the names agrec. Ques. Are you cerjustice by giving publicity to the fore- tain that some of the names agree? Ans; going.
P. P. PRATT.
I am not. Ques. Have you ever read N. Y. Nov. 27th, 1839.
any in the Book of Mormon? Ans: I
have not. Ques. Was your name atCopy of a Letter written by Mr. John tached to that letter which was sent to Haren of Holliston, Middlesex co.
Mr. John Storrs by your order ? Ans;
No. I never meant that my name should ses and kitchens. And the be there.
intention for which we meet You see by the above questions and answers, that Mr. Austin, in his great must make any place sacred. zoal to destroy the "Latter Day Saints,?? When we consider that the has asked Mrs. Davidson a few questions, then wrote a letter to Mr. Storrs in his place where man communes own language. I do not say that the
not say that the with his Heavenly Father, is above questions and answers, were given holy, it should be comparain the form that I have written them; but tively indifferent where that these questions were asked, and these answers given. Mrs. Davidson is aboat place is. We want preachers seventy years of age, and somewhat who can readily adapt thembroke. This may certify that I am perselves to exigencies. No othsonally acquainted with Mr. Haven, nis son and daughter, and I am satisfied they ers can possibly be useful in are persons of truth. I have also read the West. And again I ask Mr. Haven's letter to his daughter, which where shall we look for them? has induced me to copy it for publica- Must we not look to the West? tion, and I further say, the above is a correct copy of Mr. Haven's letter. From ourselves the supply
must come, if at all. And we
may thank God that we alLouisville, July 15, 1840,
ready have material. All that My Dear Sir: A slight into the proper instruments.
we want is means to mould it mistake occurs in the article
men stand on the “Prospects of Unitarianism," in the last Messen
ready to engage in profesger. The Episcopal Society means of enabling them to do
sional study as soon as the at Erie did not invite Unita- it are provided. A Theologirian preaching. The request cal School, or an Institution came from several respectable combining a general and theindividuals who were members of the Society. I under: ological course of training, is
essential to our work. I had stand that the gentleman who the pleasure of spending an has been preaching there for a few weeks past has, in con
evening recently with Professequence of ill health returned sor Gird, of Jackson, Louisi
He is interested in esto New England.
Where shall we look for preachers? tablishing an institution for We want men strong in body cation on such liberal princi
general and theological eduand strong in spirit. We must have for this country centrate the sympathies, and
ples as shall interest, and conmen who can labor cheerfully obtain the support of all the when deprived of the conveniences and even proprieties Could not this be accomplish
great liberal sects of the West. which are esteemed essential
ed? The exclusive sects are in New England. We are and will continue to be, for a called to preach in Court Hou- time at least, banded closely
together. The time has come
Quincy June 22, 1810. when the liberal sects should Dear FrienD AND BROTHER :harmonise on their common Though unacquainted as to face and grounds if they would main- form, yet knowing you will through your
labors in the cause of truth and rightetain vigorously their part of ousness, I resort to the pen to express to the Lord's controversy with you my deep and hearty sympathy with
you in your labors for the furtherance of error and sin. I invited Pro
Christian liberty, truth and charity. I fessor G. to communicate to prosess to be enlisted in the same holy the readers of the Messenger cause, though it is my lot 10 do baitle, his views on this subject.
single-handed, in the outposts. I have
been preaching here now some ten sabThe Society in this place, baths, although my labors have been inwhere I have been for a few terrupted by a tour of five weeks to the weeks on exchange, are in north: A Methodist, Congregational good spirits, notwithstanding man Lutheran, and Roman Catholie the contemplated removal of Churches, had been formed in this towa their Pastor. They are in previously to the gathering of ours; and
that with a population of less than 2000. earnest about establishing an We launched our bark upon a tide so agency and theological school, low as scarcely to float it. But we are and have contributed liberally making some progress. Our church, 26 of their means.
Mr. Clarke It will receive a plain finishing inside.
by 36 feet, will be completed in August. is doing a good work in Penn- Its exterior will be quite neat. It will sylvania. A letter received have no gallery, no porch, but a close en
try within the door; and instead of pews, from Meadville, says: “ Every moveable benches with backs. The cost day indeed sees increasing will not exceed $1,050. We are not interest manifested in our yet fully understood by our brethren
around us. We have been misrepresenviews." To the truth of this ied. We style our church the 2 Confor months past, I can person- gregational. From the 1st Congregationally testify. Our prospects
al, a Presbyterian church seceded du
ring the past winter; both of which are here were never so good, A now building new churches, upon a scale, willingness to hear and exam- as is said, much larger than ours. There ine is freely avowed, and
are five pastors constantly residing here. is manifested in attendance My own
My own labors are constantly divided
among several places in this vicinity. on our meetings and requests My mission also embraces the neighborfor our books. We trust we
hood of Hillsboro', situated about one
hundred and thirty miles south-east of are doing good, not in crea
Quincy, I expect to be there by the next ting sectarians, but in promo- sabbath, and there to remain till Septemting the spirit of “ Liberty, ber, when our Church here is to be dedi
cated. The number of communicants Holiness, and Love."
here is not large, but is increasing at Yours, truly, every communion season.
Your friend and fellow labojer,
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 self
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;