Mormon History

Revenge Upon the Gentiles - 1845

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania after the fire of 1845 by the Mormons

Alton Telegraph & Democratic Review May 3, 1845

THE  MORMONS,  AND  THE  FIRE  AT  PITTSBURGH.

During the last few weeks, the columns of the Nauvoo Neighbor --the official organ of Mormonism -- have teamed with articles openly recommending a resistance of the laws by the Mormons. We have not heretofore deemed it necessary to allude to this renewed outrage on the part of this Sodom of the West, from the fact that ever since the Mormons received their Acts of Incorporation from the Legislature, they have, time and time again, trampled with impunity on the laws of this state. The Neighbor of the 23rd ultimo., however, contains an article of so infamous a character that we feel it a duty we owe to the community at large to call their attention to the same. We give below the entire article, directing the attention of the reader to the last paragraph.

Sugarteating the Gentiles. -- It is said, says the Missouri Reporter, 'that Orson Hyde has assumed the post of prophet and head of the Mormon Church. That we believe in the station to which Sidney Rigdon aspired; but which was pronounced Anti-Mormon by the Apostles. We have not learned by what process Orson Hyde has silenced the Twelve. The division among Mormons will probably cause this delusion soon to pass away, as the thousand others which preceded it, have done.'

O Dear! the delusion passes away! O dear! doctor, can you tell what will cure a sick generation? Yes; I think I can: --

'Feed them with judgments.' O dear! an Editor talk about prophets who does not know a prophet's voice from the bray of an ass; how wise! 'The delusion will pass away as others preceding have done!' Well, Mr. Pence, you have touched the inspired harp, and foretold the end of the delusion, now hang on, lest some of the bob-tailed believers taunt you with a false Prophet! But hearken to wisdom. May God who never errs, sprinkle upon every man and city, that belies the Saints, as upon Pittsburgh, now and then, a hot drop.

The city of Pittsburgh, it will be recollected, was the residence of Sidney Rigdon, who was the editor of the paper that was exposing the iniquities of Mormonism. It will also be recollected that Pittsburgh once or twice since the late dreadful conflagration, has had attempts made upon it by some dastardly incendiaries, to set fire to the residue of the city that was spared. It will be further noticed that in all principal cities in the Union, incendiaries without number exist, and that attempts are almost daily or nightly made to destroy some portion of them by fire. All we ask is for the authorities to read the last paragraph in the above article published in the Mormon paper in this state, and draw their own conclusions.

The leaders of this sect are capable of any crime under the canopy of heaven. Their paper recommends an open resistance to the laws, and every outrage is committed by them in the name of religion.

They should be narrowly watched in every community where they reside. 


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