HO ! FOR VOREE.
New Prophet of the Latter Day Saints—James J. Strang at Voree, the new Gathering Place—Arrival of a Messenger—Disbanding and form-ing anew.
Mr. Searls, a messenger from the new Mor-mon Prophet, James J. Strang, at Voree, Wis-consin, arrived in this city on Friday last, and on Sunday both branches of the Mormons here, the Rigdonites and Twelveites, disbanded, and all but three individuals acknowledged the power and glory of the new Prophet. The messenger brings the news that Emma Smith, wife of Joseph, and her son, Joseph the Second, acknowledge Strang as the Lord's anointed. One of the Smith's came from Voree, a few days since, to Nauvoo, and proclaimed Strang the head of the Church in the Temple, at that place, without molestation. The Saints are flocking to Voree in great numbers: it is to be the gathering place of all this strange people, except the awfully corrupt Twelve, and their adherents, now on their way to California, over the Rocky Mountains, or to some other coun-try.
James J. Strang is a lawyer of considerable eminence in the west, and owns an immense tract of land, the capital of which is Voree. We believe he is the person who came out of Missouri, with the Mormons, at the time of their disturbances, planned the Temple at Nau-voo, and wrote the bulletins of Joe, the Prophet. He will, doubtless, establish the Mormon do-minion again at Voree, and, by his intelligence and spirit of enterprise, regenerate this people, casting out the corrupt Twelve and all their followers.
We have before us the first number of the Voree Herald, W. T., near Burlington, con-taining a letter from Joseph Smith, written be-fore his murder, and dated Nauvoo, June 18th, 1844, which bears the post mark, Nauvoo and Chicago, as it passed on to the said prophet at Voree, fully recognizing the claims of Strang to succeed him. It distinctly says that the Almighty spoke to him to write, and to order him to form a gathering stake, to call it Voree, and that all his people should gather there.
Strang now announces himself as the Prophet of the Most High God, and ready to act as His Mouthpiece. He gives the Saints a Rev-elation, in the said paper, which was commu-nicated to him by the angel of the Lord! Of course every body will believe what the angel of the Lord shall see fit to communicate.
We presume that William Smith, who has been lecturing here, will join with the new Prophet, and Voree will become a second Nauvoo, in all except the wickedness of that place. They declare themselves determined to behave with more respect for the laws of the country; indeed, it would seem that those who left the corrupt Twelve and spiritual wife busi-ness, did it out of principle, as well as the practising of other enormities. However, we must await and see what this new move will amount to. If the Mormons in establishing Voree fully discard all their offensive acts, which have heretofore caused them to be cast out and killed, they can get along, but if Strang be not wise and pure, and use judgment in his new position, he will find himself in a terrible fix, before long. Let him be wise and not take revelations from bad angels, and he may succeed.
We give this information to the people, merely as a chronicler of the events of the day, caring nothing for this movement or any other, farther than to wish every thing that is done, to be for the good of the people at large.—Cin. Com.
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