It appears by a letter from Missouri, that the citizens of that State have broken up the Mor-mon establishment by force and arms, and tarred and feathered the leaders. These lawless pro-ceedings of the people of Missouri are as blame- worthy as any thing the Mormonites have done. It is pretended that the Mormonites "held out inducements for free negroes to settle in the coun-ty." This may be considered a great crime in Missouri, but will not be considered a very hei-nous one in this part of the country. It is also alleged they "urged slaves to be unfaithful."—This charge, coming as it does from their perse-cutors, may be set down as a falsehood. If the Mormonites had violated the laws of the State, why did not the people resort to the laws for re-dress. It may be said that the Mormonites are a set of visionaries and fools. This may be true, but this is no reason why they should be tarred and feathered. Fools, or persons not under the guidance of reason, are too numerous in the Unit-ed States, and too obstinate, to be corrected and reformed by the Missouri process.
In the adjoining town of Williamsburgh, there are about 15 persons living in one house, who have the reputation of being Mormonites; but from the limited information we have respecting them, we are unable to determine whether they are Mormonites, Gipsies, or something else.
We are informed that the Mormonite noticed in the letter from Plainfield, published in our last, has been endeavoring to make proselytes in this vicinity—with what success we know not. We should not think that there was ignorance and credulity enough in this county for this pretend-ed prophet and miracle-monger to succeed; but perhaps we are mistaken.—Hampshire Gaz.
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