Edward Partridge Recounts Being Tarred and Feathered


A painting showing pioneer Mormon saints pulling handcart through a field. A mother is carrying her child. “I was taken from my house by the mob, George Simpson being their leader, who escorted me about half a mile, to the court house, on the public square in Independence; and then and there, a few rods form said court house, surrounded by hundreds of the mob, I was stripped of my hat, coat and vest and daubed with tar from head to foot, and then had a quantity of feathers put upon me; and all this because I would not agree to leave the county, and my home where I had lived two years. “Before tarring and feathering me I was permitted to speak. I told them that the Saints had suffered persecution in all ages of the world; that I had done nothing which out to offend anyone; that if they abused me, they would abuse an innocent person that I was willing to suffer for the sake of Christ; but, to leave the country, I was not then willing to consent to it. By this time the multitude made so much noise that I could not be heard: some were cursing and swearing, saying, ‘call upon your Jesus,’ etc.; others were equally noisy in trying to still the rest, that they might be enabled to hear what I was saying. “Until after I had spoken, I knew not what they intended to do with me, whether to kill me, to whip me, or what else I knew not. I bore my abuse with so much resignation and meekness, that it appeared to astound the multitude, who permitted me to retire in silence, many looking very solemn, their sympathies having been touched as I thought; and as to myself, I was so filled with the Spirit and love of God, that I had no hatred towards my persecutors or anyone else.”

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Mormon Church Leader's Personal Account of Being Tarred and Feathered
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Edward Partridge relates his experience of being tarred and feathered by a mob in Missouri.

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