Images of Hate - Ministers of Fear
EXTRACTS FROM THE
What follows is a verbatim report. Spellings etc. are unchanged
AN EPITOMY OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE
& OF HIS ARRIVAL IN AMERICA
As it will be possible that in some future age this part of the earth, will be inhabited by Europians & a history of its present inhabitants will be a valuable acquisition I propose to write one & deposit it in a box secured*** so that the ravages of time will no effect upon it. That you may know the Author I will give a succinct account of his life & the cause of his arrival - which I have extracted with a manuscript which will be deposited with this history:
(My name was (is) Fabius.) The family name I sustain is Fabius, being descended from the illustrious general of that name-I was born at Rome and received my (tuition) education under the tuition of a very learned Master-At the time that Constantine arrived at that city & had overcome his enemies & was firmly seated on the throne of the Roman empire I was introduced to him as a young Gentleman (litera) genius & learning and as being worthy of the favourable notice of his imperial majisty-He gave me the appointment of one of his Secritaries, and such were the gracious intimations which he frequently gave me of his high approbation of my conduct that I was happy in my stations. One day he says to me-Fabius you must go to Brittian and carry an important...to the general of our army there...sail in a vessel and return when she returns. Preparation was instantly made and we sailed-The vessel laden with provisions for the army-cloathing, knives and other implements for their use had now arived near the coasts of Britan when a tremendous storm arose & drove us into the midst of the boundless Ocean. Soon the whole crew became lost & bewildered.-They knew not the direction of the rising Sun or polar star-for the heavens were covered with clouds; & darkness had spread her sable mantle over the face of the raging deep. Their minds were filled with consternation and despair-(and unanimously agreed that) What could we do? How be extrecated from the insatiable jaws of a watry tomb. Then it was that we felt our absolute dependence on that Almighty & gracious Being who holds the wind and storms in his hands.-From him alone could we expect deliverance. To him our most fervent desires ascended-prostrate & on bended knees we poured forth incessant supplications, & even Old Ocean appeared to sympathize in our distress by returning the echo of our vociferous cries and lamentations.-After being driven five days with incredible velocity before the furious wind, the storm abated in its violance-but still the wind blew strong in the same direction.-Doubt whether the wind had not changed her point we gave the ship full sail & let her drive.-On the sixth day after, the storm wholly subsided, the sun rose clear & the heavens once more appeared to smile.-Inexpressible was the consternation of all the crew, they found themselves in the midst of a vast Ocean. No prospect of returning-all was lost. The wind blowing westwardly & the presumption was that it had been blowing in that direction during the whole of the storm. No pen can paint the dolorious cries & lamentation of the poor mariners-for the loss of friends for the loss of every thing they held most dear. At length a Mariner stept forward in the midst &proclaimed. Attend O friends & listen to my words.-A voice from on high hath penetrated my soul & the inspiration of the Almighty hath bid me proclaim.-Let your sails be spread and the gentle winds will soon waft you into a safe harbor.-A country where you will find hospitality.-Quick as the lightning flash joy sparkled in every countenance & A Hymn of Thanksgiving spontaniously bust forth from their lips.-In full confidence that the divine prediction would be accomplished they extoled the loving-kindness and tender mercies of their God & promised, by the assistance of his grace to make ample returns of gratitude. On the fifth day after this we came in sight of Land-we entered a spacious River-& continued sailing up the same many leages until we came in view of a Town.-Every heart now palpitated with joy-& loud shouts of gladness expressed the enthusiastic transports of our souls. We anchored within a small distance from shore.-Immediately the natives ran with apparent signs of surprise & astonishment, to the bank of the River.-After viewing us for some time and receiving signs of Friendship-they appeared to hold a counsel for a few minutes.-Their King then stept forward to the edge of the bank-& proffered us the hand of friendship-& by significant gestures invited us to the Land promising us protection and hospitality. We now found ourselves once more on terra firma-& were conducted by the King & four chiefs into the town whilst the multitude followed after, shouting and performing many odd jesticulations.-The King ordered an entertainment to be prepared for his new friends which consisted of*** meat, fish, boiled beans and samp**** The whole was placed under a wide spreading Oak in wooden dishes.-A large clam shell & stone Knife were provided for each one. The King then came forward with about twenty of his principal subjects & seated us, (being twenty in number) by the side of our repast.-He and his company then took seats in front. After waving his hand & bowing all fell to eating and a more delicious repast we never enjoyed.-The repast being finished our attention was called to a collection of about One thousand men and women who had formed a ring and invited our company to come forward into the midst-after gazing upon us for some time with surprise we were permitted to withdraw and to take our stand in the Ring-About forty in number then walked into the middle of the Ring and began a song with discordant and hedious modifications of sound and such frantic jesticulation of body, that it seemed that chaos had bro't her furies to set the world in an uproar,-And an uproar it was in a short time for the whole company fell to shouting, & screaming, whooping, & screaming (at entervals)-then dancing, jumping & tumbling with may indiscrible distortions in their countenance & indelicate jestures.-In fact they appeared more like a company of devils than human Beings. This lasted about one hours.-They even took their places in a circle & at a signal given gave three more tremendous whoops; they then instantly dispersed, playing many antike caper-& making such a confused medly of sound by skreaming, whooping screaching like owls, Barking like dogs & wolvs & croaking like Bull frogs, that my brains seemed to be turned topse turvy-& for some time could scarce believe that they belonged to the human species. Pages 3,4,5,6,7...
....The Sciotans beheld the heage body of their King pale & lifeless.-Consternation & terror seized their minds. They fled in dismay and confusion-Elseon pursued them with his warriors & overthrew & killed thousands in the pursuit.-About two thousand made good their excape-& carried the doleful tidings of Sambals death & the emence slaughter of his army to their own land. And indeed their escape was owing to the great anxiety of Elseon & his warriors to visit their friends in the fort & to ascertain the extent of the massacre that Sambal & his army had made.-After pursuing the Sciotans about six miles Elseon & his army returned in great haste & entered the fort.-Great, inexpressably great was the joy of the Citizens when they beheld them returning with the laurels of victory and when they were informed of the destruction of so many thousand of their enimies.-But as great was their grief and lamentations when they beheld & reflected on the vast number of citizens & of Elseon's warriors, who had fallen by the sword of the Sciotans. No death produced such universal regret & sorrow as tyose of Helicon and Heliza. The one was the intimate friend of Elseon & the other of Lamesa.-They both possessed which were formed for the most ardent friendship & love.-Their acquaintance produced the most sincere attachment.-& only waited for the termination of the war to unite their hands in wedlock.-But this pleasant anticipation of conjugal felicity was destroyed by the cruel sword of Sambel.-Naught availed the innocense & the amiable accomplishments of the fair Heliza? She must fall a victim to saciate the revenge of a barbarous Tyrant.-Had Helicon known when he attacked the savage monster that he had assassinated his beloved Heliza, it would have inspired him with the most ardent desire for revenge & added vigor to his arm & keenes to his sword.-(Ah said.) A Kentucky Bard represented the erial form of Heliza as ariving on the celestial plain-& being told that she must wait a short time-& Helicon would ascend to conduct her as his partner to a delightful Bower which was surrounded by the most beautiful flowers & delicious fruits-& where the singing of birds would charm them with their melody.
When Elseon had entered the fort, he found that Lamock with the survivors of his little band of warriors had made prisoners, of the Sciotans whom Sambal had left to guard the imperial Ladies-& that these Sciotans had done them no injury nor even insulted them with words.-Says Elseon for this honourable treatment of my friends I will show these enemies compassion.-Go says he to them, return in peace to your own land-& tell your friends that Elseon will not hurt an enimy, who had done him a favour.
The time of elseon was precious.-He spent but a few moments with Lamesa, in which they exchanged mutual congratulations-& expressions of the most tender & sincere affection.-She conjured him to spare the life of her father & brother & not to expose his own life any farther than his honour & the interest of his country required. I shall cheerfully say he comply with every request, which will promote your happiness. He embraced her & bid her adue.-
As the situation of Hamboon's army might require his immediate return, he lost no time to regulate the matters in the fort-but leaving five thousand men to bury the dead, & defend the citizens, he marched with the remainder, which consisted of about twenty thousand, towards Hamboons encampment.-
When Sambal marched his division against the fort it was Rambock's intention to have attacked Hancock the next morning-but perceiving that Hamboon had been apprised of his movement, & was then within a small distance ready to co-operate with Hancocks division, Rambock altered his plan & determined to wait for the return of Sambal. As for Hamboon he concluded to wait until Elseon's return.-These determinations of the hostile Emperors, prevented in this intervail of time, any engagement between the two grand armies.-But when the fate of Sambal's division was decided-& Elseon had returned for an immediate battle.
The end of Solomon's Manuscript. Copied by L. L. Rice, 1844 and 1885.
The writings of Sollomon Spalding
Proved by Aron Wright Oliver Smith John Miller and Others
The Testimonies of the above Gentlemen are now in my possession.
D. P. Hurlburt.
The reader's attention is drawn to the Book of Mormon to make comparison with this abstract. The remainder of the Spaulding Manuscript goes on in much the same manner and style.