“A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in Missouri,” December 1839–October 1840

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Installment 10, September 1840


Editorial Note
Times and Seasons, Sept. 1840, 1:161–165. This tenth installment was taken from [], An Appeal to the American People, pages 62–71.

A HISTORY, OF THE  PERSECUTION, OF THE CHURCH  OF JESUS CHRIST, OF LAT TER DAY SAINTS IN  .
 
continued.
 
We will now return to the prisoners.  They had meanly betrayed us into  their hands; we were kept in their  camp till the third day of November [1838];  we were then started for . Let us here observe that they in creased our number having added to it  Messrs. and . By our special request, they  took us into , to see our fam ilies, whom we found, when we got  there, living on parched corn, as the  town was so closely invested they could  not get out. I will not attempt to des cribe this parting scene. I will leave  every person to place themselves in  our situation and then judge for them selves.
In writing this narrative it is no part  of our intention to play upon the pas sions of the public, but give a faithful  narrative of facts and then leave it.—  After we arrived at , the  county seat of , we  served the same purpose that a cara van of wild animals would for a show,  as hundreds of people called to see us.  We were put into an old house and left  to sleep on some blankets we had with  us. Shortly after we had started from  , a messenger came riding  after us with a demand from , to take us back. With this,   would not comply. Up on the whole, we were treated at with respect. We were  boarded at a tavern, and soon were ta ken into the tavern house. A man  was appointed to see that we had every thing we wanted. They despensed  with their guards, and we were at lib erty to go where we pleased, and re turn when it suited us. These privi liges were not granted us at first, but  after we had been there a few days.  At first we were put into an old house  and closely guarded. While we were  there, , a lawyer of cele brity, and leader of the  mob, confessed in our presence, and in  the presence of many others, that the   mob, was a wanton at tack upon the saints without cause,  and he said he presumed that the attack  then made was of the same character[.]
We state this to show that the men  of intelligence in , knew that  they were again engaged in robbing a  people of their rights. Indeed, went so far as to say that if  ever the mobs attacked us again, he  would fight for us. We will here  leave the prisoners and relate what  took place in . After ’s arrival at , , I think, was the General’s  name, that was sent to . On  his arrival there, he placed guards  around the town, so that no person  might pass out or in without permis sion. All the men in the town were  then taken and put under guard, and a  court of inquiry was instituted, with   on the bench; the said   belonged to the mob and  was one of the leaders of it from the  time mobbing first commenced in . The Attorney’s name I  have forgotten, if I ever knew, but be longed to ’s army.
After two or three days’ investiga tion, every man was honorably acquit ted. then ordered  every family to be out of in  ten days, with permission to go to  , and there tarry until spring,  and then leave the under pain of  extermination. This was on the first  of November, the weather was very  cold, more so than usual, for that sea son of the year: and, in keeping this  order of ’s they had to  leave their crops and houses, and to  live in tents and wagons in this incle ment season of the year. As for their  flocks and herds, the mob had deliver ed them from the trouble of taking [p. 161]

Installment 10, September 1840


Editorial Note
Times and Seasons, Sept. 1840, 1:161–165. This tenth installment was taken from [], An Appeal to the American People, pages 62–71.

A HISTORY, OF THE PERSECUTION, OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST, OF LATTER DAY SAINTS IN .
 
continued.
 
We will now return to the prisoners. They had meanly betrayed us into their hands; we were kept in their camp till the third day of November [1838]; we were then started for . Let us here observe that they increased our number having added to it Messrs. and . By our special request, they took us into , to see our families, whom we found, when we got there, living on parched corn, as the town was so closely invested they could not get out. I will not attempt to describe this parting scene. I will leave every person to place themselves in our situation and then judge for themselves.
In writing this narrative it is no part of our intention to play upon the passions of the public, but give a faithful narrative of facts and then leave it.— After we arrived at , the county seat of , we served the same purpose that a caravan of wild animals would for a show, as hundreds of people called to see us. We were put into an old house and left to sleep on some blankets we had with us. Shortly after we had started from , a messenger came riding after us with a demand from , to take us back. With this, would not comply. Upon the whole, we were treated at with respect. We were boarded at a tavern, and soon were taken into the tavern house. A man was appointed to see that we had everything we wanted. They despensed with their guards, and we were at liberty to go where we pleased, and return when it suited us. These priviliges were not granted us at first, but after we had been there a few days. At first we were put into an old house and closely guarded. While we were there, , a lawyer of celebrity, and leader of the mob, confessed in our presence, and in the presence of many others, that the mob, was a wanton attack upon the saints without cause, and he said he presumed that the attack then made was of the same character.
We state this to show that the men of intelligence in , knew that they were again engaged in robbing a people of their rights. Indeed, went so far as to say that if ever the mobs attacked us again, he would fight for us. We will here leave the prisoners and relate what took place in . After ’s arrival at , , I think, was the General’s name, that was sent to . On his arrival there, he placed guards around the town, so that no person might pass out or in without permission. All the men in the town were then taken and put under guard, and a court of inquiry was instituted, with on the bench; the said belonged to the mob and was one of the leaders of it from the time mobbing first commenced in . The Attorney’s name I have forgotten, if I ever knew, but belonged to ’s army.
After two or three days’ investigation, every man was honorably acquitted. then ordered every family to be out of in ten days, with permission to go to , and there tarry until spring, and then leave the under pain of extermination. This was on the first of November, the weather was very cold, more so than usual, for that season of the year: and, in keeping this order of ’s they had to leave their crops and houses, and to live in tents and wagons in this inclement season of the year. As for their flocks and herds, the mob had delivered them from the trouble of taking [p. 161]
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