“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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  • Historical Introduction
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, Illinois[.] This was in February, A.  D. 1839.
In the May following, the remain der that were in the Liberty Jail, were  taken to to be tried by  a grand jury of the principal mobbers,  in order to see if a bill of indictment,  could be found as could be expected  from the characters of the jury. Bills  were found, they obtained a change  of venue to Boon[e] county, accordingly  the Sheriff of , with  guards, started to take them from to Boon county. On their way  after journeying a day or two, one  evening the guard got drunk they left  them, and also made their escape to  , Illinois.
Those that were in  Jail were brought to trial, but no bill  of indictment was found against and Norman Shearer, and  they were released and sent home.—  A bill was found against , Morris Phelps, and  for murder, and also a man by the  name of for robbery.—  They also obtained a change of venue  to Boon co., and were carried thither  and put into jail and there remained  until the fourth of July. At this time  the town was all hilarity and mirth at  the celebration. They also made a  flag and had it placed over the jail  doors. In the evening when the Jai lor brought in their suppers, they walk ed out at the door: that is, , Morris Phelps, and ; continued, the others  were closely pursued and was  retaken and carried back; but the other  two effected their escape to the state of  . Some time afterwards had his trial and was acquitted.   remains in prison unto  this day, 26th October, 1839.
As to those that were left in the  Counties of and , they  were making all possible exertions to  get away all winter, contrary to the  stipulations of and ,  granting them the privilege of staying  until spring. Bodies of armed men  were riding through the town of in the County of Caldwell, threat ening death to them if they were not  out in the month of February, and oth erwise insulting them. They continu ed however to exert themselves with  all possible means in their power; ma ny of them had no teams nor waggons.  Having been robbed, yes completely  robbed of all they had, great exertions  therefore had to be made by those who  had means. Through great exertions  and timely perseverance they succeed ed in getting them safely into the State  of , where we all are now and  where we have met with a kind recep tion.
Public meetings were held in ;  contributions raised to assist the suffer ing, and every exertion which human ity dictated was made for our relief.—  But still we are, as a people, poor and  destitute. We have been robbed of  our all and many of us are without hou ses, living in tents and waggons. In  consequence of our exposure, we have  suffered this summer much sickness  and numbers have died, and our pros pects for the ensuing winter are gloomy.  But gloomy as they are, still we are  not discouraged. A large majority of  us are farmers, but our teams, as well  as our flocks and herds and all our  farming materials were taken from us.  Many who were independent, are now  working by days works, to maintain  their families, numbers of them old  men, sixty years old and upwards.—  Such is our true situation, and as such  we make our Appeal to the American  People. [p. 165]
, Illinois. This was in February, A. D. 1839.
In the May following, the remainder that were in the Liberty Jail, were taken to to be tried by a grand jury of the principal mobbers, in order to see if a bill of indictment, could be found as could be expected from the characters of the jury. Bills were found, they obtained a change of venue to Boone county, accordingly the Sheriff of , with guards, started to take them from to Boon county. On their way after journeying a day or two, one evening the guard got drunk they left them, and also made their escape to , Illinois.
Those that were in Jail were brought to trial, but no bill of indictment was found against and Norman Shearer, and they were released and sent home.— A bill was found against , Morris Phelps, and for murder, and also a man by the name of for robbery.— They also obtained a change of venue to Boon co., and were carried thither and put into jail and there remained until the fourth of July. At this time the town was all hilarity and mirth at the celebration. They also made a flag and had it placed over the jail doors. In the evening when the Jailor brought in their suppers, they walked out at the door: that is, , Morris Phelps, and ; continued, the others were closely pursued and was retaken and carried back; but the other two effected their escape to the state of . Some time afterwards had his trial and was acquitted. remains in prison unto this day, 26th October, 1839.
As to those that were left in the Counties of and , they were making all possible exertions to get away all winter, contrary to the stipulations of and , granting them the privilege of staying until spring. Bodies of armed men were riding through the town of in the County of Caldwell, threatening death to them if they were not out in the month of February, and otherwise insulting them. They continued however to exert themselves with all possible means in their power; many of them had no teams nor waggons. Having been robbed, yes completely robbed of all they had, great exertions therefore had to be made by those who had means. Through great exertions and timely perseverance they succeeded in getting them safely into the State of , where we all are now and where we have met with a kind reception.
Public meetings were held in ; contributions raised to assist the suffering, and every exertion which humanity dictated was made for our relief.— But still we are, as a people, poor and destitute. We have been robbed of our all and many of us are without houses, living in tents and waggons. In consequence of our exposure, we have suffered this summer much sickness and numbers have died, and our prospects for the ensuing winter are gloomy. But gloomy as they are, still we are not discouraged. A large majority of us are farmers, but our teams, as well as our flocks and herds and all our farming materials were taken from us. Many who were independent, are now working by days works, to maintain their families, numbers of them old men, sixty years old and upwards.— Such is our true situation, and as such we make our Appeal to the American People. [p. 165]
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