Bill of Damages, 4 June 1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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what would befall me from day to day, particularly when I went from home: on the Latter part of Septer 1838 I went to the lower part of the County of for the purpose of laying out selecting a location for a Town when on my Journey I was ment [met] by one of our Friends with a message from Duet [De Witt] in Carrol[l] County stateing that our Brethren who had settled in that place were & had for some time been surrounded by a mob who had threatned their lives and had shot several times at them: Immediately on hearing theis strange Intelligence I made preparations to start in order if possible to all[a]y the feelings of oppositions if not to make arrangements with those individuals of whom we had made purchases and to whom I was responsible and holding for the part of the purchase money: I arrived there on the [blank] day and found the accounts which I heard <were> correct: Our people were surrounded by a mob their provisions nearly exhausted messages were immedediately sent to the requesting protection but instead of lending any assistance to the oppressed he stated that the Quarrel was between the Mormons and the mob and that they must fight it out: Being now almost entirely destitute of provisions and having suffered great distress and some of the Brethren having died in consequence of their privations & sufferings and I had then the pain of beholding some of my Fellow creatures perish in a strange land from the cruelty of of a mobs— seeing no prospect of relief the Brethren agreed to leave that place and seek a shelter elsewere; after having their houses burnt down their cattle driven away and much of their property destroyed—— [p. [2]]
what would befall me from day to day, particularly when I went from home: on the Latter part of Septer 1838 I went to the lower part of the County of for the purpose of selecting a location for a Town when on my Journey I was ment [met] by one of our Friends with a message from Duet [De Witt] in Carroll County stateing that our Brethren who had settled in that place were & had for some time been surrounded by a mob who had threatned their lives and had shot several times at them: Immediately on hearing theis strange Intelligence I made preparations to start in order if possible to allay the feelings of opposition if not to make arrangements with those individuals of whom we had made purchases and to whom I was responsible and holding for part of the purchase money: I arrived there on the [blank] day and found the accounts which I heard were correct: Our people were surrounded by a mob their provisions nearly exhausted messages were immedediately sent to the requesting protection but instead of lending any assistance to the oppressed he stated that the Quarrel was between the Mormons and the mob and that they must fight it out: Being now almost entirely destitute of provisions and having suffered great distress and some of the Brethren having died in consequence of their privations & sufferings and I had then the pain of beholding some of my Fellow creatures perish in a strange land from the cruelty of a mobs— seeing no prospect of relief the Brethren agreed to leave that place and seek a shelter elsewere; after having their houses burnt down their cattle driven away and much of their property destroyed—— [p. [2]]
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