Bill of Damages, 4 June 1839

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such an extent: along with 3 2 others other were sever[e]ly wounded: On the day after this affray sent for me to pray for him which I request I complied with & then returned to my home: There continued to be great commotion in the caused by the conduct of the mob who were continually bur[ni]ng Houses Driving off Horses Cattle &c and taking prisoners & threatning death to all the mormons amongst the Cattle driven off were Two cows of mine: about on the 28th of October a large company of malitia— were seen approaching to and encampd about 1 mile from the Town— The next day I was waited upon by who stated that the officers of the malitia requested an interview with us in order to come to some amicable settlement of the difficulties which then subsisted they the officers not wishing under the present circumstances to carry into effect the exterminating orders they had received: I immediately complied with the request and in company with Messrs. & & my Brother proceeded to meet the officers of the malitia: But instead of treating us with with respect and as persons desiring to treat for peace <accommodate matters>. we were to our astonishment we were delivered up as prisoners of war and taken into the camp as such—
It would be in vain for me to give any idea of the Scence [scene] which now presented itself in the camp The Hideous yells of more than a thousand infuriated beings whose desires was to wreck [wreak] their vengance upon me and the rest of my Friends was truly awfull and enough to appal the stoutest heart. In the eve[n]ing we had to lye down on the cold ground surrounded by a Strong guard we petitioned the officers to know [p. [5]]
such an extent: along with 2 others other were severely wounded: On the day after this affray sent for me to pray for him which request I complied with & then returned to my home: There continued to be great commotion in the caused by the conduct of the mob who were continually burning Houses Driving off Horses Cattle &c and taking prisoners & threatning death to all the mormons amongst the Cattle driven off were Two cows of mine: on the 28th of October a large company of malitia— were seen approaching to and encampd about 1 mile from the Town— The next day I was waited upon by who stated that the officers of the malitia requested an interview with us in order to come to some amicable settlement of the difficulties which then subsisted they the officers not wishing under the present circumstances to carry into effect the exterminating orders they had received: I immediately complied with the request and in company with Messrs. & & my proceeded to meet the officers of the malitia: But instead of treating us with with respect and as persons desiring accommodate matters. we were to our astonishment we were delivered up as prisoners of war and taken into the camp as such—
It would be in vain for me to give any idea of the Scence [scene] which now presented itself in the camp The Hideous yells of more than a thousand infuriated beings whose desires was to wreck [wreak] their vengance upon me and the rest of my Friends was truly awfull and enough to appal the stoutest heart. In the evening we had to lye down on the cold ground surrounded by a Strong guard we petitioned the officers to know [p. [5]]
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