Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

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all was confusion in the house most were for massacreing the prisoners forthwith but a few more humane than the rest advised them to elect for jail to save their lives which they did and were hurried and <with difficulty pl> protected by those few friends to the jail where they felt happy to be locked in. They were visited by some influential men who told them that the mob was <had> now become desperate and that the whole had become enraged and nothing would stop them from massacreing the whole society but to leave the forthwith. (The body <to come in over the leaf> near town learned <in the evening> that those <the> brn. were shut up in jail and as they supposed for the purpose of being killed <They sent> Word was sent <immediately> to br. who lived about 6 miles off of their situation and requesting help). About midnight the sheriff and two other men went with & to visit their brn. collected near town. <and> after a short consultation it was agreed to leave the immediately <The party> In returning back to jail the party were <met at the jail> by a party of mobbers who were disposed to kill the prisoners in spite of the Sheriff & his assis[t]ants & <seeing their danger> run but were fired at had two guns snapped at him one of which flashed in the pan he was then knocked down but not injured so but that he soon got into the jail where he felt measurably safe
These were times that tried men’s souls to stay where they were was death and to undertake to remove so large a body at once there being about ten or twelve hundred of them looked like destruction any how Property <however> at that time was no object: If they could but have sufficient to live upon they chose rather to wander off into some lonely wilderness or desert <where they could enjoy peace> than to stay where they were <even if they could and not be put to death> and be continually harrassed as they had been for a few month past. But to return to the thread of our story
During the night the mob sent their runners over the to stir up the feelings of the people <by misrepresenting the doings of the saints> so as to have them all turn out and exterminate the<m> saints at once they the people took their arms and flocked to town <> as fast as possible so that early next morning there were hundreds ready for war pretended to call out the militia as he said to quell the mob <and make peace between the parties> but the fact was he put himself <or was put some said by then Lieutenant Gov.> at the head of the mob for the purpose [p. [12]]
all was confusion in the house most were for massacreing the prisoners forthwith but a few more humane than the rest advised them to elect for jail to save their lives which they did and were hurried and with difficulty protected by those few friends to the jail where they felt happy to be locked in. They were visited by some influential men who told them that the mob had now become desperate and that the whole had become enraged and nothing would stop them from massacreing the whole society but to leave the forthwith. (). About midnight the sheriff and two other men went with & to visit their brn. collected near town. and after a short consultation it was agreed to leave the immediately The party In returning back to jail were met at the jail by a party of mobbers who were disposed to kill the prisoners in spite of the Sheriff & his assistants & seeing their danger run but were fired at had two guns snapped at him one of which flashed in the pan he was then knocked down but not injured so but that he soon got into the jail where he felt measurably safe
These were times that tried men’s souls to stay where they were was death and to undertake to remove so large a body at once there being about ten or twelve hundred of them looked like destruction any how Property however at that time was no object: If they could but have sufficient to live upon they chose rather to wander off into some lonely wilderness or desert where they could enjoy peace than to stay where they were even if they could and not be put to death and be continually harrassed as they had been for a few month past. But to return to the thread of our story
During the night the mob sent their runners over the to stir up the feelings of the people by misrepresenting the doings of the saints so as to have them all turn out and exterminate them at once the people took their arms and flocked to as fast as possible so that early next morning there were hundreds ready for war pretended to call out the militia as he said to quell the mob and make peace between the parties but the fact was he put himself or was put some said by then Lieutenant Gov. at the head of the mob for the purpose [p. [12]]
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