Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

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but he agreeing to shut his and pack <box> his goods  forthwith they concluded to let him alone. They they then  proceeded to take certain individuals for the purpose of  abusing them: They succeeded in taking  and both of whom they tarred and feathered  upon the public <at> square with hundreds of the mob sur rounding them many of whom insulted them. This scene  closed the work of the mob for that day. They adjourned  to meet the next teusday the 23d inst.
Teusday morning the mob came together, large com panies <of the mob> came into bearing red flags threa tning the Mormons with <death &> destruction <to the Mormons.> some of A consultation  was had <held> between some of the leading men of both parties,  nothing appeared satisfactory to the mob party but for the  other party to leave the or be put to death. It Seeing  the determination of the mob It was proposed by some of our  elders that if it would satisfy the mob by so as to let the rest  of the society live where they were in peace  they would suffer <themselves to be taken and put to death> the mob to take them and kill  them, but being <they were> answered that that would not do, but  that every one should die for themselves. At this time  to make resistance or even defend themselves was thought  to be wrong many <most if not all> of our people in thought  that they would be doing wrong to <resist the mob> even <by> defend themselves  consequently they thought that they must quietly submit to  whatever yoke was put upon them even to the laying down  of their lives. With these views, the few elders who were ass embled to consult upon the subject <which were but 6 or 7> after much consultation  thought it better <best> to agree to leave the upon the terms  agreed upon Viz. <that those elders would go themselves and also use their influence> that one half of the society should leave  the by the first of the <following> following <next> January and the other  half by the 1st of the following April following that <and the mob agreed not to molest the church during that time>, hoping  that before either of those dates <would> expired that some kind provi dence would open the way for them to still live there in peace  The agreement was put into writing and signed by the parties, all of whic[h]  appeared very satisfactory to the <whole> mob who had it all <read &> explained to them in the   [p. [4]]
but he agreeing to shut his and box his goods forthwith they concluded to let him alone. They then proceeded to take certain individuals for the purpose of abusing them: They succeeded in taking and both of whom they tarred and feathered upon the public square with hundreds of the mob surrounding them many of whom insulted them. This scene closed the work of the mob for that day. They adjourned to meet the next teusday the 23d inst.
Teusday morning , large companies of the mob came into bearing red flags threatning death & destruction to the Mormons. A consultation was held between some of the leading men of both parties, nothing appeared satisfactory to the mob party but for the other party to leave the or be put to death. Seeing the determination of the mob It was proposed by some of our elders that if it would satisfy the mob so as to let the rest of the society live where they were in peace they would suffer themselves to be taken and put to death the mob to take them and kill them, but they were answered that that would not do, but that every one should die for themselves. At this time most if not all of our people in thought that they would be doing wrong to resist the mob even by defend themselves consequently they thought that they must quietly submit to whatever yoke was put upon them even to the laying down of their lives. With these views, the few elders who were assembled to consult upon the subject which were but 6 or 7 after much consultation thought it best to agree to leave the upon the terms agreed upon Viz. that those elders would go themselves and also use their influence that one half of the society should leave the by the first of the following January and the other half by the 1st of April following that and the mob agreed not to molest the church during that time, hoping that before either of those dates would expire that some kind providence would open the way for them to still live there in peace The agreement was put into writing and signed by the parties, all of which appeared very satisfactory to the whole mob who had it read & explained to them in the [p. [4]]
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