Edward Partridge, History, Manuscript, circa 1839

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  • Historical Introduction
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Next morning it was ascertained that there were windows  broken in where there were none but women and children; one  house in particular which had window shutter had a rail  thrust through into the room where there were women and women and children  were alone. Seeing that <neither> sex nor age were <safe alone> regarded the  families were all moved out of the village that day
The same night an other party of the mob collected about 10  or 12 miles from near a body of the saints— two  went to discover the situation of the brn. they came up <near>  to the guard when discovering them advanced up to  them <when> one of them struck him over the head with his rifle  which cut a large gash in his head and nearly knocked  him down <but he recovering> and called to his men who were near they took  the spies and disarmed armed them of two rifles and three  pistols they kept them in custody till morning <then> gave them  their arms and let them go without injuring them. The  rest of their company were heard at a distance but they  dispersed without doing any injury <harm.>— Saturday Nov. 2d. It was  concluded to try again for a peace warrant Accordingly application  was made to a justice of the peace of by the name of Silvers  who resided some distance from town, and who had not as  yet joined the mob, especially openly, but he refused  to grant a warrant saying that if he did he feared that  his life would be in danger. They then went <The next day <4 men were> started> for the  Circuit judge 40 miles off and after considerable delay  obtained a warrant against a number of individuals:  When the warrants arrived it was too late to do any  thing with them for the whole was getting  up in arms and the saints had as much as they could do  to take care of themselves. But to return Saturday night  came on and a party of the mob gathered at a went to  a settlement of the saints living on <Big> Blue river about six  miles west of town they first tore the roof from a house  and then injured the furniture within They then  divided their company into two parties one went  to pulling the roof from another dwelling house whilst  the other <party> went to another and broke it open; they  found the owner <David Bennet> in bed whom they took and beat un mercifully. [p. [9]]
Next morning it was ascertained that there were windows broken in where there were none but women and children; one house in particular which had window shutter had a rail thrust through into the room where women and children were alone. Seeing that neither sex nor age were safe the families were all moved out of the village that day
The same night an other party of the mob collected about 10 or 12 miles from near a body of the saints— two went to discover the situation of the brn. they came near to the guard when discovering them advanced up to them when one of them struck him over the head with his rifle which cut a large gash in his head and nearly knocked him down but he recovering called to his men who were near they took the spies and disarmed them of two rifles and three pistols they kept them in custody till morning then gave them their arms and let them go without injuring them. The rest of their company were heard at a distance but they dispersed without doing any harm.— Saturday Nov. 2d. It was concluded to try again for a peace warrant Accordingly application was made to a justice of the peace by the name of Silvers who resided some distance from town, and who had not as yet joined the mob, especially openly, but he refused to grant a warrant saying that if he did he feared that his life would be in danger. The next day 4 men were started for the Circuit judge 40 miles off and after considerable delay obtained a warrant against a number of individuals: When the warrants arrived it was too late to do any thing with them for the whole was getting up in arms and the saints had as much as they could do to take care of themselves. But to return Saturday night came on and a party of the mob went to a settlement of the saints living on Big Blue river about six miles west of town they first tore the roof from a house and injured the furniture within They then divided their company into two parties one went to pulling the roof from another dwelling house whilst the other party went to another and broke it open; they found the owner David Bennet in bed whom they took and beat unmercifully. [p. [9]]
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