History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

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that county. is of opinion from the  conversation he had with Mr Wells, that said order  will be suspended till a communication is received  from our people, or their counsel. This is therefore  to acquaint your Excellency, that most of the heads of  our had an interview yesterday on the subject  of an immediate court of enquiry, to be held in  , and by their request to me, I hasten  to lay before your Excellency, serious difficulties attend ing our people on an immediate court of enquiry  being called.
Our church is at this time scattered in every di rection; some in the new county of Van Buren; a part  in this ; and a part in , , &c.  Some of our witnesses principles witnesses would be  women and children, and while the rage of the  mob continues, it would be impossible to gather  them in safety at ; and that your  Excellency may know of the unabating fury with  which the last remnant of our people, remaining  in our that are pursued at this time, I here  state that a few families, perhaps fifteen to twenty,  who settled themselves more than two years ago  on the prairie, about 15 miles from the County  Seat of , had hoped from the obscurity  of their location, that they might escape the ven geance of the enemy through the winter; consequently  they remained on their plantations, receiving,  occasionally, a few individual threats, till last  Sunday, when a mob made their appearance  among them; some with pistols cocked, and  presented to their breasts, commanding them  to leave the in three days, or they would  tear their houses down over their heads, &c.
Two expresses arrived here from said neigh borhood, last monday morning for advice, and the  counsel advised their speedy removal for the  preservation of life, and their personal effects.  I suppose these families will be out of the county [p. 384]
that county. is of opinion from the conversation he had with Mr Wells, that said order will be suspended till a communication is received from our people, or their counsel. This is therefore to acquaint your Excellency, that most of the heads of our had an interview yesterday on the subject of an immediate court of enquiry, to be held in , and by their request to me, I hasten to lay before your Excellency, serious difficulties attending our people on an immediate court of enquiry being called.
Our church is at this time scattered in every direction; some in the new county of Van Buren; a part in this ; and a part in , , &c. Some of our principle witnesses would be women and children, and while the rage of the mob continues, it would be impossible to gather them in safety at ; and that your Excellency may know of the unabating fury with which the last remnant of our people, remaining in that are pursued at this time, I here state that a few families, perhaps fifteen to twenty, who settled themselves more than two years ago on the prairie, about 15 miles from the County Seat of , had hoped from the obscurity of their location, that they might escape the vengeance of the enemy through the winter; consequently they remained on their plantations, receiving, occasionally, a few individual threats, till last Sunday, when a mob made their appearance among them; some with pistols cocked, and presented to their breasts, commanding them to leave the in three days, or they would tear their houses down over their heads, &c.
Two expresses arrived here from said neighborhood, last monday morning for advice, and the counsel advised their speedy removal for the preservation of life, and their personal effects. I suppose these families will be out of the county [p. 384]
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