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 [HC 1:446] 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 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 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]
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 [HC 1:446] 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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