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

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I, Abagail Leonard depose and say that on the <night of the> 20th  of February 1834, in the county of , and state of Mis souri, a company of men, armed with whips and guns  about fifty or sixty in number, came to the house of my  husband: among them was John Youngs, Mr Yocum,  Mr Cantrell, Mr Patterson, & Mr Knowland, five of them,  number entered the house, among them was John Young.  They ordered my husband to leave the house, threatning to  shoot him if they he did not. He not complying with  their desires, one of the five took a chair, and struck  him upon the head, knocking him down and then  dragging him out of the house; I, in the mean time,  begging of them to spare his life, when one of the number  called to the others telling them to take me into the house  for I would “overpower every devil of them,” Three of the  company then approached me, and presenting their  guns, declared with an oath, If I did not go in  they would blow me through. While this was trans piring, Mr Patterson jumped upon my husband with  his heels. My husband then got up, They stripped  his clothes all from him excepting his pantaloons,  then five or six attacked him with whips and gun sticks, and whipped him till he could not stand  but fell to the ground. I then went to them, and  took their whips from them, I then called to Mrs  Brace, who lived in the same house with us, to  come out and help me carry my husband into  the house. When carried in he was very much  lacerated and bruised and unable to lie upon a  bed, and was also unable to work for a number  of months. Also at the same time and place  Mr Josiah Sumner was taken from the house and  came in very bloody, and bruised from whipping  whipping.
(Signed) Abigail Leonard.
24 February 1834 • Monday
I received the following
Revelation Given February 24th. 1834.
1 Verily I say unto you my Friends, behold I will  give unto you a revelation and , that  you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties [p. 437]
I, Abagail Leonard depose and say that on the night of the 20th of February 1834, in the county of , and state of Missouri, a company of men, armed with whips and guns about fifty or sixty in number, came to the house of my husband: among them was John Youngs, Mr Yocum, Mr Cantrell, Mr Patterson, & Mr Knowland, five of the, number entered the house, among them was John Young. They ordered my husband to leave the house, threatning to shoot him if he did not. He not complying with their desires, one of the five took a chair, and struck him upon the head, knocking him down and then dragging him out of the house; I, in the mean time, begging of them to spare his life, when one of the number called to the others telling them to take me into the house for I would “overpower every devil of them,” Three of the company then approached me, and presenting their guns, declared with an oath, If I did not go in they would blow me through. While this was transpiring, Mr Patterson jumped upon my husband with his heels. My husband then got up, They stripped his clothes all from him excepting his pantaloons, then five or six attacked him with whips and gunsticks, and whipped him till he could not stand but fell to the ground. I then went to them, and took their whips from them, I then called to Mrs Brace, who lived in the same house with us, to come out and help me carry my husband into the house. When carried in he was very much lacerated and bruised and unable to lie upon a bed, and was also unable to work for a number of months. Also at the same time and place Mr Josiah Sumner was taken from the house and came in very bloody, and bruised from whipping.
(Signed) Abigail Leonard.
24 February 1834 • Monday
I received the following
Revelation Given February 24th. 1834.
1 Verily I say unto you my Friends, behold I will give unto you a revelation and , that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties [p. 437]
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