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

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At any rate, the excitement, or rather spite of the Mob, runs so high against our people that we think best to request your Excellency to have said arms returned through the agency of Col Allen or Captain Atchison. Report says the arms will not be returned, and much exertion is making by the mob to prevent our return to our possessions in . We also understand that the mob is employing cer[HC 2:75]tain influential gentlemen to write to your Excellency to persuade us to compromise our matters in difference with the Mob, and probably divide . We ask for our rights and no more.
Respectfully your Excellency’s Servts.
(signed) , ,
30 May–3 June 1834 • Friday–Tuesday
<Friday 30 (addenda page 10— no. 7)> [HC 2:76] [HC 2:77] Sunday June 1st 1834. We had preaching, and many of the inhabitants of the town came to hear Elder , who had formerly been a Baptist preacher, Spoke in the morning * <Note H addenda pages 4 and 4 5.> and was followed by four other elders in the course of the day all of whom had formerly been preachers for different denominations. When the inhabitants heard these elders they appeared much interested, and were very desirous to know who we were and we told them that one had been a baptist preacher, and one a Campbellite; One a reformed Methodist, and another a Restorationer &c. During the day many questions were asked but no one could learn our names, profession, or business or destination, and, although they suspected we were Mormons they were very civil. [HC 2:78] Our enemies had threatened that we should not cross the Illinois River, but on Monday the 2d. we were ferried over without any difficulty. The ferryman counted and declared there were five hundred of us; yet our true number was only about one hundred and fifty. Our company had <been> increased Since our departure from , by volunteers from different branches of the church through which we. had passed. We encamped on the bank of the river until <from pa. <12.> 12 *> Tuesday the 3rd.. During our travels we visited several of the mounds which had been thrown up by the ancient [p. 482]
At any rate, the excitement, or rather spite of the Mob, runs so high against our people that we think best to request your Excellency to have said arms returned through the agency of Col Allen or Captain Atchison. Report says the arms will not be returned, and much exertion is making by the mob to prevent our return to our possessions in . We also understand that the mob is employing cer[HC 2:75]tain influential gentlemen to write to your Excellency to persuade us to compromise our matters in difference with the Mob, and probably divide . We ask for our rights and no more.
Respectfully your Excellency’s Servts.
(signed) , ,
30 May–3 June 1834 • Friday–Tuesday
Friday 30 (addenda page 10— no. 7) [HC 2:76] [HC 2:77] from pa. 12. * Tuesday the 3rd.. During our travels we visited several of the mounds which had been thrown up by the ancient [p. 482]
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