History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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<June 29  Resolutions> 4th. That said committee consist of Andrew Robertson, , Littleberry Sublet, John Baxter, Jas. M. Hughes, W. J. Moss,  John Bird, Peter Rogers, , and J. T. V. Thompson, who  shall meet on the morrow at the house of Mr Cowen, and confer  with the Mormons, and report to this meeting as soon thereafter  as convenient, the reply of the Mormons to these requisitions.
5th. That if the Mormons agree to these propositions, we will use  every means in our power to allay the excitement among our  own citizens, and to get them to await the result of these things.
6th. That it is the opinion of this meeting that the recent emigrants  among the Mormons, should take measures to leave this  immediately, as they have no crops on hand and nothing  to lose by continuing their journey to some more friendly land.  On Motion of , the preamble and Resolutions were  unanimously adopted. Be it Resolved that this meeting  adjourn until Saturday next. John Bird, Chair. John F. Doherty, Secy

28 June 1836 • Tuesday

<28  ’s Letter.> On the day previous, June 28th Elder wrote from  Hickman County, Tennessee, stating that many citizens of the county  of Benton, and some of Carroll, had met in convention, headed  by a Methodist Priest, who was called to the chair, and the county  clerk appointed Secretary. They drew up resolutions to drive all  the “Mormon” preachers from their coast, signed by the Sheriff and  many who were sworn to be civil peace officers, also Colonels, Majors,  &c.
“We enjoyed our meeting unmolested at Bro [Seth] utley’s on saturday  the 19th. instants. Hundreds had entered into the conspiracy. In  the afternoon a little before sunset, a company of some forty  or fifty men made their appearance, some on foot others  mounted, two on a horse, with guns, sticks, clubs, &c. They were  led by a sheriff, Col, first, and second Major, other officers, and  <,   &  ,  Mobbed in  Tennessee> a Methodist priest, with a gun on his shoulder. The Sheriff in formed us that he had a states Warrant for , , and , issued on complaint of the Meth odist priest, Matthew Williams, chairman as above, who swore  that we had put forth the following false and pretended  prophecy, viz: That Christ would come the second time before  this generation passed away, also that four individuals should  receive the Holy Ghost within four and twenty hours. The company  consisted, as we were informed, of Baptists, Methodists, Presby terians, liars, drunkards, hog and horse theives. So determined  were they to force us off at that late hour, that it was with much  difficulty we could prevail on them to shew us any lenity:  however they protracted the time of our appearance at court until  tuesday by giving our bond, with surety of two brethren. in the  sum of one thousand dollars. Then They intended to have led us into  the woods under the dark curtain of night, with the pretension  of taking us before the magistrate, that they might the better execute  their diabolical designs upon us. On Tuesday, in company with  about twenty brethren and warm friends who were ready and [p. 739]
June 29 Resolutions 4th. That said committee consist of Andrew Robertson, , Littleberry Sublet, John Baxter, Jas. M. Hughes, W. J. Moss, John Bird, Peter Rogers, , and J. T. V. Thompson, who shall meet on the morrow at the house of Mr Cowen, and confer with the Mormons, and report to this meeting as soon thereafter as convenient, the reply of the Mormons to these requisitions.
5th. That if the Mormons agree to these propositions, we will use every means in our power to allay the excitement among our own citizens, and to get them to await the result of these things.
6th. That it is the opinion of this meeting that the recent emigrants among the Mormons, should take measures to leave this immediately, as they have no crops on hand and nothing to lose by continuing their journey to some more friendly land. On Motion of , the preamble and Resolutions were unanimously adopted. Be it Resolved that this meeting adjourn until Saturday next. John Bird, Chair. John F. Doherty, Secy

28 June 1836 • Tuesday

28 ’s Letter. On the day previous, June 28th Elder wrote from Hickman County, Tennessee, stating that many citizens of the county of Benton, and some of Carroll, had met in convention, headed by a Methodist Priest, who was called to the chair, and the county clerk appointed Secretary. They drew up resolutions to drive all the “Mormon” preachers from their coast, signed by the Sheriff and many who were sworn to be civil peace officers, also Colonels, Majors, &c.
“We enjoyed our meeting unmolested at Bro Seth utley’s on saturday the 19th. instant. Hundreds had entered into the conspiracy. In the afternoon a little before sunset, a company of some forty or fifty men made their appearance, some on foot others mounted, two on a horse, with guns, sticks, clubs, &c. They were led by a sheriff, Col, first, and second Major, other officers, and , & , Mobbed in Tennessee a Methodist priest, with a gun on his shoulder. The Sheriff informed us that he had a states Warrant for , , and , issued on complaint of the Methodist priest, Matthew Williams, chairman as above, who swore that we had put forth the following false and pretended prophecy, viz: That Christ would come the second time before this generation passed away, also that four individuals should receive the Holy Ghost within four and twenty hours. The company consisted, as we were informed, of Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, liars, drunkards, hog and horse theives. So determined were they to force us off at that late hour, that it was with much difficulty we could prevail on them to shew us any lenity: however they protracted the time of our appearance at court until tuesday by giving our bond, with surety of two brethren. in the sum of one thousand dollars. They intended to have led us into the woods under the dark curtain of night, with the pretension of taking us before the magistrate, that they might the better execute their diabolical designs upon us. On Tuesday, in company with about twenty brethren and warm friends who were ready and [p. 739]
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