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 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. 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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