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

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<October 10> great quantity of their property destroyed by the Mob. Seeing no prospect of relief, the  having turned a deaf ear to our entreaties, the militia having mutinied, and the greater part  of them ready to join the Mob; the brethren came to the conclusion to leave that place and  seek a shelter elsewhere; and gathering up as many waggons as could be got ready, which  was about Seventy, with the remnant of the property they had been able to save from their  matchless foes left and started for

11–12 October 1838 • Thursday–Friday

<11> On the P.M. of Thursday October 11th. 1838 they travelled that day about twelve miles, and  encamped in a grove of timber near the Road. That evening a woman, who had some  short time before given birth to a child, in consequence of the exposure occasioned by the  operations of the Mobs, and having to move her before her strength would admit, died,  and was buried in the grove without a coffin— During our journey we were continually  harassed and threatened by the Mob, who shot at us several times; whilst several  of our brethren died from the fatigue and privations which they had to endure,  and we had to inter them by the wayside, without a coffin, and under circumstances  the most distressing we  <12> arrived in on the Twelfth— No sooner had the brethren left  than called the Mob together and made a speech to them that they  must hasten to assist their friends in . The Land sales (he said)  were coming on, and if they could get the mormons driven out, they could get all  the lands entitled to pre-emptions, and that they must hasten to in order  to accomplish their object; that if they would join and drive them out they could  get all the Lands back again, as well as all the pay they had received for them,  He assured the Mob that they had nothing to fear from the authorities in so  doing, for they had now full proof that the authorities would not assist the  Mormons and that they might as well take their property from them as not.  His request was complied with, and accordingly the whole banditti started,  taking with them their Cannon for . In the mean time   was busily engaged in raising a mob in Platt and Clinton  Counties, to aid in his effort to drive peaceable citizens from their  homes and take their property
On my arrival in I was informed by of , that a company of mobbers eight hundred strong, were marching towards  a Settlement of our people’s in . He ordered out one of the Officers  to raise a force and march immediately to what he called Wight’s Town and defend our  people from the attacks of the Mob, until he should raise the Militia in his, and  the adjoining Counties to put them down. a small company of Militia who were  on their route to , and who had passed through , he ordered back  again, stating that they were not to be depended upon, as many of them were disposed  to join the mob; and to use his own expression, were “damned rotten hearted.”

14 October 1838 • Sunday

<14> Sunday 14 I preached to the brethren at from the saying of the Savior greater  love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for the brethren, at the close I called  upon all that would stand by me to meet me on the public square the next day—
There were seven cut off from the Church in Preston England, this day, it was a  general time of pruning in England. The powers of darkness raged, and it seemed as  though Satan was fully determined to make an end of the work in that Kingdom,  Elders and had as much as they could do for some time to see  to the branches already planted without planting new years— ones

15–18 October 1838 • Monday–Thursday

<15> Monday 15. The brethren assembled on the public square and formed a company of  about one hundred, who took up a line of march for , and here let it [p. 836]
October 10 great quantity of their property destroyed by the Mob. Seeing no prospect of relief, the having turned a deaf ear to our entreaties, the militia having mutinied, and the greater part of them ready to join the Mob; the brethren came to the conclusion to leave that place and seek a shelter elsewhere; and gathering up as many waggons as could be got ready, which was about Seventy, with the remnant of the property they had been able to save from their matchless foes left and started for

11–12 October 1838 • Thursday–Friday

11 On the P.M. of Thursday October 11th. 1838 they travelled that day about twelve miles, and encamped in a grove of timber near the Road. That evening a woman, who had some short time before given birth to a child, in consequence of the exposure occasioned by the operations of the Mobs, and having to move her before her strength would admit, died, and was buried in the grove without a coffin— During our journey we were continually harassed and threatened by the Mob, who shot at us several times; whilst several of our brethren died from the fatigue and privations which they had to endure, and we had to inter them by the wayside, without a coffin, and under circumstances the most distressing we 12 arrived in on the Twelfth— No sooner had the brethren left than called the Mob together and made a speech to them that they must hasten to assist their friends in . The Land sales (he said) were coming on, and if they could get the mormons driven out, they could get all the lands entitled to pre-emptions, and that they must hasten to in order to accomplish their object; that if they would join and drive them out they could get all the Lands back again, as well as all the pay they had received for them, He assured the Mob that they had nothing to fear from the authorities in so doing, for they had now full proof that the authorities would not assist the Mormons and that they might as well take their property from them as not. His request was complied with, and accordingly the whole banditti started, taking with them their Cannon for . In the mean time was busily engaged in raising a mob in Platt and Clinton Counties, to aid in his effort to drive peaceable citizens from their homes and take their property
On my arrival in I was informed by of , that a company of mobbers eight hundred strong, were marching towards a Settlement of our people’s in . He ordered out one of the Officers to raise a force and march immediately to what he called Wight’s Town and defend our people from the attacks of the Mob, until he should raise the Militia in his, and the adjoining Counties to put them down. a small company of Militia who were on their route to , and who had passed through , he ordered back again, stating that they were not to be depended upon, as many of them were disposed to join the mob; and to use his own expression, were “damned rotten hearted.”

14 October 1838 • Sunday

14 Sunday 14 I preached to the brethren at from the saying of the Savior greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for the brethren, at the close I called upon all that would stand by me to meet me on the public square the next day—
There were seven cut off from the Church in Preston England, this day, it was a general time of pruning in England. The powers of darkness raged, and it seemed as though Satan was fully determined to make an end of the work in that Kingdom, Elders and had as much as they could do for some time to see to the branches already planted without planting new — ones

15–18 October 1838 • Monday–Thursday

15 Monday 15. The brethren assembled on the public square and formed a company of about one hundred, who took up a line of march for , and here let it [p. 836]
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