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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<October 21> and producing a total overthrow, massacre, or banishment of the Mormons from the State.  These and their associates were the ones who fired their own houses and then fled the  county crying “fire and murder”. It was reported in to day that  had left that place, the night previous leaving a letter for one of the brethren which  would develope the secret.
22 October 1838 • Monday
<22  Joseph, returns  to > Monday 22 On the retreat of the Mob from , I returned to with  a company of the brethren and arrived at about seven in the evening, where  I had hoped to have enjoyed some respite from our enemies at least for a short time;  but upon my arrival there, I was informed that a Mob had commenced hostilities  on the borders of that county, adjoining to and that they had taken some  of our brethren prisoners, burned some houses and had committed depredations on  the peaceable inhabitants.
23 October 1838 • Tuesday
<Cannon found 23> Tuesday 23. News came to this morning that the brethren had found the  Cannon which the mob brought from , buried in the Earth, and had secured  it by order of . The word of the Lord has been given several Months  since for the Saints to gather into the cities but they have been slow to obey until the  judgments were upon them and now they are gathering by flight and haste, leaving  all and are glad to get off at that— The City of is literally crowded and  the Brethren are gathering from all Quarters— Fourteen Citizens of  wrote the an inflammatory epistle, one of which was Mr. Hudgins Postmaster—  and of wrote a similar communication— Also the  Citizens of in public meeting “appealed to the of the State, to give the  people of protection from this fearful body of thieves and robbers”,  when the Saints were all minding their own business, only as they were driven from  it by those who were crying “thieves and robbers”. The mail came in this evening  <Mail empty> but not a single letter to any body, from which it is evident there is no deposite  sacred to those marauders who are infesting the Country and trying to destroy  the Saints—
24 October 1838 • Wednesday
<24  Inflammatory letters> Wednesday 24 and , renewed their inflammatory  communications to the , as did other Citizens of viz. C. R. Morehead,  Wm. Thornton, and Jacob Gudgel— who manifested no scruples at any falsehood or exaggeration  to raise the ’s anger against us. formerly President of  the Twelve, having apostatized, repaired to , and made affidavit before Henry  Jacobs Justice of the Peace to all the vilest calumnies, aspersions, Lies and slanders, towards  myself and the Church that his wicked heart could invent. He had been lifted up in pride,  by his exaltations and the Revelations of Heaven concerning him, until he was ready to be  overthrown by the first adverse wind that should cross his track, and now he has fallen,  Lied and sworn to it, and was ready to take the lives of his best friends. Let all men  take warning by him and learn that he who exalteth himself God will abase—   also was at and testified to most of ’s statements.
The following letter being a fair Specimen of the truth and honesty of a multitude  <Dickson’s letter> of others, which I shall notice, I give it full
“Carrolton Mo. Octr. 24. 1838 — Sir—  We were informed last night by an express from , that and  all his Company amounting to between fifty and sixty men, were massacred by the  Mormons at Buncombe, twelve miles north of , except three. This statement  you may rely on as being true, and last night they expected to be laid in  ashes this morning. We could distinctly hear Cannon, and we know the Mormons had one in  their possession. is about twenty five miles west of this place on a straight line  We know not the hour or minute we will be laid in ashes— our Country is ruined; for God sake [p. 838]
October 21 and producing a total overthrow, massacre, or banishment of the Mormons from the State. These and their associates were the ones who fired their own houses and then fled the county crying “fire and murder”. It was reported in to day that had left that place, the night previous leaving a letter for one of the brethren which would develope the secret.
22 October 1838 • Monday
22 Joseph, returns to Monday 22 On the retreat of the Mob from , I returned to with a company of the brethren and arrived at about seven in the evening, where I had hoped to have enjoyed some respite from our enemies at least for a short time; but upon my arrival there, I was informed that a Mob had commenced hostilities on the borders of that county, adjoining to and that they had taken some of our brethren prisoners, burned some houses and had committed depredations on the peaceable inhabitants.
23 October 1838 • Tuesday
Cannon found 23 Tuesday 23. News came to this morning that the brethren had found the Cannon which the mob brought from , buried in the Earth, and had secured it by order of . The word of the Lord has been given several Months since for the Saints to gather into the cities but they have been slow to obey until the judgments were upon them and now they are gathering by flight and haste, leaving all and are glad to get off at that— The City of is literally crowded and the Brethren are gathering from all Quarters— Fourteen Citizens of wrote the an inflammatory epistle, one of which was Mr. Hudgins Postmaster— and of wrote a similar communication— Also the Citizens of in public meeting “appealed to the of the State, to give the people of protection from this fearful body of thieves and robbers”, when the Saints were all minding their own business, only as they were driven from it by those who were crying “thieves and robbers”. The mail came in this evening Mail empty but not a single letter to any body, from which it is evident there is no deposite sacred to those marauders who are infesting the Country and trying to destroy the Saints—
24 October 1838 • Wednesday
24 Inflammatory letters Wednesday 24 and , renewed their inflammatory communications to the , as did other Citizens of viz. C. R. Morehead, Wm. Thornton, and Jacob Gudgel— who manifested no scruples at any falsehood or exaggeration to raise the ’s anger against us. formerly President of the Twelve, having apostatized, repaired to , and made affidavit before Henry Jacobs Justice of the Peace to all the vilest calumnies, aspersions, Lies and slanders, towards myself and the Church that his wicked heart could invent. He had been lifted up in pride, by his exaltations and the Revelations of Heaven concerning him, until he was ready to be overthrown by the first adverse wind that should cross his track, and now he has fallen, Lied and sworn to it, and was ready to take the lives of his best friends. Let all men take warning by him and learn that he who exalteth himself God will abase— also was at and testified to most of ’s statements.
The following letter being a fair Specimen of the truth and honesty of a multitude Dickson’s letter of others, which I shall notice, I give it full
“Carrolton Mo. Octr. 24. 1838 — Sir— We were informed last night by an express from , that and all his Company amounting to between fifty and sixty men, were massacred by the Mormons at Buncombe, twelve miles north of , except three. This statement you may rely on as being true, and last night they expected to be laid in ashes this morning. We could distinctly hear Cannon, and we know the Mormons had one in their possession. is about twenty five miles west of this place on a straight line We know not the hour or minute we will be laid in ashes— our Country is ruined; for God sake [p. 838]
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