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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<October 29  Doctor  and his Danites> Kingdom in the last days: If any of us should <be> recognized who can harm us? for we will  stand by each other and defend one another in all things— If our enemies swear against  us, we can swear also -[The Captains were confounded at this, but continued]- Why  do you startle at this Brethren? As the Lord liveth I would swear a lie to clear any of  you, and if this would not do, I would put them or him under the sand as Moses did  the Egyptian: and in this way we will consecrate much unto the Lord, and build up  his Kingdom; and who can stand against us? And if any of us transgress we will  deal with him among<st> ourselves. And if any one of this Danite Society reveals any  of these things I will put them where the dogs cannot bite them”—
At this lecture all  of the Officers revolted and said it would not do. They should not go into any such  measures, and it would not do to name any such things; such proceedings would be  in open violation to the Laws of our Country, and would be robbing our fellow  Citizens of their rights and is not according to the language and doctrine of Christ,  or the Church of Latter Day Saints— The modern , replied, and said
“there was no laws that was executed in justice, and he cared not for them, this  being a different dispensation, a dispensation of the fullness of times; in this  dispensation I learn from the Scriptures that the Kingdom of God was to put down  all other Kingdoms, and He himself was to reign, and his laws alone was the  only laws that would exist”—
’s teachings were still manfully rejected by all.   then said that they had better drop the subject, altho’ he had received his—  authority from the evening before— The meeting then broke up;  the eyes of those present were then opened, his craft was no longer in the dark  and but very little confidence was placed in him even by the warmest of the Members  of his Danite Lodge <scheme>—
When a knowledge of ’s rascality came to the—  Presidency of the Church, he was cut off from the Church, and every means proper used  to destroy his influence, at which he was highly incensed, and went about whispering his  evil insinuations, but finding every effort unavailing, he again turned conspirator and  sought to make friends with the Mob—
And here let it be distinctly understood, that  <Organization of 10s. & 50s.  &c of the Church> these companies of tens and fifties got up by , were altogether separate and distinct  from those companies of tens and fifties, organized by the brethren for self defence, in case of  an attack from the Mob, and more particularly that in this time of alarm no family or  person might not be neglected, therefore, one company would be engaged in drawing wood  another in cutting it, another in gathering their Corn, another in grinding, another in butchering,  another in distributing meat &c &c so that all should be employed in turn, and no one lack  the necessaries of life; Therefore, let no one hereafter, by mistake, or design, confound this  organization of the Church for good and righteous purposes; with the organization of the Danites,  of the Apostate , which died almost before it had existence—
<x   Militia> The Mob began to encamp at on the twenty sixth and by this time amounted  to about two thousand five hundred, all ready to fulfil the Exterminating Order, and join the  Standard of the — They took up a line of March for — travelling but part  way, where they encamped for the night—

30 October 1838 • Tuesday

<30> Tuesday 30. Their advance guard was patrolling the Country and taking many prisoners, among  whom was Brother Stephen Winchester, and Brother Carey whose skull they laid open by a blow  from a Rifle barrel In this mangled condition the Mob laid him in their Waggon and  went on their way and denying him every comfort, and thus he remained that P.M. and night
was in Camp at Chariton under a forced march to , with about  a thousand men, and the ’s Exterminating order—
For the history of this day at Hawns Mills on I quote the following Affidavit of [p. 844]
October 29 Doctor and his Danites Kingdom in the last days: If any of us should be recognized who can harm us? for we will stand by each other and defend one another in all things— If our enemies swear against us, we can swear also -[The Captains were confounded at this, but continued]- Why do you startle at this Brethren? As the Lord liveth I would swear a lie to clear any of you, and if this would not do, I would put them or him under the sand as Moses did the Egyptian: and in this way we will consecrate much unto the Lord, and build up his Kingdom; and who can stand against us? And if any of us transgress we will deal with him amongst ourselves. And if any one of this Danite Society reveals any of these things I will put them where the dogs cannot bite them”—
At this lecture all of the Officers revolted and said it would not do. They should not go into any such measures, and it would not do to name any such things; such proceedings would be in open violation to the Laws of our Country, and would be robbing our fellow Citizens of their rights and is not according to the language and doctrine of Christ, or the Church of Latter Day Saints— The modern , replied, and said
“there was no laws that was executed in justice, and he cared not for them, this being a different dispensation, a dispensation of the fullness of times; in this dispensation I learn from the Scriptures that the Kingdom of God was to put down all other Kingdoms, and He himself was to reign, and his laws alone was the only laws that would exist”—
’s teachings were still manfully rejected by all. then said that they had better drop the subject, altho’ he had received his— authority from the evening before— The meeting then broke up; the eyes of those present were then opened, his craft was no longer in the dark and but very little confidence was placed in him even by the warmest of the Members of his Danite scheme—
When a knowledge of ’s rascality came to the— Presidency of the Church, he was cut off from the Church, and every means proper used to destroy his influence, at which he was highly incensed, and went about whispering his evil insinuations, but finding every effort unavailing, he again turned conspirator and sought to make friends with the Mob—
And here let it be distinctly understood, that Organization of 10s. & 50s. &c of the Church these companies of tens and fifties got up by , were altogether separate and distinct from those companies of tens and fifties, organized by the brethren for self defence, in case of an attack from the Mob, and more particularly that in this time of alarm no family or person might be neglected, therefore, one company would be engaged in drawing wood another in cutting it, another in gathering their Corn, another in grinding, another in butchering, another in distributing meat &c &c so that all should be employed in turn, and no one lack the necessaries of life; Therefore, let no one hereafter, by mistake, or design, confound this organization of the Church for good and righteous purposes; with the organization of the Danites, of the Apostate , which died almost before it had existence—
x Militia The Mob began to encamp at on the twenty sixth and by this time amounted to about two thousand five hundred, all ready to fulfil the Exterminating Order, and join the Standard of the — They took up a line of March for — travelling but part way, where they encamped for the night—

30 October 1838 • Tuesday

30 Tuesday 30. Their advance guard was patrolling the Country and taking many prisoners, among whom was Brother Stephen Winchester, and Brother Carey whose skull they laid open by a blow from a Rifle barrel In this mangled condition the Mob laid him in their Waggon and went on their way and denying him every comfort, and thus he remained that P.M. and night
was in Camp at Chariton under a forced march to , with about a thousand men, and the ’s Exterminating order—
For the history of this day at Hawns Mills on I quote the following Affidavit of [p. 844]
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