History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 21> Summer and fall of 1833, when the Inhabitants began to threaten us with  destruction. I was at work in my field, and a man by the name of Allen  and others with him, came along and cried out you are at work  as though you was determined to stay here, but we are determined that you  shall leave the immediately— I replied that I was a free born Citizen  of the , and had done harm to no man. I therefore claim protection  by the law of the land, and that the law and constitution of the Land  would not suffer them to commit so horrid a crime, they then replied, that  the old law and constitution is worn out, and we are about to make a  new one. I was at a meeting where we had met for prayer, and a man  by the name of Masters came and desired an interview with us, he then  stated that he was sent by the mob to inform us, that if we would forsake  our Mormon and Prophet religion, and become of their religion, they the  Mob, would be our Brothers and would fight for us, but if you will not,  we are ready and will drive you from the . a few days after this,  a large mob came to my house commanded by General  — — — , and Lewis Franklin, and broke down my door, and  burst into my house, armed with guns, clubs and knives, some of them  were painted red and black, this was in the night and my family was  much frightened, they threatened me with immediate death if I did not  leave the place, after much abuse they left us for the night, but in a  few days after they returned and drove me and my family into the  Street, not suffering us to take any thing with us, I saw that we must  go or die; we went South to Van Buren County in company with Eighty  or Ninety others, in a short time after I returned to my farm and found  my house plundered, my Grain and Crop, Stock, and all my farm and  farming tools laid waste and destroyed, and shortly after my house was  burned to ashes. I called on of and enquired  of him if he could inform me what all this mobbing and riot meant,  informing him of the destruction and plundering of my house, to which he  gave me no satisfaction, but insulted me and treated me roughly. lived in the , and I have seen him passing through among us  in our great distress and gave no attention to our distresses, he was then  Lieutenant Governor of the ; on my return to my family in Van Buren  County I was much abused by a man, by the name of Brady, he said he  would kill me if I ever attempted to go to my farm, or if he saw me passing  that way again. I returned to my family, and in a few days after, a  company of men came where we lived, and said they would spill my  blood if I did not leave the place immediately, the leaders of this Company  were John Cornet, Thomas Langley and Hezekiah Warden, they lived in  , this was in the cold winter and our sufferings were great—  I fled across the to , where I lived three years in  which time I often heard Judge Cameron and others say, that you Mormons  cannot get your rights in any of the Courts of the Upper Country, and I had not [p. 1037]
March 21 Summer and fall of 1833, when the Inhabitants began to threaten us with destruction. I was at work in my field, and a man by the name of Allen and others with him, came along and cried out you are at work as though you was determined to stay here, but we are determined that you shall leave the immediately— I replied that I was a free born Citizen of the , and had done harm to no man. I therefore claim protection by the law of the land, and that the law and constitution of the Land would not suffer them to commit so horrid a crime, they then replied, that the old law and constitution is worn out, and we are about to make a new one. I was at a meeting where we had met for prayer, and a man by the name of Masters came and desired an interview with us, he then stated that he was sent by the mob to inform us, that if we would forsake our Mormon and Prophet religion, and become of their religion, they the Mob, would be our Brothers and would fight for us, but if you will not, we are ready and will drive you from the . a few days after this, a large mob came to my house commanded by General — — — , and Lewis Franklin, and broke down my door, and burst into my house, armed with guns, clubs and knives, some of them were painted red and black, this was in the night and my family was much frightened, they threatened me with immediate death if I did not leave the place, after much abuse they left us for the night, but in a few days after they returned and drove me and my family into the Street, not suffering us to take any thing with us, I saw that we must go or die; we went South to Van Buren County in company with Eighty or Ninety others, in a short time after I returned to my farm and found my house plundered, my Grain and Crop, Stock, and all my farm and farming tools laid waste and destroyed, and shortly after my house was burned to ashes. I called on of and enquired of him if he could inform me what all this mobbing and riot meant, informing him of the destruction and plundering of my house, to which he gave me no satisfaction, but insulted me and treated me roughly. lived in the , and I have seen him passing through among us in our great distress and gave no attention to our distresses, he was then Lieutenant Governor of the ; on my return to my family in Van Buren County I was much abused by a man, by the name of Brady, he said he would kill me if I ever attempted to go to my farm, or if he saw me passing that way again. I returned to my family, and in a few days after, a company of men came where we lived, and said they would spill my blood if I did not leave the place immediately, the leaders of this Company were John Cornet, Thomas Langley and Hezekiah Warden, they lived in , this was in the cold winter and our sufferings were great— I fled across the to , where I lived three years in which time I often heard Judge Cameron and others say, that you Mormons cannot get your rights in any of the Courts of the Upper Country, and I had not [p. 1037]
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