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

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  • Historical Introduction
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<March 21> the privilege of voting as a free Citizen I moved to , bought land and opened a good farm, and lived in peace until the Summer and fall of 1838, when mobs arose in the Counties round about, and I with the rest was obliged to take up arms in self defence, for the cry was, that mob law should prevail, if we stood against them, until the Army came and took us all Prisoners of War— I with the rest was obliged to sign a deed of trust at the point of the sword— I with sixty others was selected out and marched to in Ray County by the command of , where they kept us a number of weeks, pretending to try us as treasoners and murderers; at length I obtained my liberty and returned to my family in , and I found that there was no safety there, for there was no law, but all a scene of robbing, and plundering, and stealing, they were about to take me again and I was obliged to leave my family and flee to , in about two months my family arrived having suffered much abuse and loss of health and property; soon after the arrival of my family, my son a young man died, and I attribute his death to the cruel barbarity of the mob of , he being a prisoner among them and having suffered much because of them— my Father was a soldier, and served in the revolutionary war under the great Washington, but I have not had protection on my own lands and I have not been permitted to see my farm in Missouri in seven years— Soldiers were stationed or quartered in different parts of , and they treated us roughly, threatening to shoot us, and making use of any thing they pleased, such as burning house timbers and rails and garden fences, and stealing and plundering what they pleased. when I was at a prisoner before , we sent for many witnesses and when they came, they were taken and cast into prison with us, and we were not permitted to have any witnesses. the day I came out of Prison, they compelled me to sign a writing which was not true, or remain in Prison— ” Sworn to before J.P.
Thus I have given a few of the multitude of Affidavits, which might be given to substantiate the facts of our persecution and Death in .
When the brethren left , [HC 4:73] they were poor, having been plundered of every thing valuable by mobs, much of it was done under the eye of the Government Officers according to the foregoing affidavits— and all by the sanction of the State of , as the acts of her Legislature testify; and being so numerous they were obliged to scatter over the State of and different States, to get bread and clothing— so that but few accounts against could be collected without unreasonable exertions— About 491 Individuals gave in their claims against which I presented to Congress— amounting to about $1.381.044.51½ Cents— leaving a multitude more of similar bills hereafter to be presented, which, if not settled immediately will ere long amount to a handsome sum, increasing by compound interest.— [HC 4:74]
24 March 1840 • Tuesday
March 24. 1840— Dear Brother our business is at last [p. 1038]
March 21 the privilege of voting as a free Citizen I moved to , bought land and opened a good farm, and lived in peace until the Summer and fall of 1838, when mobs arose in the Counties round about, and I with the rest was obliged to take up arms in self defence, for the cry was, that mob law should prevail, if we stood against them, until the Army came and took us all Prisoners of War— I with the rest was obliged to sign a deed of trust at the point of the sword— I with sixty others was selected out and marched to in Ray County by the command of , where they kept us a number of weeks, pretending to try us as treasoners and murderers; at length I obtained my liberty and returned to my family in , and I found that there was no safety there, for there was no law, but all a scene of robbing, and plundering, and stealing, they were about to take me again and I was obliged to leave my family and flee to , in about two months my family arrived having suffered much abuse and loss of health and property; soon after the arrival of my family, my son a young man died, and I attribute his death to the cruel barbarity of the mob of , he being a prisoner among them and having suffered much because of them— my Father was a soldier, and served in the revolutionary war under the great Washington, but I have not had protection on my own lands and I have not been permitted to see my farm in Missouri in seven years— Soldiers were stationed or quartered in different parts of , and they treated us roughly, threatening to shoot us, and making use of any thing they pleased, such as burning house timbers and rails and garden fences, and stealing and plundering what they pleased. when I was at a prisoner before , we sent for many witnesses and when they came, they were taken and cast into prison with us, and we were not permitted to have any witnesses. the day I came out of Prison, they compelled me to sign a writing which was not true, or remain in Prison— ” Sworn to before J.P.
Thus I have given a few of the multitude of Affidavits, which might be given to substantiate the facts of our persecution and Death in .
When the brethren left , [HC 4:73] they were poor, having been plundered of every thing valuable by mobs, much of it was done under the eye of the Government Officers according to the foregoing affidavits— and all by the sanction of the State of , as the acts of her Legislature testify; and being so numerous they were obliged to scatter over the State of and different States, to get bread and clothing— so that but few accounts against could be collected without unreasonable exertions— About 491 Individuals gave in their claims against which I presented to Congress— amounting to about $1.381.044.51½ Cents— leaving a multitude more of similar bills hereafter to be presented, which, if not settled immediately will ere long amount to a handsome sum, increasing by compound interest.— [HC 4:74]
24 March 1840 • Tuesday
March 24. 1840— Dear Brother our business is at last [p. 1038]
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