History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<June 27> and gave them a couple of dollars, with directions to replenish the bottle, to  <BY HCK JMG GAS okd to here TB—> stimulate them in the fatigues of their sleepless journey.
Peter W Conover gave me the following relation of the trails travels of the brethren  from , to the place where I met them
“I started with General ,   and about 175 men. On Sunday the 25th June at 8 P.M. in the  direction of Peoria; travelled part of the night. about 1 o’Clock next morning Gen   took 35 of the Company and <continued> towards Peoria. The 2 Laws with their  Company started up the river road, in the direction of Monmouth— we travelled  till day light on Monday morning— crossed Honey creek, eat a cold breakfast and  fed the horses, then continued on till noon when a consultation was held, and  ten of the best mounted men viz , Peter W. Conover,  Graham Coltrin, Philemon Merrill, Philander Colton, Henry Hoyt, , Daniel F Ca–houn and , were selected to take the nearest  road to , with instructions to continue until we found you. We took the  middle road between Oquaka and Monmouth, and continued on until Tuesday  at 2 A.M. when we rested for one hour, then passed through Hendersonville on  to the Prairie, about 9 A.M. at which time we met Col  with your letter of instructions to Gen , we read the letter. Philander  Colton was sent with the dispatch to , we then made a halt at Andover  where the Inhabitants refused to sell us food, here we held a Council, and sent  Daniel Cahoon and Henry Hoyt back to Monmouth, with instructions to the brethren  to wait there, until they got further orders, we then travelled ten miles and obtained  some corn at a farm house. 1 p.m. left there and travelled on to the Prairies  until we met your
Here Conover exchanged with me one of Allens 4 inch barrel 6 shooter  revolvers for the single shooter which had slipped into my pocket at  . ¶ About 8 P.M. , , and the Landlord consulted about sending  out to raise a company to take me by force, and run with me to the mouth  of Rock river on the , as there was a company of men ready to kidnap  me over the . overheard the conversation and notified the Sheriff  of , who immediately ordered a guard placed, so that no one might  pass in or out of the house during the night.
<x see below> <x started at day break and went about 20 miles passing thro Andover at 8 a.m. and about 9 met Captn   and a Company of 10 men to whom he delivered my message: held a Council and forwarded  it on to by Philander Colton— turned back with the company.>
My wife and children arrived in this evening having burned off one  arm—— of the carriage coming home.
Many strangers reported in the , the watch doubled in the night.
28 June 1843 • Wednesday
<28> We left Andover about 8 O Clock went to a little grove at the head of Elleston  Creek, where we staid an hour to feed our animals. said “now we will go  from here to the Mouth of Rock River and take Steam boat to ”,  said “No for we are prepared to travel and will go on land” and  both spoke and said “No by God we wont, we will never go by alive, and  both draw their pistols on who turned round to Sheriff Campbell of . [p. 1588]
June 27 and gave them a couple of dollars, with directions to replenish the bottle, to BY HCK JMG GAS okd to here TB— stimulate them in the fatigues of their sleepless journey.
Peter W Conover gave me the following relation of the travels of the brethren from , to the place where I met them
“I started with General , and about 175 men. On Sunday the 25th June at 8 P.M. in the direction of Peoria; travelled part of the night. about 1 o’Clock next morning Gen took 35 of the Company and continued towards Peoria. The 2 Laws with their Company started up the river road, in the direction of Monmouth— we travelled till day light on Monday morning— crossed Honey creek, eat a cold breakfast and fed the horses, then continued on till noon when a consultation was held, and ten of the best mounted men viz , Peter W. Conover, Graham Coltrin, Philemon Merrill, Philander Colton, Henry Hoyt, , Daniel F Ca–houn and , were selected to take the nearest road to , with instructions to continue until we found you. We took the middle road between Oquaka and Monmouth, and continued on until Tuesday at 2 A.M. when we rested for one hour, then passed through Hendersonville on to the Prairie, about 9 A.M. at which time we met Col with your letter of instructions to Gen , we read the letter. Philander Colton was sent with the dispatch to , we then made a halt at Andover where the Inhabitants refused to sell us food, here we held a Council, and sent Daniel Cahoon and Henry Hoyt back to Monmouth, with instructions to the brethren to wait there, until they got further orders, we then travelled ten miles and obtained some corn at a farm house. 1 p.m. left there and travelled on to the Prairies until we met you”
Here Conover exchanged with me one of Allens 4 inch barrel 6 shooter revolvers for the single shooter which had slipped into my pocket at . ¶ About 8 P.M. , , and the Landlord consulted about sending out to raise a company to take me by force, and run with me to the mouth of Rock river on the , as there was a company of men ready to kidnap me over the . overheard the conversation and notified the Sheriff of , who immediately ordered a guard placed, so that no one might pass in or out of the house during the night.
x see below x started at day break and went about 20 miles passing thro Andover at 8 a.m. and about 9 met Captn and a Company of 10 men to whom he delivered my message: held a Council and forwarded it on to by Philander Colton— turned back with the company.
My wife and children arrived in this evening having burned off one arm—— of the carriage coming home.
Many strangers reported in the , the watch doubled in the night.
28 June 1843 • Wednesday
28 We left Andover about 8 O Clock went to a little grove at the head of Elleston Creek, where we staid an hour to feed our animals. said “now we will go from here to the Mouth of Rock River and take Steam boat to ”, said “No for we are prepared to travel and will go on land” and both spoke and said “No by God we wont, we will never go by alive, and both draw their pistols on who turned round to Sheriff Campbell of . [p. 1588]
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