John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<as they termed it> would arise against them which they  would have to subdue one after another  even till they should reach  where said he meant to winter.  Many had the weakness to believe that  God would enable them to do it. as yet  As yet they had found no mob <citizens> collected  in , save those few in .  Though when we started from , it was currently reported and  believed by all, that there were five hun dred in Millport, and that the next day  there would be eight hundred to com mence operations. On Friday morning  I returned to with  who had come out the day before with  some provisions. When <they> found no  citizens gathered together against them  they ought to have been peacable and  merely stood on the defensive, but they  had become to[o] desparate in feeling  for that, and resolved to clear from every thing in the shape of  what they called mobs, which they did effe ctually in the course of that and the next  week. It appeared to me also that the love  of pillage grew upon them very fast; for  they plundered every king of property they  could get hold of, and burnt many buil dings <cabbins> in , some say eighty and  some a hundred and fifty. They also went  with a company to and took  a piece of cannon <ordinance> which had been brou ght there by the company that came from  Carol county. After this most of those  who belonged to returned home. [p. 69]
as they termed it would arise against them which they would have to subdue one after another even till they should reach where said he meant to winter. Many had the weakness to believe that God would enable them to do it. As yet they had found no citizens collected in , save those few in . Though when we started from , it was currently reported and believed by all, that there were five hundred in Millport, and that the next day there would be eight hundred to commence operations. On Friday morning I returned to with who had come out the day before with some provisions. When they found no citizens gathered together against them they ought to have been peacable and merely stood on the defensive, but they had become too desparate in feeling for that, and resolved to clear from every thing in the shape of what they called mobs, which they did effectually in the course of that and the next week. It appeared to me also that the love of pillage grew upon them very fast; for they plundered every king of property they could get hold of, and burnt many cabbins in , some say eighty and some a hundred and fifty. They also went with a company to and took a piece of ordinance which had been brought there by the company that came from Carol county. After this most of those who belonged to returned home. [p. 69]
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