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

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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 75
image
go to states prision for twenty years  or had rather die himself than have  the people exterminated. About three  Oclock in the evening we received  word that the ’s order had  arrived, so we we went again to  meet them and see what it was.  , , , and went and   read the order to us.  Smith had previously requested that  after receiving the order, or finding out  what the required, we should see  him before we agreed to any proposals.  We did so, and although the Mormons have  accused us of giving up their leaders by  intrigue we yet smith himself was the  first man that agreed to the proposals.  The following is a true copy of the s  order.
“Head quaters of the Militia City  of Jefferson Oct 27. 1838. Sir since  the orders of the morning to you, directing  you to cause four hundred mounted  men to be raised within your Division  I have received by of and W C Williams Esqr. one of my  aids information of the most appalling  nature, which entirely changes the face  of things, and places the Mormons in  the attitude of an open and avowed defianc[e]  of the laws and of having made war upon  the people of this . Your orders are  therefore to hasten your operations  and endeavor to reach in   with all possible speed [p. 75]
go to states prision for twenty years or had rather die himself than have the people exterminated. About three Oclock in the evening we received word that the ’s order had arrived, so we we went again to meet them and see what it was. , , , and went and read the order to us. Smith had previously requested that after receiving the order, or finding out what the required, we should see him before we agreed to any proposals. We did so, and although the Mormons have accused us of giving up their leaders by intrigue yet smith himself was the first man that agreed to the proposals. The following is a copy of the s order.
“Head quaters of the Militia City of Jefferson Oct 27. 1838. Sir since the order of the morning to you, directing you to cause four hundred mounted men to be raised within your Division I have received by of and W C Williams Esqr. one of my aids information of the most appalling nature, which entirely changes the face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of an open and avowed defiance of the laws and of having made war upon the people of this . Your orders are therefore to hasten your operations and endeavor to reach in with all possible speed [p. 75]
Page 75