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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< which it had been got up; for the ticket   democratic and the Mormons as indivi  duals are almost universally of that party.  There was some murmuring and finding  fault after the election by those opposed to  the proceedings, but this was soon put  down by the Danite influence.>
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<Election in . Unhappy affray. Excitement.  Expedition to . . Smith  and . Public meeting in . The  Sheriff. Gathering in . Trials before .>
<The election in>   was not conducted in this  manner. Every man there voted as he  pleased, but an unhappy affray took  place there. Feelings existed as I observed  before between the Mormons and other citizens  on account of their settling the new town   and filling up the so  fast. a citizen and candidate,  on seeing that the Mormons were not going  for him, made a flaming speech on election  day in which he said that they Mormons  ought not to be suffered to vote. I was info rmed, however, that they were not prohibited;  but still the feelings became somewhat excited  on both sides, though there was but little  said untill one of the Mormons and one of  the citizens got into a conversation in  which they gave each other the lie. The  citizen struck the Mormon, and followed  him up for another blow, when he was  met by another Mormon who knocked  him down. From this one after another  on both sides, fell into the ranks, and  a general conflict was the result. Some  were badly hurt from clubs and boards  that were used on both sides. The Mormons  got the better, I believe, I believe in that  affray; but left the polls I was told soon  after it was over. This affray increased the [p. 60]
which it had been got up; for the ticket democratic and the Mormons as indivi duals are almost universally of that party. There was some murmuring and finding fault after the election by those opposed to the proceedings, but this was soon put down by the Danite influence.
Chapter 19
Chap 19
Election in . Unhappy affray. Excitement. Expedition to . . Smith and . Public meeting in . The Sheriff. Gathering in . Trials before .
The election in was not conducted in this manner. Every man there voted as he pleased, but an unhappy affray took place there. Feelings existed as I observed before between the Mormons and other citizens on account of their settling the new town and filling up the so fast. a citizen and candidate, on seeing that the Mormons were not going for him, made a flaming speech on election day in which he said that the Mormons ought not to be suffered to vote. I was informed, however, that they were not prohibited; but still the feelings became somewhat excited on both sides, though there was but little said until one of the Mormons and one of the citizens got into a conversation in which they gave each other the lie. The citizen struck the Mormon, and followed him up for another blow, when he was met by another Mormon who knocked him down. From this one after another on both sides, fell into the ranks, and a general conflict was the result. Some were badly hurt from clubs and boards that were used on both sides. The Mormons got the better, I believe, in that affray; but left the polls I was told soon after it was over. This affray increased the [p. 60]
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