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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<for me to look out for my own safety.>
Chapter 21
<Chap . 21.>
<Public meeting. Resolution passed. Volunteers raised. Reflections. Expedition to . Doings there. New order of consecration. Enthusiastic notions. Plunderings. Piece of Ordnance taken.>
<X> This conversation was sunday morning after they returned from . Smith preached that day pretty much from the same spirit and requested a general meeting of all the male members on the next day. They accordingly met and passed resolutions to the following effect. All members of the church should take hold and help; those who had been backward in carrying on the warfare should now come forward, and their property should be consecrated so far as might be necessary for the use of the army. If any man undertook to leave the place and go to the enemy he should be stop[p]ed and brought back or loose his life. As soon as their meeting was over, they collected upon the public square and called for volunteers. About two hundred were raised to go to . Others were raised to guard . A company called the Fur company was raised for the purpose of procuring provisions for, pressing teams and even men sometimes into the army in . I now saw plainly that they had become desperate and their career would soon end; for I knew that their doings would soon bring the people upon them and I dreaded the consequences. I would have been glad to have been out of that with my family, but I could not get away. The decree was passed and there was no the other chance for me and the other dissenters but to affect <pretend> to take hold with the rest. I now understood that they meant to fall upon and scatter the mob wherever they could find them collected. The next day which was tusday, they mar [p. 67]
for me to look out for my own safety.
Chapter 21
Chap . 21.
Public meeting. Resolution passed. Volunteers raised. Reflections. Expedition to . Doings there. New order of consecration. Enthusiastic notions. Plunderings. Piece of Ordnance taken.
X This conversation was sunday morning after they returned from . Smith preached that day pretty much from the same spirit and requested a general meeting of all the male members on the next day. They accordingly met and passed resolutions to the following effect. All members of the church should take hold and help; those who had been backward in carrying on the warfare should now come forward, and their property should be consecrated so far as might be necessary for the use of the army. If any man undertook to leave the place and go to the enemy he should be stopped and brought back or loose his life. As soon as their meeting was over, they collected upon the public square and called for volunteers. About two hundred were raised to go to . Others were raised to guard . A company called the Fur company was raised for the purpose of procuring provisions for, pressing teams and even men sometimes into the army in . I now saw plainly that they had become desperate and their career would soon end; for I knew that their doings would soon bring the people upon them and I dreaded the consequences. I would have been glad to have been out of that with my family, but I could not get away. The decree was passed and there was no other chance for me and the other dissenters but to pretend to take hold with the rest. I now understood that they meant to fall upon and scatter the mob wherever they could find them collected. The next day which was tusday, they [p. 67]
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