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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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After they had driven us and our families they commenced a difficulty in adjoining this in the which they began to rob and burn houses &c &c. took honey which they (the Mormons) called Sweet oil & hogs which they called bear. and Cattle which they called Buffalo. thus they would Justify themselves by saying we are the people of God and all things are gods, therefore they are ours, the old inhabitants were not slack in paying them in their own coin Thus war and bloodshed commenced and the result was of that the Church was driven from this land the pure in heart and inocent as well as the more wicked Save a few dissenters who were left here to fulfil some of the former commandments.
Now before the Church left J. Smith Jr & were delivered up to & & the rest of the officers of Government which were ordered out by the of this to stop the difficulties between the citizens & Mormons— Smith & those others were tried by those officers for treason &c. but found that they were not legally authorized to execute them after having found them guilty of many breaches of the law of the Land, they put them into the hand of Sivel [civil] officers of the government to be tried by <the> Law of the land. [p. 88]
After they had driven us and our families they commenced a difficulty in adjoining this in the which they began to rob and burn houses &c &c. took honey which they (the Mormons) called Sweet oil & hogs which they called bear. and Cattle which they called Buffalo. thus they would Justify themselves by saying we are the people of God and all things are gods, therefore they are ours, the old inhabitants were not slack in paying them in their own coin Thus war and bloodshed commenced and the result was that the Church was driven from this land the pure in heart and inocent as well as the more wicked Save a few dissenters who were left here to fulfil some of the former commandments.
Now before the Church left J. Smith Jr & were delivered up to & & the rest of the officers of Government which were ordered out by the of this to stop the difficulties between the citizens & Mormons— Smith & those others were tried by those officers for treason &c. but found that they were not legally authorized to execute them after having found them guilty of many breaches of the law of the Land, they put them into the hand of Sivel [civil] officers of the government to be tried by the Law of the land. [p. 88]
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