Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 130
image
It is very evident that the whole business is but another evidence  of the effects of prejudice, and that it proceeds from a persecuting spirit;  the parties having signified their determination to have Joseph taken  to wether by legal or illegal means. It was finally concluded  that Joseph should be taken up the in a Skiff and be landed below  the farm called Wiggans’ [Ebenezer Wiggins’s] farm and that he should proceed from thence  to and their abide for a season. This being concluded upon,  the parties separated Joseph and being rowed up the by   and the remainder crossed over to . It was agreed  that brother should proceed up the on shore unto  the place where the skiff should stop and there light up two fires as a  signal for stopping place. After the Boat had proceeded some distance  above the city a fire was discovered on shore. It was concluded that it was  the signal and they immediately rowed to shore. When near the shore  one of the company hailed a person on the shore but received a very  unsatisfactory answer, whereupon they turned about and put to the  channel and upon coming near the middle of the discovered  two fires a little higher. They immediately steered towards the fires  and was happy to find awaiting their arrival.  They then proceeded through the timber to ’ house where they  were very kindly received and made welcome.
and Lawyer departed each for home expressing  their perfect willingness to aid us in every possible manner. also promised to ascertain the state of affairs in and  give us the earliest information
12 August 1842 • Friday
<Friday 12th.> This A.M. it appears still more evident that the whole course of  proceedings by and others is illegal. After some consultation  with brother concluded to dispatch a messenger  with a letter to Lawyer of to request him to go to   I. T. [Iowa Territory] and there see the of and endeavor to  ascertain a knowledge of the truth as to wether had  made any requisition on him for Joseph & . Accordingly  Josephs new horse which he rides was got ready and Wm. Walker  proceeded to cross the in sight of a number of persons. One cheif  design in this proceedure was to draw the attention of the Sheriffs and  public, away from all idea that Joseph was on the side of the  
At night & left after dark and  went to see Joseph and found him chearful and in good spirits.
13 August 1842 • Saturday
<Saturday 13th.> This A.M. a letter was received by from  of stating that had said that his proceedings was  not legal and he should not pursue the subject any further. The letter  allso stated that (the agent to receive Joseph from the hands of  the Sheriff and carry him to ) had concluded to take the first  Boat and start home: and that he was going to fetch a force from  . All this it is thought is only a s[c]heme got up for the [p. 130]
It is very evident that the whole business is but another evidence of the effects of prejudice, and that it proceeds from a persecuting spirit; the parties having signified their determination to have Joseph taken to wether by legal or illegal means. It was finally concluded that Joseph should be taken up the in a Skiff and be landed below the farm called Wiggans’ [Ebenezer Wiggins’s] farm and that he should proceed from thence to and their abide for a season. This being concluded upon, the parties separated Joseph and being rowed up the by and the remainder crossed over to . It was agreed that brother should proceed up the on shore unto the place where the skiff should stop and there light up two fires as a signal for stopping place. After the Boat had proceeded some distance above the city a fire was discovered on shore. It was concluded that it was the signal and they immediately rowed to shore. When near the shore one of the company hailed a person on the shore but received a very unsatisfactory answer, whereupon they turned about and put to the channel and upon coming near the middle of the discovered two fires a little higher. They immediately steered towards the fires and was happy to find awaiting their arrival. They then proceeded through the timber to ’ house where they were very kindly received and made welcome.
and Lawyer departed each for home expressing their perfect willingness to aid us in every possible manner. also promised to ascertain the state of affairs in and give us the earliest information
12 August 1842 • Friday
Friday 12th. This A.M. it appears still more evident that the whole course of proceedings by and others is illegal. After some consultation with brother concluded to dispatch a messenger with a letter to Lawyer of to request him to go to I. T. [Iowa Territory] and there see the of and endeavor to ascertain a knowledge of the truth as to wether had made any requisition on him for Joseph & . Accordingly Josephs new horse which he rides was got ready and Wm. Walker proceeded to cross the in sight of a number of persons. One cheif design in this proceedure was to draw the attention of the Sheriffs and public, away from all idea that Joseph was on the side of the
At night & left after dark and went to see Joseph and found him chearful and in good spirits.
13 August 1842 • Saturday
Saturday 13th. This A.M. a letter was received by from of stating that had said that his proceedings was not legal and he should not pursue the subject any further. The letter allso stated that (the agent to receive Joseph from the hands of the Sheriff and carry him to ) had concluded to take the first Boat and start home: and that he was going to fetch a force from . All this it is thought is only a scheme got up for the [p. 130]
Page 130