Letter from Elias Higbee, 22 February 1840

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then went on to relate what it contained, and  that it was written by . I flatly denied  it flatly saying that no such ever existed, nor was  thought of among the Mormons; And I could bring  all the Mormons, both men, women & children;  besides myself that would swear before all the  world, no such th<i>ng ever existed among the mor mons. He then related some things which he  said had told him at the Legis lature, in ; which were to the effect, that  the Mormons had burnt a number of houses in  , and that for himself, if he could  not get to Heaven by being an honest man, he would  never go there; then, I, speaking of some of the—  dissenters told him, was anxious to get in  the Church again; and that it was the fact in—  regard to damages having been done, after we  had been driven from & , relating the   Scrape, and calling of the militia, and the  mob’s marching to , and saying they would  drive the Mormons from there to , then to  hell; their burning our houses; that small parties  on both sides were on the alert, and probably done  some damages; though I was not personally kn owing to as I was not there. I told him Joseph  <Smith held no> no office in the country, neither was he a military  man, and did not take gun in hand in the affair  to my knowledge— I then stated that ’s  affidavit, which contained some important facts  was before them, which facts, I forgot to mention  yesterday, importing that he () was convinced  we would get no redress in , (he being a  member of the Legislature ought to know) I saw  the chairman of the committee not long since,  who informed me the committee had not come  to a final conclusion on this matter as yet. I saw  Mr. Jamison on the walk, who said the first things the  committee would do, was to decide whether they would  take it up and consider it or not, and if they do [p. 113]
then went on to relate what it contained, and that it was written by . I flatly denied it saying that no such ever existed, nor was thought of among the Mormons; And I could bring all the Mormons, both men, women & children; besides myself that would swear before all the world, no such thing ever existed among the mormons. He then related some things which he said had told him at the Legislature, in ; which were to the effect, that the Mormons had burnt a number of houses in , and that for himself, if he could not get to Heaven by being an honest man, he would never go there; then, I, speaking of some of the— dissenters told him, was anxious to get in the Church again; and that it was the fact in— regard to damages having been done, after we had been driven from & , relating the Scrape, and calling of the militia, and the mob’s marching to , and saying they would drive the Mormons from there to , then to hell; their burning our houses; that small parties on both sides were on the alert, and probably done some damages; though I was not personally knowing to as I was not there. I told him Joseph Smith held no no office in the country, neither was he a military man, and did not take gun in hand in the affair to my knowledge— I then stated that ’s affidavit, which contained some important facts was before them, which facts, I forgot to mention yesterday, importing that he () was convinced we would get no redress in , (he being a member of the Legislature ought to know) I saw the chairman of the committee not long since, who informed me the committee had not come to a final conclusion on this matter as yet. I saw Mr. Jamison on the walk, who said the first things the committee would do, was to decide whether they would take it up and consider it or not, and if they do [p. 113]
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