Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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down, and with it much valuable property destroyed. Next they went to the  for the same purpose, but , one of the owners, agreeing to close it, they  abandoned their design. Their next move was, the dragging of  from his house and family to the public square, where, surrounded by hundreds, they  partly stripped him of his clothes, and tarred and feathered him from head to  foot. A man by the name of was also tarred and feathered at the same  time. This was on Saturday, and the mob agreed to meet on the folowing  Tuesday to accomplish their purpose of driving or massacreeing the society.
Tuesday came and the mob came also, bearing with them a red flag in  token of blood. Some two or three of the principal men of the society offered them  their lives, if that would appease the wrath of the mob, so that the rest of the  society might dwell in peace upon their lands. The answer was that unless the  Society would agree to leave immediately, every man should die for himself.
Being in a defenceless situation, to save a general massacree it was  agreed that one half of the Society should leave the country by the first of the  next January, and the remainder by the first of the following April.
A treaty was ratified, and all things went on smoothly  for a while, but some time in October, the wrath of the Mob began again to be  kindled insomuch that they shot at some of our people, whipped others, and threw  down their houses, and also committed many other depredations. Indeed  the society of Saints were harassed for some time both day and night: Their  houses were brickbatted and broken open, women and Children insulted &c  &c , The of and company was broken open, ran sacked, and some of the goods strewed in the street. These abuses and with  many others of a very aggravated nature, so stirred up the indignant feelings  of our people that a party of them, say about thirty met a company of the Mob  of about double their number, when a battle took place, in which some two  or three of the mob, and one of our people were killed. This raised, as it were  the whole in arms, and nothing would satisfy them but an immediate  surrender of the arms of our people, and they forthwith to leave the .
Fifty one guns were given up which have never been returned, nor paid for  to this day. The next day parties of the mob, from thirty to seventy, headed  by priests, went from house to house, threatening women and children with death if they were  not off before they returned, this so alarmed them, that they fled in different directions; some  took shelter in the woods, while others wandered on the prairies till their feet bled. In  the mean time, the weather being very cold, their sufferings in other respects were very great.
The society made their escape to as fast as they possibly could, where  the people received them kindly and administered to their wants. After the society had  left , their buildings, amounting to about two hundred, were [p. 28]
down, and with it much valuable property destroyed. Next they went to the for the same purpose, but , one of the owners, agreeing to close it, they abandoned their design. Their next move was, the dragging of from his house and family to the public square, where, surrounded by hundreds, they partly stripped him of his clothes, and tarred and feathered him from head to foot. A man by the name of was also tarred and feathered at the same time. This was on Saturday, and the mob agreed to meet on the folowing Tuesday to accomplish their purpose of driving or massacreeing the society.
Tuesday came and the mob came also, bearing with them a red flag in token of blood. Some two or three of the principal men of the society offered them their lives, if that would appease the wrath of the mob, so that the rest of the society might dwell in peace upon their lands. The answer was that unless the Society would agree to leave immediately, every man should die for himself.
Being in a defenceless situation, to save a general massacree it was agreed that one half of the Society should leave the country by the first of the next January, and the remainder by the first of the following April.
A treaty was ratified, and all things went on smoothly for a while, but some time in October, the wrath of the Mob began again to be kindled insomuch that they shot at some of our people, whipped others, and threw down their houses, and also committed many other depredations. Indeed the society of Saints were harassed for some time both day and night: Their houses were brickbatted and broken open, women and Children insulted &c &c , The of and co was broken open, ransacked, and some of the goods strewed in the street. These abuses with many others of a very aggravated nature, so stirred up the indignant feelings of our people that a party of them, say about thirty met a company of the Mob of about double their number, when a battle took place, in which some two or three of the mob, and one of our people were killed. This raised, as it were the whole in arms, and nothing would satisfy them but an immediate surrender of the arms of our people, and they forthwith to leave the .
Fifty one guns were given up which have never been returned, nor paid for to this day. The next day parties of the mob, from thirty to seventy, headed by priests, went from house to house, threatening women and children with death if they were not off before they returned, this so alarmed them, that they fled in different directions; some took shelter in the woods, while others wandered on the prairies till their feet bled. In the mean time, the weather being very cold, their sufferings in other respects were very great.
The society made their escape to as fast as they possibly could, where the people received them kindly and administered to their wants. After the society had left , their buildings, amounting to about two hundred, were [p. 28]
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