Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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either burned or otherwise destroyed, and much of their crops, as well as stock, furniture  &c which if properly estimated, would make a large sum, for which they have not as yet  received any remuneration. The society remained in nearly three  years; when at the suggestion of the people there, they removed to that section of Country  known now as . Here the people purchased out most of the former  inhabitants, and also entered much of the wild land. Many soon owned a number  of eighties, while there was scarcely a man that did not secure to himself at least a  forty. Here we were permitted to enjoy peace for a season, but as our society in creased in numbers, and settlements were made in and Carrol[l] counties, the  mob spirit spread itself again. For months previous to our giving up our  arms to ’ army, we heard little else than rumours of mobs, collecting  in different places and threatening our people. It is well known that the people  of our Church who had located themselves at , had to give up to a Mob and  leave the place, notwithstanding the militia were called out for their protection.  From the mob went towards , and while on their way there  they took two of our men prisoners and made them ride upon the Cannon, and told them  that they would drive the Mormons from to , and from to hell  and that they would give them no quarter only at the Cannon’s mouth. The threats  of the mob induced some of our people to go to to help to protect their brethren who  had settled at , on . The mob soon fled from ; And after they were dispersed and the cannon taken, during which time  no blood was shed; the people of returned to their homes in hopes of enjoying  peace and quietness, but in this they were disappointed, for a large mob was  soon found to be collecting on the Grindstone, from ten to fifteen miles off, under the  Command of ; a scouting party of which, came within four miles of  , and drove off stock belonging to our people in open daylight. About  this time, word came to that a party of the mob had came into  to the South east of ,— that they had were taking horses and cattle— burning  houses and ordering the inhabitants to leave their homes immediately— and that  they had <them> actualy in their possession three men prisoners. This report reached in the evening and was confirmed about midnight. A company of  about sixty men went forth under the command of , to disperse the  mob as they supposed. A battle was the result, in which and  two of his men were killed, and others wounded. , it appears, had but one  killed and others wounded. Notwithstanding the unlawful acts committed  by ’s men previous to the battle, it is now asserted and claimed that  he was regularly ordered out as a militia Captain, to preserve the peace along the  line of and Counties. That Battle was fought four or five days  previous to the arrival of , and his army. About the time of the battle [p. 29]
either burned or otherwise destroyed, and much of their crops, as well as stock, furniture &c which if properly estimated, would make a large sum, for which they have not as yet received any remuneration. The society remained in nearly three years; when at the suggestion of the people there, they removed to that section of Country known now as . Here the people purchased out most of the former inhabitants, and also entered much of the wild land. Many soon owned a number of eighties, while there was scarcely a man that did not secure to himself at least a forty. Here we were permitted to enjoy peace for a season, but as our society increased in numbers, and settlements were made in and Carroll counties, the mob spirit spread itself again. For months previous to our giving up our arms to ’ army, we heard little else than rumours of mobs, collecting in different places and threatening our people. It is well known that the people of our Church who had located themselves at , had to give up to a Mob and leave the place, notwithstanding the militia were called out for their protection. From the mob went towards , and while on their way there they took two of our men prisoners and made them ride upon the Cannon, and told them that they would drive the Mormons from to , and from to hell and that they would give them no quarter only at the Cannon’s mouth. The threats of the mob induced some of our people to go to to help to protect their brethren who had settled at , on . The mob soon fled from ; And after they were dispersed and the cannon taken, during which time no blood was shed; the people of returned to their homes in hopes of enjoying peace and quiet, but in this they were disappointed, for a large mob was soon found to be collecting on the Grindstone, from ten to fifteen miles off, under the Command of ; a scouting party of which, came within four miles of , and drove off stock belonging to our people in open daylight. About this time, word came to that a party of the mob had came into to the South east of ,— that they were taking horses and cattle— burning houses and ordering the inhabitants to leave their homes immediately— and that they had them actualy in their possession three men prisoners. This report reached in the evening and was confirmed about midnight. A company of about sixty men went forth under the command of , to disperse the mob as they supposed. A battle was the result, in which and two of his men were killed, and others wounded. , it appears, had but one killed and others wounded. Notwithstanding the unlawful acts committed by ’s men previous to the battle, it is now asserted and claimed that he was regularly ordered out as a militia Captain, to preserve the peace along the line of and Counties. That Battle was fought four or five days previous to the arrival of , and his army. About the time of the battle [p. 29]
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