Letterbook 2

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Executive Order of Lilburn W. Boggs • 27 October 1838
Copy of a Military Order
By The
of .
Head Quarters, Militia)
City of Jefferson)
Octor. 27, 1838.
Sir:— Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to cause  four hundred mounted men to be raised within your division, I have received by   Esqr. and Wiley E. Williams Esqr. one of my aids, information of the most  appaling character, which changes the whole faces of things, and places the Mormons in  the attitude of open and avoved defiance of the laws, and of having made open war upon  the people of this . Your orders are, therefore, to hasten your operations and en deavour to reach , in Ray County, with all possible speed. The Mormons  must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the , if  necessary, for the publick good. Their outrages are beyond all description. If you can  increase your force, you are authorized to do so, to any extent you may think necessary.  I have just issued orders to Maj Gen. Wallock, of Marion county, to raise 500 men and  to march them to the northern part of , and there unite with of  who has been ordered with 500 men to proceed to the same point, for the purpose of  intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have been directed to  communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you  find it necessary. Instead therefore of proceeding, as at first directed to rein state the Citizens of in their homes, you will proceed immediately to  and there operate against the Mormons. of has been  ordered to have four hundred men of his brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your command.
. Gov.  and commander in chief.
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Executive Order of Lilburn W. Boggs • 27 October 1838
Copy of a Military Order
By The
of .
Head Quarters, Militia)
City of Jefferson)
Octor. 27, 1838.
Sir:— Since the order of the morning to you, directing you to cause four hundred mounted men to be raised within your division, I have received by Esqr. and Wiley E. Williams Esqr. one of my aids, information of the most appaling character, which changes the whole face of things, and places the Mormons in the attitude of open and avoved defiance of the laws, and of having made open war upon the people of this . Your orders are, therefore, to hasten your operations and endeavour to reach , in Ray County, with all possible speed. The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the , if necessary, for the publick good. Their outrages are beyond all description. If you can increase your force, you are authorized to do so, to any extent you may think necessary. I have just issued orders to Maj Gen. Wallock, of Marion county, to raise 500 men and to march them to the northern part of , and there unite with of who has been ordered with 500 men to proceed to the same point, for the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the Mormons to the north. They have been directed to communicate with you by express. You can also communicate with them if you find it necessary. Instead therefore of proceeding, as at first directed to reinstate the Citizens of in their homes, you will proceed immediately to and there operate against the Mormons. of has been ordered to have four hundred men of his brigade in readiness to join you at . The whole force will be placed under your command.
. Gov. and commander in chief.
To . [p. 34]
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