Letterbook 2

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  • Historical Introduction
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I do not say that you shall go now, but you must not think of staying here  another season, or of putting <in> crops for the moment you do so, the citizens will be  upon you, and if I am called here again in case of non-compliance with the  treaty made, do not think that I shall act any more as I have done now; You  need not expect any mercy, but extermination, for I am determined the  ’s orders shall be executed.— As for your leaders, do not once think  do not imagine for a moment, do not let it enter into your minds, that they will  be delivered and restored to you again; for their fate is fixed, the die is cast,  their doom is sealed.— I am sorry gentlemen to see so many apparently  intelligent men found in the situation that you are, and Oh! Could I invoke  that great spirit of the Unknown God to rest upon you, and deliver you from  that awful chain of superstition, and liberate you from those fetters of fan aticism with which you are bound, that you no longer do homage to a man.
I would advise you to scatter abroad, And never again organize  yourselves with Bishops, Presidents &c lest you excite the jealousies of the people and  subject yourselves to the same calamities that have now come upon you.  You have always been the aggressors, You have brought upon yourselves these  difficulties by being disaffected, and not being subject to rule, And my advice  is that you become as other Citizens, lest by a recurrence of these events you  bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin.

Letter, Isaac Galland to David W. Rogers • 26 February 1839

Ill, Feby 26th 1839.
Mr D[avid] W. Rogers
Dear Sir
Your’s of the 11th Inst was received yesterday  I perceive that it had been written before your brethren visited my house— I had  also wrote to Mr Barlow before I received yours, and which is herewith also sent.  I wish here to remark that about 10 or 15 houses or cabbins can be had in this neigh borhood, and several farms may be rented here. On the I think  that more than 50 families can be accommodated with places to dwell in, but not a  great quantity of cultivated land, As the improvements on that tract are generally new,  there are however several farms which can also be rented. Since writing to Mr  Barlow, I have conversed with a friend of mine, who has also conversed with Governor  [Robert] Lucas of in relation to your Church and people. Governor Lucas  says, that the people called Mormons were good Citizens of the State of , and that  he respects them now as good and virtuous citizens, and feels disposed to treat them [p. 1]
I do not say that you shall go now, but you must not think of staying here another season, or of putting in crops for the moment you do so, the citizens will be upon you, and if I am called here again in case of non-compliance with the treaty made, do not think that I shall act any more as I have done now; You need not expect any mercy, but extermination, for I am determined the ’s order shall be executed.— As for your leaders, do not once think do not imagine for a moment, do not let it enter into your minds, that they will be delivered and restored to you again; for their fate is fixed, the die is cast, their doom is sealed.— I am sorry gentlemen to see so many apparently intelligent men found in the situation that you are, and Oh! Could I invoke that great spirit the Unknown God to rest upon you, and deliver you from that awful chain of superstition, and liberate you from those fetters of fanaticism with which you are bound, that you no longer do homage to a man.
I would advise you to scatter abroad, And never again organize yourselves with Bishops, Presidents &c lest you excite the jealousies of the people and subject yourselves to the same calamities that have now come upon you. You have always been the aggressors, You have brought upon yourselves these difficulties by being disaffected, and not being subject to rule, And my advice is that you become as other Citizens, lest by a recurrence of these events you bring upon yourselves irretrievable ruin.

Letter, Isaac Galland to David W. Rogers • 26 February 1839

Ill, Feby 26th 1839.
Mr David W. Rogers
Dear Sir
Your’s of the 11th Inst was received yesterday I perceive that it had been written before your brethren visited my house— I had also wrote to Mr Barlow before I received yours, and which is herewith also sent. I wish here to remark that about 10 or 15 houses or cabbins can be had in this neighborhood, and several farms may be rented here. On the I think that more than 50 families can be accommodated with places to dwell in, but not a great quantity of cultivated land, As the improvements on that tract are generally new, there are however several farms which can also be rented. Since writing to Mr Barlow, I have conversed with a friend of mine, who has also conversed with Governor Robert Lucas of in relation to your Church and people. Governor Lucas says, that the people called Mormons were good Citizens of the State of , and that he respects them now as good and virtuous citizens, and feels disposed to treat them [p. 1]
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