Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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franchise and strictly forbid them from putting in a vote wherefor one of the brethren <named > however stepped up to the polls without paying any attention to them and voted whereupon a man belonging to the adverse party struck him a severe blow was a very high spirited man and could not brook such treatment as this consquently the blow was returned with a force that brought his antagonist to the ground but 4 others of the same party came to the assistance of the fallen man and shared his fate for was a man of extraordinary strength and when so excited was not easily over come. When the Mob party saw the discomficture of these champions they were much enraged and that night they wrote a number of letters were written by A <Mr> a justice of the peace Esqr [blank] was justice of the Peace who acted in the office of judge of the election— These letters <were sent in every direction to all the adjoining counties they> stated that Joseph Smith had killed seven men at that place and that the inhabitants looked for nothing but that he would collect his church together and exterminate them people who did not belong to his church— they therefore begged the assistance of their neighbors against the mormons. We who were living at heard nothing of this untill the a few days after when I looked <when> Joseph was at our house writing a letter I was and I left the room I was standing at the door of the room where he was sitting upon looking out to <casting> <my eyes> toward the pra[i]rie I saw a large company of armed men advancing toward the but I said nothing to any one about it suposing it to be training day—. I soon observed that the main body of men came to a halt the Officers dismounted and 8 of them came on in <to> the up to the house I set chairs for them thinking that they perhaps wanted refreshment or something of that sort. but [p. [7], bk. 15]
franchise and strictly forbid them from putting in a vote one of the brethren named however stepped up to the polls without paying any attention to them and voted whereupon a man belonging to the adverse party struck him a severe blow was a very high spirited man and could not brook such treatment as this consquently the blow was returned with a force that brought his antagonist to the ground but 4 others of the same party came to the assistance of the fallen man and shared his fate for was a man of extraordinary strength and when excited was not easily over come. When the Mob party saw the discomficture of these champions they were much enraged and that night a number of letters were written by A Esqr [blank] justice of the Peace who acted in the office of judge of the election— These letters were sent in every direction to all the adjoining counties they stated that Joseph Smith had killed seven men at that place and that the inhabitants looked for nothing but that he would collect his church together and exterminate the people who did not belong to his church— they therefore begged the assistance of their neighbors against the mormons. We who were living at heard nothing of this untill a few days after when Joseph was at our house writing a letter I was standing at the door of the room where he was sitting upon casting my eyes toward the prairie I saw a large company of armed men advancing toward the but I said nothing to any one about it suposing it to be training day—. I soon observed that the main body of men came to a halt the Officers dismounted and 8 of them came up to the house I set chairs for them thinking that they perhaps wanted refreshment or something of that sort. but [p. [7], bk. 15]
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