Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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franchise and strictly forbid them from putt ing in a vote wherefor one of the breth ren <named > however stepped up to the polls w ithout 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 gro und 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]r ie I saw a large company of armed men ad vancing toward the but I said nothing  to any one about it suposing it to be train ing 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 wan ted 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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