Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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Book 16

My son in law went out to meet  the mob with some others to meet the Mob and ascer tain what their buisness was They gave the mess engers to understand that they would soon commence  an indiscriminate butchery of men women and  children that their orders were to convert into a human slaughter pen and never quit  it while there was a lisping babe or a decrepit old  woman breathing within its bounds but that  certain 3 persons were there that they wished to have  brought forth before they began their opperations as <for>  they desired to preserve their lives as some of them  were related to the one of the Mob officers— these  persons were &  his wife— but after a short interview who was not a member of the church replied  that they had lived with the Mormons and knew  them to be an innocent people and if said he you  are determined to destroy them and lay the in  ashes you must destroy me wi also for I will die  with them— after I shall here insert my son  ’s testimony to keep up the chain of narra tive and yet be as brief as possible
The night however passed off and we were not
I shall now arrest my readers attention and  carry it a little off from the immediate subject  by inserting My son s detail of our   troubles but have patience and I  will soon bring you back to the point in qu estion again— s testimony down to  <the word> army on the ninth line of 250 page of the Times and  seasons [blank] No one
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was sent by the church to see if it  was possible to make a treaty of Peace with them [p. [1], bk. 16]

Book 16

My son in law went out with some others to meet the Mob and ascertain what their buisness was They gave the messengers to understand that they would soon commence an indiscriminate butchery of men women and children that their orders were to convert into a human slaughter pen and never quit it while there was a lisping babe or a decrepit old woman breathing within its bounds but that certain 3 persons were there that they wished to have brought forth before they began their opperations for they desired to preserve their lives as some of them were related one of the Mob officers— these persons were & his wife— but after a short interview who was not a member of the church replied that they had lived with the Mormons and knew them to be an innocent people and if said he you are determined to destroy them and lay the in ashes you must destroy me also for I will die with them—
The night however passed off and we were not
I shall now arrest my readers attention and carry it a little off from the immediate subject by inserting My son s detail of our troubles but have patience and I will soon bring you back to the point in question again— s testimony down to the word army on the ninth line of 250 page of the Times and seasons [blank] No one
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was sent by the church to see if it was possible to make a treaty of Peace with them [p. [1], bk. 16]
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