Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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were guilty of no sin and had commited no crime or offence agianst the law. that after being in the hands of thier advesaries for 6 months th My sons were compelled to fly from the State of <into the state of > in order to save their lives a for and the passed an decree that all Saints found within his jurisdiction after a certain time should be slain by the sword: That in we were promised protection from Murderers and from Mobs. but he and we bought us homes and lived with them for a short like brothers of one family they were kind to us and we loved them but To the spoiler came again again the Misourians f and certain of who were not of our faith joined themselves with the rabble of and green plains and they lied about us and scandalized us unto our friends which caused our friends to become lukewarm and our enemies to increase untill at last they swore that My they again siezed My sons and cast them into pr[i]son and Murdered <slew> them Furthermore I will testify bfore him who slain in like manner that in consequence of all these wrongs that the gray hairs of my aged were brought in sorrow to the grave and caused him to weep over his children when he was even dying because of the wickedness of their enemies— that the Cries of Widows and ophans have gone up to the councils of the great men of the land and the rulers of the Nation but they laugh at our calamities and still the hands of Murderers <were> are upon us and were threatened oppressed and despoiled by our enemies that we Still we appealed to lawyers judges governors and Presidents but they heeded not our cry their pledges were broken the Laws were trampled upon and the of states were tarnished and despite was done to the statutes <and ordinances> of the land in order to gratify Murder[er]s thieves and robbers who wished [p. 14, bk. [19]]
were guilty of no sin and had commited no crime or offence agianst the law. that after being in the hands of thier advesaries for 6 months My sons were compelled to fly from the State of into the state of in order to save their lives for passed a decree that all Saints found within his jurisdiction after a certain time should be slain by the sword: That in we were promised protection from Murderers and from Mobs. and we bought us homes and lived with them for a short like brothers of one family they were kind to us and we loved them but To the spoiler came and certain of who were not of our faith joined themselves with the rabble of and green plains and they lied about us and scandalized us unto our friends which caused our friends to become lukewarm and our enemies to increase untill at last they again siezed My sons and cast them into prison and slew them Furthermore I will testify bfore him who slain in like manner that in consequence of all these wrongs the gray hairs of my aged were brought in sorrow to the grave and caused him to weep over his children when he was even dying because of the wickedness of their enemies— that the Cries of Widows and ophans have gone up to the councils of the great men of the land and the rulers of the Nation but they laugh at our calamities and still the hands of Murderers were upon us and were threatened oppressed and despoiled by our enemies that Still we appealed to lawyers judges governors and Presidents but they heeded not our cry their pledges were broken the Laws were trampled upon and the of states were tarnished and despite was done to the statutes and ordinances of the land in order to gratify Murderers thieves and robbers [p. 14, bk. [19]]
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