Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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pect, that he would collect his people together, as soon as possible,  and murder all that did not blong to his church.——  These letters were extensively circulated, and as widely  believed.
A few days subsequent to this, Joseph was at our house  writing a letter. While he was thus engaged, I stepped  to the door, and, looking towards the pra[i]rie, I beheld a large  company of armed men advancing towards the city; but as  I suposed it to be traing day, said nothing about it.
Presently the main body came to a halt; the officers  dismounting, eight of them came into the house. Thinking  that they had come for some refreshment, I offered them  chairs; but they refused to be seated, and placing themselves in  a line across the floor, continued standing. I again req uested them to sit; but they replied “We do not choose to  sit down: we have come to kill Joe Smith and all the  Mormons.”
“Ah;” said I. “what has Joseph Smith done, that you  should want to kill him.”
“He has killed Seven men in ,” replied  the foremost, “and we have come to kill him, and all his  church.”
“He has not been in ,” answered I, conseq uently the report must be false: Furthermore if you should see  him, you would not want to kill him.”
“There is no doubt, but that report is perfectly correct;”  rejoined the Officer; “it came straight to us, and I believe it,  and we are sent to kill the Prophet, and all who believe  in him, and I’ll be damned if I do not [3 words illegible] execute my ord ers.”
“I suppose you intend to kill me with the rest, said I.”
“Yes, we do;” returned the Officer.
“Very well,” I continued, “I want you to act like gentlem [p. 248]
pect, that he would collect his people together, as soon as possible, and murder all that did not blong to his church.—— These letters were extensively circulated, and as widely believed.
A few days subsequent to this, Joseph was at our house writing a letter. While he was thus engaged, I stepped to the door, and, looking towards the prairie, I beheld a large company of armed men advancing towards the city; but as I suposed it to be traing day, said nothing about it.
Presently the main body came to a halt; the officers dismounting, eight of them came into the house. Thinking that they had come for some refreshment, I offered them chairs; but they refused to be seated, and placing themselves in a line across the floor, continued standing. I again requested them to sit; but they replied “We do not choose to sit down: we have come to kill Joe Smith and all the Mormons.”
“Ah;” said I. “what has Joseph Smith done, that you should want to kill him.”
“He has killed Seven men in ,” replied the foremost, “and we have come to kill him, and all his church.”
“He has not been in ,” answered I, consequently the report must be false: Furthermore if you should see him, you would not want to kill him.”
“There is no doubt, but that report is perfectly correct;” rejoined the Officer; “it came straight to us, and I believe it, and we are sent to kill the Prophet, and all who believe in him, and I’ll be damned if I do not execute my orders.”
“I suppose you intend to kill me with the rest, said I.”
“Yes, we do;” returned the Officer.
“Very well,” I continued, “I want you to act like gentlem [p. 248]
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