Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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amputation or extraction of a bone from his leg, and by his having a licence to preach the Gospel, or being in other words a minister of the Gospel,— and I do know that Said Smith never bore arms as a Military man, in any capacity whatever whilst in the State of , or previous to that time; neither has he given any order or assumed any command in any capacity whatever; but I do know that whilst he was in the State of , that the people commonly called Mormons, were threatened with violence and extermination, and on or about the first Monday in August 1838, at the Election at , the county seat of ; the citizens who were commonly called Mormons, were forbidden to exercise the right of franchise, and from that unhallowed circumstance an affray commenced, and a fight ensued among the citizens of that place, and from that time a mob commenced gathering. in that threatening the extermination of the Mormons; the said Smith and myself upon hearing that mobs were collecting together, and that they had also murdered 2 of the citizens of the same place, and would would not suffer them to be buried, the said Smith and went over to to learn the particulars, of the affray; but upon our arrival at , we learned that none were killed but several were wounded— we tarried all night at Col. ’s, and the next morning the weather being very warm, and having been very dry for some time previously, the springs and wells in that region were dried up, on mounting our horses to return we rode up to s, who was then the acting justice of the peace, to obtain some water for ourselves and horses; some few of the citizens accompanied us there, and after obtaining the refreshment of water, was asked by said Joseph Smith Junior <Sen—>, if he would use his influence to see that the laws were faithfully executed, and to [p. 253]
amputation or extraction of a bone from his leg, and by his having a licence to preach the Gospel, or being in other words a minister of the Gospel,— and I do know that Said Smith never bore arms as a Military man, in any capacity whatever whilst in the State of , or previous to that time; neither has he given any order or assumed any command in any capacity whatever; but I do know that whilst he was in the State of , that the people commonly called Mormons, were threatened with violence and extermination, and on or about the first Monday in August 1838, at the Election at , the county seat of ; the citizens who were commonly called Mormons, were forbidden to exercise the right of franchise, and from that unhallowed circumstance an affray commenced, and a fight ensued among the citizens of that place, and from that time a mob commenced gathering. in that threatening the extermination of the Mormons; the said Smith and myself upon hearing that mobs were collecting together, and that they had also murdered 2 of the citizens of the same place, and would not suffer them to be buried, the said Smith and went over to to learn the particulars, of the affray; but upon our arrival at , we learned that none were killed but several were wounded— we tarried all night at Col. ’s, and the next morning the weather being very warm, and having been very dry for some time previously, the springs and wells in that region were dried up, on mounting our horses to return we rode up to s, who was then the acting justice of the peace, to obtain some water for ourselves and horses; some few of the citizens accompanied us there, and after obtaining the refreshment of water, was asked by said Joseph Smith Sen—, if he would use his influence to see that the laws were faithfully executed, and to [p. 253]
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