Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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put down mob violence, and he gave us a paper writen by his  own hand stating he would do so. He also requested him to call  together the most influential men of the the next day that  we might have an interview with them; to this he acquiesced, and ac cordingly the next day they assembled at the house of ,  and entered into a mutual covenant of peace to put down mob violence,  to protect each other in the enjoyment of their rights: after this we  all parted with the best of feelings, and each man returned to his  own home. This mutual agreement of peace however did not last  long; for but a few days afterwards the mob began to collect again  until several hundred rendevoused at Mill Port, a few miles dis tant from . They immediately commenced making  aggressions upon the citizens called Mormons, taking away their  hogs or cattle, and threatening them with utter extermination  or destruction; saying that they had a cannon and there should  be no compromise only at its mouth; frequently taking men,  women, and children pr[i]soners, whipping them and lacer ating their bodies with hickory withs, and tying them to  trees and depriving them of food until they were compelled  to gnaw the bark from the trees to which they were bound  in order to sustain life; treating them in the most cruel manner  they could invent or think of, and doing every thing they cou ld to excite the indignation of the Mormon people to resent them,  in order that they might make that a pretext of an accusation  for the breach of the law, in order that they might the better  excite the prejudice of the populace and thereby get aid and  assistance to carry out their hellish purposes of extermination.  Immediately on the authentication of these facts, messengers were  despatched from to , Judge of the fifth  judicial district of the State of , and also to , Commander in chief of that division, and , giving them information of the existing [p. 254]
put down mob violence, and he gave us a paper writen by his own hand stating he would do so. He also requested him to call together the most influential men of the the next day that we might have an interview with them; to this he acquiesced, and accordingly the next day they assembled at the house of , and entered into a mutual covenant of peace to put down mob violence, to protect each other in the enjoyment of their rights: after this we all parted with the best of feelings, and each man returned to his own home. This mutual agreement of peace however did not last long; for but a few days afterwards the mob began to collect again until several hundred rendevoused at Mill Port, a few miles distant from . They immediately commenced making aggressions upon the citizens called Mormons, taking away their hogs or cattle, and threatening them with utter extermination or destruction; saying that they had a cannon and there should be no compromise only at its mouth; frequently taking men, women, and children prisoners, whipping them and lacerating their bodies with hickory withs, and tying them to trees and depriving them of food until they were compelled to gnaw the bark from the trees to which they were bound in order to sustain life; treating them in the most cruel manner they could invent or think of, and doing every thing they could to excite the indignation of the Mormon people to resent them, in order that they might make that a pretext of an accusation for the breach of the law, in order that they might the better excite the prejudice of the populace and thereby get aid and assistance to carry out their hellish purposes of extermination. Immediately on the authentication of these facts, messengers were despatched from to , Judge of the fifth judicial district of the State of , and also to , Commander in chief of that division, and , giving them information of the existing [p. 254]
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