Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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to be very much alarmed, and appeared to be willing to do all  he could to assist, and to relieve the sufferings of the Mormon peop le, he advised that a petition be immediately got up and sent to  the . A petition was accordingly prepared, and a messenger  immediately despatched to the , and another petition was  sent to . The Mormon people throughout the country  were in a great state of alarm and also in great distress; they saw  themselves surrounded with armed forces on the north, and on the  northe West, and on the south, and also , who was a  Methodist preacher, and who was the Captain over a Militia  company of 50 soldiers, but who had added to his forces out of  the surrounding Counties about a hundred more, which made  his force about a hundred and fifty strong, was stationed at  , sending out scouting parties, taking men, wom en, <and> children prisoners, driving off cattle, hogs, and ho[r]ses  entering into every house on log and long creeks, rifling the ir houses of their most precious articles, such as money, bedding,  and clothing, taking all their old muskets and their rifles or  Military implements, threatening the people with instant death, if they  did not deliver up all their precious things and enter into a covena nt to leave the state or go into the city of by the next  morning, saying that they calculated ‘to drive the people into , and then drive them to hell.” was also doing the  same on the north west side of ; and ,  a Presbyterian Minister, was the leader of a mob in ,  and a very noted man of the same society, was the leader of the  mob in Carroll County; and they were also sending out their scouting  parties, robbing and pillaging houses, driving away hogs, horses and  cattle, taking men, women, and children and carrying them  off, threatening their lives and subjecting them to all manner  of abuses that they could invent or think of.
Under this state of excitement and alarm, excitement and  distress, the messengers returned from the and from [p. 256]
to be very much alarmed, and appeared to be willing to do all he could to assist, and to relieve the sufferings of the Mormon people, he advised that a petition be immediately got up and sent to the . A petition was accordingly prepared, and a messenger immediately despatched to the , and another petition was sent to . The Mormon people throughout the country were in a great state of alarm and also in great distress; they saw themselves surrounded with armed forces on the north, and on the northe West, and on the south, and also , who was a Methodist preacher, and who was the Captain over a Militia company of 50 soldiers, but who had added to his forces out of the surrounding Counties about a hundred more, which made his force about a hundred and fifty strong, was stationed at , sending out scouting parties, taking men, women, and children prisoners, driving off cattle, hogs, and horses entering into every house on log and long creeks, rifling their houses of their most precious articles, such as money, bedding, and clothing, taking all their old muskets and their rifles or Military implements, threatening the people with instant death, if they did not deliver up all their precious things and enter into a covenant to leave the state or go into the city of by the next morning, saying that they calculated ‘to drive the people into , and then drive them to hell.” was also doing the same on the north west side of ; and , a Presbyterian Minister, was the leader of a mob in , and a very noted man of the same society, was the leader of the mob in Carroll County; and they were also sending out their scouting parties, robbing and pillaging houses, driving away hogs, horses and cattle, taking men, women, and children and carrying them off, threatening their lives and subjecting them to all manner of abuses that they could invent or think of.
Under this state of alarm, excitement and distress, the messengers returned from the and from [p. 256]
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