Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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taken her household goods, and had burnt up her house, and  she had escaped by the skin of her teeth. Her was  at that time in , <Tannessee [Tennessee]> and she was living alone. This  cruel tran[s]action excited the feelings of the people at ,  especially , and he asked in my hear ing, how long we had got to suffer such base violence?   said, he did not know how long.  then asked him what should be done? told him  “he Should take a company of men well armed, and go and disperse  the mob wherever he should find any collected together, and take  away their arms.” did so precisely according to ord ers of , and my brother, Joseph Smith Senior ma de no words about it.— And after had dispersed the  mob and put a stop to their burning houses belonging to the  Mormon people, and turning women and children out of  doors, which they had done up to that time, to the amount of  8 <8> or 10 houses which were consumed to ashes— after being  cut short in their intended designs, the mob started up  a new plan.
They went to work and moved their families out of the   and set fire to their houses, and not being able to  incence the Mormons to commit crimes, they had recourse to this  stratagem, to set their houses on fire and send runners into all  the Counties adjacent to declare to the people that the Mor mons had burnt up their houses and destroyed their fields;  and if the people would not believe them they, would tell  them to go and see if what they had told them was not true.
Many people came to see and being filled with prejudice,  they could not be made to believe, but that the Mormons  set them on fire; which deed was <most> diabolical amd of the blackest  kind; for indeed the Mormons did not set them on fire, nor  meddle with their fields or their houses. And the houses that were  burnt together with the premption rights together the pre-emp [p. 258]
taken her household goods, and had burnt up her house, and she had escaped by the skin of her teeth. Her was at that time in , Tannessee [Tennessee] and she was living alone. This cruel transaction excited the feelings of the people at , especially , and he asked in my hearing, how long we had got to suffer such base violence? said, he did not know how long. then asked him what should be done? told him “he Should take a company of men well armed, and go and disperse the mob wherever he should find any collected together, and take away their arms.” did so precisely according to orders of , and my brother, Joseph Smith Senior made no words about it.— And after had dispersed the mob and put a stop to their burning houses belonging to the Mormon people, and turning women and children out of doors, which they had done up to that time, to the amount of 8 or 10 houses which were consumed to ashes— after being cut short in their intended designs, the mob started up a new plan.
They went to work and moved their families out of the and set fire to their houses, and not being able to incence the Mormons to commit crimes, they had recourse to this stratagem, to set their houses on fire and send runners into all the Counties adjacent to declare to the people that the Mormons had burnt up their houses and destroyed their fields; and if the people would not believe them they, would tell them to go and see if what they had told them was not true.
Many people came to see and being filled with prejudice, they could not be made to believe, but that the Mormons set them on fire; which deed was most diabolical amd of the blackest kind; for indeed the Mormons did not set them on fire, nor meddle with their fields or their houses. And the houses that were burnt together with the premption rights together the pre-emp [p. 258]
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