Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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and the other guard went along with us and helped us saddle the hor ses. Two of us mounted the horses, and the other three started on foot,  and we took our change of venue for the State of ; and in the  course of nine or ten days arrived safely at , Adams County, Illi nois where we found our families in a state of poverty, although in good  health; they having been driven out of the previously; by the m urderous militia under the exterminating order of the of the  state of ; and now the people of that a portion of them  would be glad to make the people of this believe that my brother  Joseph has committed treason, for the purpose of keeping up their  murderous and hellish persecution and they seem to be unrelenting,  and thirsting for the blood of innocence, for I do know most pos itively that my brother Joseph has not committed treason, nor vi lated one solitary Item of law or rule, in the state of
But I do know that the Mormon people, en masse, were  driven out of the after being robbed of all they had, and  they barely escaped with their lives; as well as my brother Joseph  who barely escaped with his life, his family also, was robbed of all  they had, and barely escaped with the skin of their teeth, and  all of this in consequence of the exterminating order of ,  the same being confirmed by the Legislature of the . And I do know — So does this court, and every rational man who is acquainted with  the circumstances, and every man who shall hereafter become  acquainted with the particulars thereof— will know that , and Generals , , and , also   have committed treason upon the citizens of , and did violate the constitution of the , and  also the constitution of and laws of the state of ; and  did exile and expel at the point of the bayonet, some twelve  or fourteen thousand inhabitants, from the , and did murder  some three or four hundreds of men women and children in cold  blood, and in the most horrid and cruel manner possible, and the  whole of it was caused by religious bigotry and persecution, because [p. 277]
and the other guard went along with us and helped us saddle the horses. Two of us mounted the horses, and the other three started on foot, and we took our change of venue for the State of ; and in the course of nine or ten days arrived safely at , Adams County, where we found our families in a state of poverty, although in good health; they having been driven out of the previously; by the murderous militia under the exterminating order of the of the state of ; and now the people of that a portion of them would be glad to make the people of this believe that my brother Joseph has committed treason, for the purpose of keeping up their murderous and hellish persecution and they seem to be unrelenting, and thirsting for the blood of innocence, for I do know most positively that my brother Joseph has not committed treason, nor vilated one solitary Item of law or rule, in the state of
But I do know that the Mormon people, en masse, were driven out of the after being robbed of all they had, and they barely escaped with their lives; as well as my brother Joseph who barely escaped with his life, his family also, was robbed of all they had, and barely escaped with the skin of their teeth, and all of this in consequence of the exterminating order of , the same being confirmed by the Legislature of the . And I do know— So does this court, and every rational man who is acquainted with the circumstances, and every man who shall hereafter become acquainted with the particulars thereof— will know that , and Generals , , and , also have committed treason upon the citizens of , and did violate the constitution of the , and also the constitution and laws of the state of ; and did exile and expel at the point of the bayonet, some twelve or fourteen thousand inhabitants, from the , and did murder some three or four hundreds of men women and children in cold blood, and in the most horrid and cruel manner possible, and the whole of it was caused by religious bigotry and persecution, because [p. 277]
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