Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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God damned if we did not shoot every one of them  if did not come out. At that a tall  woman made her appearance, with a child in her  arms. I told the boys, she was too damned tall.  In a moment the boys stripped her and found it was  . I told them to give him a damned good one — we gave him 60 or 70 lashes with hickory withes  which we had prepared. Then, after pulling the roof  off of his house, we went to the next damned Morm on’s house, and whipped him in like manner. We  continued until we whipped 10 or 15 of the God dam ned Mormons, and demolished their houses that night— — if the Carroll boys would do that way, they  might conquer; but it is no use to think of driving  them without about four to one— I wish I could  stay, I would help drive the damned Mormons to  hell, old Joe. and all the rest.”
At this I looked the sternly in the face, and  told him, that he was neither a republican or a gentle man; but a Savage, without a single principle of honor:  “If, said I, “the Mormons have broken the law, let it be  strictly executed against them; but such anti-repu blican, and un-constitutional acts as these related  by you, are below the brutes.”
We were upon the hurricane deck, and a large  company present, listening to the conversation. When  I ceased speaking, the placed his hand  upon his pistol; but I felt safe, for cousin   stood by his side, watching every move the  made, and would have knocked him into the river  instantly, had he attempted to draw a deadly weapon.  But saved him the trouble, by saying,  “I’ll be God damned if Smith aint right.” At this [p. 320]
God damned if we did not shoot every one of them if did not come out. At that a tall woman made her appearance, with a child in her arms. I told the boys, she was too damned tall. In a moment the boys stripped her and found it was . I told them to give him a damned good one— we gave him 60 or 70 lashes with hickory withes which we had prepared. Then, after pulling the roof off of his house, we went to the next damned Mormon’s house, and whipped him in like manner. We continued until we whipped 10 or 15 of the God damned Mormons, and demolished their houses that night—— if the Carroll boys would do that way, they might conquer; but it is no use to think of driving them without about four to one— I wish I could stay, I would help drive the damned Mormons to hell, old Joe. and all the rest.”
At this I looked the sternly in the face, and told him, that he was neither a republican or a gentleman; but a Savage, without a single principle of honor: “If, said I, “the Mormons have broken the law, let it be strictly executed against them; but such anti-republican, and un-constitutional acts as these related by you, are below the brutes.”
We were upon the hurricane deck, and a large company present, listening to the conversation. When I ceased speaking, the placed his hand upon his pistol; but I felt safe, for cousin stood by his side, watching every move the made, and would have knocked him into the river instantly, had he attempted to draw a deadly weapon. But saved him the trouble, by saying, “I’ll be God damned if Smith aint right.” At this [p. 320]
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