Minute Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and threw down their houses and also committed many other  depredations: indeed the society of Saints, were harrassed  for some time both day and night, their houses were brick batted and broken open, women an[d] children insulted &c—  the house of A. S. Gilbert & Co. was broken open,  ransacked and some of the goods strewed in the street  these abuses with many others of a very agrivated nature  so stired up the indignation indignant feeling of our people that a  party of them, say about 30 met a company of the mob,  of about double their number, when a battle took place  in which, some two or three of the mob and one of our  people were killed. This raised as it were the whole  against in arms, and nothing would satisfy them but an immedi ate surrender of the arms of our people, and they forthwith to  leave the . Fifty-one guns were given up, which have  never been returned, or paid for to this day. The next day parties  of the mob, from 30 to 70, headed by priests, went from house to  house threatning women and children with death if they  were not off before they returned. This so alarmed them, that  they fled in different directions, some took shelter in the  woods, whilst others wandered on the prairies, till their feet  bled; in the mean time the weather being very cold, their  sufferings in other respects, were very great.
The society made their escape to , as fast as  they possibly could, where the people recieved them kindly &  administered to their wants. After the society had left   their buildings, amounting to about 200,  were either burned or otherwise destroyed; much of their  crops, as well as stock, furniture &c., were also destroyed.
The loss of property, added to the trouble and expence  of moving, if properly estimated, would make a large sum,  for which they have not as yet, received any remuneration.
The society remained in nearly 3 years,  when, at the suggestion of the people there, they removed <to> [p. 165]
and threw down their houses and also committed many other depredations: indeed the society of Saints, were harrassed for some time both day and night, their houses were brickbatted and broken open, women and children insulted &c— the house of A. S. Gilbert & Co. was broken open, ransacked and some of the goods strewed in the street these abuses with many others of a very agrivated nature so stired up the indignant feeling of our people that a party of them, say about 30 met a company of the mob, of about double their number, when a battle took place in which, some two or three of the mob and one of our people were killed. This raised as it were the whole in arms, and nothing would satisfy them but an immediate surrender of the arms of our people, and they forthwith to leave the . Fifty-one guns were given up, which have never been returned, or paid for to this day. The next day parties of the mob, from 30 to 70, headed by priests, went from house to house threatning women and children with death if they were not off before they returned. This so alarmed them, that they fled in different directions, some took shelter in the woods, whilst others wandered on the prairies, till their feet bled; in the mean time the weather being very cold, their sufferings in other respects, were very great.
The society made their escape to , as fast as they possibly could, where the people recieved them kindly & administered to their wants. After the society had left their buildings, amounting to about 200, were either burned or otherwise destroyed; much of their crops, as well as stock, furniture &c., were also destroyed.
The loss of property, added to the trouble and expence of moving, if properly estimated, would make a large sum, for which they have not as yet, received any remuneration.
The society remained in nearly 3 years, when, at the suggestion of the people there, they removed to [p. 165]
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