Minute Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to that section of country, now known as Here the people purchased out most of the former inhabitants and also entered much of the wild lands, many soon owned a number of Eighties each, whilst there was scarcely a man but what secured to himself at least a Forty. Here we were permitted to enjoy peace for a season; but as our society increased in numbers and settlements were made in & Carroll Counties, the mob spirit showed itself again.
For months previous to our giving up our arms to ’ army, we heard little else, than rumors of mobs being collecting in different places, and threatening our people. It is well known, that the people of our Church, who had located themselves at , had to give up to a mob, and leave the place, notwithstanding the militia, were called out for their protection.
From the mob went towards and whilst on their way there, they took two of our men prisoners, and made them ride upon the cannon, and told them, that they would drive the Mormons from to , and from to Hell; and that they would give them no quarters, only at the canon’s mouth.— The threats of the mob induced some of our people to go to to help to protect their brethren, who had settled at on .— The mob soon fled from & after they were dispersed, and the canon taken during which time no blood was shed, the people from returned to their homes in hopes of enjoying peace and quiet; but in this they were disappointed, for a large mob was soon found to be collecting on the Grind-stone, from ten to fifteen miles off, under the command of ; a scouting party of which came within about four miles of , and drove off stock belonging [p. 166]
to that section of country, now known as Here the people purchased out most of the former inhabitants and also entered much of the wild lands, many soon owned a number of Eighties each, whilst there was scarcely a man but what secured to himself at least a Forty. Here we were permitted to enjoy peace for a season; but as our society increased in numbers and settlements were made in & Carroll Counties, the mob spirit showed itself again.
For months previous to our giving up our arms to ’ army, we heard little else, than rumors of mobs being collecting in different places, and threatening our people. It is well known, that the people of our Church, who had located themselves at , had to give up to a mob, and leave the place, notwithstanding the militia, were called out for their protection.
From the mob went towards and whilst on their way there, they took two of our men prisoners, and made them ride upon the cannon, and told them, that they would drive the Mormons from to , and from to Hell; and that they would give them no quarters, only at the canon’s mouth.— The threats of the mob induced some of our people to go to to help to protect their brethren, who had settled at on .— The mob soon fled from & after they were dispersed, and the canon taken during which time no blood was shed, the people from returned to their homes in hopes of enjoying peace and quiet; but in this they were disappointed, for a large mob was soon found to be collecting on the Grind-stone, from ten to fifteen miles off, under the command of ; a scouting party of which came within about four miles of , and drove off stock belonging [p. 166]
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