Minute Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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cattle and hogs merely for the sake of destroying them, leaving  them for the ravens to eat. They took prisoner an aged man  by the name of and without any reason for it, he  was struck over the head with a gun, which laid his  scull bare.— Another man by the name of Carey, was  also taken prisoner by them, and without any provocation,  had his brains dashed out with a gun; he was laid in  a waggon, and there permitted to remain, for the space of  24 hours, during which time no one was permitted to  administer to him comfort and consolation; and after he  was removed from that situation, he lived but a  few hours.— The destruction of property, at, and about  , is very great, many, yes a large portion  are stripped bare as it were, and others partially so; indeed  take us as a body, at this time, we are a poor and afflicted  people; and if we are compelled to leave the in  the Spring many; yes a large portion of our Society,  will have to be removed at the expence of the ,  as those who otherwise might have helped them,  are now debarred that privilege, in consequence of  the deed of trust we were compelled to sign;  which deed so operates upon our real estate that it  will sell for but little or nothing at this time.—
We have now made a brief statement of some  of the most prominent features of the troubles  that have befallen our people since their first  settlement in this : and we believe that these  persecutions have come in consequence of our religious  faith; and not for any immorality on our part.—
That instances have been of late, where individuals  have trespassed upon the rights of others, and thereby  broken the law of the land, we will not pretend to  deny; but yet we do believe, that no crimes can  be substantiated against any of the people who have [p. 170]
cattle and hogs merely for the sake of destroying them, leaving them for the ravens to eat. They took prisoner an aged man by the name of and without any reason for it, he was struck over the head with a gun, which laid his scull bare.— Another man by the name of Carey, was also taken prisoner by them, and without any provocation, had his brains dashed out with a gun; he was laid in a waggon, and there permitted to remain, for the space of 24 hours, during which time no one was permitted to administer to him comfort and consolation; and after he was removed from that situation, he lived but a few hours.— The destruction of property, at, and about , is very great, many, are stripped bare as it were, and others partially so; indeed take us as a body, at this time, we are a poor and afflicted people; and if we are compelled to leave the in the Spring many; yes a large portion of our Society, will have to be removed at the expence of the , as those who otherwise might have helped them, are now debarred that privilege, in consequence of the deed of trust we were compelled to sign; which deed so operates upon our real estate that it will sell for but little or nothing at this time.—
We have now made a brief statement of some of the most prominent features of the troubles that have befallen our people since their first settlement in this : and we believe that these persecutions have come in consequence of our religious faith; and not for any immorality on our part.—
That instances have been of late, where individuals have trespassed upon the rights of others, and thereby broken the law of the land, we will not pretend to deny; but yet we do believe, that no crimes can be substantiated against any of the people who have [p. 170]
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