Parley P. Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 1839

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checked, for a time, their ruinnous ravages. They saw  that it was impossible to conquer a people who were  fighting for their homes, and their wives and children,  unless they could come against them with some show of  authority, for it was a well known fact, that the Mormons  never resisted authority, however abused; therefore  their next exertion was to spread lies and falsehoods of  the most alarming character; such as that the Mormons  were in a state of rebellion against the Government, and  that they were about to burn , &c. This  flame was greatly assisted by several in high authority  who deserted from the Church, and fell away to the rob bers because of fear, and also for the sake of power and  gain. These deserters became far more false, hardened  and blood-thirsty, than those who had never known the  way of righteousness, insomuch that they were filled with  all manner of lying and murders, and plundering. The   who had long sought some opportunity to de stroy us, and drive us from the , now issued an order  for to raise several thousand men, and  march against the Mormons, and drive them from the  , or exterminate them if necessary, etc. While   was mustering his forces for this murder ous and treasonable enterprize Major General Lucas,  and , the old leaders of the   conspiracy, being nearer the scene of ac tion, and wishing to immortalize their names, put them selves at the head of the old robbers, to gether with the late forces of the robbers who had all  the while been embodied against us, and turning the  brave and humane out of the command,  took the lead of all the assembled forces of the upper  country, consisting of three or four thousand men, and  with this formidable force, commenced their march di rectly for the city of , where they arrived,  while and his forces were several days  march in the rear. In the mean time, the ’s  Order, and all these military movements, were kept an  entire secret from the Mormons, and even the mail was  withheld from , thus cutting off all intelligence. [p. 37]
checked, for a time, their ruinnous ravages. They saw that it was impossible to conquer a people who were fighting for their homes, and their wives and children, unless they could come against them with some show of authority, for it was a well known fact, that the Mormons never resisted authority, however abused; therefore their next exertion was to spread lies and falsehoods of the most alarming character; such as that the Mormons were in a state of rebellion against the Government, and that they were about to burn , &c. This flame was greatly assisted by several in high authority who deserted from the Church, and fell away to the robbers because of fear, and also for the sake of power and gain. These deserters became far more false, hardened and blood-thirsty, than those who had never known the way of righteousness, insomuch that they were filled with all manner of lying and murders, and plundering. The who had long sought some opportunity to destroy us, and drive us from the , now issued an order for to raise several thousand men, and march against the Mormons, and drive them from the , or exterminate them if necessary, etc. While was mustering his forces for this murderous and treasonable enterprize Major General Lucas, and , the old leaders of the conspiracy, being nearer the scene of action, and wishing to immortalize their names, put themselves at the head of the old robbers, together with the late forces of the robbers who had all the while been embodied against us, and turning the brave and humane out of the command, took the lead of all the assembled forces of the upper country, consisting of three or four thousand men, and with this formidable force, commenced their march directly for the city of , where they arrived, while and his forces were several days march in the rear. In the mean time, the ’s Order, and all these military movements, were kept an entire secret from the Mormons, and even the mail was withheld from , thus cutting off all intelligence. [p. 37]
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