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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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in a strange land, without our protection, being robbed of house and home. O God! Who can endure the thought? Come out in justice, O Lord! and restore us to our mourning families.
Our number in prison was now reduced to four.— One having been added about the middle of April. His name was ; he was dragged from his distressed family just as they were leaving the . Thus of all the prisoners (which were taken at an expense of two hundred thousand dollars) only two of the original ones, who belonged to the Church, now remained, ( having denied the faith, to try to save his life,) these were Morris Phelps and . All who were let to bail were banished the , together with those who bailed them. Thus none are like to have a trial by law, but ourselves, and we are without friends or witnesses in the . After the Grand Jury had found a bill against us for defending ourselves in the battle with ’s company, we were kept in prison at for about a month, we then took a change of venue, and were ordered to be sent to Columbia, Boon county, for trial. On the 22d of May we were handcuffed together, two and two, with irons round the wrist of each, and in this fix we were taken from prison and placed in a carriage. The people of gathered around us to see us depart; but none seemed to feel for us except two persons. One of these, (’ Lady) bowed to us through the window, and looked as if touched with pity. The other was a Mr. Huggins, merchant of , who bowed with some feeling as we passed. We now took leave of , accompanied by sheriff Brown, and four guards, with drawn pistols and moved on towards Columbia. No tongue can describe our sensations as we came forth from a most filthy dungeon, where we had been confined for near seven months, and began to breathe the free air, and to change the scenery, and look abroad [p. 60]
in a strange land, without our protection, being robbed of house and home. O God! Who can endure the thought? Come out in justice, O Lord! and restore us to our mourning families.
Our number in prison was now reduced to four.— One having been added about the middle of April. His name was ; he was dragged from his distressed family just as they were leaving the . Thus of all the prisoners (which were taken at an expense of two hundred thousand dollars) only two of the original ones, who belonged to the Church, now remained, ( having denied the faith, to try to save his life,) these were Morris Phelps and . All who were let to bail were banished the , together with those who bailed them. Thus none are like to have a trial by law, but ourselves, and we are without friends or witnesses in the . After the Grand Jury had found a bill against us for defending ourselves in the battle with ’s company, we were kept in prison at for about a month, we then took a change of venue, and were ordered to be sent to Columbia, Boon county, for trial. On the 22d of May we were handcuffed together, two and two, with irons round the wrist of each, and in this fix we were taken from prison and placed in a carriage. The people of gathered around us to see us depart; but none seemed to feel for us except two persons. One of these, (’ Lady) bowed to us through the window, and looked as if touched with pity. The other was a Mr. Huggins, merchant of , who bowed with some feeling as we passed. We now took leave of , accompanied by sheriff Brown, and four guards, with drawn pistols and moved on towards Columbia. No tongue can describe our sensations as we came forth from a most filthy dungeon, where we had been confined for near seven months, and began to breathe the free air, and to change the scenery, and look abroad [p. 60]
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