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

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address, that his feelings would hardly allow him to proceed. We are satisfied that his address will have a lasting and good effect, sustained as it was by the public documents which he produced.
“We will not attempt to follow him through the cold blooded murder, by the mob of , of Mormon men and children, the violation of females, the destroying of property, the burning of houses, &c.”——“In vain may the press in protest against these representations. In vain may we declare that and his followers were doing injustice, misrepresenting and slandering our people, their institutions and officers, &c.; the public abroad will judge us by the course of our Legislature.—We have made our bed and must lie down on it. A friend residing in , a few days since, called our attention to reports in circulation in , seriously affecting the character of this , growing out of this subject, and requested us to contradict them. Most cheerfully would we undertake the task, but we know it is hopeless.”
The following is from the “ Sun.” After giving some extracts from papers, showing the outrages of the people of against the Mormons, the editor proceeds thus: “That must be very much like a blackguard and a coward, if he is not a decided candidate for both titles. He was one of those who started the horrible stories of the “cutting up of Missourians, fifty at a batch, by the Mormons.” Probably he ran away from his company, and imagined the horrible stories he carried; the shooting down of a flag staff, bearing a flag of truce, is characteristic of the bravery of a coward, when backed by 3000 men against 700.
“They must have a primitive mode of administering justice in . These Mormons are as much citizens as the others, and yet, without trial, upon the exparte testimony of the persons who had provoked [p. 74]
address, that his feelings would hardly allow him to proceed. We are satisfied that his address will have a lasting and good effect, sustained as it was by the public documents which he produced.
“We will not attempt to follow him through the cold blooded murder, by the mob of , of Mormon men and children, the violation of females, the destroying of property, the burning of houses, &c.”——“In vain may the press in protest against these representations. In vain may we declare that and his followers were doing injustice, misrepresenting and slandering our people, their institutions and officers, &c.; the public abroad will judge us by the course of our Legislature.—We have made our bed and must lie down on it. A friend residing in , a few days since, called our attention to reports in circulation in , seriously affecting the character of this , growing out of this subject, and requested us to contradict them. Most cheerfully would we undertake the task, but we know it is hopeless.”
The following is from the “ Sun.” After giving some extracts from papers, showing the outrages of the people of against the Mormons, the editor proceeds thus: “That must be very much like a blackguard and a coward, if he is not a decided candidate for both titles. He was one of those who started the horrible stories of the “cutting up of Missourians, fifty at a batch, by the Mormons.” Probably he ran away from his company, and imagined the horrible stories he carried; the shooting down of a flag staff, bearing a flag of truce, is characteristic of the bravery of a coward, when backed by 3000 men against 700.
“They must have a primitive mode of administering justice in . These Mormons are as much citizens as the others, and yet, without trial, upon the exparte testimony of the persons who had provoked [p. 74]
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