Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840, Second Edition

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ever, they changed their purpose, and it was decreed that we  should be carried to .
While these things were carrying on in and about ,  scenes still more horrid and soul-thrilling were going on in an other part of the , at a place called Haunn’s [Hawn’s] Mill, because  a man of that name built a mill there. We will give this account  from the pen of eye-witnesses—we will give it from the testimony  of three who have testified to it; that is, and his  , and . We also have the testimony of Mrs. A[manda Barnes]  Smith, whose , and a little son of nine years of age, were  killed, and also a younger boy wounded. But wishing to bring  our account to as narrow limits as possible, we omit inserting it.
Here follows the testimony of and his ,  transcribed from their own hand-writing.
The following is a short history of my travels to the State of  , and of a bloody tragedy acted at Haunn’s Mill’s [Hawn’s Mill] on  , October 30, 1838:
On the 6th day of July last I started with my family from , Ohio, for the State of , the county of , in  the upper part of the , being the place of my destination.  On the 13th of October I crossed the at Louisiana, at  which place I heard vague reports of the disturbances in the  upper country, but nothing that could be relied upon. I con tinued my course westward till I crossed , at a place  called Compton’s ferry, at which place I heard for the first time  that if I proceeded any further on my journey I would be in dan ger of being stopped by a body of armed men. I was not willing,  however, while treading my native soil, and breathing republican  air to abandon my object, which was to locate myself and family  in a fine healthy country, where we could enjoy the society of our  friends and connexions; consequently, I prosecuted my journey  till I came to Whitney’s Mills, situated on , in the  eastern part of . After crossing the and  going about three miles, we met a party of the mob, about forty  in number, armed with rifles and mounted on horses, who inform ed us that we could go no farther west, threatening us with in stant death if we proceeded any further. I asked them the  reason of this prohibition, to which they replied that we were  Mormons, and that every one who adhered to our religious faith  would have to leave the in ten days or renounce their re ligion—accordingly they drove us back to the mills above men tioned. Here we tarried three days, and on Friday the twenty- sixth we recrossed the creek, and, following up its banks, we  succeeded in eluding the mob for the time being, and gained the  residence of a friend in Myers’ settlement. On Sunday 28th of  October we arrived about noon at Haunn’s Mills, where we found  a number of our friends collected together, who were holding a  council, and deliberating on the best course for them to pursue,  to defend themselves against the mob, who were collecting in the  neighborhood, under the command of Col. [Thomas] Jennings of ,  and threatening them with house-burning and killing. The de [p. 38]
ever, they changed their purpose, and it was decreed that we should be carried to .
While these things were carrying on in and about , scenes still more horrid and soul-thrilling were going on in another part of the , at a place called Haunn’s [Hawn’s] Mill, because a man of that name built a mill there. We will give this account from the pen of eye-witnesses—we will give it from the testimony of three who have testified to it; that is, and his , and . We also have the testimony of Mrs. Amanda Barnes Smith, whose , and a little son of nine years of age, were killed, and also a younger boy wounded. But wishing to bring our account to as narrow limits as possible, we omit inserting it.
Here follows the testimony of and his , transcribed from their own hand-writing.
The following is a short history of my travels to the State of , and of a bloody tragedy acted at Haunn’s Mill’s Hawn’s Mill on , October 30, 1838:
On the 6th day of July last I started with my family from , Ohio, for the State of , the county of , in the upper part of the , being the place of my destination. On the 13th of October I crossed the at Louisiana, at which place I heard vague reports of the disturbances in the upper country, but nothing that could be relied upon. I continued my course westward till I crossed , at a place called Compton’s ferry, at which place I heard for the first time that if I proceeded any further on my journey I would be in danger of being stopped by a body of armed men. I was not willing, however, while treading my native soil, and breathing republican air to abandon my object, which was to locate myself and family in a fine healthy country, where we could enjoy the society of our friends and connexions; consequently, I prosecuted my journey till I came to Whitney’s Mills, situated on , in the eastern part of . After crossing the and going about three miles, we met a party of the mob, about forty in number, armed with rifles and mounted on horses, who informed us that we could go no farther west, threatening us with instant death if we proceeded any further. I asked them the reason of this prohibition, to which they replied that we were Mormons, and that every one who adhered to our religious faith would have to leave the in ten days or renounce their religion—accordingly they drove us back to the mills above mentioned. Here we tarried three days, and on Friday the twenty-sixth we recrossed the creek, and, following up its banks, we succeeded in eluding the mob for the time being, and gained the residence of a friend in Myers’ settlement. On Sunday 28th of October we arrived about noon at Haunn’s Mills, where we found a number of our friends collected together, who were holding a council, and deliberating on the best course for them to pursue, to defend themselves against the mob, who were collecting in the neighborhood, under the command of Col. Thomas Jennings of , and threatening them with house-burning and killing. The de [p. 38]
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