, May 1, 1834.
Dear brethren:— There are great
moves in the west. Last week an alarm was spread in , the seat of iniquity
and bloodshed, that the “Mormons” were crossing the , to take
possession of their lands, and nearly all the county turned out, “prepared for
war,” on Saturday, and on Sunday took the field, near old McGees, above Blue
[River]. But no “Mor mons” came; neither did
go over to see about his spilt whiskey, so that the scene closed with burning our houses, or many of
them. Our peo ple had about one hundred and seventy buildings in , and a bonfire of
nearly all of them, at once, must have made a light large enough to have glared
on the dark deed and cup of iniquity running over, at midnight.
The crisis has come: All that will not take up arms with
the mob and prepare to fight the “Mormons,” have to leave .
I understand some have left the because they refused to fight
an innocent people. It is said the mob will hold a “general muster” this week
for the purpose of learning who is who. They begin to slip
over the and commit small depredations upon our brethren settled near the
as we have reason to believe.
It is said to be enough to shock the
stoutest heart to witness the drinking, swearing, and ravings of the most
of the mob: nothing but the power of God can stop them in their latter day
crusade against the
Our brethren are very industrious in putting in spring
crops; and they are generally in good health and the faithful in strong faith of
a glorious hereafter.
I remain yours, &c,