History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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peace, we feel disposed to use all our influence, as far as it would be required at our hands, as free born citizens of these . And as fears have been expressed, that we designed to commence hostilities against the inhabitants of , we hereby pledge [HC 2:98] ourselves to them, and to the hospitable citizens of , that we will not, and neither have designed, as a people, to commence hostilities against the aforesaid citizens of , or any other people.
“Our answer shall be handed to , the chairman of the meeting, even earlier than the time before stated if possible.
(Signed) , , , , .”
N. B. As we are informed that a large number of our people are on their way, removing to , we agree to use our influence immediately to prevent said company from entering into , until you shall receive an answer to the propostitions aforenamed.”
It may be thought, at first view, that the Mob committee made a fair proposition to the saints, in offering to buy their lands at 100 per cent, in 30 days; and offering theirs on the same terms: but when it is understood that the mob held possession of a much Larger quantity of land than the Saints, and that they only offered thirty days for the payment, having previously robbed them of nearly every thing, it will be readily seen that they were only making a sham to cover their previous unlawful conduct; but the tempest of an immediate conflict seemed to be checked, and the Mob to the number of about fifteen, with Samuel C. Owens and James Campbell at their head, started for , Jackson County, to raise an army sufficient to meet me before I could get into . Campbell swore, as he adjusted his pistols in his holsters, “The eagles and Turkey buzzards shall eat my flesh if I do not fix Jo Smith and his [p. 494]
peace, we feel disposed to use all our influence, as far as it would be required at our hands, as free born citizens of these . And as fears have been expressed, that we designed to commence hostilities against the inhabitants of , we hereby pledge [HC 2:98] ourselves to them, and to the hospitable citizens of , that we will not, and neither have designed, as a people, to commence hostilities against the aforesaid citizens of , or any other people.
“Our answer shall be handed to , the chairman of the meeting, even earlier than the time before stated if possible.
(Signed) , , , , .”
N. B. As we are informed that a large number of our people are on their way, removing to , we agree to use our influence immediately to prevent said company from entering into , until you shall receive an answer to the propostitions aforenamed.”
It may be thought, at first view, that the Mob committee made a fair proposition to the saints, in offering to buy their lands at 100 per cent, in 30 days; and offering theirs on the same terms: but when it is understood that the mob held possession of a much Larger quantity of land than the Saints, and that they only offered thirty days for the payment, having previously robbed them of nearly every thing, it will be readily seen that they were only making a sham to cover their previous unlawful conduct; but the tempest of an immediate conflict seemed to be checked, and the Mob to the number of about fifteen, with Samuel C. Owens and James Campbell at their head, started for , Jackson County, to raise an army sufficient to meet me before I could get into . Campbell swore, as he adjusted his pistols in his holsters, “The eagles and Turkey buzzards shall eat my flesh if I do not fix Jo Smith and his [p. 494]
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