History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 1​> north west of the town of , and also that an armed force had collected again at Millport, in consisting of several hundred men, and that another armed force had collected at , in Carroll County, about 50 miles South east of , where about 70 families of the Mormon people had settled upon the bank of the at a little town called . Immediately a messenger, whilst he was yet talking, came in from , stating that three or four hundred men had assembled together at that place armed cap-a-pie, and that they <​had​> threatened the utter extinction of the citizens of that place if they did not leave the place immediately, and that they had also surrounded the town and cut off all supplies of food, so that many of them were suffering with hunger. seemed to be very much alarmed, and appeared to be willing to do all he could to assist, and to relieve the sufferings of the Mormon people; he advised that a petition be immediately got up and sent to the . A Petition was accordingly prepared [HC 3:406] and a messenger despatched immediately to the , and another petition was sent to . The Mormon people throughout the country were in a great state of alarm, and also in great distress; they saw themselves completely surrounded with armed forces on the North and on the north West, and on the South, and also , who was a Methodist preacher, and a captain over the militia company of 50 soldiers, but who had added to his number out of the surrounding counties about a hundred more, which made his force about 150 strong, was stationed at , sending out his scouting parties, taking men, women and children prisoners, driving off cattle, hogs and horses, entering into every house on Log and Long creeks, rifling their houses of their most precious articles, such as money, bedding, and clothing, taking all their old muskets and their rifles or military implements, threatening the people with instant death if they did not deliver up all their precious things, and enter into a covenant to leave the or go into the city of by the next morning, saying that “they calculated to drive the people into , and then drive them to Hell.” also was doing the same on the north west side of ; and , a Presbyterian minister, was the leader of the mob in ; and a very noted man of the same society was the leader of the mob in Carroll county; and they were also sending out their scouting parties, robbing and pillaging houses, driving away hogs, horses and cattle, taking men, women and children and carrying them off, threatening their lives and subjecting them to all manner of abuses that they could invent or think of.
Under this state of alarm, excitement and distress, the Messengers returned from the and from other authorities, bringing the fatal news that the Mormons could have no assistance. They stated that the said “the Mormons had got into a difficulty with the citizens, and they might fight it out for all he cared. He could not render them any assistance.”
The people of were obliged to leave their homes and go into ; but did not until after many of them had starved to death for want [p. 1605]
July 1 north west of the town of , and also that an armed force had collected again at Millport, in consisting of several hundred men, and that another armed force had collected at , in Carroll County, about 50 miles South east of , where about 70 families of the Mormon people had settled upon the bank of the at a little town called . Immediately a messenger, whilst he was yet talking, came in from , stating that three or four hundred men had assembled together at that place armed cap-a-pie, and that they had threatened the utter extinction of the citizens of that place if they did not leave the place immediately, and that they had also surrounded the town and cut off all supplies of food, so that many of them were suffering with hunger. seemed to be very much alarmed, and appeared to be willing to do all he could to assist, and to relieve the sufferings of the Mormon people; he advised that a petition be immediately got up and sent to the . A Petition was accordingly prepared [HC 3:406] and a messenger despatched immediately to the , and another petition was sent to . The Mormon people throughout the country were in a great state of alarm, and also in great distress; they saw themselves completely surrounded with armed forces on the North and on the north West, and on the South, and also , who was a Methodist preacher, and a captain over the militia company of 50 soldiers, but who had added to his number out of the surrounding counties about a hundred more, which made his force about 150 strong, was stationed at , sending out his scouting parties, taking men, women and children prisoners, driving off cattle, hogs and horses, entering into every house on Log and Long creeks, rifling their houses of their most precious articles, such as money, bedding, and clothing, taking all their old muskets and their rifles or military implements, threatening the people with instant death if they did not deliver up all their precious things, and enter into a covenant to leave the or go into the city of by the next morning, saying that “they calculated to drive the people into , and then drive them to Hell.” also was doing the same on the north west side of ; and , a Presbyterian minister, was the leader of the mob in ; and a very noted man of the same society was the leader of the mob in Carroll county; and they were also sending out their scouting parties, robbing and pillaging houses, driving away hogs, horses and cattle, taking men, women and children and carrying them off, threatening their lives and subjecting them to all manner of abuses that they could invent or think of.
Under this state of alarm, excitement and distress, the Messengers returned from the and from other authorities, bringing the fatal news that the Mormons could have no assistance. They stated that the said “the Mormons had got into a difficulty with the citizens, and they might fight it out for all he cared. He could not render them any assistance.”
The people of were obliged to leave their homes and go into ; but did not until after many of them had starved to death for want [p. 1605]
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