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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 1​> and in the most horrid and cruel manner possible, and the whole of it was caused by religious bigotry and persecution, because the Mormons dared to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and agreeably agreeable to His divine will, as revealed in the scriptures of eternal truth, and had turned away from following the vain traditions of their fathers, and would not worship according to the dogmas and commandments of those men who preach for hire and divine for money, and teach for doctrine the precepts of men— expecting that the Constitution of the would have protected them therein. But notwithstanding the Mormon people had purchased upwards of two hundred thousand dollars worth of land, most of which was entered and paid for at the land office of the in the state of –and although the of the has been made acquainted with these facts, and the particulars of our persecutions and oppressions, by petition by to him, and to Congress— yet they have not even attempted to restore the Mormons to their rights, or given any assurance that we may hereafter expect redress from them. And I do also know, most positively and assuredly, that my brother, Joseph Smith, Senior has not been in the State of since the Spring of the year 1839. And further this Deponent saith not. .
sworn.
Says that he fully concurs in the testimony of the preceding witness, so far as he is acquainted with the same, and [HC 3:424] that Joseph Smith has not been known as Joseph Smith Junior, for the time stated by . He was an eye-witness of most of the scenes testified to by said , during the persecutions of our people in . That during the latter part of summer and fall of the year 1838, there were large bodies of the mob assembled in various places for the avowed object of killing, driving, robbing, plundering and exterminating the Mormons, and actually committed many murders and other depredations as related by the preceding witness. The was frequently petitioned, as also the other authorities for redress and protection. At length , the Judge of the Circuit Court of the Fifth Judicial District, ordered out somewhere near a thousand men for the avowed purpose of quelling the mob and protecting the Mormons. These being under arms for several weeks, did, in some measure, prevent the Mobs proceedings for some time, after which, Judge withdrew the force, refusing to put the to further expense, for our protection, without orders from the . The mobs then again collected in great numbers in Carroll, and Counties, and expressed their determination to drive the Mormons from the or kill them. They did actually drive them from , firing upon some, and taking others prisoners. They turned a man by the name of and family out of doors, when sick and plundered his house and burned it before his eyes. They also plundered the citizens generally, taking their lands, houses and property. Those whose lives were spared, precipitately fled to in the utmost distress and consternation. Some of them actually died on the way, through exposure, suffering and destitution. other parties of the Mob were plundering and burning houses in ; and another party of the mob were ravaging the South part of , in a similar manner. The was again and again petitioned for redress and [p. 1619]
July 1 and in the most horrid and cruel manner possible, and the whole of it was caused by religious bigotry and persecution, because the Mormons dared to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and agreeable to His divine will, as revealed in the scriptures of eternal truth, and had turned away from following the vain traditions of their fathers, and would not worship according to the dogmas and commandments of those men who preach for hire and divine for money, and teach for doctrine the precepts of men— expecting that the Constitution of the would have protected them therein. But notwithstanding the Mormon people had purchased upwards of two hundred thousand dollars worth of land, most of which was entered and paid for at the land office of the in the state of –and although the of the has been made acquainted with these facts, and the particulars of our persecutions and oppressions, by petition by to him, and to Congress— yet they have not even attempted to restore the Mormons to their rights, or given any assurance that we may hereafter expect redress from them. And I do also know, most positively and assuredly, that my brother, Joseph Smith, Senior has not been in the State of since the Spring of the year 1839. And further this Deponent saith not. .
sworn.
Says that he fully concurs in the testimony of the preceding witness, so far as he is acquainted with the same, and [HC 3:424] that Joseph Smith has not been known as Joseph Smith Junior, for the time stated by . He was an eye-witness of most of the scenes testified to by said , during the persecutions of our people in . That during the latter part of summer and fall of the year 1838, there were large bodies of the mob assembled in various places for the avowed object of killing, driving, robbing, plundering and exterminating the Mormons, and actually committed many murders and other depredations as related by the preceding witness. The was frequently petitioned, as also the other authorities for redress and protection. At length , the Judge of the Circuit Court of the Fifth Judicial District, ordered out somewhere near a thousand men for the avowed purpose of quelling the mob and protecting the Mormons. These being under arms for several weeks, did, in some measure, prevent the Mobs proceedings for some time, after which, Judge withdrew the force, refusing to put the to further expense, for our protection, without orders from the . The mobs then again collected in great numbers in Carroll, and Counties, and expressed their determination to drive the Mormons from the or kill them. They did actually drive them from , firing upon some, and taking others prisoners. They turned a man by the name of and family out of doors, when sick and plundered his house and burned it before his eyes. They also plundered the citizens generally, taking their lands, houses and property. Those whose lives were spared, precipitately fled to in the utmost distress and consternation. Some of them actually died on the way, through exposure, suffering and destitution. other parties of the Mob were plundering and burning houses in ; and another party of the mob were ravaging the South part of , in a similar manner. The was again and again petitioned for redress and [p. 1619]
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