History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​December 27​> some of the details of his history since he was first taken in to the present time, and we can assure our readers that it will ‘a tale unfold’ relative to that which even many of those who have been driven therefrom will find it difficult to believe that there did exist such monsters in human shape.”
28 December 1843 • Thursday
<​28​> Thursday 28. At home.
Elder returned [HC 6:144] from , having obtained quite a number of signatures to the Memorial to Congress: and made an affidavit of what he learned in concerning the mob:
“State of ) ss
City of )
On the 28th. day of Dec. 1843 came before me, Joseph Smith, Mayor of said , and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that on the 26th. Inst. as he was passing from to throughthat part of where resides, he was credibly informed that on Saturday previous the anti-Mormons held a meeting, drew up an article and passed several resolutions, among which were these
“We will revere and hold sacred and inviolate the constitution of the , and also the constitution of this . We will visit the Mormons residing in our vicinity and require them to give up their guns, and such as do it, shall dwell here in peace; but those who will not do it, may have thirteen days to leave in, and if they are not off in that time, we will drive them.”
The above is the substance, but perhaps not the very words. They also swear that the Mormons shall never raise another crop in that region &c., &c. And further this deponent saith not.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28 Decr. 1843
Clerk M. C.”
having made affidavit of the cruel treatment he had recently received at the hands of the Missourians I here insert it:
“State of ) ss
City of )
On the 28th. day of December 1843 came before me Joseph Smith Mayor of the aforesaid, and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that on the 2d. day of December 1843, he was unlawfully arrested by force and arms <​and kidnapped​> at Doty’s Mill in Bear Creek precinct, Hancock County and State aforesaid, by Col. , his son John Williams of , , a school master from 4½ miles below , William Middleton and Joseph McCoy of Clark County Missouri, and four [HC 6:145] others. held his bowie knife to his breast. Six of the others stood with their pistols cocked and their fingers upon the triggers, muzzles presented at his body, ready to fire, and two stood with clubs, and amid the most horrid oaths and imprecations, took and bound with silk hand[k]erchiefs, your said affiant and led him away between two men, one holding a savage bowie knife on one side and the other a cocked pistol on the other side, (having taken away your said affiants weapons while binding him in the Mill.) and led your affiant about a mile: your affiant refused to walk any further and they put him upon a horse, <​and tied his legs under the horse​> and , the aforesaid schoolmaster, led the horse as fast as he could make his way, through a thicket and bye way to the house of the [p. 1831]
December 27 some of the details of his history since he was first taken in to the present time, and we can assure our readers that it will ‘a tale unfold’ relative to that which even many of those who have been driven therefrom will find it difficult to believe that there did exist such monsters in human shape.”
28 December 1843 • Thursday
28 Thursday 28. At home.
Elder returned [HC 6:144] from , having obtained quite a number of signatures to the Memorial to Congress: and made an affidavit of what he learned in concerning the mob:
“State of ) ss
City of )
On the 28th. day of Dec. 1843 came before me, Joseph Smith, Mayor of said , and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that on the 26th. Inst. as he was passing from to throughthat part of where resides, he was credibly informed that on Saturday previous the anti-Mormons held a meeting, drew up an article and passed several resolutions, among which were these
“We will revere and hold sacred and inviolate the constitution of the , and also the constitution of this . We will visit the Mormons residing in our vicinity and require them to give up their guns, and such as do it, shall dwell here in peace; but those who will not do it, may have thirteen days to leave in, and if they are not off in that time, we will drive them.”
The above is the substance, but perhaps not the very words. They also swear that the Mormons shall never raise another crop in that region &c., &c. And further this deponent saith not.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28 Decr. 1843
Clerk M. C.”
having made affidavit of the cruel treatment he had recently received at the hands of the Missourians I here insert it:
“State of ) ss
City of )
On the 28th. day of December 1843 came before me Joseph Smith Mayor of the aforesaid, and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that on the 2d. day of December 1843, he was unlawfully arrested by force and arms and kidnapped at Doty’s Mill in Bear Creek precinct, Hancock County and State aforesaid, by Col. , his son John Williams of , , a school master from 4½ miles below , William Middleton and Joseph McCoy of Clark County Missouri, and four [HC 6:145] others. held his bowie knife to his breast. Six of the others stood with their pistols cocked and their fingers upon the triggers, muzzles presented at his body, ready to fire, and two stood with clubs, and amid the most horrid oaths and imprecations, took and bound with silk handkerchiefs, your said affiant and led him away between two men, one holding a savage bowie knife on one side and the other a cocked pistol on the other side, (having taken away your said affiants weapons while binding him in the Mill.) and led your affiant about a mile: your affiant refused to walk any further and they put him upon a horse, and tied his legs under the horse and , the aforesaid schoolmaster, led the horse as fast as he could make his way, through a thicket and bye way to the house of the [p. 1831]
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