History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

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<​June 20​> shall be lost, and I bless you in the name of the Lord.” The company immediately threw the command on Uriah H. Yager, who accepted of the command, <​it​> and started for , although many of them were destitute of boots or shoes; the company had not traveled five miles before they suddenly came upon double their number of the mob, who had two red flags flying, and who had paraded their company, and taken a position in a wood that commanded the road. The Company from Macedonia opened file about 10 feet apart, and marched past them within rifle shot, while the mob fired several guns at them, the balls whizzing past their heads. They came here at day break this morning, and I directed the Quarter Master to furnish those who needed with shoes.
I wrote the following letter:—
, June 20th, 1844.
“Brothers Ballantyne & Slater;
“On information from you by J. Mc. Illrick [John McIlwrick], I would advise that your families remain where they are and be quiet, as the mob will not be likely to disturb them; but any amount of wheat or provisions you may have, you had better remove without delay to , as it will be better for you to bring it here and have your pay, than to leave it for the mob to consume and destroy.
I remain your brother in Christ Jesus,
Joseph Smith.”
“Ballantyne & Slater,
Doyles Mills, near ., Ill
I here insert the affidavit of and :— [HC 6:515]
City of ,)
County of Hancock)
On the 20th day of June, 1844, Personally appeared before me, , a Justice of the peace within and for said , , Marshal of said , and ; and after being duly sworn, depose and say, that a body of citizens in a mass meeting convened on the 13th ins’t at , resolved to exterminate the latter day saints of the said city of , and that for that purpose, according to the purport of the Warsaw Signal Extra, dated June 14th, 1844, bodies of armed men are coming from the State of , and also from the Territory of , and that cannon and ammunition are being transported from the State of to for the purpose of <​utterly​> exterminating the latter day saints. And your affiants would further state that these bodies of armed men, cannon, arms, and munitions of war are transported in steam boats navigating the waters of the , and that the name of one of these boats is the ‘Die Vernon!’
,
.
“Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th day of June, 1844.
L. S.
, J. P.”
wrote the following:—
“Mayor’s Office, , June 20th, 1844
“Dear ;—
Yours of the 14th of April was received at a late date; a multiplicity of business on account of the peculiar state of affairs has prevented a reply till now. Your views about the nomination of Gen. Smith for the Presidency are correct; we will gain popularity and extend influence; but this is not all, we mean to elect him, and nothing shall be wanting on our part of accomplish it; and why? Because we are satisfied— fully satisfied, that this is the best or only method of saving our free institutions from a total overthrow.
“You will discover by this day’s extra Nauvoo Neighbor, and previous papers which I shall forward with this, that we are already being surrounded by an armed mob, and if we can believe a hundredth part of [HC 6:516] their statements, we have no alternative but to [p. 128]
June 20 shall be lost, and I bless you in the name of the Lord.” The company immediately threw the command on Uriah H. Yager, who accepted of it and started for , although many of them were destitute of boots or shoes; the company had not traveled five miles before they suddenly came upon double their number of the mob, who had two red flags flying, and who had paraded their company, and taken a position in a wood that commanded the road. The Company from Macedonia opened file about 10 feet apart, and marched past them within rifle shot, while the mob fired several guns at them, the balls whizzing past their heads. They came here at day break this morning, and I directed the Quarter Master to furnish those who needed with shoes.
I wrote the following letter:—
, June 20th, 1844.
“Brothers Ballantyne & Slater;
“On information from you by J. Mc. Illrick [John McIlwrick], I would advise that your families remain where they are and be quiet, as the mob will not be likely to disturb them; but any amount of wheat or provisions you may have, you had better remove without delay to , as it will be better for you to bring it here and have your pay, than to leave it for the mob to consume and destroy.
I remain your brother in Christ Jesus,
Joseph Smith.”
“Ballantyne & Slater,
Doyles Mills, near ., Ill
I here insert the affidavit of and :— [HC 6:515]
City of ,)
County of Hancock)
On the 20th day of June, 1844, Personally appeared before me, , a Justice of the peace within and for said , , Marshal of said , and ; and after being duly sworn, depose and say, that a body of citizens in a mass meeting convened on the 13th ins’t at , resolved to exterminate the latter day saints of the said city of , and that for that purpose, according to the purport of the Warsaw Signal Extra, dated June 14th, 1844, bodies of armed men are coming from the State of , and also from the Territory of , and that cannon and ammunition are being transported from the State of to for the purpose of utterly exterminating the latter day saints. And your affiants would further state that these bodies of armed men, cannon, arms, and munitions of war are transported in steam boats navigating the waters of the , and that the name of one of these boats is the ‘Die Vernon!’
,
.
“Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th day of June, 1844.
L. S.
, J. P.”
wrote the following:—
“Mayor’s Office, , June 20th, 1844
“Dear ;—
Yours of the 14th of April was received at a late date; a multiplicity of business on account of the peculiar state of affairs has prevented a reply till now. Your views about the nomination of Gen. Smith for the Presidency are correct; we will gain popularity and extend influence; but this is not all, we mean to elect him, and nothing shall be wanting on our part of accomplish it; and why? Because we are satisfied— fully satisfied, that this is the best or only method of saving our free institutions from a total overthrow.
“You will discover by this day’s extra Nauvoo Neighbor, and previous papers which I shall forward with this, that we are already being surrounded by an armed mob, and if we can believe a hundredth part of [HC 6:516] their statements, we have no alternative but to [p. 128]
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