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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 20​> virtuous men and patriots enough yet left to sustain those principles which alone are worth living for. Will you come? Here is . Here is . Where is your ambition? Patriotism? Your ‘separate and independent empire’, if you sit calmly still, and see the most virtuous and noble people that ever trod upon the footstool of Jehovah ground to powder by a miscreant mob, and not stretch forth your potent arm for their defence in all the majesty of a God? If you do not, your turn may come next, and where will it cease? Let the first blow be struck upon us from this hour, and the field is open for every honest patriot from the east to the west sea, and from the to the ends of the earth. , will you stand neutral? Come, and you will know for yourself.
“I close in haste, with good wishes to yourself and family,
.”
“Gen. , , N. Y. [HC 6:518]
I wrote to those of the Twelve Apostles who are absent on missions, to come home immediately, viz; , ; , ; , ; , ; , ; , Portage, N. Y.; , ; , ; , ; & , Baltimore. Also to , O., and , Richmond, Madison Co., Ky. I sent letters by Express by Aaron M. York to the on account of the stoppage of the mails.
At 8 P. M, came and read to me the affidavits of , , John Edmiston, , , Allen T. Waite [Wait], James Guymon, Obadiah Bowen, , Hiram B. Mount, and John Cunningham, with the affiants; and afterwards the affidavits were all sworn to before , Esquire.
10 P. M., John Pike and Henry Gates went to the quarters of the , and informed him they had seen a number of men driving about 300 head of cattle in the direction of the mob camp; the drovers reported themselves as having come from , and were about nine miles from . [HC 6:519]
I gave directions to to commence the manufacture of artillery; he asked me if he should not rent a building, and set some men to repairing the small arms which were out of order; I told him in confidence that there would not be a gun fired on our part during this fuss.
I extract the following from a letter from , dated “, June 20th, 1844,” to John Proctor, Sen., :—
“We have a hundred barrels of flour here for the folks, and has no means to live only from the country, and that is cut off sure; there are thousands of armed men ready now, and thousands more coming from , and the country around. Tell John to sleep in the barn, and take care of fire and robbery, and all my things there, as I shall be home soon. Tell to keep his eyes open, as we learn that consecration law will soon commence on him; this we know, and he <​had​> better look out sharp; let him read this sheet. Tell Norton Gibbs and all my boys that I should be glad to see them a minute, but I cannot come; they must be patient and faithful and I will be there, and reward every man according to his desert; and I won’t forget the perjured villains there either.”
I advised my brother to take his family on the next steamboat and go to . replied “Joseph, I can’t leave you”; whereupon I said to the company present “I wish I could get out of the way so that he may live to avenge my blood, and I will stay with you and see it out.” [p. 130]
June 20 virtuous men and patriots enough yet left to sustain those principles which alone are worth living for. Will you come? Here is . Here is . Where is your ambition? Patriotism? Your ‘separate and independent empire’, if you sit calmly still, and see the most virtuous and noble people that ever trod upon the footstool of Jehovah ground to powder by a miscreant mob, and not stretch forth your potent arm for their defence in all the majesty of a God? If you do not, your turn may come next, and where will it cease? Let the first blow be struck upon us from this hour, and the field is open for every honest patriot from the east to the west sea, and from the to the ends of the earth. , will you stand neutral? Come, and you will know for yourself.
“I close in haste, with good wishes to yourself and family,
.”
“Gen. , , N. Y. [HC 6:518]
I wrote to those of the Twelve Apostles who are absent on missions, to come home immediately, viz; , ; , ; , ; , ; , ; , Portage, N. Y.; , ; , ; , ; & , Baltimore. Also to , O., and , Richmond, Madison Co., Ky. I sent letters by Express by Aaron M. York to the on account of the stoppage of the mails.
At 8 P. M, came and read to me the affidavits of , , John Edmiston, , , Allen T. Waite [Wait], James Guymon, Obadiah Bowen, , Hiram B. Mount, and John Cunningham, with the affiants; and afterwards the affidavits were all sworn to before , Esquire.
10 P. M., John Pike and Henry Gates went to the quarters of the , and informed him they had seen a number of men driving about 300 head of cattle in the direction of the mob camp; the drovers reported themselves as having come from , and were about nine miles from . [HC 6:519]
I gave directions to to commence the manufacture of artillery; he asked me if he should not rent a building, and set some men to repairing the small arms which were out of order; I told him in confidence that there would not be a gun fired on our part during this fuss.
I extract the following from a letter from , dated “, June 20th, 1844,” to John Proctor, Sen., :—
“We have a hundred barrels of flour here for the folks, and has no means to live only from the country, and that is cut off sure; there are thousands of armed men ready now, and thousands more coming from , and the country around. Tell John to sleep in the barn, and take care of fire and robbery, and all my things there, as I shall be home soon. Tell to keep his eyes open, as we learn that consecration law will soon commence on him; this we know, and he had better look out sharp; let him read this sheet. Tell Norton Gibbs and all my boys that I should be glad to see them a minute, but I cannot come; they must be patient and faithful and I will be there, and reward every man according to his desert; and I won’t forget the perjured villains there either.”
I advised my brother to take his family on the next steamboat and go to . replied “Joseph, I can’t leave you”; whereupon I said to the company present “I wish I could get out of the way so that he may live to avenge my blood, and I will stay with you and see it out.” [p. 130]
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