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

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<​when Joseph, , , and would be ready to start for the West, and they wanted him () to act as their guide, he being an old Missourian woodsman, and had done considerable service to the saints in guiding them from place to place during the persecution in . -[]-.​>
<​June 23​> At night Joseph conversed with , who reported that the mob at had stopped his boat, and threatened to fire into her with their cannon. He gave the following certificate:
, 23rd June, 1844.
“This is to certify that on Tuesday morning last, I stated to General Joseph Smith that the number of passengers leaving that day might produce the effect on the public mind that they were afraid of being attacked, and prove injurious, and I further observed in order to preserve peace and good order that it would be better to use his endeavors to retain those in the until the excitement should abate.
,
Capn. Steam Boat Osprey.”
Joseph received the following letter:—
“Sunday Evening, June 23rd, 1844
“Genl. Joseph Smith,
Sir:— I have this moment received your favor of this day per the hands of Mr. Adams. I regret to say in reply that I am now awaiting every moment a boat for , whither my business requires me to go, and which of course will deter me from acceding to your request. I have introduced Mr. Adams to a friend who is entirely competent to do full justice to your cause.
“In great haste,
Yours respectfully,
Ed. Johnston,
, Iowa.”
Preparations are making for an early start tomorrow morning for . Joseph gave directions to gather some horses for the purpose of carrying him and his friends to tomorrow.
Although the has threatened to send his troops into the , none have appeared as yet.
In the night <​ &​> returned from , <​about daybreak​> bringing a message, from the demanding the Generals Smith to be in by 10 next morning <​that morning​>.
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June 23 At night Joseph conversed with , who reported that the mob at had stopped his boat, and threatened to fire into her with their cannon. He gave the following certificate:
, 23rd June, 1844.
“This is to certify that on Tuesday morning last, I stated to General Joseph Smith that the number of passengers leaving that day might produce the effect on the public mind that they were afraid of being attacked, and prove injurious, and I further observed in order to preserve peace and good order that it would be better to use his endeavors to retain those in the until the excitement should abate.
,
Capn. Steam Boat Osprey.”
Joseph received the following letter:—
“Sunday Evening, June 23rd, 1844
“Genl. Joseph Smith,
Sir:— I have this moment received your favor of this day per the hands of Mr. Adams. I regret to say in reply that I am now awaiting every moment a boat for , whither my business requires me to go, and which of course will deter me from acceding to your request. I have introduced Mr. Adams to a friend who is entirely competent to do full justice to your cause.
“In great haste,
Yours respectfully,
Ed. Johnston,
, Iowa.”
Preparations are making for an early start tomorrow morning for . Joseph gave directions to gather some horses for the purpose of carrying him and his friends to tomorrow.
Although the has threatened to send his troops into the , none have appeared as yet.
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