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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 30​> forces, unless it should be necessary to retain them to suppress violence on either side: of this you must be the judge at present.
“I direct that you immediately order all persons from and to leave the camp and return to their respective homes without delay.
“I direct also, that you cause all mutinous persons, and all persons who advise tumultuous proceedings to be arrested; and that you take energetic measures to stop the practice of spreading false reports put in circulation to inflame the public minds.
Commander in Chief”
“To
, Ill.” [HC 7:146]
A few of the brethren met in council, and agreed to send bro to bear the news of the massacre to the Twelve.
Elder wrote the following, and sent it by :—
, Sunday June 30th 1844 6 p. m.
“Beloved Brother ,
For the first moment we have had the opportunity, by request of such brethren of the council as we could call, we write to inform you of the situation of affairs in and elsewhere.
“On the 24th inst., Joseph, , and thirteen others went to and gave themselves up to Robert F. Smith, a Justice of the Peace, on charge of riot, for destroying the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’ press and apparatus.
“25th.— were exhibited by , to the troops assembled, like Elephants,— gave bonds for appearance at Court, were arrested on charge of treason, and committed to jail without examination.
“26th. brought out to the Court House, contrary to law, for examination,— returned to jail till witnesses could be procured.
“27th. A little before six p. m. the jail was forced by an armed disguised mob of from 150 to 200; the guard was frustrated, shot in the nose and throat and two other places, only saying ‘I am a dead man’. received four balls in left leg and left wrist and hand. Joseph received four bullets, <​one​> in right collar bone, one in right breast, and two others in his back; he leaped from the East window of the front room and was dead in an instant. I remained unharmed. The bodies were removed to on the 28th, and buried on the 29th. remains at yet: we heard to day he is better.
“Elder is deputed to convey this to you, together with to day’s ‘Extra, Nauvoo Neighbor’, and other papers giving particulars which you may rely on.
“The effect of this hellish butchery was like the bursting of a tornado on and ; those villages were without inhabitants, as in an instant they ran for their lives, lest the Mormons should burn and kill them suddenly— ‘the wicked flee when no man pursueth.’
“The excitement has been great, but the indignation more terrible; a reaction is taking place, and men of influence are coming from abroad [p. 240]
June 30 forces, unless it should be necessary to retain them to suppress violence on either side: of this you must be the judge at present.
“I direct that you immediately order all persons from and to leave the camp and return to their respective homes without delay.
“I direct also, that you cause all mutinous persons, and all persons who advise tumultuous proceedings to be arrested; and that you take energetic measures to stop the practice of spreading false reports put in circulation to inflame the public minds.
Commander in Chief”
“To
, Ill.” [HC 7:146]
A few of the brethren met in council, and agreed to send bro to bear the news of the massacre to the Twelve.
Elder wrote the following, and sent it by :—
, Sunday June 30th 1844 6 p. m.
“Beloved Brother ,
For the first moment we have had the opportunity, by request of such brethren of the council as we could call, we write to inform you of the situation of affairs in and elsewhere.
“On the 24th inst., Joseph, , and thirteen others went to and gave themselves up to Robert F. Smith, a Justice of the Peace, on charge of riot, for destroying the ‘Nauvoo Expositor’ press and apparatus.
“25th.— were exhibited by , to the troops assembled, like Elephants,— gave bonds for appearance at Court, were arrested on charge of treason, and committed to jail without examination.
“26th. brought out to the Court House, contrary to law, for examination,— returned to jail till witnesses could be procured.
“27th. A little before six p. m. the jail was forced by an armed disguised mob of from 150 to 200; the guard was frustrated, shot in the nose and throat and two other places, only saying ‘I am a dead man’. received four balls in left leg and left wrist and hand. Joseph received four bullets, one in right collar bone, one in right breast, and two others in his back; he leaped from the East window of the front room and was dead in an instant. I remained unharmed. The bodies were removed to on the 28th, and buried on the 29th. remains at yet: we heard to day he is better.
“Elder is deputed to convey this to you, together with to day’s ‘Extra, Nauvoo Neighbor’, and other papers giving particulars which you may rely on.
“The effect of this hellish butchery was like the bursting of a tornado on and ; those villages were without inhabitants, as in an instant they ran for their lives, lest the Mormons should burn and kill them suddenly— ‘the wicked flee when no man pursueth.’
“The excitement has been great, but the indignation more terrible; a reaction is taking place, and men of influence are coming from abroad [p. 240]
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