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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 3​> it is a part of my policy that you remain quiet, and if you please, watchful, but strictly on the defensive; and I now announce to you that I will not be thwarted in this policy with impunity.
I am most respectfully
Your obedient servant
Messrs. John B. Kimball, of , and , of , reported that John Patrick Wells and W. Voorhees were wounded in the affray at .
Elders and spent the day together in the city of , and in the evening visited the museum.
4 July 1844 • Thursday
<​4​> Thursday 4 Elder received a letter from Richard Ballantyne, introducing Mr William M. Daniels.
Mr Daniels made the following affidavit:—
“State of Illinois) SS
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On the 4th day of July 1844 came William M. Daniels before me , a Justice of the Peace within and for said , and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that on Saturday the 22nd day of June 1844 he came to the town of in said county of and continued there until the Thursday following, the 27 day of June; that on that Morning your affiant joined the rifle company commanded by ; [HC 7:162] that the Lieutenant and [blank] Chittenden Esq. said that as the would be absent from that day; that they would send ten men from each of the two companies to join the Carthage Greys and kill the two Gens. Smith, and if the opposed to kill him too: that among those twenty men were Mr Houck, a tailor, and Mr Stephens, a cooper; the rest of the <​two​> companies marched towards Golden’s Point to the railroad crossing when they were met by the ’s order to disband all the troops, and disbanded them. That then the Captains called them to order, saying they had no command over them, and <​but​> wished them to form in line, which they did; that then , the Editor of the Signal, urged by a speech the necessity of killing the two Smiths, and a vote was then called, who would go and do it. and about twenty men went home, the residue, eighty-four men went to , having six runners ahead to stop the twenty men who had before started for . Soon after they started one of the Carthage Greys met them with a letter, saying it was a most delightful time, the had gone, they could now kill Joseph and , and must do it quick before the returned; that they then turned to the left between the and roads, and were not seen again by your affiant till they arrived at the Jail in : that among the names of those who committed the murder at the jail in , Hancock County aforesaid, on the 27th day of June 1844 at about 5 o’clock and 20 minutes, was Col , of Green Plains precinct, Capt. [Alexander] Wires, [blank] Chittenden Esq. of , [blank] Lockwood, of , [blank] Houck, the Tailor, Capt. Grovener, three brothers by the name of Stephens, coopers, — Allen, a cooper, all of , and a man by the name of Mills <​who​> was wounded in the right arm. [p. 252]
July 3 it is a part of my policy that you remain quiet, and if you please, watchful, but strictly on the defensive; and I now announce to you that I will not be thwarted in this policy with impunity.
I am most respectfully
Your obedient servant
Messrs. John B. Kimball, of , and , of , reported that John Patrick Wells and W. Voorhees were wounded in the affray at .
Elders and spent the day together in the city of , and in the evening visited the museum.
4 July 1844 • Thursday
4 Thursday 4 Elder received a letter from Richard Ballantyne, introducing Mr William M. Daniels.
Mr Daniels made the following affidavit:—
“State of Illinois) SS
)
On the 4th day of July 1844 came William M. Daniels before me , a Justice of the Peace within and for said , and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that on Saturday the 22nd day of June 1844 he came to the town of in said county of and continued there until the Thursday following, the 27 day of June; that on that Morning your affiant joined the rifle company commanded by ; [HC 7:162] that the Lieutenant and [blank] Chittenden Esq. said that as the would be absent from that day; that they would send ten men from each of the two companies to join the Carthage Greys and kill the two Gens. Smith, and if the opposed to kill him too: that among those twenty men were Mr Houck, a tailor, and Mr Stephens, a cooper; the rest of the two companies marched towards Golden’s Point to the railroad crossing when they were met by the ’s order to disband all the troops, and disbanded them. That then the Captains called them to order, saying they had no command over them, but wished them to form in line, which they did; that then , the Editor of the Signal, urged by a speech the necessity of killing the two Smiths, and a vote was then called, who would go and do it. and about twenty men went home, the residue, eighty-four men went to , having six runners ahead to stop the twenty men who had before started for . Soon after they started one of the Carthage Greys met them with a letter, saying it was a most delightful time, the had gone, they could now kill Joseph and , and must do it quick before the returned; that they then turned to the left between the and roads, and were not seen again by your affiant till they arrived at the Jail in : that among the names of those who committed the murder at the jail in , Hancock County aforesaid, on the 27th day of June 1844 at about 5 o’clock and 20 minutes, was Col , of Green Plains precinct, Capt. [Alexander] Wires, [blank] Chittenden Esq. of , [blank] Lockwood, of , [blank] Houck, the Tailor, Capt. Grovener, three brothers by the name of Stephens, coopers, — Allen, a cooper, all of , and a man by the name of Mills who was wounded in the right arm. [p. 252]
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