History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<Thursday 21 December> <Two letters came into the P.O. from the Sheriff of Clark Co Mo.— it appears that that wishes to continue the old game of seizing witnesses & making prisoners of them, to cover up her mobocracy <and kidnapping under legal form> an application from> wrote the following, inre answer to <was written by > the Sheriff of Clark Co. Mo. for several men to visitgo to as witnesses Sir (Copy)
In the evening I was visited by several strangers, & had considerable conversation with them.
<22> At home at 9 o’clock <a m> was reading a magazine to my Children
a little after 12 went into the State <> room occupied by & , and commenced a labor <conversation> with Dr. <Jno.F> Charles, to convince him that Mobocracy is not justifiable; & that I did not deal in Politics—
Bro David Holman living about 2 miles from , went out <in the evening> with his family visiting— about 10 o clock he discovered his house on fire— the neighbors had enquired how long he would be gone— a man rode to — A Company went up, secured the provisions to themselves— and fired the house.
<24> At home received a visit from , one of the men who assisted in kidnapping ; he manifested some repentance and sorrow for his part in that transaction, & promised to use his what influence he had with the Missourians to release him from confinement have set at liberty.
<25> <(see 88a)> At home <all day> about noon gave counsel to some brethren who called on me from ; told them to keep law on their side, and they would come out well enough.
about <at> two o clock about 50 couple sat down at my table to dine; while I was eating, my called requesting me to solemnize the marriage of his brother <Dr> & , but as I could not <very well> leave I referred the subject <him> to Prest. who married them—
A large party supped at my house, & spent the evening in Music, Dancing, &c in a most cheerful & friendly manner— during the festivities, a man apparently drunk with his hair long, & falling over his shoulders, and apparently drunk, came in, and acted like a Missourian.
I commanded <requested> the Captain of the Police to put him out of doors, a scuffle ensued, when <and> I had an opportunity to look him <full> in the face, when to my great surprize and joy untold, I discovered it was <my long tried & warm <& cruelly persecuted> friend> , just arrived from <near> a year’s imprisonment in — <without triala conviction>
I insert a <The following is his> statement of his <experience &> sufferings by that accursed people (Copy)
TEXT: There is a four-page insertion, following another inserted slip, that includes Rockwell’s statement; however, the insertion is missing the beginning of the statement that was copied into JS History, vol. E-1.