• Page 38

    One of the camp walked on ahead to procure some milk; A number of men armed with guns met him and said, "Here is one damed mormon alone lets kill him," but at the same instant discovered a number of others just coming over the hill, when they immediately rode off in great haste.
  • Page 56

    We were informed here that a party of men were gathering togeth- er on the Missouri River with the in- tention of attacking us that night. The prairie ahead of us was twenty-three miles long without any timber or pal- atable wholesome water. Some of the brethren wished to stop near the timber and were about making arrangements to pitch their tents. We had but little provisions; I proposed to get some wood and water to carry with us and go on
  • Page 59

    When I arrived where the camp had pitched their tents and viewed our unsafe location con- sidering the danger of an attack from our enemies, I almost forgot my sickness, went some distance in the brush, bowed down and prayed my heavenly father to suffer no evil to come upon us, but keep us safely through the night. I obtained an assurance that we should be safe until morning. Notwithstanding the fact that about 50 of the Jackson County mob crossed the Lemington Fer- ry that evening for the purpose of joining the Clay County mob and of making an attack upon us, all was quiet in the camp through the night.
  • Page 60

    Thursday 19th. At daybreak feeling that we were in a very unsafe situation, I counselled the camp to move forward without delay and con- tinue a lively march for about nine miles where we stopped for breakfast. While passing through Richmond, Br. Luke Johnson observed a black woman in a gentleman's garden near the road. She beckoned to him and said, "Come here massa"; she was evidently much agitated in her feelings. He went up to the fence and she said to him, "There is a company of men laying in wait here who are calcula- ting to kill you this morning as you pass through.["] We halted for breakfast on an eminance near a farm-house. The owner furnished us with a large quantity of milk which gave a great relish to our bacon and corn dodger which our company had purchased that morning. When we asked the price of his milk he replied, "He is a mean
  • Page 72

    Previous to crossing the Mississippi, I had called the camp together and told them that in consequence of the disobedience of some, who had been unwilling to listen to my words, but had rebelled, God had decreed that sickness should come upon the camp and if they did not repent and hum- ble themselves before God, they should die like sheep with the rot; that I was sorry but could not help it; the scourge must come, repentance and humility may mitigate the chastisement but cannot altogether avert it, as there were some who would not give heed to my words.
  • Page 79

    I left Rush Creek in company with David Whitmer and two other brethren for the western part of Clay County. While traveling we called at the house of Mr. Moss for a drink of water. The woman of the house shouted from the door that they had no water for Mormons—that they were afraid of the Cholera &c; at the same time throwing out her arms as if defending herself from the cholera in the form of a personage. We turned and departed according to the command- ment, and before a week had passed the cholera entered that house and that woman and three others of the family were dead.
  • Page 79

    When the cholera made its appearance, Elder John S. Carter was one of the first who stepped forward to rebuke it, and upon this was instantly seized, and be- came the first victim in the camp. He died about 6 o'clock in the afternoon; and Seth Hitchcock died in about thirty min- utes after. (and Erastus Rudd died about the same moment although half a mile distant; he was buried by Jesse Smith, Geo. A. Smith and two or three others; while burying him Jesse Smith was
  • Page 80

    A company of our people exceeding two hundred men arrived in this county the 19th inst. and encamped about twelve miles from Liberty, where they were met by several gentlemen from this and Ray County, who went by request of the people to ascertain the motives and de- signs of our people in approaching this county; and as the deputation was com- posed of gentlemen who appeared to
  • Page 91

    In the first place it is not our intention to commit hostilities against any man or set of men. It is not our intention to in- jure any mans person or property except in defending ourselves. Our flag has been exhibited to the above gentlemen who will be able to describe it. Our men were not taken from any manufacturing establishment. It is our intention go back upon our Lands in Jackson County by order of the Executive of the State, if possible. We have brought our arms with us for the purpose of self defence, as it is well known to almost every man of the State that we have every reason to put ourselves in an attitude of defence, consider- ing the abuse we have suffered in Jackson County. We are anxious for a settlement of the difficulties existing between us upon hon- orable and Constitutional principles.
  • Page 92

    We want to live in peace with all men; and equal rights is all we ask. We wish to become permanent citizens of this state and wish to bear our proportion in support of the govern- ment and to be protected by its laws. If the above propositions are complied with, we are willing to give security on our part; and we shall want the same of the people of Jackson County for the performance of this agreement. We do not wish to settle down in a body except where we can purchase the lands with money; for to take possession by conquest, or the shedding of blood, is entirely foreign to our feelings. The shedding of blood we shall not be guilty of until all just and honorable means among men prove insufficient to restore peace.