History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the spirit he was of would lead him to destruction, and when he went away, he would never return or see his again. He went to the southern States and Mexico, and on his return, took sick, and did <died> in Virginia. In addition to the apostates , , Eli Johnson, Edward Johnson and John Johnson Jr. had apostatized. [HC 1:260]
25–26 March 1832 • Sunday–Monday
On the 25th. of March; the twins before mentioned, which had been sick of the meazles for some time, causing us to be broke of our rest in taking care of them, especially my , in the evening I told her she had better retire to rest with one of the children and I would watch with the sickest child. In the night she told me I had better lie down on the trundle bed, and I did so, and was soon after awoke by her screaming Murder! when I found myself going out of the door, in the hands of about <a> dozen men; some of whose hands were in my hair, and some hold of my shirt, drawers and limbs, The foot of the trundle bed was towards the door, leaving only room enough for the door to swing open. swing. My heard a gentle tapping on the window which she then took no particular notice of, (but which was unquestionably desing’d [designed] for ascertaining whether we were all asleep,) and soon after the mob burst open the door and surrounded the bed in an instant, and, as I said, the first I knew I was going out of the door in the hands of an infuriated Mob. I made a desperate struggle, as I was forced out, to extricate myself, but only cleared one leg, with which I made a pass at one man and he fell on the door steps. I was immediately confined again; and they swore, by God, they would kill me if I did not be still, which quieted me.
As they passed [HC 1:261] around the house with me, the fellow that I kicked came to me, and thrust his hand into my face, all covered with blood, (for I hit him on the nose,) and with an exulting horse laugh, muttered— “ge,rrr gee,rrrr God dam ye; I’ll fix ye.”
They then seized me by the throat, and held on till [p. 205]
the spirit he was of would lead him to destruction, and when he went away, he would never return or see his again. He went to the southern States and Mexico, and on his return, took sick, and died in Virginia. In addition to the apostate , , Eli Johnson, Edward Johnson and John Johnson Jr. had apostatized. [HC 1:260]
25–26 March 1832 • Sunday–Monday
On the 25th. of March; the twins before mentioned, which had been sick of the meazles for some time, causing us to be broke of our rest in taking care of them, especially my , in the evening I told her she had better retire to rest with one of the children and I would watch with the sickest child. In the night she told me I had better lie down on the trundle bed, and I did so, and was soon after awoke by her screaming Murder! when I found myself going out of the door, in the hands of about a dozen men; some of whose hands were in my hair, and some hold of my shirt, drawers and limbs, The foot of the trundle bed was towards the door, leaving only room enough for the door to swing. My heard a gentle tapping on the window which she then took no particular notice of, (but which was unquestionably desing’d [designed] for ascertaining whether we were all asleep,) and soon after the mob burst open the door and surrounded the bed in an instant, and, as I said, the first I knew I was going out of the door in the hands of an infuriated Mob. I made a desperate struggle, as I was forced out, to extricate myself, but only cleared one leg, with which I made a pass at one man and he fell on the door steps. I was immediately confined again; and they swore, by God, they would kill me if I did not be still, which quieted me.
As they passed [HC 1:261] around the house with me, the fellow that I kicked came to me, and thrust his hand into my face, all covered with blood, (for I hit him on the nose,) and with an exulting horse laugh, muttered— “ge,rrr gee,rrrr God dam ye; I’ll fix ye.”
They then seized me by the throat, and held on till [p. 205]
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