History draft; handwriting of Jonathan Grimshaw, , , James Ure, and Robert L. Campbell; 76 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 January 1844 to 21 June 1844.
Thursday 20— at day break I went with my staff, and . to the prairie, to view the situation of the ground & to devise plans for the defence of the , and select the proper locations to meet the mob, and made arrangements for provisions for the <instructing my agents to pledge my farms for the purpose.>
<ask Captain Callister> < came in from and reported that last night when he & others left there they come up to a Coy. of men having 2 red flags & a drum, his party were commanded to stop— but they pursued their journey when they were fired on by the mob the balls whissing past their heads— > <ask Captain Callister)>
out on duty drilling.
at 10 a. m, Mr. Southwick from Louisiana arrived and reported that there was not <much> excitement in — that a cannon had arrived at from , and that it had been reported to him there was great excitement in Upper .
At 11 I reviewed the Legion, facing the & went to parade on the banks of the .
<At 2 P M I returned from my morning’s ride having seen an express from the , “Mr Freeman & Mr Bartlet, who said he was at .>
I insert the affidavit of Carlos W Lyon “State (see file) ”
Wrote to as President of the as follows “ (see file) Mayor”
<(Leave 3 or 4 lines)>
I here insert affidavits of Hiram B Mount & John Cuningham (see file & copy)
also the affidavit of Allan P<T.> Waite [Allen Wait], (copy)
likewise the affidavit of <, John Edmiston & > & others (copy)
<Also the affidavit of , Wm Gardner [Garner] & John G Lofton— (copy)>
I <had> sent orders to Captn Commander of the Co[mpan]y at to come immediately <with his Coy> to and help defend the place & <this morning> my Brother in Law informs me that when the Letter was read to the Company refused to come, & said it was a foolish move, & objected to any of the Coy coming— The Company were marshaled into line when said if any of you go, not one will ever get to alive, when immediately my uncle marched <stepped> in front of the line and said “every man that goes at the call of the Prophet shall go & return safe & not a hair of his head shall be lost— & I bless you in the name of the Lord.” The Company immediately threw the command on Uri[j]ah H Yager who accepted of the Command & started for , altho’ many of them were destitute of Boots or shoes, the Company had scar[c]e [p. 68]