JS, Letter, , Hancock Co., IL, to , , Suffolk Co., MA, 17 and 20 June 1844; handwriting of and ; signature of JS in unidentified handwriting; dockets in handwriting of John McEwan and ; notation in handwriting of ; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.
There has been for several days a great excitement among the inhabitants in the adjoining Counties. Mass meetings are held upon mass meeting, drawing up resolutions to utterly exterminate the Saints. The excitement has been gotten up by the Laws, Fosters, and the Higbees; and they themselves have left the and are engaged in the mob. They have sent their runners into the State of to excite them to murder and bloodshed, and the report is that a great many hundreds of them will come over to take an active part in murdering the saints. The excitement is very great indeed. It is thought best <by> by brother Josephand myself, and others, for you to return without delay, and the rest of the Twelve and all the Elders that have gone out from this place, and asmanymoregoodfaithfulmen as feeldisposed to comeupwiththem. Let wisdom be exercised, and whatever they do, do it without a noise. You know a we are not frightened but think it best to be well prepared and be ready for the onset; and if it is extermination— extermination it is, of course. Communicate to the others of the Twelve with as much speed as possible, with perfect stilness and calmness. A word to the wise is sufficient and a little powder, lead and a good Rifle, can be packed [p. ]