Memorial to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, circa 30 October 1839–27 January 1840

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to rise no more. After this fight and the dispersion of the mob, ’s company again returned to “but without their leader. The report of these proceedings created much excitement; and the citizens, through false and exaggerated statements, were made to believe that the Mormons were actually in rebellion against the law<​s​> <​of the country.​>. So cruel and so unprovoked, had been the persecutions against them; and those entrusted with the power of the civil and military authority having failed to exercise either for their protection; the Mormons saw no alternatives, but that which the laws of nature gave, of self defence; and so far, on this occasion, they exerted it. About this time, the of the , issued an <​the bloody​> order to to raise several thousand men, “to march them against the Mormons and drive them from the , or to exterminate them. & collected three or four thousand men, and with this formidable force, commenced their march against the Mormons, and arrived at “without molestation, and without seeing an enemy <​on the way.​>.
In their rear marched with the residue of the army. The Mormons were taken by surprise, not having heard of these immense warlike preparations until the enemy was upon them. And so far from expecting an armed force acting under authority against them, they still had hoped, that the would in pity, send a sufficient force in time to protect their lives and property from the ravages of the mob. When this formidable army first made its appearance upon their borders, the Mormons intent on peace sent a white flag several miles in advance of their to meet them, to ascertain for what purpose so large an armed force was marching against them, and what the Mormons were to expect under such appaling circumstances. They [p. 20]
to rise no more. After this fight and the dispersion of the mob, ’s company again returned to “” but without their leader. The report of these proceedings created much excitement; and the citizens, through false and exaggerated statements, were made to believe that the Mormons were actually in rebellion against the laws of the country.. So cruel and so unprovoked, had been the persecutions against them; and those entrusted with the power of the civil and military authority having failed to exercise either for their protection; the Mormons saw no alternatives, but that which the laws of nature gave, of self defence; and so far, on this occasion, they exerted it. About this time, the of the , issued the bloody order to to raise several thousand men, “to march them against the Mormons and drive them from the , or exterminate them. & collected three or four thousand men, and with this formidable force, commenced their march against the Mormons, and arrived at “” without molestation, and without seeing an enemy on the way..
In their rear marched with the residue of the army. The Mormons were taken by surprise, not having heard of these immense warlike preparations until the enemy was upon them. And so far from expecting an armed force acting under authority against them, they still had hoped, that the would in pity, send a sufficient force in time to protect their lives and property from the ravages of the mob. When this formidable army first made its appearance upon their borders, the Mormons intent on peace sent a white flag several miles in advance of their to meet them, to ascertain for what purpose so large an armed force was marching against them, and what the Mormons were to expect under such appaling circumstances. They [p. 20]
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