Appendix 4: William Clayton, Daily Account of Joseph Smith’s Activities, 14–22 June 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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about 7 miles from where a picket Guard was stationed. The mob fired upon the guard but we have not learned that any was hurt. The mob had baggage waggon with them, and on their way to & about 40 others were dispatched in pursuit with orde[r]s to take them prisoners if possible. While this was going on a officer from Fort Desmoines came in a very wrathy manner. He was in pursuit of a deserter— had taken him over the & brought him here to find a justice He states that when he got to the guard. the latter threatened to “shoot him like a dog if he did not stand.” Genl. Smith reasoned with him & told him if the officer had done so he had done wrong & if he had done wrong he should be arrestd But the man would listen to no reason [p. [11]]
about 7 miles from where a picket Guard was stationed. The mob fired upon the guard but we have not learned that any was hurt. The mob had baggage waggon with them, and on their way to & about 40 others were dispatched in pursuit with orders to take them prisoners if possible. While this was going on a officer from Fort Desmoines came in a very wrathy manner. He was in pursuit of a deserter— had taken him over the & brought him here to find a justice He states that when he got to the guard. the latter threatened to “shoot him like a dog if he did not stand.” Genl. Smith reasoned with him & told him if the officer had done so he had done wrong & if he had done wrong he should be arrestd But the man would listen to no reason [p. [11]]
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