History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 22​> unparalleled persecutions against the church of Latter Day Saints; the following stand conspicuous, viz. Generals , , and , , and . also, whose zeal in the cause of oppression and injustice, was unequalled, and whose delight has been to rob, murder, and [HC 3:327] spread devastation amongst the Saints. He stole a valuable horse, saddle and bridle from me; which cost two hundred dollars, and then sold the same to . On understanding this I applied to for the horse, who assured me, upon the honor of a gentleman, and an officer, that I should have the horse returned to me; but this promise has not been fulfilled. All the threats, murders, and robberies, which these officers have been guilty of, are entirely looked over by the of the ; who to hide his own iniquity, must of course shield and protect those whom he employed, to carry into effect his murderous purposes. I was in their hands as a Prisoner about six months, but notwithstanding their determination to destroy me, with the rest of my brethren who were with me; and although at three different times (as I was informed) we were sentenced to be shot, without the least shadow of law, (as we were not military men,) and had the time and place appointed for that purpose; yet through the mercy of God, in answer to the prayers of the Saints, I have been preserved, and delivered out of their hands, and can again enjoy the society of my friends and brethren, whom I love; and to whom I feel united in bonds that are stronger than death; and in a where I believe the laws are respected, and whose citizens are humane and charitable. During the time I was in the hands of my enemies; I must say, that although I felt great anxiety, respecting my family and friends, who were so inhumanely treated and abused; and who had to mourn the loss of their husbands and children, who had been slain; and after having been robbed of nearly all that they possessed be driven from their homes, and forced to wander as strangers in a strange country, in order, that they might save themselves and their little ones, from the destruction they were threatened [HC 3:328] with in : yet as far as I was concerned, I felt perfectly calm, and resigned to the will of my heavenly father. I knew my innocency, as well as that of the Saints; and that we had done nothing to deserve such treatment from the hands of our oppressors: consequently, I could look to that God, who has the hearts of all men in his hands, and who had saved me frequently from the gates of death for deliverance; and notwithstanding that every avenue of escape seemed to be entirely closed, and death stared me in the face, and that my destruction was determined upon, as far as man was concerned; yet, from my first entrance into the Camp, I felt an assurance, that I with my brethren and our families should be delivered. Yes, that still small voice, which has so often whispered consolation to my soul, in the depth of sorrow and distress, bade me be of good cheer, and promised deliverance, which gave me great comfort: and altho’ the heathen raged, and the people imagined vain things, yet the Lord of hosts the God of Jacob, was my refuge; and when I cried unto him in the day of trouble; [p. 925]
April 22 unparalleled persecutions against the church of Latter Day Saints; the following stand conspicuous, viz. Generals , , and , , and . also, whose zeal in the cause of oppression and injustice, was unequalled, and whose delight has been to rob, murder, and [HC 3:327] spread devastation amongst the Saints. He stole a valuable horse, saddle and bridle from me; which cost two hundred dollars, and then sold the same to . On understanding this I applied to for the horse, who assured me, upon the honor of a gentleman, and an officer, that I should have the horse returned to me; but this promise has not been fulfilled. All the threats, murders, and robberies, which these officers have been guilty of, are entirely looked over by the of the ; who to hide his own iniquity, must of course shield and protect those whom he employed, to carry into effect his murderous purposes. I was in their hands as a Prisoner about six months, but notwithstanding their determination to destroy me, with the rest of my brethren who were with me; and although at three different times (as I was informed) we were sentenced to be shot, without the least shadow of law, (as we were not military men,) and had the time and place appointed for that purpose; yet through the mercy of God, in answer to the prayers of the Saints, I have been preserved, and delivered out of their hands, and can again enjoy the society of my friends and brethren, whom I love; and to whom I feel united in bonds that are stronger than death; and in a where I believe the laws are respected, and whose citizens are humane and charitable. During the time I was in the hands of my enemies; I must say, that although I felt great anxiety, respecting my family and friends, who were so inhumanely treated and abused; and who had to mourn the loss of their husbands and children, who had been slain; and after having been robbed of nearly all that they possessed be driven from their homes, and forced to wander as strangers in a strange country, in order, that they might save themselves and their little ones, from the destruction they were threatened [HC 3:328] with in : yet as far as I was concerned, I felt perfectly calm, and resigned to the will of my heavenly father. I knew my innocency, as well as that of the Saints; and that we had done nothing to deserve such treatment from the hands of our oppressors: consequently, I could look to that God, who has the hearts of all men in his hands, and who had saved me frequently from the gates of death for deliverance; and notwithstanding that every avenue of escape seemed to be entirely closed, and death stared me in the face, and that my destruction was determined upon, as far as man was concerned; yet, from my first entrance into the Camp, I felt an assurance, that I with my brethren and our families should be delivered. Yes, that still small voice, which has so often whispered consolation to my soul, in the depth of sorrow and distress, bade me be of good cheer, and promised deliverance, which gave me great comfort: and altho’ the heathen raged, and the people imagined vain things, yet the Lord of hosts the God of Jacob, was my refuge; and when I cried unto him in the day of trouble; [p. 925]
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