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

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were doing; and if possible to protect the Mormons. When arrived in , he found that the mob had already commenced their work of destruction, which was on the 20th of October 1838.
They commenced by burning the house of a man who had gone to Tennessee on business, and left his wife at home with two small children. When the house was burned down the wife sought refuge with her children in the hay-mow and had to walk three miles before she could find a shelter. She carried her two children all that distance and had to wade which was <​at the time, about​> three feet deep. The mob on the same evening burned seven other houses and destroyed all <​the​> Mormon property that came in their way.
The next morning Colonel an officer of the militia, <​and a member of the Mormon society,​> enquired of what was to be done, as he now saw the course the mob was determined to pursue. replied, that he () should take a company of men and <​if necessary,​> give the mob battle, and that he would be responsible for the act; <​consequences;​> saying, they would have no peace with the mob until they had given them a scourging.
On the next morning in obedience to this order <​, a Mormon officer,​> was despatched with one hundred men under his command in the direction of the mob, which was advancing from Carroll county, with orders to protect the citizens from injury, and to collect and bring into “” such of the Mormons as were scattered through that part of the County; and that if the mob interfered to prevent the execution of his orders, he should fight them. The company under the command of , was the same in part [p. 18]
were doing; and if possible to protect the Mormons. When arrived in , he found that the mob had already commenced their work of destruction, which was on the 20th of October 1838.
They commenced by burning the house of a man who had gone to Tennessee on business, and left his wife at home with two small children. When the house was burned down the wife sought refuge with her children in the hay-mow and had to walk three miles before she could find a shelter. She carried her two children all that distance and had to wade which was at the time, about three feet deep. The mob on the same evening burned seven other houses and destroyed all the Mormon property that came in their way.
The next morning Colonel an officer of the militia, and a member of the Mormon society, enquired of what was to be done, as he now saw the course the mob was determined to pursue. replied, that he () should take a company of men and if necessary, give the mob battle, and that he would be responsible for the ; consequences; saying, they would have no peace with the mob until they had given them a scourging.
On the next morning in obedience to this order , a Mormon officer, was despatched with one hundred men under his command in the direction of the mob, which was advancing from Carroll county, with orders to protect the citizens from injury, and to collect and bring into “” such of the Mormons as were scattered through that part of the County; and that if the mob interfered to prevent the execution of his orders, he should fight them. The company under the command of , was the same in part [p. 18]
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