Letter to John Thornton and Others, 25 June 1834

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Clay Co. June 25—
Gent, our company of men advanced yesterday from their encampment beyond to , where their tents are again pitched. But feeding feeling disposed to adopt every pacific measure than that can be done, without jeopardizing their our lives, to quiet the prejudices and fears of some part of the citizens of this , we have concluded that our company shall be immediately dispersed and continue so. till every effort for an adjustment of differences between us and the people of has been made [p. 505] on our part, that would in any wise be required of us by disinterested men of republican principle.
I am respectfully, your obt Servt. Joseph Smith Jr.
N. B. You are now corresponding with the , (as I am informed,) will you do us the favor to acquaint him of our efforts for a compromise. This information we want conveyed to the inasmuch as his ears are stifled with reports from of our hostile intentions &c.
J.S. [p. 506]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    On 25 June, members of the Camp of Israel began to disperse as an outbreak of cholera ravaged their ranks. (Baldwin, Account of Zion’s Camp, 14; Holbrook, Reminiscences, 38; George A. Smith, Autobiography, 39–40, 50.)  

    Baldwin, Nathan Bennett. Account of Zion’s Camp, 1882. Typescript. CHL. MS 499.

    Holbrook, Joseph. Autobiography and Journal, not before 1871. Photocopy. CHL. MS 5004. Original in private possession.

    Smith, George A. Autobiography, ca. 1860–1882. George Albert Smith, Papers, 1834–1877. CHL. MS 1322, box 1, fd. 2.

  2. 2

    Orson Hyde and Parley P. Pratt had been sent by JS to visit Governor Daniel Dunklin; they returned on 15 June and may have told JS about the reports Dunklin was hearing. The governor may have read newspaper reports about the Camp of Israel, or he may have heard reports from his acquaintances in Jackson and Clay counties, which included Lilburn W. Boggs, his lieutenant governor. (George A. Smith, Autobiography, 33; Historical Introduction to Declaration, 21 June 1834.)  

    Smith, George A. Autobiography, ca. 1860–1882. George Albert Smith, Papers, 1834–1877. CHL. MS 1322, box 1, fd. 2.