Resolutions of Committee from Lafayette County, Missouri, 23 June 1834

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whereas certain foreign troops who call themselvs Mormons said to amount to from Two to four hundred have assembled in the County of well armed and equipped from whose declarations we are induced to believe intend entering the County of in hostile array and in conjunction with the original Mormons take possession of the same, we a part of the Citizens of amounting to from 120 to 130 persons assembled in the Town of County of Jackson for the purpose of effecting peace if practicable without the effusion of blood have adopted the following resolutions
Resolved that we the citizens of here assembled have not nor will not take any part between the Jacksonians and original Mormons
Resolved that so soon as those foreign mormons enter the County of in hostile array we will interfer[e] and if practicable prevent it
Resolved that a copy of the foregoing resolutions [p. [1]] resolutions be communicated to the Citizens of and Counties, also that a copy of the same be communicated to th[e] foreign Mormons and that the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the Chairman and sent to the respective Counties and foreign Mormons
23 June 1834 [p. [2]]
To Joseph Smith Jr


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    The Camp of Israel actually consisted of approximately 230 individuals, including around 12 women and about 10 children. (Kimball, “Journal and Record,” 11; Bradley, Zion’s Camp 1834, xix–[xxi]; Radke, “We Also Marched,” 149.)  

    Kimball, Heber C. “The Journal and Record of Heber Chase Kimball an Apostle of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” ca. 1842–1858. Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1837–1866. CHL. MS 627, box 1.

    Bradley, James L. Zion’s Camp 1834: Prelude to the Civil War. Logan, UT: By the author, 1990.

    Radke, Andrea G. “We Also Marched: The Women and Children of Zion’s Camp, 1834.” BYU Studies 39 (2000): 147–165.

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    In a declaration signed by JS, Frederick G. Williams, Lyman Wight, Roger Orton, Orson Hyde, and John S. Carter, the Camp of Israel stated, “It is our intention to go back upon our lands in Jackson County by order of the Executive if possible. We have brought our arms for the purpose of self defence.” (Declaration, 21 June 1834.)  

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    On 6 June 1834, Governor Daniel Dunklin informed John Thornton of Clay County that he had heard rumors that residents of counties adjoining Jackson would come to its assistance if the Mormons tried to repossess their lands. “I should regret it extremely if any should be so imprudent as to do so,” Dunklin remarked, as “it would give a different aspect to the affair.” Citizens from one county could not march “in arms” to another county without permission from the governor, Dunklin continued, and “the Mormons have no right to march to Jackson county in arms, unless by the order or permission of the commander-in-chief.” (Daniel Dunklin, Jefferson City, MO, to John Thornton, 6 June 1834, in The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1834, 176.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.