Being a Citizen of and Knowing that there is considerable excitement amongst the people thereof and also Knowing that diferent reports are arriving almost hourly and being requested by the Hon to meet the Mormon army and obtain from the leaders thereof the Correctness of the various reports in Circulation & the true intent and meaning of their present movement and their views generally. regarding the dificul ties existing betwen them
and the people of I did in Company with other gentlemen Call upon the said leaders of the mormons at their Camp in . And now give to the people of the substance of what passed between us.
June 21st. 1834
Being Called upon by the above named gentlemen at our Camp in to ascertain from the leaders thereof our intentions, views and designes in approaching the country in the manner that we have: We; therefore, the more cheerfully comply with the requests because we were called upon by gentlem[en] [o]f good feeling and who were <are> disposed for peace and an amicable settlement of the difficulties existing between us and the people of .
The reports of our intentions are various; and have gone abroad in a light which is calculated to arouse the feelings of almost every man. For instance, One report is that we intend to demolish the printing office in . Another report is, that we intend crossing the on sunday next and falling upon women and children and slay them. Another is, that our men were employed to perform them this expedition, being taken from Manufactoring establishments <in the east> that had closed business. Also, that we carried a flag bearing peace on one side, and blood or war on the other, and various others too numerous to mention; all of which, a plain declaration of our intentions from under our own hands, will show are not correct.
In the first place, it is not our intentions to commence any hostilities against any man or boddy of men; it is not our intention to injure any ma[n]’s person or property, except in defending ourselves. Our flag has been exhibited to the above gentlemen who will be able to describe it, and our men were not from any Manufactoring establishment at all. But it is our intention to go back upon our lands in by order of the if possible. We have brought our arms for the purpose of self defence, as it is well known to almost all people of the state that we have reason to put ourselves in an attitude of defence, consid[er]ing the abuse that we have suffered in .
We are anxious for a settlement of the difficulties existing between us upon honorable and constitutional principles.
We are willing that twelve disinterested men, six chosen [p. ]