<March 1> vengeance and destruction were threatened, and affairs again assumed a fearful attitude, was a sufficient precedent, and as the authorities in that did not interfere, they boasted that they would not in this, which on application to the authorities we found to be too true, and after much violence, privation and loss of property we were again driven from our homes.
We next settled in , and Counties, where we made large and extensive settlements, thinking to free ourselves from the power of oppression, by settling in new Counties, with very few inhabitants in them; but here we were not allowed to live in peace, but in 1838 we were again attacked by mobs, an exterminating order was issued by , and under the sanction of law an organized banditti ranged through the country, robbed us of our Cattle, sheep, horses, hogs, &c. Many of our people were murdered in cold blood, the chastity of our women was violated, and we were forced to sign away our property at the point of the sword, and after enduring every indignity that could be heaped upon us by an inhuman, ungodly band of marauders, from twelve to fifteen thousand souls, men, women, and children were driven from their own fire sides, and from lands that they had warrantee deeds of, houseless, friendless, and homeless, (in the depths of winter) to wander as exiles on the earth or to seek an asylum in a more genial clime, and among less barbarous people. Many sickened and died, in consequence of the cold, and hardships they had to endure; many wives were left widows, and children orphans, and destitute. It would take more time than is allotted me here to describe the injustice, the wrongs, the murders, the bloodshed, the theft, misery and woe that has been caused by the barbarous, inhuman, and lawless proceedings of the State of . In the situation before alluded to we arrived in the State of in 1839, where we found a hospitable people and a friendly home; a people who were willing to be governed by the principles of law and humanity. We have commenced to build a City called “” in Hancock County, we number from six to eight thousand here besides vast numbers in the around and in almost every county of the . We have a City Charter granted us, and a charter for a legion the troops which now number 1500. We have also a Charter for a University, for an agricultural and manufacturing society, have our own laws and administrators, and possess all <the> privileges that <other> free and enlightened citizens enjoy. Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame, it has spread with increasing rapidity, proud of the cause which they have espoused and conscious of their innocence and of the truth of their system amidst calumny and reproach have the elders of this Church gone forth, and planted the gospel in almost every state in the Union; it has penetrated our cities, it has spread over our villages, and has caused thousands of our intelligent, noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its divine mandates, and be governed by its sacred truths. It has also spread [p. 1284]