For the Messenger and Advocrte.
Hickman county, Tenn. June 28, 1836.
This evening, while meditating upon the variegated scenes
of human exist ence, the ever fluctuating current of mortal life,
which sometimes threatens to overwhelm the way-wandering sons of
men like an irresistible torrent, and hurry them to an untimely grave,
while far separated from those who are bound by the dearest
ties of consanguinity, my mind flits back
to those happy sea sons I have enjoyed in , in the society of my
brethren and friends.— The loss of this society is more than usually
impressed on my mind from a combination of circumstances which have
transpired since I last wrote.
On the return of and
river, to brother [Seth] Utley’s, we were informed
that many of the citizens of that county
(Benton) and some of the
citizens of Carroll county,
had met in convention, headed by a Methodist priest, who was called to
the chair, and the County Clerk ap pointed Secretary. They drew up re solutions
to drive all the “Mormon” () preachers from their
coast. These resolutions were signed by the Sheriff and many who are
sworn to be civil peace officers, to suppress all riots and unlawful
assem blies and support and defend the con stitution of the and
of the state of Tennessee;
also military offi cers who are sworn to do the same.— From
Colonels and Majors down thro’ all the grades of officers, enrolled
their names, with this lawless banditti, to abuse the servants
of the living God, by abridging their privileges and tramp ling
upon their rights.
We enjoyed our meeting unmolest ed at br. Utley’s,
on Saturday the 19th inst. although
almost every breeze brought us news that the mob intended to
carry their resolutions into effect, and that some hundreds had entered into
this conspiracy. In the afternoon, a little before sunset, a company
of some forty or fifty men made their ap pearance, some on foot,
others mount ed two on a horse, with guns, sticks, clubs, &c.;
they were led by a Sheriff, Colonel, first and second Major, with some
other officers, and a Methodist priest, with a gun on his shoulder.
The Sheriff informed us that he had a States’ warrant for , ,
issued [p. 365]