, May 1, 1834.
Dear brethren:— There are great
moves in the west. Last week an alarm was spread in , the seat of
iniquity and bloodshed, that the “Mormons” were crossing the , to
take possession of their lands, and nearly all the county turned out, “prepared
for war,” on Saturday, and on Sunday took the field, near old McGees, above Blue
[River]. But no “Mor mons” came;
neither did go over to see about
his spilt whiskey,
so that the scene closed with burning our houses, or many of them. Our
peo ple had about one hundred and seventy buildings in , and a bonfire of
nearly all of them, at once, must have made a light large enough to have glared
on the dark deed and cup of iniquity running over, at midnight.
The crisis has come: All
that will not take up arms with the mob and prepare to fight the
“Mormons,” have to leave
I understand some have left the
because they refused
to fight an innocent people. It is said the mob will hold a “general
muster” this week for the purpose of learning who is
who. They begin to slip over the
and commit small depredations upon our
brethren settled near the
as we have reason to believe.
It is said to be enough to shock the
stoutest heart to witness the drinking, swearing, and ravings of the most
of the mob: nothing but the power of God can stop them in their latter day
crusade against the
Our brethren are very industrious in
putting in spring crops; and they are generally in good health and the
faithful in strong faith of a glorious hereafter.
I remain yours, &c,