Feb. 27, 1834.
Brethren.—The times are so big with events, and the
anxiety of every body so great to [w]atch
them, that I feel some what impressed to write oftner than I have done, in
order to give you more of the “strange acts” of this region. I have just
re turned from
the seat of war in the west. About a dozen of our brethren,
among whom were br.
, were subpoenaed in behalf of the
state, and on the 23d (Feb.) about
twelve o’clock we were on the bank, opposite Ev rit’s
ferry, where we found
of “Liberty Blues,” near fifty rank and file, ready to guard us into
. The soldiers
were well armed with U. S. muskets, bayonets fixed, &c, and to me the
scene was one “passing strange,” and long to be remembered. The martial
law in force to guard the civil! About 25 men crossed over to effect a
landing in safety, and when they came near the ware house, they fired six
or eight guns, tho’ the enemy had not gathered to witness the landing.
After we were all a cross, and waiting
for the baggage wagon, it was thought not ad visable to encamp in the
woods, and the witnesses with half the compa[n]y, marched near ly a mile towards
to build night fires, as we were without tents, and the weather cold
enough to snow a little. While on the way the Quarter Master, and oth ers,
that had gone on a head to prepare quarters in town, sent an express back,
which was not the most pacific appearance that could be.
continued the ex press to
Allen for the 200 drafted militia; and also to
for more ammunition; and the night passed off in war like style, with the
sentinals marching silently at a proper distance from the watch-fires.
Early in the morning we marched
strongly guarded by the troops, to the seat of war, and quartered in the
block house, formerly the tavern stand of S.
Flournoy. After break fast, we
were visited by the District Attorney,
, and the Attorney
General, Mr. [Robert
W.] Wells. From them we learned that all hopes of
criminal prosecution, was at an end. Mr.
Wells had been sent by the
to investigate, as far as possible, the
outrage, but the
bold front of the mob, bound even unto death, (as I have heard) was not to
be penetrated by civil law, or awed by Executive influence. Shortly after
informed me that he had just
received an order from the Judge, that his company’s service was no longer
, and we were
marched out of town to the tune of Yankee-doodle in quick time, and soon
returned to our camp ground without the loss of any lives. In fact much
credit is due to
, for his gallantry and
hospitality, and I think I can say of the officers and company, that their
conduct as sol diers and men, is highly reputable; so much so, knowing as I
do the fatal result, had the militia come, or not come, I can add that the
’s safe return, refreshed my mind, with
Zenophon’s retreat of the ten thousand.
Thus ends all hopes of “redress,” even with a guard ordered by the
, for the protection of the court and
Before a crop is harvested, it becomes
ripe of itself. The dreadful deeds now done in , with
impunity, must bring matters to a focus shortly. Within two or three weeks
past, some of the most savage acts, ever witnessed, have been committed by
these bitter branches. Old father
Linsey, whose locks have been whitened by the blasts of nearly
seventy winters, had his house thrown down, after he was driven from it; his
goods, corn, &c, piled together, and fire put to it, but fortunately,
after the mob retired, his son extinguished it.
The mob has quit whipping, and now
beat with clubs.
Leonard one of the number that returned from Van
Buren, had two chairs broke to splinters about him, and was
then dragged out doors and beat with clubs till he was supposed to be dead—but
he is yet alive. Josiah Sumner and
Cole were sever[e]ly beat at the same
time. The mob have
commenced burning houses, stacks, &c. and we shall not think it out of their power, by any
means, to proceed to murder any of our people that shall try to live in
that county, or perhaps, only go there.
Such scenes as are transpiring around
us, are calculated to arouse feelings, and pas sions in all, and to
strengthen the faith and fortify the hearts of the saints for great
things. Our Savior laid down his life for our sakes, and shall we, who
profess to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God; shall
we, the servants of the Lord of the vineyard, who are called and chosen to
prune it for the last time; shall we, yea, verily,
we, who are enlightened by the wisdom of heaven, shall we fear to do as much
for Jesus as he did for us. No; we will obey the voice of the Spirit, that
good may overcome the world.
am a servant, &c,