“November 6, 1833.
Dear brethren,— Since I last wrote we have had horrible times. When I from —— behold the enemy had suddenly come upon our breth ren above Blue, and had thrown down 10 or 12 houses, and nearly whipped some to death, among whom was .—This was done on Thursday night.—On Tuesday night they commenced in ; broke all the windows of the brethren’s houses in; broke open the doors of bro. ’s , strewed the goods in the streets. Saturday night they fell upon the brethren at the Blue—nearly beat one to death! but one of Manship’s sons was dangerously wounded with a rifle ball, they fled. On Monday about sun set, a regular action was fought above Blue; we had 4 wounded—They had 5 wounded and killed; among the latter were and Mr. Linville. From Friday till Tuesday after noon our brethren were under arms. On Tuesday the mob had about three hundred collected—Before any blood was shed we agreed to go away immediately.
It is a horrid time, men, women and children are fleeing, or preparing to, in all directions, almost—We mean to try to settle in Van Buren county if possible, God only knows our lot.
November 7, 1833.
Since I wrote yesterday morning, another horrid scene has transpired.— After our people agreed to leave the and were dispersed from each other in a measure, a party of the mob went to the Blue, and began to whip, and, as I heard late last night, murder!
All hopes of going to the south was given up last night, when it was re solved that we forthwith into . The brethren have been driven into the woods, and God only knows what will become of them. Women and children are flocking to Everett’s and Hancock’s Ferry. Our families will have to take the ground for a floor to-night if they get down in season to cross the . Yours in affliction, &c. [p. 119]