Letter to Edward Partridge, 5 December 1833

and being prepared <they> poured a dreadful  deadly fire upon them, two of their number  fell dead on the ground and a number  mortally wounded among the former was Breazel [Hugh Breazele] [illegible]  Tuesday morning there were a number of the Mob  missing and could not be accounted for and  while we was at Liberty Landing on wensday  a messenger rode up saying that he had Just  came from the seat of war, and that the  night before another battle was fought in  which Mr [Russell] Hicks fell having three balls  and some buck shot through his body and  about twenty more shared a similar fate  and also that one or two of our men were killed  and as many wounded and he (Orson) heard  the cannonading distinctly and also stated  that the man who broke open the store took  [Sidney] Gilbert Phelps, and one more for fals imprisonment  and put them in prison and as near as he  could Learn never to let them escape alive  This statement of bro Orson is some what  different from that of bro Phelps who states  that on friday night the brethren had  mustered about 40 or 50 men armed and  marched into the village took one prisoner  and fired one gun and satturday fell upon  our brethren above Blue, and one of [George] Manship  sons mortally wounded. On monday about  sun set a regular action was fought near  Christian Whitmers under the command of  bro D we had four wounded, they had  five killed wounded and two killed viz Linvil  and Breaseal. From friday till tuesday our  brethren were under arms 150 of our brethren  came forth Like Moroni to battle, on tuesday  morning the mob had 300 and before any [blood] [p. 66]
In early November 1833, JS received reports of continuing vigilante violence toward church members in Missouri, including raids on Mormon settlements. However, some of those reports contained conflicting information. JS wrote this letter to Bishop Edward Partridge, the presiding officer in Missouri, seeking clarification on the situation. While encouraging Partridge to remain firm despite the hostility and recommending application to the government for redress, he lamented that Ohio members could not assist the Missouri Saints due to their own limited circumstances.
JS wrote this letter from Kirtland, Ohio, to Partridge at Liberty, Missouri. Frederick G. Williams transcribed a copy into JS Letterbook 1.