Speech of John B. Clark • 6 November 1838
Speech of ,
To the Saints at .
6th. Novr 1838.
You whose names are not attached to this list of names, will now have the privilege of going to your families. Those that are now taken will go from this to prison, be tried, and receive the due demerit of their crimes. But you (except such as charges may hereafter be preferred against) are at liberty as soon as the troops are removed that now guard the place, which I shall cause to be done immediately. It now devolves upon you to fulfil the treaty that you have entered into, the leading items of which I shall now lay before you. The first requires that your leading men be given up to be tried according to law. This you have complied with. The second is, that you deliver up your arms, this has been attended to. The third stipulation is that you sign over your properties to defray the expences that have been incurred on your account; this you have also done. Another article yet remains for you to comply with, and that is, that you leave the forthwith: And whatever may be your feelings concerning this, or whatever your innocence, is nothing to me. (whose military rank is equal with mine) has made this treaty with you. I approve of it. I should have done the same had I been here, and am therefore determined to see it executed. The character of this has suffered much almost beyond redemption, from the character, conduct, and influence that you have exerted, and we deem it an act of justice to restore her character by every proper means. The order of the was to me, that you should be exterminated, and not allowed to remain in the ; and had not your leaders been given up, and the terms of this treaty complied with, your fam ilies would before this time have been destroyed, and your houses in ashes. There is a discretionary power vested in my hands, which considering your circum stances I will exercise for a season: You are indebted to me for this clemency.