<October 5th.—> removed to — Conference adjourned to the first Friday and
Saturday in January
next at ten A.M. , Clerk—
7 October 1838 • Sunday
<[illegible] to be> <7>
Sunday 7 preached at commonly called the Salt Sermon—
There were seven cut off from the Church in Preston, England, this day.
“Brigade Head Quarters, 5 miles from < Letter>
Carroll County: “— Sir Immediately after my
express to you, by Mr. Warder, was sent, I
proceeded to this place, which I reached yesterday with two
companies of mounted men from . I
ordered Col. Jones to call out three companies from
this County to hold themselves in readiness, to join me at
Carrollton on the 5th. inst., which order has
not been carried into effect. None of the
Carroll Regiment is with me. On arriving in
the vicinity of , I found a body of armed men, under the command of
Austin, encamped near , besieging that place, to the number of two or three
hundred, with a piece of Artillery, ready to attack the Town of
. On the other side,
has in that place three or four hundred Mormons to defend it, and
says he will die before he is driven from thence. On the 4th. inst.
they had a skirmish— fifteen or thirty guns fired on both sides—
one man from Saline wounded in the hip. The
Mormons are at this time too strong, and no attack is expected
before Wednesday or Thursday next, at which time Dr.
Austin hopes his forces will amount to five hundred men, when
he will make a second attempt on the Town of , with small arms and cannon. In this posture of
affairs, I can do nothing but negotiate between the parties, until
further aid is sent me. I received your friendly letter of the
inst. by Mr. Warder, authorizing me to call
on , which call I have
made on him for five companies from Platte,
, and Clinton with two
Companies I ordered from , of which I doubt whether these last will
come, if they do, I think I will have a force sufficient to manage
these beligerents. Should these troops arrive here in time, I hope
to be able to prevent bloodshed. Nothing seems so much in demand here
(to hear the Carroll County men talk) as
Mormon scalps— as yet they are scarce— I believe , with his present force and position, will beat Austin with five hundred of his troops. The Mormons say
they will die, before they will be driven out &c. As yet they
have acted on the defensive as far as I can learn. It is my settled
opinion, the Mormons will have no rest until they leave— whether
they will, or not, time only can tell” ”
<Howard communication> Under the same date from the camp near eleven blood thirsty fellows viz.
Congrave Jackson, Larkin K.
Woods, Thomas Jackson,
Rolla M. Daviess, James Jackson Jr.
Johnson Jackson, John L.
Tomlin, Sidney S. Woods,
Geo. Crigler, Wm. L.
Banks, and Whitfield Dicken wrote a
most inflamatory, Lying, and Murderous communication to the Citizens of
Howard County, calling upon them as
friends and fellow citizens to come to their immediate rescue as
the Mormons were then firing upon them and they would have to act on the
defensive until they could procure more assistance— A.
C. Woods a Citizen of Howard
County made a Certificate to the same lies, which he gathered in
the Mob Camp; he did not go into
or take any trouble to learn the truth of what he certified— While
the people will lie, and the authorities will uphold them what
Justice can honest men expect?
9 October 1838 • Tuesday
<9.> Tuesday 9th. wrote the from
Boonville that “the names subscribed to the
enclosed paper (as before stated 7th. instant) are worthy prudent
and patriotic citizens of Howard County” men
who would leave their families and every thing dear, and go to a foreign
County to seek the blood of innocent men, women, and children, If
this constitute “worth, prudence, and patriotism” Let me be
worthless, imprudent, and unpatriotic—
10 October 1838 • Wednesday
from 10> The Messenger Mr.
Caldwell who had been despatched to the
for assistance, returned, [p. 834]