I, Abagail Leonard depose and say that on the <night of the> 20th of February 1834, in the county of , and state of Mis souri, a company of men, armed with whips and guns about fifty or sixty in number, came to the house of my husband: among them was John Youngs, Mr Yocum, Mr Cantrell, Mr Patterson, & Mr Knowland, five of them, number entered the house, among
them was John Young. They ordered my husband to leave the house, threatning to shoot him if they he did not. He not complying with their desires, one of the five took a chair, and struck him upon the head, knocking him down and then dragging him out of the house; I, in the mean time, begging of them to spare his life, when one of the number called to the others telling them to take me into the house for I would “overpower every devil
of them,” Three of the company then approached me, and presenting their guns, declared with an oath, If I did not go in they would blow me through. While this was trans piring, Mr Patterson jumped upon my husband with his heels. My husband then got up, They stripped his clothes all from him excepting his pantaloons, then five or six attacked him with whips and gun sticks, and whipped him till he could not stand but fell to the ground. I then went to them, and took their whips
from them, I then called to Mrs Brace, who lived in the same house with us, to come out and help me carry my husband into the house. When carried in he was very much lacerated and bruised and unable to lie upon a bed, and was also unable to work for a number of months. Also at the same time and place Mr Josiah Sumner was taken from the house and came in very bloody, and bruised from whipping whipping.
(Signed) Abigail Leonard.
24 February 1834 • Monday
I received the following
Revelation Given February 24th. 1834.
1 Verily I say unto you my Friends, behold I will give unto you a revelation and , that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties [p. 437]