on our part, that would in any wise be required of us by disinterested men of republican principle.
I am respectfully, your obt servt. Joseph Smith Jr
N. B. You are now corresponding with the (as I am informed,) will you do us the favor to acquaint him of our efforts for a compromise. This information we want conveyed to the inasmuch as his ears are stifled with reports from of our hostile intentions &c.
J. S. ....
I left Rush Creek the same day in company with and two other brethren for the western part of . While traveling we called at a <the> house <of Mr. Moss> for a drink of water. The woman of the house shouted from the door that they “had no water for Mormons, that they were afraid of the Cholera,” &c; <at the same time throwing out Lazarus, as if defending herself from
<the cholera in the form of> a personage> We turned and departed, according to the command ment, and before a week had passed, the cholera entered that house, and that woman and three others <of the family> were dead.
When the cholera first
made its appearance John S.
Carter was <one of> the first men
who stepped forward to re
buke it, and upon this, was instantly seized, and
became the first victim in the camp. He died about
six o’clock <in the> afternoon; and
Seth Hitchcock died in
about thirty minutes after. <& Erastus Rudd died about the same
moment, although, ½ a mile distant x> <note 7
Page 16> As it was impossible to
obtain coffins, the brethren rolled them
corpses in blankets,
carried them on a horse sled about half a mile; and
buried them in the bank of a small stream, which emp
ties into Rush Creek, all of which was accomplished by
dark. When they had returned from the burial, the
brethren united, covenanted, and prayed hoping the
disease would be staid; but in vain for while thus
Eber Wilcox <& Erastus Rudd>
died, and while some were
digging the grave others stood sentry with their fire arms,
watching their enemies.
26 June 1834 • Thursday
June 26th the elders wrote as follows,
“Sir, A company of our people exceeding two hundred men arrived in this the 19th. instant, and encamped about twelve miles from , where they were met, [p. 506]