Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General David R. Atchison, 3rd Division of the Missouri Militia in Boonville, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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Genl Atchison



Oct 9, 1838




Bonville October 9th. 1838.

To the Commander in Chief,

Sir, enclosed you will receive a communi =

=cation from Genl Parks, which I deem my duty to

forward to Your Excellency; I have required

Genl Doniphen with the troops from Clay, Clinton

and the Platte to co-operate with Genl Parks; I have

also instructed Parks to prevent armed Mormons

from marching to De wit, and also to send back

or take into custody all the Mormons from

Caldwell County who may be found in arms in

Carroll County ; also to disperse all armed bands

of Citizens from other counties found in Carroll

I have also suggested to Parks, to

urge it upon the Mormons in Carroll County , to

sell out and remove elsewhere, and also to

urge the citizens to make the proposition to buy;

I have no doubt but your Excellency if you

should deem it your duty to proceed to Carroll

County, could restore peace; I would have fowar=

=ded this communication by express, but was

informed that you were at St. Louis . It is therefore,

sent by mail. If you deem it necessary to

proceed to Carroll County , I would respectfully

suggest, that it should be done as quick

as possible. I have the honor to be &c.

D. R. Atchison

P.S. If your Excellency should deem it necessary

to proceed to Carroll County , Boonville will be

in your rout, where it would give me great

pleasure to see your Excellency, at which

time I will be prepared to give all information

as to the difficulties between the Mormons

and citizens, as far as it could be obtained.

D. R. Atchison