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


Com: in Chief

Oct 7, 1838


                                                            Booneville [sic] 16th. Oct. 1838

      To His Ex.             L. W. Boggs


            From a communication received from

Genl Parks I learn that the Mormons

in Carroll County have sold out and left,

consequently every thing is quiet there, but

Parks reports that a portion of the men from

Carroll County , with one piece of artillery,

are on their march for Daviess County , where

it is thought the same lawless game is to be

played over, and the Mormons to be driven

from that county, and probably from Caldwell

County: nothing in my opinion but the strongest

measures within the power of the Executive

will put down this spirit of Mobacracy.

            The troops ordered into the field

from Parks’ report partake in a great decree

of the mob. spirit; so that no reliance can

be placed upon them, however in this I

believe Parks to be mistaken; I would

respectfully suggest to your Excellency

the propriety of a visit to the scene of

excitement in person, or at all events a

strong proclamation. ------------

The state of things which have existed in the

counties of Daviess & Carroll for the last two

months, has been in a high degree ruinous

to the people and disgraceful to the State,

I would again respectfully suggest strong

measures to put down this spirit of mob,

and misrule, or permit them to fight it

out, if your Excellency should conclude

the latter expedient best calculated to produce

quiet and restore order, issue an order to

the Major Genl 3rd. Divis, to discharge the

troops now engaged in that service.

                                    I have the honor &c


                                                David R. Atchison.