Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: An affidavit from William Morgan, Sheriff of Daviess County, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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Affidavit of Mor

[gen & Covington ]

Oct. 21. 1838.


October 21st. 1838.

I William Morgan, Sheriff of Daviess

County, do certify that on the 18th. day of

this inst. as I was going to Gallatins , I saw

five men ride off from the store of Jacob

Stallings, & on walking fifty or sixty yards

further, I perceived the house was on fire.

I ran to the house where the clerk of the

store boarded, say 150 yards from the store & found

no one there. Whilst standing there I saw two

other men ride by the store and made no stop-

I then expected it was Mormons, on going home

one mile from town. I there learnt that the

Mormons had drove off the Clerk and had fired

the store. Since that they the Mormons have

ordered almost all the Citizens of the County to

leave, and they, myself, for one, have moved our

families to Livingston County Our country is

in a desperate situation they are burning and

driving as they go It is reported by a prisoner

that they turned loose, last night, that they

were to burn Millport, & I have no doubt

of that being the fact. I remain your, with


To William Morgan

Lilburn W. Boggs (over)