Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from Sarshel Woods and Joseph Dickson, of Carrollton, MO ]
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County  They have determined to attack

and burn Richmond to night And we

have but little doubt but that they will

attempt it  The women and children have

 all left Richmond and are leaving the

County flying for protection to Livingston

and elsewhere  These creatures will never

Stop until they are stoped by the Strong

hand of force.  And Something must be

done and that Speedily   There is no kind

of doubt but that all the Alarm with

much more that I have not time to write

is true and you may act accordingly

                                    Yours Respectfully

                                      Wiley C. Williams

                                       Amos Rees

Sir

                        We were informed last night by an

Express from Ray County that Capt Bogard

and all his company amounting to between fifty

and sixty were massacred by the Mormons

at Buckhorn  twelve miles north of Richmond

except three.  This Statement you may rely

on as being true and last night they expected

Richmond to be burnt in ashes  this morning

we could distinctly hear Cannon and we

know the Mormons have one in their pos

-session Richmond is about twenty five

miles west of this place on a straight line

we know not the hour or minuite we will be

laid in ashes  Our Country is ruined for God

Sake give us assistance as quick as possible

Carrolton Mo                           Yours &c

Oct. 24, 1838                 Sashel Woods Joseph Dickson