Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO to General John B. Clark, 1st Division of Missouri Militia ]
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Gov. to Genl Clark

     Oct.. 27

Document-No. 21


Boggs’ exterminating


See Letter Book Gov

       for letter dated 20th Oct. 1838


                                                Head Quarters of the Militia

                                                City of Jefferson

                                                                        Octbr 27  1838


            Since the order of this morning to you

directing you to cause 400 mounted men to be

raised within your division  I have received by

Amos Rees Esqr of Ray & Wiley C. Williams Esqr

one of my Aids information of the most appal

-ing character which entirely changes the face

of things and places the Mormons in the attitude

of an open and armed defiance of the laws

And of having made war upon the people of

this State  Your orders are therefore to hasten your

operation with all possible speed  The Mormons

must be treated as enemies and must be ex-

-terminated or driven from the State if necessary

for the public peace their outrages are beyond

all description  If you can increase your force

you are authorized to do so to any extent you

may consider necessary  I have just issued

orders to Majr Genl Willock of Marion Co to

raise 500 men and to march them to the

Northern part of Daviess and there unite with

Genl Donphaon of Clay who has been ordered

with 500 men to proceed to the Same front for

the purpose of intercepting the retreat of the

Mormons to the North they have been directed

to communicate with you by express.  You can

also communicate with them if you find it ne-

cessary  Instead therefore of proceeding as at

first directed to reinstate the Citizens of Davis

in their homes you will proceede immedeately

to Richmond and there operate against the

Mormons  Brig Genl Parks of Ray has been

ordered to have four hundred of his Brigade

in readiness to join you at Richmond

The whole force will be placed under your


                        I am very respectfully

                                    Yr Obt St

                                    Lilburn W Boggs

                                                Com in Chief


Genl John B Clark

        Fayette Ho. Co.