Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Petition of Citizens of Ray County to General David R. Atchison, of the 3rd Division of Missouri Militia ]
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of what I have [“done” crossed out] advised, and I have no doubt

but he will approve of it to take time before hand to

Send to him will be useless, for the mischief will be

done before he could act.  Please advise me of

your determination by the bearer, I will cordially

co=operate with you, when you may require it.


                                                        Austin A. King.

Genl. David R. Atchison,

            Dear Sir,  The undersigned are fully

impressed with a belief that there is an insurrection

on foot in the countiez of Caldwell and Daviefz

in this State between the Mormons and other Citizenz

of this State.  The Citizens of Daviesz have a Mormon

in custody az a prisoner who they took as a Spy,

and the Mormons in Caldwell have three men

to wit, John Comer, William McHaney, and Allen

Miller, taken and confined as prisoners.  They

were taken in passing from Ray through Caldwell

to Davisz County .  The undersigned therefore earnestly

request you to order out the militia to suppresz

this insurrection, and to save effusion of

blood, which must Speedily take place unlesz

prevented.  Sept 10th . 1838


H.W. Lile                    Wade Hall                   Jesse Cotes

Anderson Martin         Geo Woodward          John McGee

P.R. Wirt                     J. W. Wall                   W. C. Williams

Jas. S. Ball                   Lewis L. Jacobs          A. B. Sherwood

Isaac Manson              Jno N. Hughs              Joel Jacobs

A. H. Ringo                Meril  M. White          Jacob Riffe

Allen Ball                    Houston Long             James Johnson

J. R. Hendley              W. C. Pollard              W. P. Boyce

C. R. Morehead          G. B. Thacken             Nathan Conner


                                                                          T. L.DW Shaw

Gen Atchison



Sept 10 1838