Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division of Missouri Militia, at Camp near Far West, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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                                                            Genl Lucas




                                                                        Nov 7 1838


                                    Independence Novr 7th. 1838

His Exc. L. W. Boggs

            Comd. In Chief

                        M. M.

                                                Sir, I recd. from Genl. Clark

last night per the hands of Col. Price a copy of

Your order of the lst. Novr. In which you State

that neither Genls. Atchison & Lucas was called

or Ordered into the field by you.  If your

Orders had of reached me before I got into

the field, I would not have went but I know

nothing of the Call for men, or of the arrangements

for giving the Command to Genl. Clark, but

acted as I have before informed You upon a

Call from Briga Genl. Parks, then in the field

(which according to military usage & ettiquette

is equivalent to an Order) for assistance, he

represented things in such a manner (which

your Excellency has been apprised of by Col.

Williams and Major Rees) that I believed I

had no alternative but to act as I did.  I have

no disposition to Thwart either your designs, or

Genl. Clark,s plans in going into the field

but after I got there with an Army of 2500. men

I could not consistently lie idle, or inactive.

            For the result of my proceedings, I refur

you to my report Sent herewith.  I did not

make any Report to Genl. Clark because

I did not believe it proper to do so consis=

=tent with my grade of Office.

                                    I am very Respectfully

                                                Yr. Obt. Servt.

                                                S. D. Lucas

                                                Major Genl. 4th. Divis. M.M.

P.S.       If your Excellency should deem it proper

            you can cause Genl. Clark to be furnished

            with a copy of the above.