Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

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





                                                            Oct 30, 1838


                                                Chariton 30th. Oct. 1838.

His Excellency Gov. Boggs.

                                                Sir, I have ordered one

Thousand men from This Divis, and now have five

Hundred this far under March, and five hundred

From the Second Brigade will join me to day at

Keytsville from whence I will proceed to Richmond

without delay.  Your two Orders were both received

on day before Yesterday at the Same time.  On this

moment I received per Capt Long the inclosed

express from Genl. Atchison and Lucas then at

Richmond, it was met by Col. Williams your aid

and opened and sent to me, supposing that the

powers confered on me were Sufficient. This may

be so but I would give your excellency my

decided Opinion that it would be best for

you to be there, and hope you will if practicable.

            In the meantime I will indeavor to

act out your orders in letter and spirit however

great the responsibility.  I have this moment

dispatched to Genls. Atchison & Lucas a copy

of your two Orders to me, with instructions

to act for the best, until I can arrive.

All the additional information that I have

from the Scene of disturbance, is worse

and worse

                                    I have the honor to be

                                        Yr. Obt. Servt.

                                          John B. Clark.

                                                Major Genl Com