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, Richmond, MO to General Samuel D. Lucas, 4th Division Missouri Militia ]
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                                                            Nov. 3, 1838

                                                Head Quarters of the forces

                                                   Against the mormons

                                                Richmond Nov 3rd 1838

Genl Samuel D Lucas

                                    Major Genl 4th D. M M

            Sir  I have heretofore directed you

to report to me of your moove

=ments in your opperations  against

the Mormons but you have not done

so or even sent me a line except a pencil

sevaral accidentally found in the

Bar Room of the Tavern at Richmond

I know nothing officially of what has been

done and shall therefore moove on to

Far West you are ordered to have all

the prisoners and arms taken from

the Mormons to be brought forthwith

to this place and the prisoners put in

the Richmond jail and guarded

and the arms put in some secure

place and guarded also, and you

are also ordered to discharge you

forces except a sufficient guard for the

arms and prisoners as above you

will then repair in persan to my

camp between here and Davis County

with your [“self” crossed out] suit and also communicate

to me a complete report in detail

of what you have done in this

expedition  These orders I make under

orders to me from the Govr

                        I have the Honor

                        to be your Obt Svt

                        John B Clark

                        Comg Genl