Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from General John G. Clark, Headquarters of Missouri Militia at Far West, MO to General H. G. Parks, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division of Missouri Militia ]
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Nov. 4, 1838

            Head Quarters of all the forces

            against the Mormons

                        Far West Nov 4th 1838

Brig Genl Parks

                        Sir  I received

your communication of this

day per express and can only

say you ard right in obeying the

orders of Genl Lucas although

they were [“not” erased] without authority

so far as he was concerned you have

I supose taken the whole of the men of the

Mormons prisoners if not you will

do so and place such a guard around

them and the town as well [“to” crossed out]

protect the prisaners  and  [“as to” crossed out] secure

them until they can be [“detected” crossed out]

dealt with properly also the propety

must be protected From plunder

and waste as far as practicable

[“In retaliation” crossed out] in relation to the property of

the citizens you will give notice

that as soon as I get things sittled

here I will repair to that place

with a sufficient force to place

the citizens back on their homes

and that then all there property

that can be found will be delivered

up to them and also the best

means adopted to have them

paid for the damage they have

sustained till which time (to wit

my arrival all their property

as well as the Mormons must be held

in Custody this is done in order

that justice may be done in its


distribution all the citizens

who have been moved can

now move back with perfect

safety as my forces will not be

discharged until they who chose

to have moved

If you think 60 men or one

Company enough without doubt

to leave at that place to secure

the prisoners and afford protection

&c you are at libeity to do as you

have suggisted but you must select

a company in whom you can

confide to execute your order

and charge them to be strict that

no outrages are commited prisoners

must be protected if you move

your forces [“have” erased] here all but one

company you had better do so

immediately I will wait here

until you have time to come

before I make any further order

about Adam

                        I am sir yr Obt Svt

                        John B Clark

                        Majr Genl [O erased] Comg