Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Certificate of Mormons as to the Conduct of General Clark and his troops, Richmond MO. Submitted by W. W. Phelps, George Walter, John Cleminson, G. M. Hinkel and John Corrill ]
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Nov 23, 1838

 

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                        Richmond Nov 23 1838

Understanding that Maj Genl

Clark is about to return with

the whole of his command from

the scene of difficulty we avail

ourselves of this occasion to state

that we were present when the

Mormons surrendered to Major Genl

Lucas at Far West and remained

there until until Major Genl Clark arrived

and we are happy to have an

opportunity as well as the sat=

=isfaction of stating that the course

of him and his troops while at

Far West was of the most respectful

Kind and obliging character towards

the said Mormons and that the

destitute among that people are

much indebted to him for sustenance

during his stay

The modification of the terms upon

which the Mormons surrounded

by permitting them to remain

until they could [“satisfy” erased] safely

go in the spring was also an act

that gave generat satisfaction to

the Mormons [“are generally satisfied” crossed out]

we have no hesitation in saying

that the course takin by Genl Clark

with the Mormons was necessary for

the public peace and that the Mormons

are generally satisfied with his course

we feel in duty bound to say that

the conduct of the Genl his staff officers

and troops was highly honorable as

soldiers and citizens so far as our


 

Knowledge intends) and we have heard    

of nothing derogatory to the dignity of the

state I in the treatment of the prisoners

                                    Respectfully    os

                                    W. W. Phelps

                                    George Walter

                                    John Clemenson

                                    G. M. Hinkel

                                    John Corrill