Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from M. Arthur Esquire to the Representatives from Clay County, Liberty, MO ]
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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Liberty29th. November 1838.

Respected Friends,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Humanity to an injured people

prompts me at present to address you thus.You

were aware of the treatment (to some extent before

you left home) received by that unfortunate race

of beings called the Mormons, from Devils in the

form of human beings inhabiting Davis, Livingston

and a part of Ray Counties, not being satisfied

with the relinquishment of all their rights as citizens,

and human beings, in the Treaty forced upon

them by Genl. Lucas, by giving up their arms

and throwing themselves upon the mercy of the

State, and their fellow Citizens generally, hoping

thereby protection of their lives and property, are

now receiving treatment from those demons

that makes humanity shudder, and the cold chills

run over any man not entirely destitute of

any feeling of humanity.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Those demons are now constantly

Strolling up and down Caldwell County in small

Companies armed, insulting the women in

any and every way; and plundering the poor

devils of all the means of substance (scanty

as it was) left them; and driving off their

Horses, Cattle, Hogs, &c and rifleing their houses

and farms of every thing therein, taking beds

bedding wardrobe, and all such things as they

see they want, leaving the poor mormons in a

starving and naked condition.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† These are facts I have from authority

that cannot be questioned, and can be mantained

and Substantiated at any time; there is now

a Petition afloat in our Town Signed by the

Citizens of all parties and grade, which will be

sent you in a few days, praying the Legislature

to make some speedy enactment applicable to their

Case, they are entirely willing to leave our State, so

soon as this inclement Season is over, and a number

have already left and leaving daily; scattering

themselves to the four winds of the earth.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Now Sirs, I do not want by any

means to dictate to you the course to be pursued,

but one fact I will merely suggest.I this

day was conversing with Mr. George M. Pryer who

is just from Far West, relating the Outrages there

committed daily, I Suggested to him the propriety

of the Legislatureís placing a guard to patroll on

the lines of Caldwell County, Say of about 25. men.

And give them say [$1: or 1 for $] per day each

man and find their provision &c until say the

first day of June next those men rendering that

protection necessary to the Mormons, and

allowing them to follow and bring to Justice

any individual who has heretofore, or will

hereafter be guilty of plundering, or any violation

of the laws;

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I would suggest that George M. Pryer

be appointed Captain of Said guard, and that

he be allowed to raise his own men; he is

willing thus to act: He is a man of Correct

habits and will do justice to all sides, and

render due Satisfaction.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Should this course not be

approved of, I would recommend the restoration

of their arms for their own protection, one

or the other of these Suggestions is certainly

due the Mormons from the State; she has now

their leaders prisoners to the number of


50. or 60, and I apprehend no danger from the

remainder in any way, until they will

leave the State.


Copy of Mr.

Arthurís letter

except what related to

the chartering of some

company in Liberty


Addressed to members of

Geníl Assembly from Clay Cty