Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Witness Nathanial Carr, Mormon ]
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not fear, that this had been given to him by

the spirit of prophecy in the name of Jesus

Christ. Sidney Rigdon appeared to rejoice at

the information, and gaive unto the thing-

A few days before the Militia got to Far

west Jos Smith Jr observed that he did not in

-tend to obey the laws any longer, that he had

had a great may (“law suits” crossed out) writs served

on him, & that he was of age, and did not intend

to have another served on him- And further

this deponent saith not-

                                   James C. Owens

Nathaniel Carr. a witness produced, sworn

and examined in behalf of the State deposeth

and saith- While the last expedition was

going on in Daviess county a portion of the

troops returned to Far West, and was para

-ded before Mr Rigdons door- A letter was

produced by him. Recd as he said from Jos

Smith Jr & Lyman Wight, and perhaps Hiram

Smith, and I think Elias Higby- The letter

was read, which stated something like this

that all things were going on well in Daviess

that they had nothing to fear, and that the enemy was

in their hands,- I understood from what was

said in the letter that they knew this from

revelation.  The letter was read to about 200

men most of them under arm- The town

appeared under military rule, picket guards

were sent out morning & evening_ this state

of things was continued for three or four weeks

& until the mormons surrendered their

arms.  When the forces that went out to

attack Bogart were collecting about midnight

I heard them say that a mob was collecting near

Fields who had taken some of the brethran prison

-ers, and that they were collecting a company

to release them- and further this deponent

saith not,  Nathaniel Carr