Thursday, June 1, 2017

Writing About the Saints

William Kelly
William Kelly was the first non-member to write about the Saints in Utah. What year did his work publish?
a.                  1847
b.                  1861
c.                   1846
d.                  1852
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)               The Saint’s weapons
In reference to the Missouri persecutions:   Equally weak did Governor Dunklin show himself to be in the matter of investigating the military course of Colonel Pitcher in disarming the “Mormons,” and leaving them at the mercy of the mob. An inquiry into this circumstance was begun at Liberty, Clay county, in the latter part of December, 1833. The inquiry resulted in the arrest and trial of Colonel Pitcher before a court-martial; but the court did not convene until the 20th of February, 1834; and so remiss in the performance of his duty was General Thompson, who presided at the court-martial trial, that no report was made to the governor until the first of May, and even then it had to be solicited by him.
From the facts brought out in that trial, the governor decided that Colonel Pitcher had no right to dispossess the “Mormons” of their arms; and sent an order to S. D. Lucas, colonel of the thirty-third regiment, to deliver the arms taken from the “Mormons” on the 5th of December, 1833, to W. W. Phelps, John Corrill, Edward Partridge, A. S. Gilbert, or their order. Lucas, in the meantime, however, had resigned his position, had left Jackson county and settled in Lexington. Learning of this, the governor issued a second order for the arms, directing it this time to Colonel Pitcher. This letter was enclosed in a letter from the governor to W. W. Phelps, and sent to Colonel Pitcher on the tenth of July;’ but the arms were never returned. Indeed, between the issuing of the first and second orders of the governor for their restoration to their owners, the arms were distributed among the mob; and they insolently boasted that the arms should not be returned, notwithstanding the order of the executive. The determination of the mob leaders proved to be stronger than the authority of the governor—the commander-in-chief of the militia of the state.

B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 355-356.

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