a. Salt Lake City
c. Fillmore, Utah
d. Washington, D.C.
(D) A number of them drowned crossing the Missouri River back into Jackson County
On these propositions several speeches were made by members of the Jackson delegation, not of a pacificatory character. The Rev. Mr. Riley, a Baptist minister said that the “Mormons” had lived long enough in Clay county; “and they must either clear out, or be cleared out.” To which Mr. Turnham the chairman of the meeting answered: “Let us be Republicans; let us honor our country, and not disgrace it like Jackson country. For God’s sake don’t disfranchise or drive away the Mormons they are better citizens than many of the old inhabitants.: “ A statement with which others in the meeting—there were about one thousand present—agreed by exclamation of approval. The meeting adjourned in the midst of some confusion owing to a dirk fight between two Missourians, but not before the representatives of the exiled saints promised to call a meeting of their people and lay before them the Jackson delegation’s proposition; promising also to use their influence to prevent their brethren then coming to their assistance—Zion’s camp—from entering Jackson county until an answer had been made to the foregoing propositions.
The same evening, when the Jackson delegation was crossing the Missouri on their return home, the ferry boat suddenly sank and seven out of the twelve on board were drowned.
B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 364.