Historical Letters: Neighbors Defend Early Saints

Dear Sir: I wish you could call public attention to the situation of the Mormons, who were driven out of Illinois not long since. They are above us here, West of the Missouri about nine hundred miles from its mouth, in a position singularly exposed to aggression from the hostile Indians in their neighborhood. If it comes to open fighting, they can beat off whoever attacks them, but it is likely that some of their women and children may be killed first; and at any rate they will be apt to lose their cows and meat stock upon which they principally depend for their subsistence during the winter. In this case they would not have more to dread from death outright; since they are already on the verge of starvation and only calculate that they have food enough, with their most careful husbandry to keep soul and body together till next summer.
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