Aug 12th 1842
It is next to impossible
to get correct news from across the
River. The Sheriff
yesterday & demanded Joe of the
of Nauvoo into whose hands he had
committed him for safe keeping;
but he was not forthcoming, the
Marshall Saint had let him go.
The fact is the Mormons
defy all the force that can be brought
against them & swear in their strength
that Joe shall not be taken to
show the [despots] guilt?
They are all in a great stew. Every
old Rifle, Pistol, Cutlass, Knife Etc.
Ù among them is being put in order.
If Joe does not appear
I suppose the next step will be
to offer a reward for him as a fugi-
-tive from justice—as he has now
escaped from an office of justice.
If that is done I’ll be bound
justice will overtake him.
Will Mo now give
up the chase? Will Gov Boggs
be willing to rest & let a man
who [would] murder him any moment
go “unwhiped of Justice”? for the
good of the [Country] & the peace of
Society I hope not.
I will write you just
as often as any thing occurs
of interest. Truly & Respectuflly
D. [M.] Kilbourn
D. [M]. Kilbourn
About Jo. Smith
Montrose I.T.) from
Aug 12th ) D. [M]. Kilbourn
L. B. Fleak Esq