Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 3.7

Thomas Reynolds, 1840-1844

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from L. B. Fleak, Iowa to Governor Reynolds, Jefferson City, Mo. ]
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[  ] of  Jo. Smith

                                                     Free, L.B. Fleak PM

                                                       at Keokuk Iowa Tty


His Excellency  Gov. Reynolds

Jefferson City


                       To be mailed at St. Louis


                                                                                    KeoKucK  I.T. Augt 8th 1842

His Excellency Gov Reynolds

                    Dear Sir

                                  I hear just this (moment, crossed out) hour rcd

intelligence from Nauvoo that the Mormon Prophet

Joe Smith has this day been arrested on your

requisitions, .  He sent down for one of our  attor=

neys & it was from him that I obtained the

above information.  The amount of it will be this

Smith will be rescued by those devils which

surround him & their  will be another war more

bloody than those villians say theirs was in Mo

Nothing can save Smith this time, nine tenths

of our Citizens will support the sheriff although

he belongs to another State,  The news of his arrest

had not been here one hour before every Mormon

in Our Town had left for Nauvoo  I shall be

with the Sheriff this evening and on my return

again I will write you & from this time until

he is safely conveyed with your State you may

expect a note from me every Mail

            You could have done nothing else that would have

given the people of this Country & of Illinois

the satisfaction that this requisition has given

them.                                 Very Respectfully

                                              Your Obdt servt

                                                  L  B.  Fleak