Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from Joseph Dickson, CLerk of Circuit Court of Carroll County in Carrollton, MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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                                                            Carrolton Missouri

                                                            Septr 6th 1838

            Honr L W. Boggs

Governor of Missouri

                                                Sir.

                        I am requested by the Committee of

Safety appointed for Carroll County to forward to Your

Honor a copy of an affidavit made by John N. Sapp the

contents of which they have every reason to believe are true—

they wish your Honor, if you should consider the same

advisable to acquaint the Indian agents on our frontier with

that part of said affidavit which relates to the Indians

                                                            I Have the Honor to be

                                                With great Respect Your

State of Missouri   )                 Obdt Servant Joseph Dickson

County of Carroll )ss.

                                    I, John N. Sapp, do solemnly swear that I

resided in Daviess County , State aforesaid, for about the space

of five months, and was a member of the Church of the

people, styled Mormons, and that I quit them about

fifteenth day of August last by stealth.  When I left

them they (said people, Styled mormons) were building

Block Houses, and calculated this fall to build

fortifications for the protection of themselves and families

in time of war, for which they are making every

arrangement and the understanding is, that each man

is to Cultivate one acre of land and if the produce

raised on said acre is not sufficient for their maintainance

and that of their Family they are to take the balance


from the Missourians (thereby meaning people of other

denominations) and I do further say there are betwixt

Eight and Ten hundred men well armed and Equiped

who have taken an oath to support Joseph Smith and

Lyman Wight in opposition to the laws of the State of

Missouri , or otherwise which said men are called Danites,

and I was a member of said body of Danites and have taken

the above oath – and I do further say, I have heard

Sidney Rigdon and Lyman Wight say they had

twelve men of their Church among the Indians and

that their object was to induce the Indians to Join them

(the said mormons) in making war upon the Missourians

and that they Expected to be fully prepared to commence

war this fall or next spring at fartherest and I also

Say the danites aforesaid are Sworn to cowhide any

person or persons who may say aught against

Joseph Smith, and Lyman Wight, and if that will

not prevent them from speaking about said Smith

and Wight then they are to assassinate them

                                                                       his

                                                            John N x Sapp

                                                                       mark

Subscribed and Sworn to before me Joseph Dickson, Clerk

of the County Court within and for the County of Carroll ,

State of Missouri on the fourth day of September in the

year 1838

(Seal)   In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand

and affixed my private seal at office, there being no official seal

yet procured, this fourth day of September 1838

                                                             Joseph Dickson—Clerk


            I  Joseph Dickson, Clerk of the County Court

within and for the County of Carroll aforesaid do

certify that the foregoing instrument of writing

is a true and correct copy of the affidavit of

John N Sapp filed with me for safe keeping

on the fourth day of September 1838

                                    I Testimony whereof I have hereunto set

                        my hand and affixed my private seal at

                        office there being no official seal yet procured

                        this fourth day of September 1838

                                                            Joseph Dickson

                                                                        Clerk


                                                            Affidavit of Jn.

                                                            Sapp

                                                            Sept 6, 1838

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