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    [Mormons] and [Nauvoo]. Autograph Letter Signed. Two integral pages, 15.5" x 9.75', Quincy [Illinois], September 17, 1845, to Captain J. A. Pierce regarding the purchasing of property in and around Quincy. At the conclusion, he comments on what he believes to be an imminent "War with the Mormons." He writes, in part:

    "We shall probably have a very serious War with the Mormons in Hancock County, which has commenced by burning the Mormon dwellings. And yesterday the Mormons shot a respectable anti-Mormon by name of Worrell...The Recorder of Hancock County arrived here today with the Deeds. Next month is the regular time for holding the circuit court at Carthage. The fact is, the Mormons out vote the old citizens & have control of all the offices, and justice cannot be obtained...The Eastern papers have no idea of the state of annarchy [sic] in that county. It is said that...the sheriff of Hancock shot Mr. Worrell. By tomorrow I expect we shall have bloody news from that region. A number of Mormon families have fled to this City for safety, and...as they congregate here, we shall have fighting. The Mormons sent an express to Gov. Ford, calling on him for aid. It is said his reply was 'They may go to Hell,' pretty language for a Governor! Between Loco Hoco's rulers & Mormon neighbors we are in a poor situation."

    In the early years of the Church, the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith led his followers west, intent on establishing a new Zion in the area around Independence, Missouri. Believing the Latter-Day Saints were abolitionists, the people of Missouri opposed their settlement. In 1838, the tension erupted into violence. Following the so-called Missouri Mormon War, all Mormons were stripped of their land and were forced into exile in neighboring Illinois, arriving in Quincy, where they treated with kindness by the local citizens. Smith then led the people 40 miles to the north, settling and establishing the town of Nauvoo, in Hancock County. By the 1840s, non-Mormons felt helpless by the increasing political power of the Mormons. Late in 1845, coming to the conclusion that peace was not an option, the Mormons made an agreement to abandon Nauvoo and over the winter of 1845-6, the Mormon exodus began. Scattered foxing and light toning.


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