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Lilburn W. Boggs letter to Joseph Hawkins, 1838 October 26

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 724 Item 1
Image of Lilburn W. Boggs letter to Joseph Hawkins
Image of Lilburn W. Boggs letter to Joseph Hawkins

Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter from Missouri Governor Boggs to Colonel Hawkins discussing reports Boggs had received about actions the Mormons had taken in Daviess County, including driving citizens from their homes, burning their houses, destroying their property, and "have reduced to ashes the town of Gallatin, the county seat of Davis [sic] County, including the clerk's office, post office, and the public records." He indicates citizens requested protection, and ordered Hawkins to raise a militia to assist. This letter was written the day prior to Boggs issuing the "Extermination Order." Dated October 26, 1838.


  • 1838 October 26

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1 sheet ; 25 x 20 cm

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription available in folder 2.


Holograph, signed.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States