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Honoring the Victims of the Mormons - 1847

Quincy Whig January 27, 1847

 HONOR TO THE DEAD. -- The Warsaw Signal recommends that a plain column as a Monument, be erected in Hancock, on some eligible point at [an] expense of a few hundred dollars, in memory of the virtues of those who were murdered by the Mormons. As to the means, the editor proposes that a handsomely bound book be provided in which to record the names of contributors, with certificates for each, stating the amount, and the purpose for which it was paid, and when full to be deposited and kept in the office of the County Recorder, as a memorial -- no individual to contribute more than 50 cents, that all who desire may have an opportunity to share in the work. A committee of ten to be appointed -- five at the county seat and five from the country -- who with the treasurer, to be a building committee, to plan, contract, construct, and pay for the same, and finally make report of their proceedings.

We think the suggestion a good one. Let the monument be erected on the highest bluff in the county -- if possible, within sight of the Mormon Temple, that the wayfarer in future time, as he gazes upon the one evidence of the Mormon folly, can in the same view, take in the Monument erected in memory of those who have fallen victims to Mormon vengence and cruelty. -- We have no doubt there are a great number in this county who will contribute their share towards the proposed work. Contributors in this county can leave their contributions at this office, -- and they shall be held as a sacred trust for the purpose -- and if the project is abandoned, shall be returned to the contributors. Our contribution is always ready.

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