I Called upon president Young and found a company in his office reading the scraps sent from the states against Mormonism. There appears to be a fixed determination by the General Government to annihilate the saints of God from off the Earth & to destroy the last vestage of righteousness from among men.
O Hyde received a letter from Lucky Bill at Carson valley stating that there was a Company fitting out at Carson valley and at placerville to Come into our settlements for the purpose of robing and plundering. O Hyde wrote him a letter stating that He advised our friends if we had any [ ] not to ingage in a Contest against our people for God would smite them with Blindness and our Enemies would be given into our hands.
[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]