[Wilford Woodruff in England]
I recieved A Neighbor & N. York Messenger speaking of the mob in Hancock County Illinois against the Saints. Said that the gentile mob had burned about 105 of the buildings of the Saints And that the Saints had taken up arms against the mob according to the laws & commands of God & officers of the Land. Three or four of the mob had been killed, And the rest wer fleeing to Missouri & other counties of Illinois.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]