Jacob Forney reports that the emigrant party found themselves facing difficulties with the Piedes before the massacre.

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Jacob Forney

Report to Jacob Forney, dated Fort Bridget, December 6, 1857. Published in Message of the President of the United States, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, information in relation to the massacre at Mountain Meadows and other massacres in Utah Territory. US Senate. 36th Cong., 1st sess. Washington, DC: George W. Bowman, Printer, 1860. Senate Exec. Doc. 42, Serial 1033. 95-9

George W. Bowman, Printer
Jacob Forney, George W. Hancock
Jacob Forney

On the tenth day of September last, George W. Hancock, a merchant in the town of Payson, came to the Indian settlements to look at some fat cattle that I proposed selling, and in the course of conversation, said that he had learned that the California emigrants on the southern route had got themselves into a very serious difficulty with the Piedes, who had given them to understand that they could not pass through their country, and on attempting to disregard this injunction, found themselves surrounded by the Indians, and compelled to seek shelter behind their wagons. He said he had learned these facts from an express man, who passed his house that morning with a message from the Indians to President Young, inquiring what they must do with the Americans. The express man had been allowed one hundred consecutive hours in which to perform the trip of nearly three hundred miles and return, which Mr. Hancock felt confident he would do.

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