Account of Hearing, 8 May 1844 [F. M. Higbee v. JS–A on Habeas Corpus]
Account of Hearing, [, Hancock Co., IL], 8 May 1844, F. M. Higbee v. JS–A on Habeas Corpus (Nauvoo, IL, Municipal Court 1844); handwriting of ; docket by , [, Hancock Co., IL], 8 May 1844; notation by , 10 May 1844; docket by unidentified scribe, [ca. 10 May 1844]; fourteen pages; Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL. Includes notation.
what was the matter with him when he told me that he was nearly dead with the Pox— he said on the 4th. July— it was bef. left— a French lady came up from — a very pretty lady— got in conn with this wom[an] & so got this dis[ease] I after talked with him & he ack[nowledge]d. that he got the Pox— he got better— but shortly after was down again— could not keep him away f[r]om women until he cod. get him well & he wod. die of it— said pointed out a spot where he had seduced a girl— & that he had seduced another— I do not believe it— I felt hurt ab[ou]t. it & labored with abt. it— but he swore to me with uplifted hands that he had lied abt. the matter I told the girls— & — both perjured themselves— & swore false so as to blind the family & me— & if the facts had been known there wod. be none I brot. bef — was prest when they both ackd that they had done these things & asked us to forgive them— I got vexed after my feelings had been hurt— has been guilty of adulterous— perjury &c & which I am able to prove by men who heard them confess it
I also prefd. charges agt. the same charges that I am now telling— and he got up and told them it was the truth— when he plead for his life this was his own statemt. bef 60 or 70 that the charges were true— agt. him & I have been end[eavorin]g. to throw out shafts to defend myself because they were corrupt— he was det[ermine]d. to ruin me— & tell to the public that he was detd. to prosecute me because I slandered him— altho I tell nothing but the truth since the sett[lemen]t. I have not mentd his name since— he wants to bind up my hands in the C. C. & make me pay heavy damages for telling the truth— in rel[atio]n. to consp. I never heard say he wod. take away my life— & & said they wod. shoot me— & the only offence agt. me— I did say that stole a raw hide I have seen him steal a number of times these are the truths that they want to ruin me— for telling the truth [p. 4]