Affidavit from William Daniels, 4 July 1844, John McEwan Copy

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on the 4th. day of July 1844, came William M. Daniels, before me a Justice of the peace within and for said and after being duly Sworn deposeth & saith that on Saturday the 22nd. day of June 1844, he came to the Town of in said county of , and continued there until the Thursday following the 27th. day of June; that on that morning your affiant joined the rifle company commanded by ; that the Lieutenant and Chittenden Esqr said that as the would be absent from that day, that they would send ten men from each of the two Companies to join the Carthage greys, and kill the two Genls Smith, and if the opposed kill him too: that among these twenty men were Mr Houck the Sailor, & Mr [Henry] Stephens, a cooper; The rest of the Two Companies marched towards “” to the railroad crossing when they were met by the order to disband all the troops, & disbanded them, that then the Captains called them to order, saying they had no command over them, but wished them to form in line, which they did: that then the Editor of the Warsaw Signal, Urged, by a speech, the necessity of killing the two Smiths: and a vote was then Called— who would go and do it. and about twenty men went home; the residue Eighty four men went to , having sent runners a head to stop the twenty men who had before started for , soon after they started one of the Carthage greys met them with a letter saying it was a most delightful time, the had gone they could now kill Joseph and , and must do it quick [p. [1]]
State of Illinois) ss
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on the 4th. day of July 1844, came William M. Daniels, before me a Justice of the peace within and for said and after being duly Sworn deposeth & saith that on Saturday the 22nd. day of June 1844, he came to the Town of in said county of , and continued there until the Thursday following the 27th. day of June; that on that morning your affiant joined the rifle company commanded by ; that the Lieutenant and Chittenden Esqr said that as the would be absent from that day, that they would send ten men from each of the two Companies to join the Carthage greys, and kill the two Genls Smith, and if the opposed kill him too: that among these twenty men were Mr Houck the Sailor, & Mr [Henry] Stephens, a cooper; The rest of the Two Companies marched towards “” to the railroad crossing when they were met by the order to disband all the troops, & disbanded them, that then the Captains called them to order, saying they had no command over them, but wished them to form in line, which they did: that then the Editor of the Warsaw Signal, Urged, by a speech, the necessity of killing the two Smiths: and a vote was then Called— who would go and do it. and about twenty men went home; the residue Eighty four men went to , having sent runners a head to stop the twenty men who had before started for , soon after they started one of the Carthage greys met them with a letter saying it was a most delightful time, the had gone they could now kill Joseph and , and must do it quick [p. [1]]
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