Complaint, 12 September 1838 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Riot]

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being sworn sayeth that on the Eight day of August last 1838 that his hous ware [were] approach by 17 men well armed and caled him to his Fence and demanded of him to sign a obligation which he considered no no Free me[n] ot [ought] to have don[e] <​don​> they threatened his life if he did not signe it and he refused and after some considerable chat they left his house and after about one half our they returned with about 150 men well armed with guns swordes and pistel and approched his house and Surroun Surrounded it and drove to head by Joseph Smith and and drew out a pease of paper and said that they had come to be plaine with me if I did not sign it Inst death would insue and at the same time said that intende[d] to make all of th the sivel [civil] and mellithia [militia] officers it sign it they als[o] thethen [threatened] the lives of some indivdels [individuals] and said that they would not be Goverend by the Sivel law and part of the above band ware by the names as follows to wit Ephraim Owens [Owen] Harvey Olmstead [Olmsted] Alanson [Brown] John Woods Riley Steward [Stewart] James Whitaker Ephraim Tubbs James Nelson Joseph [W.] Younger
Sworn and subscribed to before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace this 12th day of September 1838
Philip Covington J.P. LS [p. [1]]
being sworn sayeth that on the Eight day of August last 1838 that his hous ware [were] approach by 17 men well armed and caled him to his Fence and demanded of him to sign a obligation which he considered no Free men ot ought to have done don they threatened his life if he did not signe it and he refused and after some considerable chat they left his house and after about one half our they returned with about 150 men well armed with guns swordes and pistel and approched his house and Surrounded it head by Joseph Smith and and drew out a pease of paper and said that they had come to be plaine with me if I did not sign it Inst death would insue and at the same time said that intended to make all of the sivel [civil] and mellithia [militia] officers sign it they also thethen [threatened] the lives of some indivdels [individuals] and said that they would not be Goverend by the Sivel law and part of the above band ware by the names as follows to wit Ephraim Owens [Owen] Harvey Olmstead [Olmsted] Alanson [Brown] John Woods Riley Steward [Stewart] James Whitaker Ephraim Tubbs James Nelson Joseph W. Younger
Sworn and subscribed to before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace this 12th day of September 1838
Philip Covington J.P. LS [p. [1]]
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