Copy of Evidence and Letter, circa Late 1838–circa Early 1839 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Treason and Other Crimes]

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ever to set myself up above him in the matter but that I wished to do it, for the good of the Church— I knew this was the way I could get to talk with him. I explained myself more fully than when in the house, & told him I thought things were running to a dangerous extreme, & he ought to exercise his influence to stop it, as this course of things would ruin his people. He answered that I was mistaken and that I was scared & that this was the only way to gain our liberty & our point. That the mob had begun it with us in and had been kept up to this day & told me to be cheered up & not to oppose him & he pledged himself in some way that it would go on right— I replied I hoped for the better and that it would be better than I anticipated— both of the above conversations occured in at the time the Mormon troops were assembled there—
There was a council held the evening after I arrived at ,as I learned from & others, in which some officers were appointed. I do not recollect precisely how made, but I think was commander-in-chief of all the Mormon forces in county
Neither of the Mr Smiths seem to have any command as officers in the field, but seemed to give general directions—
I saw a great deal of plunder and bee-stands brought into camps, and I saw many persons for several days taking the honey out of them— I understood this property and plunder was were placed into the hands of the bishop at named to be divided out among them as their wants might require
There were a number of horses and cattle drove [p. [4]]
ever to set myself up above him in the matter but that I wished to do it, for the good of the Church— I knew this was the way I could get to talk with him. I explained myself more fully than when in the house, & told him I thought things were running to a dangerous extreme, & he ought to exercise his influence to stop it, as this course of things would ruin his people. He answered that I was mistaken and that I was scared & that this was the only way to gain our liberty & our point. That the mob had begun it with us in and had been kept up to this day & told me to be cheered up & not to oppose him & he pledged himself in some way that it would go on right— I replied I hoped for the better and that it would be better than I anticipated— both of the above conversations occured in at the time the Mormon troops were assembled there—
There was a council held the evening after I arrived at ,as I learned from & others, in which some officers were appointed. I do not recollect precisely how made, but I think was commander-in-chief of all the Mormon forces in county
Neither of the Mr Smiths seem to have any command as officers in the field, but seemed to give general directions—
I saw a great deal of plunder and bee-stands brought into camps, and I saw many persons for several days taking the honey out of them— I understood this property and plunder were placed into the hands of the bishop at named to be divided out among them as their wants might require
There were a number of horses and cattle drove [p. [4]]
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