History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

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<​June 20​> not know, called upon your deponent, , when John Banks said they waited on him to make three propositions, viz; 1st, that we were to take up arms, join with, and go along with them to to arrest one Joseph Smith and others, about 17 in number living in ; 2nd, to remove our effects to ; or, 3rd, to give up our arms to them and remain neutral, and said was required to notify all the brethren in the neighborhood, and report to the said committee, which of these propositions we accepted, by 8 o’clock on Monday morning following, and that one of the above resolutions was to be complied with within that time. On the same day said Joseph Barber and Luther Perry went to where your deponent, , was at work in a field in the same neighborhood, and said they had come to notify him that said must comply with one of the above propositions; if not that said would smell thunder. And all your deponents further depose and say, that they have been compelled to leave their homes and flee to for protection; for we were afraid to stay there on account of the mobs threatening to ‘utterly exterminate’ us according to a ‘Warsaw Signal Extra’ of June 14th, 1844, if we staid at home; and further your deponents say not.
,
,
John Edmiston,
.
“Subsribed and sworn to this 20th day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.”
Also the affidavit of , Wm. Garner, and John G. Lofton:— [HC 6:510]
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 20th, 1844
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace, , William Garner, and John G. Lofton, who being first duly sworn, depose and say, that on Saturday the 15th day of June 1844, at in said , certain persons, to wit; John Clark, John Crawford, Jeremiah Bentley, and three others, all farmers, came to your deponents, and made three several propositions to them, to wit, 1st, that we were to take up our arms and join with them in going to to take Joseph Smith and others prisoners. 2nd, to remove with our effects to immediately, or, 3rd, to give up our arms to Colonel , and remain neutral. We were ordered to give in our decision on Monday then next by 8 o’clock in the morning, and if we would not agree to their decision, we must abide the consequences. And in consequence of mobs gathering in the neighborhood, we have been obliged to leave our homes in order to save our lives, and are come to for protection.
further deposeth and saith, that said John Clark did on Tuesday 18th inst, inform your that one of their party had gone to , and had obtained three cannon, and were expecting three companies of volunteers from to join them in going to to exterminate the Mormons; and further your deponents say not.
,
William Garner,
John G. Lofton.
“Subscribed and sworn to this 20th day of June 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.” [p. 125]
June 20 not know, called upon your deponent, , when John Banks said they waited on him to make three propositions, viz; 1st, that we were to take up arms, join with, and go along with them to to arrest one Joseph Smith and others, about 17 in number living in ; 2nd, to remove our effects to ; or, 3rd, to give up our arms to them and remain neutral, and said was required to notify all the brethren in the neighborhood, and report to the said committee, which of these propositions we accepted, by 8 o’clock on Monday morning following, and that one of the above resolutions was to be complied with within that time. On the same day said Joseph Barber and Luther Perry went to where your deponent, , was at work in a field in the same neighborhood, and said they had come to notify him that said must comply with one of the above propositions; if not that said would smell thunder. And all your deponents further depose and say, that they have been compelled to leave their homes and flee to for protection; for we were afraid to stay there on account of the mobs threatening to ‘utterly exterminate’ us according to a ‘Warsaw Signal Extra’ of June 14th, 1844, if we staid at home; and further your deponents say not.
,
,
John Edmiston,
.
“Subsribed and sworn to this 20th day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.”
Also the affidavit of , Wm. Garner, and John G. Lofton:— [HC 6:510]
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 20th, 1844
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace, , William Garner, and John G. Lofton, who being first duly sworn, depose and say, that on Saturday the 15th day of June 1844, at in said , certain persons, to wit; John Clark, John Crawford, Jeremiah Bentley, and three others, all farmers, came to your deponents, and made three several propositions to them, to wit, 1st, that we were to take up our arms and join with them in going to to take Joseph Smith and others prisoners. 2nd, to remove with our effects to immediately, or, 3rd, to give up our arms to Colonel , and remain neutral. We were ordered to give in our decision on Monday then next by 8 o’clock in the morning, and if we would not agree to their decision, we must abide the consequences. And in consequence of mobs gathering in the neighborhood, we have been obliged to leave our homes in order to save our lives, and are come to for protection.
further deposeth and saith, that said John Clark did on Tuesday 18th inst, inform your that one of their party had gone to , and had obtained three cannon, and were expecting three companies of volunteers from to join them in going to to exterminate the Mormons; and further your deponents say not.
,
William Garner,
John G. Lofton.
“Subscribed and sworn to this 20th day of June 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.” [p. 125]
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