Transcript of Proceedings, 12–29 November 1838 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Treason and Other Crimes]

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— to the Saints— From the time of the return of the troops from , the town of was kept under military rule, troops paraded and disciplined every day— It was agenerally prevailing understanding among the troops, and seemed to be so much so towards, the last that no other impressions prevailed— that they would either <​oppose​> mob or militia, should the come troops out against them for they considered them all mob at heart— this was about the time the militia arrived there—
As to personally I have thought him to be a good meaning man, but in connexion with others under the order of the danite society, I thought I had as much to fear from others <​him​> as <​from​> others— As to the constitution testified of by , I never heard of it until he disclosed it when he was taken prisoner— and I not did a not attend the first meetings in which the danite band was formed, I see not did not see , in the last expedition to , have arms upon his person— but he constituted one of the counsellors of Prest Joseph Smith Jr &c it was not usual for any of the President Presidency to compose composed of the Prest Smith & his counsellors to take arms and go into the ranks— When I arrived at I staid the first night at s house— and informed that was comeing out with the militia. answered that he did not wish to come out & sent an express to him not to come— he remarked that they could settle the difficulties themselves, I heard and further this saith not— [p. [54]]
— to the Saints— From the time of the return of the troops from , the town of was kept under military rule, troops paraded and disciplined every day— It was agenerally prevailing understanding among the troops, and seemed to be so much so towards, the last that no other impressions prevailed— that they would either oppose mob or militia, should the come out against them for they considered them all mob at heart— this was about the time the militia arrived there—
As to personally I have thought him to be a good meaning man, but in connexion with others under the order of the danite society, I thought I had as much to fear from him as from others— As to the constitution testified of by , I never heard of it until he disclosed it when he was taken prisoner— I did not attend the first meetings in which the danite band was formed, I did not see , in the last expedition to , have arms upon his person— but he constituted one of the counsellors of Prest Joseph Smith Jr &c it was not usual for any of the Presidency composed of Prest Smith & his counsellors to take arms and go into the ranks— When I arrived at I staid the first night at s house— and informed that was comeing out with the militia. answered that he did not wish to come out & sent an express to him not to come— he remarked that they could settle the difficulties themselves, and further this saith not— [p. [54]]
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