Habeas Corpus, 30 June 1843, Copy [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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State of Illinois)
City of ) sct. [scilicet]
The People of the state of to the of said Greeting
Whereas application has been made before the Municipal court of said that the body of of one Joseph Smith senior of the said city of (who is styled in the warrant by which he is held in custody Joseph Smith Junior) is in the custody of , These are therefore to command you the said to safely have the body of the said Joseph Smith Senior who is styled Joseph Smith Junior in his custody detained as it is said together with the day and cause of his caption and detention by whatsoever name the said Joseph Smith Senior may be known or called before the Municipal Court of said forthwith to abide such order as the said court shall make in this behalf and further, if the said or other person or persons having the said Joseph Smith Senior of said city of in custody shall refuse or neglect to comply with the provisions of this writ, You the of said or other person authorized to serve the same are hereby required to arrest the person or persons so refusing or neglecting to comply as aforesaid and bring him or them together with the person or persons in his or their custody forthwith, before the municipal Court aforesaid, to be dealt with according to law; and herein fail not, and bring this writ with you.
Witness , Clerk of the Municipal Court, at , this 30th. day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three
, Clerk.
Municipal Court L.S. City of Ill
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I the within named— do herby <​return​> this writ— <​with the body of Joseph Smith,​> with the following cause of caption & detention— to wit—: the within named Joseph Smith was arrested on a warrent, issued by the of the State of by one <​a constable of in the State of ​> on the 23— day of June AD 1843 a copy of which warrent is hereunto anexed & marked Letter A— and deliverd ove[r] to the <​my​> custody of <​as​> directed by said writt.—
The person of said Smith was on said 23rd of June in the County of & State of , by the sed deliverd over to my custody, & that I receved & detaind the said Smith in my custody by virtue of a certen— warrent of Attorny— issued by the of the state of <​a copy of which is hrto anexed & marked Letter B—​> directing me to receive the said Smith & convey him to & deliver him to the sheriff of <​in the state of ​> & that the within detention refered to— is the same refered to & none other. — June June 30th AD 1843—
I Certify that I <​have​> executed the within Writ by bringing the within named Joseph Smith
“By the Act”
No charges allowed By order of the Court,
Clerk. [p. [2]]


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    Handwriting of Edward Southwick begins.  

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    Notation in handwriting of Joseph H. Reynolds.  

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    Notations and docket in handwriting of James Sloan.