Account of Hearing, 8 May 1844 [F. M. Higbee v. JS–A on Habeas Corpus]

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I have seen steal a many times— I have seen him feel a womans bosom & lift up her clothes— I knew that they are wicked malicious adulterous bad character I say it under oath— I can tell all the par[ticu]lars from first to last
with regd. to the time that is spoken of I stopt opp[osite] Mr. Laws store we had been convg. with rather recoiled & wished to withdraw & sat up on a pile of wood— He said it is all true I am sorry for it I wish it had never happd.— I understood by who related some of the circumstances he cried & begged of us to forgive him— & said if he cod. be permitted to stay in the as a P[rivate] individuall he shd. be happy—— that was about the whole he sd. <​it is true​> I am sorry I wish it had never been so—— I am sorry— as we came up & Mr. S. had been talkg. abt. it— I have not mentd. it bef— I was know of the whole affair— it was on the 4th. July— <​& some days after​> a few days after I came from I was in the C[ity] Coun[cil] when sd. it was settled
X I have <​h[ear]d.​> say all the things were facts— he ackd. that had the pox & that he had Dr. him, he ackd. that & a great deal more.
in to the matters bef the Ct. I am unac[quainte]d. with I was sick at the time I have heard it talked of back & fro—
X recollected that J. S came to him with a compt. agt. & — & made afft. that it was true— I have the affts. in my house— I went to see on a Friday or Saty. last week I found him at Mr. Morrisons he was waitg. for a Steam Boat I end[eavore]d. to prevail on him to relinquish s
X he said I have no char[acter] in for I have none to lose— I tried &c but he flatly contrad[icted] me & said he had none— & this is one of the reasons why he pers[ecute]d. Mr. S.— as he had no char. he did not care what he did— he had nothing to lose that is the substance [p. 5]
I have seen steal a many times— I have seen him feel a womans bosom & lift up her clothes— I knew that they are wicked malicious adulterous bad character I say it under oath— I can tell all the particulars from first to last
with regd. to the time that is spoken of I stopt opposite Mr. Laws store we had been convg. with rather recoiled & wished to withdraw & sat up on a pile of wood— He said it is all true I am sorry for it I wish it had never happd.— I understood by who related some of the circumstances he cried & begged of us to forgive him— & said if he cod. be permitted to stay in the as a Private individuall he shd. be happy—— that was about the whole he sd. it is true I am sorry I wish it had never been so—— I am sorry— as we came up & Mr. S. had been talkg. abt. it— I have not mentd. it bef— I was know of the whole affair— it was on the 4th. July— & some days after a few days after I came from I was in the City Council when sd. it was settled
X I have heard. say all the things were facts— he ackd. that had the pox & that he had Dr. him, he ackd. that & a great deal more.
in to the matters bef the Ct. I am unacquainted. with I was sick at the time I have heard it talked of back & fro—
X recollected that J. S came to him with a compt. agt. & — & made afft. that it was true— I have the affts. in my house— I went to see on a Friday or Saty. last week I found him at Mr. Morrisons he was waitg. for a Steam Boat I endeavored. to prevail on him to relinquish s
X he said I have no character in for I have none to lose— I tried &c but he flatly contradicted me & said he had none— & this is one of the reasons why he persecuted. Mr. S.— as he had no char. he did not care what he did— he had nothing to lose that is the substance [p. 5]
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