Account of Hearing, 8 May 1844 [F. M. Higbee v. JS–A on Habeas Corpus]
Account of Hearing, [, Hancock Co., IL], 8 May 1844, F. M. Higbee v. JS–A on Habeas Corpus (Nauvoo, IL, Municipal Court 1844); handwriting of ; docket by , [, Hancock Co., IL], 8 May 1844; notation by , 10 May 1844; docket by unidentified scribe, [ca. 10 May 1844]; fourteen pages; Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL. Includes notation.
sd. it was adjd. to have the testimony of but he is not yet found I expect him here soon.
sworn with reg[ar]d. to this case I kno noth[in]g. a circumstance occ[urred]d. at came to my house & preached a week last Saty.— he came over here & apost[atized] the same day— in upholding the auth of the Church— & apo next day— I came over & went to see him I asked him how he chang his mind so quick— he sd. he had seen affts. of the guilt of Mr. S. he told me that was going abt. to the dif[feren]t. confer[ences]— I told him I thot. he had better send some one else— his conduct was not of the best and I knew of circumstances that were not right
I was a mate on a Steam Boat & was Clerk we had not much Cabin— we had some females on boa[r]d— his cond[uc]t. with the lady pass[enge]rs. one night we had given up our room to some ladies— <it was my watch &> I went in at one <o clock> at night— & saw him leaning over a Berth where one of the ladies slept— this was in the night— he had no bus[iness] there— I gave up the Berth to the ladies— no Gent had any right there— I felt indignant at such conduct & thot. he was a poor <not a proper on[e]> one to send out— his conduct towards the ladies passrs. was unbec[omin]g— to one profess[in]g so much virtue as he now does—
sworn. I do not I have seen him go into the room with females but what their intent[io]ns were I do not know— I might have seen him two or three times go into the rooms with females— I think he has done that which is not right— I should judge that wa from conversatn. that that was the case— I presume he has a good many times— I might recollect 20 times— but I can not recollect now— he has frequently told me things of that kind— it is a private case to be sure— he has frequently told me things of that sort having taken place— he has told me that he had commenced an action agst. J. S for slander— I met to day— I asked him abt. the fuss he sd. he had got Mr. S <up> for slander he was not coming down here but did not tell me why— he did give some reason but I do not now recollect— he had been to Mr.Ivings’ [’s?]— but was not coming here— I recollect the time that he was sick when att[ende]d. him— I went to see him nearly every day—— I understood to say that he was prosecutg. Mr. S. for slander— that he had him up bef the M[unicipal] Court— he told me he <supposed I was> wanted me to prove that he was a thief whoremaster & every thing else— [p. ]