Affidavit, circa 25 January 1839 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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Affidavit of
, Witness for the Defendants being sworn, Deposeth and saith, That some time in the forepart of October last, while on his way to , <​from , some two or three days after the Mormons had left there​> in company with a , of , they were <​he was​> taken prisoner by a company of armed men numbering from 15 to 25, varying at times; they had with them a cannon which th[e]y said they were agoing to take to , <​[illegible]​> and They were agoing to commence a war of extermination with the Mormons, and in case the inhabitants of interfeered they should share the same fate.
The name of the Captain of the Compa[n]y was W. B. Henderson who said he had once been called out to go to , and had acted as a Lieutenant in the Malitia, but he was now going on a different hook, because he was free from Military law; the was detainied by said company four days, during which time he heard heard many threats against the Mormons, thy said they intended to extraminate the Mormons and take their improvements and wives to themselves; some of the company were for having the prisoners executed as an offsett against some of their men, whom they supposed had been taken prisoners by the Mormons, but on learning that they had not been taken, their <​our​> lives were spared; they said they were agoing to be assisted by men from , , , Carroll and other counties, also, from the Platt Country There were some in the company from Linn County the , in company with , who was a prisoner also, was taken to a Mr. Whites in , (the place where the cannon was said to be found by the Mormons,) and discharged, this was before [p. [1]]
Affidavit of
, Witness for the Defendants being sworn, Deposeth and saith, That some time in the forepart of October last, while on his way to , from , some two or three days after the Mormons had left there in company with a , of , he was taken prisoner by a company of armed men numbering from 15 to 25, varying at times; they had with them a cannon which they said they were agoing to take to , They were agoing to commence a war of extermination with the Mormons, and in case the inhabitants of interfeered they should share the same fate.
The name of the Captain of the Company was W. B. Henderson who said he had once been called out to go to , and had acted as a Lieutenant in the Malitia, but he was now going on a different hook, because he was free from Military law; the was detainied by said company four days, during which time he heard many threats against the Mormons, thy said they intended to extraminate the Mormons and take their improvements and wives to themselves; some of the company were for having the prisoners executed as an offsett against some of their men, whom they supposed had been taken prisoners by the Mormons, but on learning that they had not been taken, our lives were spared; they said they were agoing to be assisted by men from , , , Carroll and other counties, also, from the Platt Country There were some in the company from Linn County the , in company with , who was a prisoner also, was taken to a Mr. Whites in , (the place where the cannon was said to be found by the Mormons,) and discharged, this was before [p. [1]]
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