Affidavit from Daniel Avery, 28 December 1843

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On the 28th day of Decr1843, came before me Joseph Smith Mayor of the aforesaid, and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that on the 2d day of December 1843, he was unlawfully arrested by force and arms, and Kidnapped And Kidnapped at Doty’s Mill in and aforesaid by Col. , his Son John Williams, <​of ​> , a school master from 4½ miles below , William Middleton and Joseph McCoy of Clark County Missouri and four others. held his bowie knife to his breast. Six of the other stood with their pistols cocked and th[e]ir fingers upon the triggers, muzzels presented at his body, ready to fire, and two stood with clubs, and, amid the most horrid oaths and imprecations, took and bound me with silk handerchiefs, your said and led him away between two men, one holding a savage bowie knife on one side and the other a cocked pistol on the other side, (having taking taken away your said s weapons [p. 1]
State of Illinois) ss
City of )
On the 28th day of Decr— 1843, came before me Joseph Smith Mayor of the aforesaid, and after being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that on the 2d day of December 1843, he was unlawfully arrested by force and arms, And Kidnapped at Doty’s Mill in and aforesaid by Col. , his Son John Williams, of , a school master from 4½ miles below , William Middleton and Joseph McCoy of Clark County Missouri and four others. held his bowie knife to his breast. Six of the other stood with their pistols cocked and their fingers upon the triggers, muzzels presented at his body, ready to fire, and two stood with clubs, and, amid the most horrid oaths and imprecations, took and bound with silk handerchiefs, your said and led him away between two men, one holding a savage bowie knife on one side and the other a cocked pistol on the other side, (having taken away your said s weapons [p. 1]
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