Docket Entry, 1–circa 6 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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they will kill you every one, men, women, & children & leave you to manure the ground without a burial. They have been mercifully withheld from doing this on the present occasion, but will not be restrained for the future. On examing a mormon witness for the purpose of Substantiating the charge of Treason against Mr Smith. He questioned him concerning our religious faith: First Do the mormons send missionaries to foreign nations? The witness answered in the affirmative. Secondly. Do the mormons believe a certain passage in the Book of Daniel? naming the passage, which reads as follows: “And the kingdom & Dominion & the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom & all dominions shall serve & obey him Dan. VII & 27. On being answered in the affirmative, the ordered the scribe to put it down as a strong point for treason; but this was too much for a lawyer to bear, he remonstrated such a course of proceedure, but in vain. Said he you had better make the Bible treason. After an examination of this kind, for many days, some were set at liberty, others admitted out on bail & themselves & bail expelled from the forthwith, with the rest of the Mormon citizens
And Joseph Smith, , , & others were committed to the jail for further trial. Two or three others & myself were put into the jail at for the same purpose.
The Mormon people now began to leave the agreeably to the exterminating order of . Ten or twelve thousand left the during the winter & fled to the State of . A small number of Widows & the poor together with my family & some of the friends of the other prisoners still lingered in , when a small band of armed Men entered the & committed many depredations and threatened life; and swore if my & children & others whom they named were not out of the in so many days, they would kill them as the time now drew near for the completion of the exterminating order of . Accordingly my & children & others, left the as best they could; wandered to the State of , there to get a living among Strangers, without a husband, father or protector. Myself & party still remained in prison, after all the other Mormons had left the & even Mr Smith & his party, had escaped to bring up the rear. In June by change of venue, we were removed from to Columbia, Boon county upwards of one hundred miles toward the State of & by our request a special court was called for final trial, but notwithstanding we were removed more than one hundred miles from the scenes of their depredations yet [p. 86]
they will kill you every one, men, women, & children & leave you to manure the ground without a burial. They have been mercifully withheld from doing this on the present occasion, but will not be restrained for the future. On examing a mormon witness for the purpose of Substantiating the charge of Treason against Mr Smith. He questioned him concerning our religious faith: First Do the mormons send missionaries to foreign nations? The witness answered in the affirmative. Secondly. Do the mormons believe a certain passage in the Book of Daniel? naming the passage, which reads as follows: “And the kingdom & Dominion & the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom & all dominions shall serve & obey him Dan. VII & 27. On being answered in the affirmative, the ordered the scribe to put it down as a strong point for treason; but this was too much for a lawyer to bear, he remonstrated such a course of proceedure, but in vain. Said he you had better make the Bible treason. After an examination of this kind, for many days, some were set at liberty, others admitted out on bail & themselves & bail expelled from the forthwith, with the rest of the Mormon citizens
And Joseph Smith, , , & others were committed to the jail for further trial. Two or three others & myself were put into the jail at for the same purpose.
The Mormon people now began to leave the agreeably to the exterminating order of . Ten or twelve thousand left the during the winter & fled to the State of . A small number of Widows & the poor together with my family & some of the friends of the other prisoners still lingered in , when a small band of armed Men entered the & committed many depredations and threatened life; and swore if my & children & others whom they named were not out of the in so many days, they would kill them as the time now drew near for the completion of the exterminating order of . Accordingly my & children & others, left the as best they could; wandered to the State of , there to get a living among Strangers, without a husband, father or protector. Myself & party still remained in prison, after all the other Mormons had left the & even Mr Smith & his party, had escaped to bring up the rear. In June by change of venue, we were removed from to Columbia, Boon county upwards of one hundred miles toward the State of & by our request a special court was called for final trial, but notwithstanding we were removed more than one hundred miles from the scenes of their depredations yet [p. 86]
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