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

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The most part of one thousand & two hundred Saints who resided in made their escape to . I would here remark, that among one of the companies that went to , was a woman named Sarah Ann Higbee who had been sick of chills & fever for many months & and another of the name of Kesiah Higbee, who was under the most delicate circumstances, lay on the bank of the without shelter, during one of the most stormy nights I ever witnessed, while torrents of rain poured down during the whole night and streams of the smallest minutia, were magnified into rivers. The former was carried across the apparently a lifeless corpse.— The latter was delivered of a fine son on the bank within twenty minutes after carried across the , under the open canopy of heaven & from which cause I have every reason to believe, she died a premature death. The only consolation they received under these circumstances was “God damn you, do you believe in Joe Smith now” During this whole time the said Joseph Smith Senior, lived in in the town of according to the best of my knowledge and belief, a distance of eleven hundred miles from & thinks that the church had but little correspondence with him during time We now mostly found ourselves in — some in negro cabins some in gentlemens kitchens— some in old cabins that had been of use for years— and others in the open air, without anything to shelter them from the dreary storms of a cold & stormy winter.
Thus like men of servitude we went to work to obtain a scanty living among the inhabitants of . A great degree of friendship between the saints & this people, under these circumstances for the space of two years, when the saints commencing purchasing some small possessions for themselves, this together with the emigration created a jealousy on the part of the old citizens,— that we were to be there servants no longer. This raised an apparent indignation & the first thing expressed in this excitement was, “you believe too much in Joe Smith”— consequently, they commenced catching the Saints in the Streets, whipping some of them until their bowels gushed out & leaving others for dead in the Streets. This so exasperated the Saints that they mutually with the citizens of that they would purchase an entire new north of & cornering on . There being not more than 40 or 50 inhabitants in this new who frankly sold out their possesions to the saints, who immediately set in to enter the intire from the general Government. The having been settled, the issued an order for the organization of the into a Regiment of militia, & an election being called for a Colonel of said regiment, I was elected unanimously receiving 236 votes in August 1837 Then [p. 123]
The most part of one thousand & two hundred Saints who resided in made their escape to . I would here remark, that among one of the companies that went to , was a woman named Sarah Ann Higbee who had been sick of chills & fever for many months & and another of the name of Kesiah Higbee, who was under the most delicate circumstances, lay on the bank of the without shelter, during one of the most stormy nights I ever witnessed, while torrents of rain poured down during the whole night and streams of the smallest minutia, were magnified into rivers. The former was carried across the apparently a lifeless corpse.— The latter was delivered of a fine son on the bank within twenty minutes after carried across the , under the open canopy of heaven & from which cause I have every reason to believe, she died a premature death. The only consolation they received under these circumstances was “God damn you, do you believe in Joe Smith now” During this whole time the said Joseph Smith Senior, lived in in the town of according to the best of my knowledge and belief, a distance of eleven hundred miles from & thinks that the church had but little correspondence with him during time We now mostly found ourselves in — some in negro cabins some in gentlemens kitchens— some in old cabins that had been of use for years— and others in the open air, without anything to shelter them from the dreary storms of a cold & stormy winter.
Thus like men of servitude we went to work to obtain a scanty living among the inhabitants of . A great degree of friendship between the saints & this people, under these circumstances for the space of two years, when the saints commencing purchasing some small possessions for themselves, this together with the emigration created a jealousy on the part of the old citizens,— that we were to be there servants no longer. This raised an apparent indignation & the first thing expressed in this excitement was, “you believe too much in Joe Smith”— consequently, they commenced catching the Saints in the Streets, whipping some of them until their bowels gushed out & leaving others for dead in the Streets. This so exasperated the Saints that they mutually with the citizens of that they would purchase an entire new north of & cornering on . There being not more than 40 or 50 inhabitants in this new who frankly sold out their possesions to the saints, who immediately set in to enter the intire from the general Government. The having been settled, the issued an order for the organization of the into a Regiment of militia, & an election being called for a Colonel of said regiment, I was elected unanimously receiving 236 votes in August 1837 Then [p. 123]
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