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

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to give his protest in writing, which he did, and also desired that there should be a public, meeting called which I think was done on the next day. Said Joseph Smith was not addressed on the subject but I was, who in behalf of the Saints entered into an agreement with the other citizens of the , that we would live in peace enjoying those blessings fought for by our forefathers, but while some of their leading men were entering into this contract, others were raising mobs & in a short time the mob increased to 205 rank & file & they encamped within six miles of . In the mean time Joseph Smith & those who came with him from returned to their homes in peace suspecting nothing— but I seeing the rage of the mob & their full determination to drive the Church from , sent to (Major General of the division in which we lived) he immediately sent , within between 200 & 300 men. moved his troops near the mob force & came up & conversed with me on the subject after conversing some time on the subject Major Hughes came & informed that his men were mutinizing & the mob were determined to fall on the saints in , I having a Colonel’s commission under , was commanded to call out troops forthwith & to use ’s own language “kill every G——d d——n mobocrat or make them prisoners, & if they come upon you give them hell” he then returned his troops & gave them an address, stating the interview he had with me & he also said to the mob, that if were so disposed they could go on with their measures— that he considered that with the militia under his command all sufficient to quell every G——d d——n mobocrat in the & if they did not feel disposed so to do to go home G——d d——n them he would kill every one of them.— The mob then dispersed, During these movements Joseph Smith nor any of those of or any other place were not at only those who were settlers & legal citizens of the place. The mob again assembled & went to , Carroll county, there being a small branch of the church at that place, but of the transactions at this place I have no personal knowledge. They succeeded in driving the Church from that place, some to the east & some to the West &c. &c. This increased their ardor & with redoubled forces from several counties of the , they returned to , to renew the attack, many unwanton attacks & vialations of the rights of citizens took place at this time, from the hands of this hellish band. I believing forbearance to be no longer to be a virtue, again sent to the for military aid, who ordered out . came part of the way but fearing his men would mutinize & join the mob he [p. 125]
to give his protest in writing, which he did, and also desired that there should be a public, meeting called which I think was done on the next day. Said Joseph Smith was not addressed on the subject but I was, who in behalf of the Saints entered into an agreement with the other citizens of the , that we would live in peace enjoying those blessings fought for by our forefathers, but while some of their leading men were entering into this contract, others were raising mobs & in a short time the mob increased to 205 rank & file & they encamped within six miles of . In the mean time Joseph Smith & those who came with him from returned to their homes in peace suspecting nothing— but I seeing the rage of the mob & their full determination to drive the Church from , sent to (Major General of the division in which we lived) he immediately sent , within between 200 & 300 men. moved his troops near the mob force & came up & conversed with me on the subject after conversing some time on the subject Major Hughes came & informed that his men were mutinizing & the mob were determined to fall on the saints in , I having a Colonel’s commission under , was commanded to call out troops forthwith & to use ’s own language “kill every G——d d——n mobocrat or make them prisoners, & if they come upon you give them hell” he then returned his troops & gave them an address, stating the interview he had with me & he also said to the mob, that if were so disposed they could go on with their measures— that he considered that with the militia under his command all sufficient to quell every G——d d——n mobocrat in the & if they did not feel disposed so to do to go home G——d d——n them he would kill every one of them.— The mob then dispersed, During these movements Joseph Smith nor any of those of were at only those who were settlers & legal citizens of the place. The mob again assembled & went to , Carroll county, there being a small branch of the church at that place, but of the transactions at this place I have no personal knowledge. They succeeded in driving the Church from that place, some to the east & some to the West &c. &c. This increased their ardor & with redoubled forces from several counties of the , they returned to , to renew the attack, many unwanton attacks & vialations of the rights of citizens took place at this time, from the hands of this hellish band. I believing forbearance to be no longer to be a virtue, again sent to the for military aid, who ordered out . came part of the way but fearing his men would mutinize & join the mob he [p. 125]
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