prisoners had already been committed “until discharged by due course of law”; and that <therefore> the justice and had no further control of the prisoners, and that if the prosecutors wished the prisoners brought out of jail, they should <might> bring them out on a writ of , or some other “due course of law”; where <when> we would appear and defend.
12½ P. M. <noon> arrived at the Jail
came in with the following letter from “Messrs” -[copy]- “Genl”
said he had got the Magistrate on a pin hook; for the magistrate had committed them without examination and had no further jurisdiction in the case, <and he would not cons agree to a trial unless> If <(Capt)> Justice [Robert F.] Smith would consent to go to for examination <where witnesses could be had.>
said that a week ago <and another> and <had> concocted a scheme for <a> writ <to take Joseph> for<to> <and when he was apprehended hide take him to > <and > returned from the night before the burning of the Press