History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​December 11​> on the 2d. day of this present Dec., 1843, at the house of Schrench Freeman about four miles and a half South of , in said , your said affiant heard a man by the name of say that he was going a shooting turkies, when askedwhat he was going to shoot them with, he shewed a brace of pistols and a large hickory cane; your affiant observed that he thought he could not kill turkies with such weapons, and the said said there was a certain cock he meant to take before night and they would do for that. He the said went off, and your affiant did not see him till Sunday evening the third, when your affiant asked the said if he had caught his turkey, and he replied yes, the one he was after, a Mormon Elder; your affiant then asked him who he was, and he said ; your affiant then asked the said what had been done with said ? and he said we put him on to a horse, tied his legs and guarded him to the , from whence about ten o’clock at night, we took him into Clark County, Missouri, for stealing a horse <​four​> years ago, where they would try him, and if found guilty, they would then take him into another county where there was a jail, Since <​as​> there was none in Clark County. On the 4th. day of December I asked him if they had writs or authority to take , he replied, we all had writs. On the 5th. said said he expected to get into difficulty on account of this scrape, but if any Mormon makes any business with me, I will shoot him, and further your affiant says not.
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Subscribed and sworn to this 11th. day of December 1843 before me
, J.P.
which I sent to the with this letter
Dec. 11. 1843 Sir:— I herewith forward your another affidavit on the subject of the late kidnapping, and shall continue the same as they [HC 6:109] come to hand expecting your cordial co-operation in the premises, that the laws may be magnified and made honorable and our lives held precious, our friends saved from jeopardy, and the “captives freed”. Respectfully I have the honor to be your obedt. Servt. Joseph Smith.”
At a meeting of the citizens of the 3rd. Ward according to previous notice at the corner of Parley and Warsaw Streets, the object of the meeting was briefly stated by Colonel Wherefore was called to the chair and was appointed Secty., when after the subject of the situation of the was taken into consideration relative to the threatening, and hostile attitude of and Mobocratic disposition of some of the citizens of this aiding and abetting the Missourians in their diabolical practices of kidnapping peaceable citizens of this &c.. And the necessary operation of a more sure and certain order of protecting the peace and safety of the citizens of .
Resolved— that it be the sense of this meeting that the city Council take such measures as the case may require, and cause a company to be raised of 40 men rank and file, who shall act as a police, and be continually in service, according to the direction of the Mayor. And said Company to be governed by ordinance of the city Council.
Resolved that Coll. be appointed to present the proceedings of this meeting to the city Council on Tuesday the 12 inst.
city 11th. Decr. 1843. adjourned sine die. , Secretary. [p. 1800]
December 11 on the 2d. day of this present Dec., 1843, at the house of Schrench Freeman about four miles and a half South of , in said , your said affiant heard a man by the name of say that he was going a shooting turkies, when askedwhat he was going to shoot them with, he shewed a brace of pistols and a large hickory cane; your affiant observed that he thought he could not kill turkies with such weapons, and the said said there was a certain cock he meant to take before night and they would do for that. He the said went off, and your affiant did not see him till Sunday evening the third, when your affiant asked the said if he had caught his turkey, and he replied yes, the one he was after, a Mormon Elder; your affiant then asked him who he was, and he said ; your affiant then asked the said what had been done with said ? and he said we put him on to a horse, tied his legs and guarded him to the , from whence about ten o’clock at night, we took him into Clark County, Missouri, for stealing a horse four years ago, where they would try him, and if found guilty, they would then take him into another county where there was a jail, as there was none in Clark County. On the 4th. day of December I asked him if they had writs or authority to take , he replied, we all had writs. On the 5th. said said he expected to get into difficulty on account of this scrape, but if any Mormon makes any business with me, I will shoot him, and further your affiant says not.
.
Subscribed and sworn to this 11th. day of December 1843 before me
, J.P.
which I sent to the with this letter
Dec. 11. 1843 Sir:— I herewith forward your another affidavit on the subject of the late kidnapping, and shall continue the same as they [HC 6:109] come to hand expecting your cordial co-operation in the premises, that the laws may be magnified and made honorable and our lives held precious, our friends saved from jeopardy, and the “captives freed”. Respectfully I have the honor to be your obedt. Servt. Joseph Smith.”
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