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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​December 28​> aforesaid , here the kidnappers eat and drank, and after they had unbound me, for they had bound me so tight that I was in great pain, I was also suffered to partake.
They then put me upon the horse again, and bound me, and started for the , the said schoolmaster leading the horse, when we came near a school house where there was a meeting they came to a halt; sent Messengers to the meeting, and in the course of half an hour they returned with an armed mob, with rifles and other weapons, sufficient to make the whole company number about 20. Being all on horse back they formed a circle, with your affiant in the center, (who, up to this time had acquainted every man he saw that “they were kidnapping him”,) and marched in that order to a house on the point below , and as I was very cold from being bound, they took me into the house to warm. I now called for a trial, as I had told them all the way that I never resisted legal authority. They said they were hunting a Magistrate: says I “I understand you, you mean to force me into ”. McCoy returned, and said we are ready— It was about midnight. We went about 300 yards up the to a skiff. I refused to cross as they had promised me a trial. They forced me into the Skiff and bound me, and five men put me across. Their names so far as I could ascertain, are William Middleton, William Clark, Joseph McCoy, and Charles Coolidge. They landed at the tavern on the South side of the , and took me into a back room; threw down a Buffalo robe for my bed, but as my arms were bound so tight that I could not rest I complained; told Middleton that was not the way he was used at my house. They felt at my arms and exclaimed: By God they <​are​> not too tight. I begged to have one arm liberated, and finally they untied both, and I slept (under guard) on the buffalo <​robe​> before the fire.
About noon they got ready and started with me guarded upon a horse; for McCoy’s in Clark County Missouri, about 12 miles dis[HC 6:146]tant. It being night when we arrived, and I unwell through fatigue and confinement <​and the abuses before received,​> I went to bed. They had sent runners a head and after I had been in bed awhile the Sheriff came up from Waterloo, the county seat, a distance of about 2 miles to arrest me and take me before a magistrate that night. but Middleton and McCoy objected as I was sick. The Sheriff however executed his writ and left me in their care till morning. It being late before we breakfasted, he came in the morning and made the second scope of his authority and took me. He quized me the night before to draw something out for testimony but as innocence can not be affected with truth, he was as wise at one end of the story as the other
At Waterloo I was examined by a Magistrate who committed me upon the substance of an affidavit made by my in duress with a bowie knife at his breast. and upon a promise that he should be liberated from Monticello Jail where he was confined after being kidnapped some three or four weeks previous. My bonds were fixed at $1000 and, as I had no bail in such a strange place I was started for Palmyra Jail in Marion County. The Deputy Sheriff took me to <​Musgrove the Sheriff​> a distance of 10 miles. Here I sued out a writ of Habeas Corpus, but the Judge remanded me to prison. At Monticello my chains were taken off and I was at liberty(!) in the midst of a strong guard to view the town. Here a lawyer agreed to take me and my son through court (as the Missourians say) for a horse. Saw [p. 1832]
December 28 aforesaid , here the kidnappers eat and drank, and after they had unbound me, for they had bound me so tight that I was in great pain, I was also suffered to partake.
They then put me upon the horse again, and bound me, and started for the , the said schoolmaster leading the horse, when we came near a school house where there was a meeting they came to a halt; sent Messengers to the meeting, and in the course of half an hour they returned with an armed mob, with rifles and other weapons, sufficient to make the whole company number about 20. Being all on horse back they formed a circle, with your affiant in the center, (who, up to this time had acquainted every man he saw that “they were kidnapping him”,) and marched in that order to a house on the point below , and as I was very cold from being bound, they took me into the house to warm. I now called for a trial, as I had told them all the way that I never resisted legal authority. They said they were hunting a Magistrate: says I “I understand you, you mean to force me into ”. McCoy returned, and said we are ready— It was about midnight. We went about 300 yards up the to a skiff. I refused to cross as they had promised me a trial. They forced me into the Skiff and bound me, and five men put me across. Their names so far as I could ascertain, are William Middleton, William Clark, Joseph McCoy, and Charles Coolidge. They landed at the tavern on the South side of the , and took me into a back room; threw down a Buffalo robe for my bed, but as my arms were bound so tight that I could not rest I complained; told Middleton that was not the way he was used at my house. They felt at my arms and exclaimed: By God they are not too tight. I begged to have one arm liberated, and finally they untied both, and I slept (under guard) on the buffalo robe before the fire.
About noon they got ready and started with me guarded upon a horse; for McCoy’s in Clark County Missouri, about 12 miles dis[HC 6:146]tant. It being night when we arrived, and I unwell through fatigue and confinement and the abuses before received, I went to bed. They had sent runners a head and after I had been in bed awhile the Sheriff came up from Waterloo, the county seat, a distance of about 2 miles to arrest me and take me before a magistrate that night. but Middleton and McCoy objected as I was sick. The Sheriff however executed his writ and left me in their care till morning. It being late before we breakfasted, he came in the morning and made the second scope of his authority and took me. He quized me the night before to draw something out for testimony but as innocence can not be affected with truth, he was as wise at one end of the story as the other
At Waterloo I was examined by a Magistrate who committed me upon the substance of an affidavit made by my in duress with a bowie knife at his breast. and upon a promise that he should be liberated from Monticello Jail where he was confined after being kidnapped some three or four weeks previous. My bonds were fixed at $1000 and, as I had no bail in such a strange place I was started for Palmyra Jail in Marion County. The Deputy Sheriff took me to Musgrove the Sheriff a distance of 10 miles. Here I sued out a writ of Habeas Corpus, but the Judge remanded me to prison. At Monticello my chains were taken off and I was at liberty(!) in the midst of a strong guard to view the town. Here a lawyer agreed to take me and my son through court (as the Missourians say) for a horse. Saw [p. 1832]
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