History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 19​> the window. They went round his house several times, tried his door, rapped, called him by name, and consulted together; some were for breaking the door, others thought it too dangerous; they knew he must be in there, for they were near his door when the light was blown out. Finally their courage failed, and notifying him to leave the country immediately, they took their departure. During this trying time did not speak.
In the afternoon I gave orders to to have a picket guard under posted on all the roads leading out of the ; also an inner guard under Major posted in all the streets, and allies in the and also on the river bank. I also gave orders to have all the powder and lead in the secured, and to see that all the arms were in use, and that all vacant arms be put in the hands of those who could use them.
I insert the affidavit of Anson Call, David Evans, and William E. Horner:—
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 19th, 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , Justice of the Peace of said County, Anson Call, David Evans, and William E. Horner, of , and aforesaid, and being duly sworn depose and say, that on Monday the 17th instant, we started for Rocky Run precinct, and arrived yesterday; we then went to of that place, and there soon assembled twenty or thirty men; we were informed that had gone to to get the Colonel there to bring on his regiment; we then informed them that we were delegated on behalf of the people of to transact business with them; [HC 6:505] they informed us they had a committee set apart to do their business, and that one of their committee was then present, one was absent, and the other two would shortly be here; that while a person was seeking the two men we observed to the people that General Smith was willing to be tried in any for any crime or supposed crime that he had ever committed, except in the State of . One of the persons objected to General Smith being tried by the Municipal Court in , and declared that nothing else would do, but for him to be taken upon the old writ, and by the same person who took him in custody before, and tried at the place where the writ was issued. It was then observed that had advised General Smith to enter into bonds to be tried before the Circuit Court, and this would allay all the excited feelings of the people. It was then moved by one of their company and sanctioned by the people, that a committee should wait on the who gave General Smith that advice, and give him a coat of tar and feathers, when one of notoriety agreed to find the tar and feathers for that purpose. After some further conversation, a man whom they called Lawyer Stevens came in from and asked where was; he was told that he had gone to ; they then observed to the Lawyer that we were delegates from , when he replied, ‘we are expecting delegates too at ’, and he said the people were talking of introducing them to the , and, says he, ‘Gentlemen, you can do with your delegates what you think proper’. A Mr. Crawford, one of the Committee, observed that he went against such proceedings, and advised them as a body to keep cool; they then told the Lawyer the advice that the of the Circuit Court had given to General Smith, when he said it was unlawful advice, and it was a second time moved and assented to, that a committee should wait on , and give him a coat of tar and feathers; the remainder of the Committee having come in, they stated to us, that they had written to the to obtain aid from other counties, and if the did not send them aid, they were too weak to go themselves now, but were summoning all the people that would come into the until they got force enough to come up and take Joseph Smith with the first warrant, and take him [p. 122]
June 19 the window. They went round his house several times, tried his door, rapped, called him by name, and consulted together; some were for breaking the door, others thought it too dangerous; they knew he must be in there, for they were near his door when the light was blown out. Finally their courage failed, and notifying him to leave the country immediately, they took their departure. During this trying time did not speak.
In the afternoon I gave orders to to have a picket guard under posted on all the roads leading out of the ; also an inner guard under Major posted in all the streets, and allies in the and also on the river bank. I also gave orders to have all the powder and lead in the secured, and to see that all the arms were in use, and that all vacant arms be put in the hands of those who could use them.
I insert the affidavit of Anson Call, David Evans, and William E. Horner:—
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 19th, 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , Justice of the Peace of said County, Anson Call, David Evans, and William E. Horner, of , and aforesaid, and being duly sworn depose and say, that on Monday the 17th instant, we started for Rocky Run precinct, and arrived yesterday; we then went to of that place, and there soon assembled twenty or thirty men; we were informed that had gone to to get the Colonel there to bring on his regiment; we then informed them that we were delegated on behalf of the people of to transact business with them; [HC 6:505] they informed us they had a committee set apart to do their business, and that one of their committee was then present, one was absent, and the other two would shortly be here; that while a person was seeking the two men we observed to the people that General Smith was willing to be tried in any for any crime or supposed crime that he had ever committed, except in the State of . One of the persons objected to General Smith being tried by the Municipal Court in , and declared that nothing else would do, but for him to be taken upon the old writ, and by the same person who took him in custody before, and tried at the place where the writ was issued. It was then observed that had advised General Smith to enter into bonds to be tried before the Circuit Court, and this would allay all the excited feelings of the people. It was then moved by one of their company and sanctioned by the people, that a committee should wait on the who gave General Smith that advice, and give him a coat of tar and feathers, when one of notoriety agreed to find the tar and feathers for that purpose. After some further conversation, a man whom they called Lawyer Stevens came in from and asked where was; he was told that he had gone to ; they then observed to the Lawyer that we were delegates from , when he replied, ‘we are expecting delegates too at ’, and he said the people were talking of introducing them to the , and, says he, ‘Gentlemen, you can do with your delegates what you think proper’. A Mr. Crawford, one of the Committee, observed that he went against such proceedings, and advised them as a body to keep cool; they then told the Lawyer the advice that the of the Circuit Court had given to General Smith, when he said it was unlawful advice, and it was a second time moved and assented to, that a committee should wait on , and give him a coat of tar and feathers; the remainder of the Committee having come in, they stated to us, that they had written to the to obtain aid from other counties, and if the did not send them aid, they were too weak to go themselves now, but were summoning all the people that would come into the until they got force enough to come up and take Joseph Smith with the first warrant, and take him [p. 122]
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