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

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<​June 20​> I here insert affidavits of Hiram B. Mount and John Cunningham:—
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 20th; 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County of , Hiram B. Mount and John Cunningham, who being duly sworn, depose and say, that George Baker, John Banks, Joseph Barber, and two others, came to your deponents on Saturday the 15th inst, at in said , and demanded our arms; we replied that we had none, when they required of us to go with them to , to take Joseph Smith and others prisoners, and they promised to supply us with arms; second, if we would not do so, that we were required to leave our homes and go to ; we must either go against Smith, or take part with him. They then told us they intended to go to to take Smith, and if they could not take him they would take some of the head men of Smith’s clan, and hold them under bonds of death until Smith was delivered up to them; and your deponents further say, that Banks [HC 6:508] told them if they could not get volunteers enough, they would get a force that would take him.
Hiram B. Mount,
X <​his mark​> John Cunningham
“Subscribed and sworn to this 20th day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.”
Also the affidavit of Allen T. Wait:—
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 20th, 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Allen T. Wait, of in said , and being first duly sworn deposeth and saith that on Saturday morning he was at the house of Colonel , when he told me that I must take up arms, and go and fight against Joseph Smith, or I must leave the place immediately, or else I must give up my arms, and stay at home. He also said they would take Smith by law if they could, or if the would not grant a writ to take him, they would take him any how; he also said that if the people would not give Smith up, they would lay the whole City of in ashes. I enquired what they would do with those people of who would not fight; he said they must make some signal or else they must share the same fate, they must all perish, men women and children. I then left in order to go home, when Captain Harrison P. Crawford overtook me, and told me if the would not help them they did not care for the any how. He said was an unconstitutional man, he had issued two illegal writs, and they were done so on purpose; and any such man ought not to hold any office whatever, and they intended to proceed against the Mormons, whether they got any authority from the or not.
Allen T. Wait.
“Subscribed and sworn to this 20th day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.”
Likewise the affidavit of , , John Edmiston & :— [HC 6:509]
Hancock County)
City of .)
“June 20th, 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said , , , John Edmiston, and , all of aforesaid, and being first duly sworn, depose and say, that on Saturday the 15th of June, 1844, at in said , certain persons, to wit; George Baker, Farmer; John Banks, Esqr.; Luther Perry, Constable; Joseph Barber, Farmer; and another person whose name we do [p. 124]
June 20 I here insert affidavits of Hiram B. Mount and John Cunningham:—
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 20th; 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the County of , Hiram B. Mount and John Cunningham, who being duly sworn, depose and say, that George Baker, John Banks, Joseph Barber, and two others, came to your deponents on Saturday the 15th inst, at in said , and demanded our arms; we replied that we had none, when they required of us to go with them to , to take Joseph Smith and others prisoners, and they promised to supply us with arms; second, if we would not do so, that we were required to leave our homes and go to ; we must either go against Smith, or take part with him. They then told us they intended to go to to take Smith, and if they could not take him they would take some of the head men of Smith’s clan, and hold them under bonds of death until Smith was delivered up to them; and your deponents further say, that Banks [HC 6:508] told them if they could not get volunteers enough, they would get a force that would take him.
Hiram B. Mount,
X his mark John Cunningham
“Subscribed and sworn to this 20th day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.”
Also the affidavit of Allen T. Wait:—
Hancock County,)
City of .)
“June 20th, 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Allen T. Wait, of in said , and being first duly sworn deposeth and saith that on Saturday morning he was at the house of Colonel , when he told me that I must take up arms, and go and fight against Joseph Smith, or I must leave the place immediately, or else I must give up my arms, and stay at home. He also said they would take Smith by law if they could, or if the would not grant a writ to take him, they would take him any how; he also said that if the people would not give Smith up, they would lay the whole City of in ashes. I enquired what they would do with those people of who would not fight; he said they must make some signal or else they must share the same fate, they must all perish, men women and children. I then left in order to go home, when Captain Harrison P. Crawford overtook me, and told me if the would not help them they did not care for the any how. He said was an unconstitutional man, he had issued two illegal writs, and they were done so on purpose; and any such man ought not to hold any office whatever, and they intended to proceed against the Mormons, whether they got any authority from the or not.
Allen T. Wait.
“Subscribed and sworn to this 20th day of June, 1844, before me,
L. S.
, J. P.”
Likewise the affidavit of , , John Edmiston & :— [HC 6:509]
Hancock County)
City of .)
“June 20th, 1844.
Personally appeared before me, , an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said , , , John Edmiston, and , all of aforesaid, and being first duly sworn, depose and say, that on Saturday the 15th of June, 1844, at in said , certain persons, to wit; George Baker, Farmer; John Banks, Esqr.; Luther Perry, Constable; Joseph Barber, Farmer; and another person whose name we do [p. 124]
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