History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<Friday July 7> <Mr. Braman> A messenger arrived from the <arrived in ,> requesting <a copy of> all the testimony that was given before the Municipal Court, & other affidavits pertaining <concerning the expulsion of the Mormons> to <from>
I therefore employed , , & , in addition to my other Clerks, who sat up all night <to> copying the testimony.
In addition to the above, I gave <made> the following affidavit “State of (Copy it) .”
Also & , joined with me in the following “State of (copy)
Afterwards , <,> , , , , & , joined in making the following affidavit “State of (copy it)
About 4 p m , , & , <& > started on the Steamer “Rapids” on their Eastern Mission.
<8> Municipal Court & sat, & approved of the copies of the evidence heard on the , & prepare <revised it> <for the Press.> in the P.M. <afternoon> started with , , , , & s affidavits to carry to the .
arrived from the , with 157,000 feet of lumber, & 70,000 shingles & loose boards— for the .
, & , arrive at & reship on board “the Lancet” for .
this a.m. <morning> <& > returned from , &reported < stated to me> that on the 4th. they drove to , hired fresh horses & got to <124 miles> about 7 a m on the morn<ing> of the 5th. in advance of the Mail about 2 hours, & ready to see the with the documents— the affidavits were in the possession <* below>
In the evening started for to carry <further> affidavits & see .
<* of , who refused to give them up, either to the or him, on account of a political squib in the State Register, charging with making Capital Stock out of Joseph Smiths <my> arrest to favor his election to Congress; he then demanded them as Joseph my Agent, telling him that if he would not give them up he would take them <from him> if he had to knock <him> down for them; then turned & said “I will do my duty if it takes my head,” & then went with him <& delivered the papers,> to the & gave them up— When they received the decision of the , started on their return home— when they returned to they learned that Gen. had been staying there two or three weeks, with a posse of 10 or 12 men, waiting for an opportunity of transporting me to , & had only left there the morning previous to when they learned the decision of > [p. 55]