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.
; having transferred me to the custody of , for the purpose of dragging me to ; & thereby avoiding the effect & operation of said Writ, contrary to law; which was put over to be heard at 10 o clock tomorrow morning, & I was conducted back to the room & guarded thro the night.
<Saturday June 24> Early this morningI sent <As my favorite horse, Jo Duncan, being <was> somewhat jaded, in being ridden so hastily by , I hired <a man with his horse &> a buggy to carry to Rock Island, where the Steamer Amaranth fortunately came in about 15 minutes & took him <on which he took passage>> to , to inform my brother of what was being done, & to start some brethren to my <request him to send me some> assistance <forthwith>
about 8 the Master in arrived & issued a writ of , returnable before the Hon: John D. Caton, Judge of the 9th. judicial District Circuit, at Ottaway, which was duly served on & , <-[see below> after which at 10 a mthey also obtained a writ of Habeas Corpus for the purposeof being discharged before said Judge Caton.<]->
<Mr. who was out electioneering to become the Representative for Congress, told me that he could not find time to be my Lawyer, unless I would promise him my vote; he being considered the greatest criminal Lawyer in that part of , I determined to secure his aid— & promised him my vote. he afterwards went to & joyfully said, I am now sure of my election, as Joseph Smith has promised me his vote & I am going to defend him—>
at 10 a m another writ was sued, this time from the Circuit Court of , against & , for private damage & for false imprisonment, claiming 10,000 damages, upon the ground that the Writ issued by the of was a void writ in law; upon which said writ they were held to bail, in 10,000 each, & they had to send to for bondsmen, & were placed in the custody of the Sheriff of . & felt bad when these last writs were served on them & began to cool in their conduct a little; <above> <after which they also obtained a writ of Habeas Corpus for the purpose of being discharged before Judge Caton.> [p. 46]