Hyrum Smith, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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General in the , however he gained permission to see , he also requested an interview with . said that had been dismounted by a special order of the a few miles back; and had been sent back to Clay County, he <​also​> stated that the reason was, that he () was too merciful unto the mormons and <​​> would not let him have his <​the​> command; but had given it to , who was from <​&​> whose heart had become hardened in <​his​> former rapine and blood, he being one of the leaders in murdering, driving & plundering & burning some 2 or 3 hundred houses belonging to the mormon people in that in the years 1833 and 1834— requested to spare the people and not suffer them to be massacred until the next morning, <​it then being evening,​> he coolly agreed that he would not and also said that “he had not as yet received the ’s order; but expected it every hour, and should not make any further move until he had received it; but he would not make any promise so far as regarded ’s Army,” He having arriving <​arrived​> arriving a few minutes previously & joined the main body of the army— he knowing well at what hour to form a junction with the main body. then returned to the giving this information. The immediately despatched a second Flag of truce messenger with a white flag to request another interview with in order <​of​> to excite touch his sympathy & compassion and if it was possible for him to use his best endeavours to preserve the lives of the people. On the return of this Messenger we learned that several persons had been killed by some of the soldiers who were under the command of . One Mr. Carey had his brains knocked out by the breach <​butt end​> of a Gun and he lay <​bleeding​> several hours; <​but his family were not permitted to approach him, nor any one <​else allowed​> to administer relief to him whilst he lay upon the ground​> in the agonies of death. Mr. Carey had just arrived in the country, from the state of , only a few hours previous to the arrival of the army, he had a family consisting of a wife & several small children, he was buried by [p. 9]
General in the , however he gained permission to see , he also requested an interview with . said that had been dismounted by a special order of the a few miles back; and had been sent back to Clay County, he also stated that the reason was, that he () was too merciful unto the mormons and would not let him have the command; but had given it to , who was from & whose heart had become hardened in his former rapine and blood, he being one of the leaders in murdering, driving & plundering & burning some 2 or 3 hundred houses belonging to the mormon people in that in the years 1833 and 1834— requested to spare the people and not suffer them to be massacred until the next morning, it then being evening, he coolly agreed that he would not and also said that “he had not as yet received the ’s order; but expected it every hour, and should not make any further move until he had received it; but he would not make any promise so far as regarded ’s Army,” He having arrived a few minutes previously & joined the main body of the army— he knowing well at what hour to form a junction with the main body. then returned to the giving this information. The immediately despatched a second messenger with a white flag to request another interview with in order to touch his sympathy & compassion and if it was possible for him to use his best endeavours to preserve the lives of the people. On the return of this Messenger we learned that several persons had been killed by some of the soldiers who were under the command of . One Mr. Carey had his brains knocked out by the butt end of a Gun and he lay bleeding several hours; but his family were not permitted to approach him, nor any one else allowed to administer relief to him whilst he lay upon the ground in the agonies of death. Mr. Carey had just arrived in the country, from the state of , only a few hours previous to the arrival of the army, he had a family consisting of a wife & several small children, he was buried by [p. 9]
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