in some instances given to avoid difficulty with the guards. Joseph Smith continued to send on messengers to the . ( and other messengers were sent) , then residing at carried a message and dispatches to him, and in a day or two after & others went again with fresh despatches, representations, affidavits and instructions; but as the weather was excessively wet, the rivers swollen, and the bridges washed away in many places, it was with great difficulty that they proceeded on their journeys. As the moboracy had at last attracted the s’ attention, he started, in company with some others, from to the Scene of trouble, and Missed, I believe, both Bro’s and on the road, and of course did not see their documents. H[e] came to and made that place, which was a regular mobocratic den, his head quarters, as it was the County seat, <however,> of , that circumstance might in a measure, justify his staying there.
To avoid the appearance of all hostility, on our part, and to fulfill the Law in every particular, at the suggestion of , Judge of that Judicial district, who had come to at the time, and who stated that we had fulfilled the law; but in order to satisfy all he would counsel us to go before , who was not in our , and have [p. 16]