John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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session of the Circuit court, or by a writ of Habeus Corpus; but that if Justice [Robert F.] Smith would consent to go to , for the trial, he would compromise matters with him and overlook this matter.”
further stated that “the Anti-Mormons or mob had concocted a scheme to get out a writ from , with a demand upon for the arrest of Joseph Smith, and his conveyance to , and that a man by the name of Wilson had returned from the night before the burning of the press, for this purpose.
At half past two O’clock came to the Jail with a man named Simpson , professing to have some order; but would not send up his name and the guard would not let pass. and <​see s ac​> went to inform the and Council; at about twenty minutes to three returned and stated that he thought the was doing all he could.
At about 10 minutes to three came with news from .
Soon after came with an order from Esquire Smith to convey the prisoners to the Court House for trial. He was informed that the process was illegal; that they had been placed there contrary to law, and that they refused to come out unless by legal process. I was informed that Justice Smith who (was also Captain of the Carthage Greys) went to the and informed him of the matter and that the replied; “You have your force [p. 43]
session of the Circuit court, or by a writ of Habeus Corpus; but that if Justice [Robert F.] Smith would consent to go to , for the trial, he would compromise matters with him and overlook this matter.”
further stated that “the Anti-Mormons or mob had concocted a scheme to get out a writ from , with a demand upon for the arrest of Joseph Smith, and his conveyance to , and that a man by the name of Wilson had returned from the night before the burning of the press, for this purpose.
At half past two O’clock came to the Jail with a man named Simpson , professing to have some order; but would not send up his name and the guard would not let pass. and see s ac went to inform the and Council; at about twenty minutes to three returned and stated that he thought the was doing all he could.
At about 10 minutes to three came with news from .
Soon after came with an order from Esquire Smith to convey the prisoners to the Court House for trial. He was informed that the process was illegal; that they had been placed there contrary to law, and that they refused to come out unless by legal process. I was informed that Justice Smith who (was also Captain of the Carthage Greys) went to the and informed him of the matter and that the replied; “You have your force [p. 43]
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