, Letter, , St. Louis Co., MO, to JS, , Hancock Co., IL, 11 Mar. 1843; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of and ; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.
March 11th 1843.
Genl. Joseph Smith—
I hasten to say to you that a man supposed to be , the person charged with the attempted assassination of late Gov. of , has been arrested in this , and sent to . Yesterday I conversed with the Jailor of this , who informed me that he had suggested to the man who had charge of , that it would be best to have the receive him at , as it was quite probable, that could not be taken to without being assassinated. The next day, after I learned that was in prision, I went to the prision to see him, but I was too late, he had been sent forward that morning at 5 Oclk in the morning. It had been thought best by Mr Melloday [George H. C. Meloday] the Jailor to send him on as soon as possible in order to avoid the consequences of public excitement. Mr Melloday informed me that had named me, and wished to to see me, but being prevented by the early hour of his departure, Mr Melloday had promised to see me on the occasion, which promise he has faithfully fulfilled. The communication which I have thus received is that, that wished to, or has already, employed as his counsel to go to or to any other place where it may be necessary to defend him and to manage his defence; and desired that may have be secured in his fee [p. ]