Lyman Wight, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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or drive them from the county in which they lived
On enquiry of them if they had any prejudices against us they said no but Joe Smith ought to die and if he ever comes To this country we will kill him G——d d——n him matters went on thus untill some time in the summer of 1833 when mobs assembled in considerable bodies frequently visiting private houses threatening them with death & destruction instantly if they did not renounce Joe smith as a prophet and the book of <​mormon​> as a Fable. Some Time towards the last of the summer of 1833 they commenced their operations of Mobocracy <​on account of their of​> <​their prejudices against Joseph Smith <​Senr​> as I believe​> first by mating in gangs of from 30 To 60 by visiting the house of George Bebee calling him out of his house at the hour of midnight with many guns and pistols presented at his breast beating him most inhumanly with clubs and whips and same night or the night afterwards this gang unroofed 13 houses in what was called the Whitmer Branch of the Church in these scenes of Mobocracy continued To exist with unabated fury mobs went from house <​To house​> Thrusting poles & rails in at the windows and doors of the houses of the saints Tearing down a number of houses Turning hogs horses &C into cornfields [p. 2]
or drive them from the county in which they lived
On enquiry of them if they had any prejudices against us they said no but Joe Smith ought to die and if he ever comes To this country we will kill him G——d d——n him matters went on thus untill some time in the summer of 1833 when mobs assembled in considerable bodies frequently visiting private houses threatening them with death & destruction instantly if they did not renounce Joe smith as a prophet and the book of mormon Some Time towards the last of the summer of 1833 they commenced their operations of Mobocracy on account of their their prejudices against Joseph Smith Senr as I believe first by mating in gangs of from 30 To 60 by visiting the house of George Bebee calling him out of his house at the hour of midnight with many guns and pistols presented at his breast beating him most inhumanly with clubs and whips and same night or the night afterwards this gang unroofed 13 houses in what was called the Whitmer Branch of the Church in these scenes of Mobocracy continued To exist with unabated fury mobs went from house To house Thrusting poles & rails in at the windows and doors of the houses of the saints Tearing down a number of houses Turning hogs horses &C into cornfields [p. 2]
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