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

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Consequently he delivered the prisoners over to ordering him To see them safe To in Jackson county about the hour that we <​prisoners​> were to have been shot on the publick square in we <​they​> were exhibited in a waggon in the town, all of them having families <​there​> but <​me​> and it would have broken the heart of any person possessing an ordinary share of humanity To have saw the separation. the aged & of Joseph smith were not permitted to see his face but To reach their hands through the curtains of the wagon and thus Take leave of him when passing his own house he was Taken out of the wagon & permitted to go into the house but not with out a strong guard & not permitted To speak with his family but in the presence of his guard his eldest son <​about 7 <​6​> or 8 <​7​> years old​> hanging to the tail of his coat crying father is the mob going To kill you the guard said To him “you Damned little brat go back you will see your father no more” the prisoners then set out for accompanied by Generals & and about 300 troops for a guard. after we remained [p. 26]
Consequently he delivered the prisoners over to ordering him To see them safe To in Jackson county about the hour that prisoners were to have been shot on the publick square in they were exhibited in a waggon in the town, all of them having families there but me and it would have broken the heart of any person possessing an ordinary share of humanity To have saw the separation. the aged & of Joseph smith were not permitted to see his face but To reach their hands through the curtains of the wagon and thus Take leave of him when passing his own house he was Taken out of the wagon & permitted to go into the house but not with out a strong guard & not permitted To speak with his family but in the presence of his guard his eldest son about 6 or 7 years old hanging to the tail of his coat crying father is the mob going To kill you the guard said To him “you Damned little brat go back you will see your father no more” the prisoners then set out for accompanied by Generals & and about 300 troops for a guard. we remained [p. 26]
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