Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy and Letter [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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I was living in a clerk in store, when the mormons took that place, which was about the middle of October last. When the Mormons had approached to within about 50 & 100 yards of the store-house I left having first locked the door, & deposited the key in my pocket— I ran into the brush between 100 & 200 yards of the store house where I saw them taking the goods from the house, some were packed off on horses; And after that when near half a mile off I saw waggons appearently loaded which I believed to be goods from the store.
I have found a number of articles, taken from the store— in , since the surrender of arms there by the mormons such as tin-ware, painted muslin, a piece of bleached domestic, a piece of brown cloth, a lady’s-cloak, three pair of scales, and part of two sets of weights—
A ledger and three day books, and the notes of hand to the amount of perhaps $300 were taken from the store— the books have not been recovered, but the notes I found in the house of , at in the possession of his wife, except such notes as were on Mormons— these we have not recovered—
In about three hours after the Mormons took , I returned and found the store-house burnt.
The post-office & treasurers office were kept in the store house, and the records were papers &c belonging to each, were either taken off -[by the mormons]- or consumed by the fire.
And further this deponent saith not.
Patrick Lynch [p. [42]]
I was living in a clerk in ’ store, when the mormons took that place, which was about the middle of October last. When the Mormons had approached to within 50 & 100 yards of the store-house I left having first locked the door, & deposited the key in my pocket— I ran into the brush between 100 & 200 yards of the store house where I saw them taking the goods from the house, some were packed off on horses; And after that when near half a mile off I saw waggons appearently loaded which I believed to be goods from the store.
I have found a number of articles, taken from the store— in , since the surrender of arms there by the mormons such as tin-ware, painted muslin, a piece of bleached domestic, a piece of brown cloth, a lady’s-cloak, three pair of scales, and part of two sets of weights—
A ledger and three day books, and the notes of hand to the amount of perhaps $300 were taken from the store— the books have not been recovered, but the notes I found in the house of , at in the possession of his wife, except such notes as were on Mormons— these we have not recovered—
In about three hours after the Mormons took , I returned and found the store-house burnt.
The post-office & treasurers office were kept in the store house, and the records papers &c belonging to each, were either taken off -[by the mormons]- or consumed by the fire.
And further this deponent saith not.
Patrick Lynch [p. [42]]
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