Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]
Minutes and Testimonies, , Ray Co., MO, 12–29 Nov. 1838, State of MO v. Gates et al. for Treason (Fifth Judicial Circuit of MO 1838). Copied ca. late 1838–ca. early 1839; unidentified handwriting; fifty-seven pages; Mormon War Papers, MSA.
hanging back, & did not wish to engage in their expeditions, they were called traitors, and refering to such, as I understood, proposed that blood should first begin to flow in the streets if of — but his proposition did not carry The proposition was then made, and carried unamimously that those who thus hung back, should be pitched upon <there their> horses with and made to go, and placed in front of the battle army. All the above occured in , the day before the last expedition to — The following of the Defendents were in the last expedition to . JosSmith Jr, , . , <I am certain> was not there, , & were there, John Buckhannon was not there, , , & were out, was not there out, was there, was there, I think, was there, was there, I think was there, Geo. Kimble was there, was there. & Maurice [Morris] Phelps I think were there. When the troops arrived at they were divided into companies of 20, 40, 50 &c just as they might be called for, those companies were sent out in different parts of the , as I saw them <thus> occasionally going out & comeing in. I saw a company about 50 called a fur company come once some had one thing, <&> some another, one I saw with a feather bed, another had some spun yarn— I understood from some of those who were bringing property, that they were to take it, to the Bishops store & deposit it, and if they failed to do so, it would be considered stealing.
— As the property was brought in there was a general shout of hurrah, and waving of hats by those in camps— I heard , one of the troops, tell in camps, that the mob had burned the store-house in but that the Mormons had [p. ]