Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.

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

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  • Historical Introduction
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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, John S. Higby [Higbee] I think, James M Henderson was there, was there, I think was there, Geo. Kimble was there, Jas M <​Jos W​> Younger 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. [41]]
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 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 their horses and made to go, and placed in front of the 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 out, was there, was there, John S. Higby [Higbee] I think, James M Henderson was there, was there, I think was there, Geo. Kimble was there, Jos W Younger was there. & Maurice [Morris] Phelps 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. [41]]
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