Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838 [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); unidentified handwriting; 126 pages; Eugene Morrow Violette Collection, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia.
not, neither does it slumber, and unless you heed us this time, and attend to our request, it will overtake you at an hour when you do not expect, and at a day when you do not look for it. and for you there shall be no escape for there is but one decree for you, which is depart,— depart or else a more fatal calamity shall befall you.
After had been taken by a States warrant for stealing, and the stolen property found concealed in the house of , in which nefarious transaction had also participated, stole the property, conveyed it to , and to and there the officers of the law found it.
While in the hands of the officer, and under an arrest for this vile transaction, and if possible to hide your shame from the world, like criminals, which, indeed you were, you appealed to our beloved bretheren Presidents Joseph Jr Smith Jr and , men whose characters you had endeavoured to destroy by every artifice you could invent, not even the basest lying excepted: and did you find them revengeful? no, but notwithstanding all your scandalous attacks, still such was the nobleness of their characters that even vile enemies could not appeal to them in vain. They enlisted, as you well know, their influence to save you from your just fate, and they, by their influence delivered you out of the hand [p. ]