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.
a set of inquistion as ever was. this conversation was had when talking about the dissenters— I heard , and , & I think say that if ever the dissenters returned to , their heads should be the forfeit.
Onthe 5th of <In> July last I heard told me I was <in> and went bail for who was a dissenter and one who was driven from I was taken to task & warned that I would suffer for it—and and on leaving town that evening, in company with , there was a number of guns fired at us. as I heard the balls whistle near us— in a day or two I returned to town and saw who took me to task for going ’s bail.— About a week before the militia came to , I was taken by an armed force with my waggon horses & harness, to . when there I was taken before ’s door. was called out, to whom I & waggon & team were delivered up as consecrated property I asked him what it meant, who replied he did not know, but would see the presidency in the house. he returned & told me the presidency wished to see me I went in & saw the following men to wit. Jos Smith Jr , , , & . Jos Smith Jr. accused me of lying, of harbouring the mob, of being too intimate with a the dissenters & carrying news to & other places, and said as to people leaving the a stop must be put to it, that it was a time of war, and to permit persons who are right in among them to go out and carry news, would never do and it should be stop[p]ed, if not in any other way, they would do it by taking their lives— As I had been to [p. ]