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.
it would be considered it stealing— As the property was brot. in there was a general shout of hurrah, & waiving 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 hald <hauled> off the goods & hauled and also that the mob were burning the <some> mormon houses on Grindstone, I looked at him as though I did not believe it. he stooped down to me then, being on his horse & whispered to me that it was who had had gone with 20 of the mormon troops that day to the Grindstone fork— who was burning these houses, The goods taken from , was generally understood in camps, to have been deposited with the as consecrated property. When the companies would return from their expeditions, they would make their reports to the presidency who were there— As this company, above refered to as the fur company, passed with their plunder, I heard Mahlow Johnson who lived in the lower part of , ask Joseph Smith Jr, if these proceedings would not endanger the families of those liveing in that part of , and excite the people to come on the them Smith asked him what he was talking about that this was the first step they had ever taken to quell the mob.— I heard Perry Keyes one who was engaged in the depredations in say, that Joseph Smith Jr remarked in his presence [p. ]