Parley P. Pratt, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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to know I testify that neither Mr. Smith, nor any other Mormon has the least prospect for justice or to receive a fair & impartial trial in the State of . If tried at all they must be tried by authorities of who have trampled all law under their feet and who have assisted in committing murder, robbery treason, , rape, & felony— and who have made a law of banishment contrary to the laws of all nations; and executed this barbarous law with the utmost rigor & severity— therefore Mr. Smith & the Mormons generally have suffered the end of the law, of which they had no choice & therefore the State of has no further claim whatever upon any of them— I further more testify that the authorities of other States who would assist to wreak further vengeance upon any individuals of the persecuted Mormons are either ignorantly or wilfully aiding & abetting in all these crimes.
The Cross examined, he states that he was very intimate with Mr Smith all the time he resided in the State of , & was in <​with​> his <​him​> company almost daily, <​&​> that he knows positively that Mr Smith held no office either civil or military, either real or pretended, in that ; and that he never bore arms either or did military duty not even in self defence; but that he was a peacable law abiding, & faithful citizen, and a preacher of the Gospel, and exhorted all the citizens to be peacable, long suffering & slow to act, even in self defence — He further stated that there was no fortress in ; but a temporary fence made of Rails, House Logs floor planks Wagons, Carts & so forth hastily thrown together [p. 10]
to know I testify that neither Mr. Smith, nor any other Mormon has the least prospect for justice or to receive a fair & impartial trial in the State of . If tried at all they must be tried by authorities who have trample all law under their feet and who have assisted in committing murder, robbery treason, , rape, & felony— and who have made a law of banishment contrary to the laws of all nations; and executed this barbarous law with the utmost rigor & severity— therefore Mr. Smith & the Mormons generally have suffered the end of the law, of which they had no choice & therefore the State of has no further claim whatever upon any of them— I further more testify that the authorities of other States who would assist to wreak further vengeance upon any individuals of the persecuted Mormons are either ignorantly or wilfully aiding & abetting in all these crimes.
Cross examined, he states that he was very intimate with Mr Smith all the time he resided in the State of , & was with him almost daily, & that he knows positively that Mr Smith held no office either civil or military, either real or pretended, in that ; and that he never bore arms or did military duty not even in self defence; but that he was a peacable law abiding, & faithful citizen, and a preacher of the Gospel, and exhorted all the citizens to be peacable, long suffering & slow to act, even in self defence — He further stated that there was no fortress in ; but a temporary fence made of Rails, House Logs floor planks Wagons, Carts & so forth hastily thrown together [p. 10]
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