Parley P. Pratt, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]
, Testimony, , Hancock Co., IL, 1 July 1843, Extradition of JS for Treason (Nauvoo, IL, Municipal Court 1843). Copied [between 3 and 6 July 1843]; handwriting of ; signature of by ; docket by , [, Hancock Co., IL, 6] July 1843; notation by , ca.  July 1843; twelve pages; Nauvoo, IL, Records, CHL.
in a similar manner— the was again & again petitioned for redress & protection, but utterly refused to render us any assistance whatever. Under these painful & distressing circumstances we had the advice of Generals , & to call out the Militia of & county which was mostly composed of Mormons and to make a general defence, the presiding Judge of gave orders to the of same to call out the Militia, they were called out under the command of who held in <a> commission from the , & was the highest military officer in the this force effectually dispersed the Mob in several places. And a portion of them were so organized in the city of that they could assemble themselves upon the shortest notice and were frequently ordered to parade <assemble> in the public square of said when circumstances rendered it necessary. in cases of emergyncy. These proceedings against the mob being misrepresented by designing men both to the & <other> authoruties & people of the causing <caused> great excitement against the Mormons & prof many tried to have it understood that the Mormons were in open rebellion & making war upon the . With these pretences the issued the following exterminating order— (see appeal to american people page 35) <which was inserted here>
In the mean time, & , both of , (who had five years previously assisted in driving <about> 1200 inhabitants of Mormon citizens from that besides burning 203 houses and assisted <assisting> in murdering & p several & plundering the rest) raised forces to the amount of several thousand men & appeared before the city of in battle [p. 2]