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

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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]
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 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 assemble in the public square of said in cases of emergyncy. These proceedings against the mob being misrepresented by designing men both to the & other authoruties & people of the caused great excitement against the Mormons & many tried to have it understood that the Mormons were in open rebellion & making war upon the . With these pretences 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 Mormon citizens from that besides burning 203 houses and assisting in murdering several & plundering the rest) raised forces to the amount of several thousand men & appeared before the city of in battle [p. 2]
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