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

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, , & others were committed to gaol [jail] for further trial— Two or three others & <​myself​> were put into the gaol at for the same purpose— The Mormon people now began to leave the country <​​> agreeably to the exterminating order of — Ten or twelve thousand left the during the winter & fled to the State of — A small number of Widows & the poor together with my family & some of the friends of the other prisoners still lingered in , when a small band of armed men entered the & committed many depredations & threatened life. and swore that they wo if my & children & others whom they named were not out of the a <​in so​> many days they would kill them, as the time now drew near for the completion of the exterminating order of Accordingly my & children <​& others​> left the as fast as <​best​> they could & arrived near <​wandered to​> the State of , there to get a living among strangers, without a husband, father, or protector. Myself & party still remained in prison after all the <​other​> Mormons had left the . and even Mr. Smith & his party had escaped to bring up the rear. In June by change of venue we were removed from to to Columbia Boon County upwards of 100 Miles towards the State of ; and by <​our​> request a special Court was called at our request for final trial; but notwithstanding we were <​removed​> more than one hundred Miles from the scene of their depredations yet such was the fact that neither our friends or witnesses dared <​to​> come to into that to attend our trial as they had been banished from the by the ’s order of extermination, executed to the very letter by the principal officers of the civil & military. On these grounds <​&​> having had all these opportunities [p. 9]
, , & others were committed to gaol [jail] for further trial— Two or three others & myself were put into the gaol at for the same purpose— The Mormon people now began to leave the agreeably to the exterminating order of — Ten or twelve thousand left the during the winter & fled to the State of — A small number of Widows & the poor together with my family & some of the friends of the other prisoners still lingered in , when a small band of armed men entered the & committed many depredations & threatened life. and swore that if my & children & others whom they named were not out of the in so many days they would kill them, as the time now drew near for the completion of the exterminating order of — Accordingly my & children & others left the as best they could & wandered to the State of , there to get a living among strangers, without a husband, father, or protector. Myself & party still remained in prison after all the other Mormons had left the . and even Mr. Smith & his party had escaped to bring up the rear. In June by change of venue we were removed from to Columbia Boon County upwards of 100 Miles towards the State of ; and by our request a special Court was called for final trial; but notwithstanding we were removed more than one hundred Miles from the scene of their depredations yet such was the fact that neither our friends or witnesses dared come into that to attend our trial as they had been banished from the by the ’s order of extermination, executed to the very letter by the principal officers of the civil & military. On these grounds & having had all these opportunities [p. 9]
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