Transcript of Proceedings, 12–29 November 1838 [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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J. Smith Jr asked if they he had done any thing with the property remaining in milport; said not— they would leave that matter for a private council— told me that he went down with the expedition to fight <​that fought​> , and that he remained behind about a three quarters of a mile from the battle ground holding horses— I saw feel confident that was not in the fight with .— upon cross examination. he thinks the original object of the danite band was to operate upon the dissenters but afterward <​it​> grew into a system to carry out the designs of the presidency: And if necessary to use physical force to upbuild the kingdom of God, it was to be done by them— this is my opinion as to their object & I learned it from various sources connected with that band— Upon cross examination— It was my understanding that s teaching in the Danite society was proceeded from the presidency— And furt I never heard that constitution spoken of by read in the society when I was present.— nor did I ever hear of it ’till lately And further this saith not
Before the examination of the above witness ,— Maurice [Morris] Phelps and James H Rawlins, were put upon their trial with the other defendents, and under the same charges with them [p. [34]]
J. Smith Jr asked if he had done any thing with the property remaining in milport; said not— they would leave that matter for a private council— told me that he went down with the expedition that fought , and that he remained behind about three quarters of a mile from the battle ground holding horses— I feel confident that was not in the fight with .— upon cross examination. he thinks the original object of the danite band was to operate upon the dissenters but afterward it grew into a system to carry out the designs of the presidency: And if necessary to use physical force to upbuild the kingdom of God, it was to be done by them— this is my opinion as to their object & I learned it from various sources connected with that band— Upon cross examination— It was my understanding that s teaching in the Danite society proceeded from the presidency— I never heard that constitution spoken of by read in the society when I was present.— nor did I ever hear of it ’till lately And further this saith not
Before the examination of the above witness ,— Maurice [Morris] Phelps and James H Rawlins, were put upon their trial with the other defendents, and under the same charges [p. [34]]
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