William Harris, Deposition, 21 July 1842 [JS v. Brotherton]
William Harris, Deposition, before DuBouffay Frémon, , St. Louis Co., MO, 21 July 1842, JS v. Brotherton (St. Louis Co., MO, Circuit Court 1843); in Depositions, 21 July 1842, [3–4, 7–8]; unidentified handwriting; signature presumably of William Harris; notations and docket by unidentified scribe, [, St. Louis Co., MO], 30 July 1842; St. Louis County Circuit Court, Civil Case Files, MSA.
Also William Harris of lawful age being produced, sworn & Examined on the part of the , deposeth & Saith.
I Know , & . In the neighborhood where I reside their Character for truth & veracity is very bad. Their oaths would not be believed <taken> where Joe Smith or the Mormon Church was Interested. I have Known persons to give up lawsuits, merely because Mormon witnesses were against them, because they could out Swear them. I heard say that he would Swear falsely provided it would be to the advancement of the Church or Kingdom. (This last answer was objected to by the pltff’s consel.) I was a pastor of the Methodist & Presbyterian Churches, and resided about five miles from the Mormons [p. ]