Affidavit from Solomon Hancock and Others, 20 June 1844

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June 20th 1844.
State of Illinois)
Hancock County)
City of )
Personally appeared before me—— <​ an acting Justice of the Peace​> , William Garner, and John G. Lofton, who being first duly sworn, depose and say, that on saturday the 15th day of June 1844. at , in said , certain persons, to wit; John Clark, John Crawford, Jeremiah Bentley and three others, all farmers, came to your deponents, and made three several propositions to them, to wit, 1st that we were to take up our arms and join with them in going to to take Joseph Smith and others prisoners. 2nd to remove with our effects to immediately, or 3rd to give up our arms to Colonel and remain neutral. We were ordered to give in our decision on monday then next by 8 o’clock in the morning, and if we would not agree to their decisions, we must abide the consequences. And in consequence of mobs gathering in the neighborhood, we have been obliged to leave our homes in order to save our lives, and are come to for protection.
further deposeth and saith, that said John Clark did on Tuesday the 18th inst. inform your that one of their party was gone to and had obtained three cannon, and were expecting three companies of soldiers from to join them in going to to exterminate the Mormons— and further your deponents say not.
William Garner
John G. Lofton
Subscribed and sworn to, this 20th day of June, 1844.— before me—
J. P. Seal [p. [1]]
& so forth
affidavit taken June 20th. 1844
No 5 [p. [2]]


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    Insertion in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.  

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    Signatures of Solomon Hancock, William Garner, and John G. Lofton.  

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    Signature of Aaron Johnson.  

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    Docket in handwriting of John McEwan.  

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    Notation in unidentified handwriting.