Affidavit from Truman Gillet Jr., 18 June 1844

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State of Illinois)
City of )
June 18th. 1844 Personally appeared before me, , Recorder of the city of , and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that on or about the first day of June 1842, while passing up the Ohio River on Steemboat to Massachusets, overheard Two men, one a resident of , and the other of , as reported, conversing together concerning incidents on the upper , when one said to the other “if could have succeeded in getting an introduction of us to “Jo” Smith. Damn him, we would have gagged him, or nabbed him, and damn him all hell could not have rescued him from our hands”— The next morning, got in conversation with the man before mentioned, from , who stated that he “had been on the upper on business, that he stopped at on his way down with some twelve or fourteen other men, who laid a plan to kidnap Jo Smith, that some of the company querried about getting access to him, but one of them said he knew they could if he could find . they called on in the evening to get an interview to their great Prophets, and went with them to the gate when they were stopped by the police and it was well for him that we did not succeed in getting an introduction to him. said did know your business?— and he replied, Yes! [p. [1]] asked what have you against Joseph Smith? did he ever injure you? the man replied “no! but he has others,” did you ever see him? “Yes— I was one who helped to run the Mormons from .”— and related many circumstances— concerning the Mob.— said to the man he was acquainted with — considered he was an honorable man, and was led to doubt his being engaged with them in a conspiracy against Joseph Smith.— he replied “God damn you it is true wither you beleive it or not,”— and repeatedly affirmed it. did not beleive the statements of the man <​from as Mentioned above​> until after hearing the recent developments before the city council
Sworn and Subscribed at the time and place above written before me
, Recorder C. L S.
Affadavit <​about and others​> filed June 18; 1844 [p. [2]]


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    Signature of Truman Gillet Jr..  

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    Certification in handwriting of Willard Richards.  

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    Docket in handwriting of John McEwan.  

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    Insertion in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.