Complaint, 10 August 1838 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Riot]

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State of Missouri) Ss. [scilicet]
County of )
pers[o]nally appeared before me the undersigned judge of the fou fifth Judicial Circuit and makes oath that he has good reason to believe and that he verrily does believe that there is now collected and embodied in the County of a large body of armed men, whose movements and, conduct are of a highly insurrectionary and unlawful character, that they consist of about five hundred men and that they <​or a part of them to the number of one hundred & twenty​> have committed violence on by surrounding his house in a violent and takeing him in a violent manner and subjecting him to great indignities by forceing him under threats of immediate death to sign a paper writing of a verry disgraceful character: and by threatening to do the same to all the old settlers & Citizens of , and that they have as a collected and armed body threatened to put to instant death this on sight, and that he verrily believes they will accomplish that act, without they are prevented, and also that they have threatened the same to William Bowman and others, and this states that he verrily believes all the above facts to be true, and that the body of men now, assembled do intend to commit great violence to many of the citizens of , and that they have already done so to [p. [1]] and this verrily believes from his own knowledge and from <​from​> theinformation of others that Joseph Smith Jr. & are the leaders of this body of men <​and the names of the others thus combined are not certainly known to this ​> and this further states, the fact to be, that it is his opinion and he verrily believes that it is the object of this body of armed men to take revenge for some injuries or imaginary injuries done to some of their friends and to intimidate and drive from the all the old citizens and possess themselves of their lands, or to force such as do not leave to come into their measures and submit to their dictation.
Sworn to and subscribed before me the undersigned judge as aforesaid on this 10th. day of August 1838.
William Bowman, Wilson Mc.Kinney and John Netherton also make oath and state that from their own knowledge in part and from the information of others they verrily believe the facts and statements in the foregoing affidavit to be true
William Bowman
Wilson McKinny
John Netherton
Sworn and subscribed to before me the undersigned judge on the 10. day of August 1838)
[p. [2]]
Joseph Smith Jr.
Filed in my office the 1st. March 1839
. Clerk [p. [3]]


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    Signature of William Peniston.  

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    Attestation by William Bowman, Wilson McKinny, and John Netherton.  

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    Certification in handwriting of Austin A. King.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Austin A. King.  

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    Notation in handwriting of Robert Wilson.