Petition to Chauncey Robison, 26 December 1842, Draft [Extradition of JS for Accessory to Assault]

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State of Illinois)
City of <​​>)
To Commissioner <​Esqr. Master in ​> for the County of and State of : aforesaid:—
Whereas I Joseph Smith of the City of in the County & aforesaid <​of and State of ​>, being under arrest illegally and in the custody of by virtue of a proclamation made by late Governor of said do hereby apply to the Commissioner of <​Master in Chancery​> <​for​> said and pray that he may grant me a writ of — that I may be entitled to the privilege of showing to the court having jurisdiction of the case the insufficiency <​illegality​> of the proclamation and the utter groundlessness of the charge preferred in said proclamation which charges me with being accessary before the fact to an assault with intent to kill made by one on on the night of the sixth day of May A. D. 1842 in the State of and having fled from the Justice of said and taking refuge in the State of where as I shall be able to prove that I was not out of the State of nor in the State of for the last two years and that I was not accessary to the said assault on said , not knowing any thing about the intended assault nor any thing concerning it untill I was informed of it sometime after it had occured. the copy of the said proclamation doth hereby follow
Executive Department,
September 20th. 1842
Whereas, a requisition has been made upon me, as the Executive of this , by the of the State of for the apprehension and surrender [p. [1]]
of who is charged with the crime of Shooting with intent to kill, in the County of and State of on the night of the sixth day of May A. D. 1842. And Whereas, a demand has also been made by the of upon me for the apprehension and surrender of Joseph Smith (commonly called the Mormon Prophet) who is charged with the crime of being accessary to the shooting of said at the time and place aforesaid, with intent to kill.
And whereas, in obedience to the Constitution and Laws of the , and of this , executive Warrants have been issued, and the said and Smith arrested as fugitives from justice from the State of .
And Whereas, the said and Smith resisted the Laws by refusing to go with the officers who had them in custody as fugitives from Justice, and escaped from the custody of said officers.
Now, therefore, I, , Governor of the State of , in conformity to an act entitled “An act concerning fugitives from justice,” approved January 6, 1827, do offer a reward of two hundred dollars to any person or persons, for the apprehension and delivery of each, or either of the above named fugitives from justice, viz: and Joseph Smith, to the custody of and , or to the Sherif of at the city of
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the great seal of to be affixed the day and date above mentioned
By the Governor, .
sec. of State.
L. S.
All of which I respectfully represent to your honor this twenty sixth day of December A. D. 1842
Joseph Smith [p. [2]]
[blank] [p. [3]]
Decr. 26th. 1842
Petition of Joseph Smith for a writ of [p. [4]]


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    TEXT: “L. S.” (locus sigilli, Latin for “location of the seal”) enclosed in a hand-drawn representation of a seal.  

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    Signature of JS.  

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    Docket in handwriting of William Clayton.