Testimonies, 12 June 1844 [State of Illinois v. JS for Riot on Habeas Corpus]

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— said as an officer of the N[auvoo] L[egion]— he was notified to assist the — obeyed the call— repaired to the the company was collected in an orderly manner— [2 words illegible] by the — The commanding officer marched them to to the front of the building— the papers were read and after some notice from one of the proprieters— they proceeded to demolish the press— the type pied and the wood workbelonging to the press burnt— All this in a peaceable mannr (by courts) no dispute whatever— the men acted as military men— (how get into the building)— some of the men rapped at the door— the door opened— whether by some one opened or not I cannot tell— No unnecessary noise— no exultation except amoung some of the boys— one by <​boy​> cried babylon is falling &c all was perfect order and peace—
(by ) I heard the order the boys to be still and also those present— After the burning was extinguished the 2st <​1st​> companies <​company​> (being organized in 2 companies under & ) were ordered to left face and then marched to the frnt of s store and then halted to see whether there would be any disturbanse— The 2nd. company then came up and we marched down to the flat & got our dismission opposite the . Some one called for three cheers for the Ordinances which was given.
— never saw a more orderly transaction. has frequently since such occurences in the East. asked the for his authority— which was answered— the asked for the keys refused to give them up & defied the and authorities— the door was broken open and press demolished &c— the company waited till the fire was out all was peace and order
Minutes taken by June 12 1844 before Municipal Court [p. [1]]
Mr Jackson was present at the Council Room & heard the orders— he went to see whether order was kept— he went to the — and thence to the Office— heard conversation betwn & the — did not see nor hear the door opened— saw the press destroyed &c— The worst confusion he saw was some blackgarders thrown out by one of the proprieters— the door was shut— They executed their orders exactly as I heard them in the council room and marched down to the flat in peace & saw them dismissed
I am a stranger in the — I was once in the before tarried over night
heard some of the proprietors blackguarding but heard none of the Legion reply— should have heard then if any had done or heard a man on the steps say damn the authorities was told his name was — heard no threats about shooting—
— went as a spectator— the company was organized as said— made kno[w]n the business by reading the orders— went at the P[rinting] O[ffice] the answered the object— asked for the key— refused— and threatend the that if he went in it should be at his peril— used threats— called for soldiers to go to the door heard the rapping at the door— I passed round among the people— heard no discuson among them— Did not hear any loud talking— he heard Pulen called out for — he was order to be still, no loud talking was alowed—
I know that s feeling & course of proceedure towards General Smith has been lavish— there has been settlements but he said his mind was the same [p. [2]]


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    Docket in handwriting of Willard Richards written sideways over text in bottom right corner of page.  

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