Affidavit, 5 September 1838

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Before me , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the County of aforesaid. Personally came Joseph Smith Junr who being duly sworn according to Law, deposeth and saith, “That on the 7th day of August 1838, being informed that an affray had taken place in on at the Election, in the town of , in the which some two persons were killed, and one person badly wounded, and fled to the woods to save his life, all of which were <said to be> persons belonging to the Society of Mormons so Called <> And further, said— informant stated “that those persons who committed the outrage, would not suffer said the bodies of those who had been killed, to be taken of[f] the ground and buried. These reports with others, concerning the affair one of which was, that the Mormons <saints> so called had not the privelege of voting at the polls, as other citizens. Another was, that those opposed to the Mormons <saints> were determined to drive them from , and Also that the persons they were Arming & strengthening their forces, and preparing for a battle; & that the Mormons <saints> were preparing & making ready to stand in self defence. These reports, having excited, the feelings of the citizens of “” and vicinity, I was invited with others, by & some others, to go out to , to the scene of these Outrages; they having previously having determined to go out and learn the facts concerning said reports. Accordingly a some of the citizens,— myself among the number, went out, two; three, and four, in companys, As we they got ready. The reports and exitement continued untill several of those small companys, through the day, were induced to follow the first, who were all eager to learn the facts concerning this matter: we arived in the evening, at the house of , about 3 miles from , the scene of the reported outrages; here we learned the truth concerning the said affray, which had been considerably exageated [exaggerated], yet, there had been a serious Outrage committed. We there learned that the mob were was collected at [p. [1]]
State of Missouri) ss
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Before me , one of the Justices of the County Court, within and for the County of aforesaid. Personally came Joseph Smith Junr who being duly sworn according to Law, deposeth and saith, “That on the 7th day of August 1838, being informed that an affray had taken place in at the Election, in the town of , in the which two persons were killed, and one person badly wounded, and fled to the woods to save his life, all of which were said to be persons belonging to the Society of And further, said— informant stated “that those persons who committed the outrage, would not suffer the bodies of those who had been killed, to be taken off the ground and buried. These reports with others, one of which was, that the saints had not the privelege of voting at the polls, as other citizens. Another was, that those opposed to the saints were determined to drive them from , and Also that they were Arming & strengthening their forces, and preparing for a battle; & that the saints were preparing & making ready to stand in self defence. These reports, having excited, the feelings of the citizens of “” and vicinity, I was invited with others, by & some others, to go out to , to the scene of these Outrages; they having previously determined to go out and learn the facts concerning said reports. Accordingly some of the citizens,— myself among the number, went out, two; three, and four, in companys, As they got ready. The reports and exitement continued untill several of those small companys, through the day, were induced to follow the first, who were all eager to learn the facts concerning this matter: we arived in the evening, at the house of , about 3 miles from , the scene of the reported outrages; here we learned the truth concerning the said affray, which had been considerably exageated [exaggerated], yet, there had been a serious Outrage committed. We there learned that the mob was collected at [p. [1]]
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