Affidavit, 5 September 1838

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Mill Port, to a considerable number, and that was at their head, and were to attack the Mormons <saints>  the next day, at the place where we then were, called  , this report, we esteemed to be worthy of <gave were inclined>  some to believe might be true. As this who  was said to be their leader, had been but a few months before  engaged in endeavoring to drive those, of the society, who—  had settled in that vicinity, from the . This fact, had  become notorious, from the fact that said had  personally Ordered several of the said society to leave the  . The next Morning, we dispacthed a committee  to said ’s to asscertain the truth of these reports, and  <to know> what his intentions were, and as we understood he was a peace  officers, we wished to know what we might expect from him,  the Committee returned, in a short time, with an unfavor able report, that instead of giving them any—  assurance of preserving the peace, insulted them and gave  them no satisfaction. <being desirous to know the feelings of for myself,> About the time the committee  returned we a number of us who were <and being> in want of good water,  and, understanding there were none nearer than s spring <myself with several others> Mounted our horses myself among the  number and rode up to s fence, with one or  two others, who had rode ahead, went into ’s house,  myself and some others went to the spring for water.  I was shortly after, sent for <by ,> and invited into the house,  Being introduced to , by ,  invited me to take a chair <he asked me to be seated,> we then commenced a conversation, on the  subject of the late ordeal dificulties and present exitement. I  found considerable quite hostile in his feelings,  towards the Mormons <saints>; but assured us that he did not  belong to the mob, neither would he take any part  with them, but said he was bound <by his oath> to keep support the  Constitutition of the , and the Laws of  the State of . Deponent then asked him, if  he would make said statements in writing, so as to  refute the arguments of those who had afirmed that  he () was one of the leaders of the mob?  answered in the affirmative, that accordingly, he did  so; which writing is in the possession of the deponent.” [p. [2]]
Mill Port, to a considerable number, and that was at their head, and were to attack the saints the next day, at the place where we then were, called , this report, we were inclined to believe might be true. As this who was said to be their leader, had been but a few months before engaged in endeavoring to drive those, of the society, who— had settled in that vicinity, from the . This fact, had become notorious, from the fact that said had personally Ordered several of the said society to leave the . The next Morning, we dispacthed a committee to said ’s to asscertain the truth of these reports, and to know what his intentions were, and as we understood he was a peace officer, we wished to know what we might expect from him, the Committee returned, in a short time, with an unfavorable report, that instead of giving them any— assurance of preserving the peace, insulted them and gave them no satisfaction. being desirous to know the feelings of for myself, and being in want of good water, and, understanding there were none nearer than s spring myself with several others Mounted our horses and rode up to s fence, with one or two others, who had rode ahead, went into ’s house, myself and some others went to the spring for water. I was shortly after, sent for by , and invited into the house, Being introduced to , by , he asked me to be seated, we then commenced a conversation, on the subject of the late dificulties and present exitement. I found quite hostile in his feelings, towards saints; but assured us that he did not belong to the mob, neither would he take any part with them, but said he was bound by his oath to support the Constitutition of the , and the Laws of the State of . Deponent then asked him, if he would make said statements in writing, so as to refute the arguments of those who had afirmed that he () was one of the leaders of the mob? answered in the affirmative, accordingly, he did so; which writing is in the possession of the deponent.” [p. [2]]
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