Appendix: Missouri Extradition Attempt, 1842–1843, Selected Documents

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  • Historical Introduction
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9. Wilson Law and Others, Affidavit, 4 January 1843


Editorial Note
, , , , , , , , and , Affidavit, [, IL], 4 Jan. 1843; reference copy; handwriting of and James F. Owings; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.

of the United
States. District of
In the matter of)
Joseph Smith upon)
Habeus Corpus)
District of , ,  , , and & &  being duly sworn say that they know that Joseph Smith  was in , in the county of Hancock, in the state  of Illinois during the whole of the sixth & seventh days  of May last; That on the sixth day of May Aforesaid  the said Smith attended an officer drill at  from Ten Oclock in the forenoon to about four o’clock  in the afternoon at which drill the said Joseph Smith  was present: And these deponents ,  , , &  <and ——> were with the said Smith, at aforesaid  during the evening of the sixth day of May last &  sat with said Smith Joseph Smith in Nauvoo Lodge from  Six until nine oclock. of said evening;—
and these deponents. , , & were with the Said Smith  at his dwelling house, in , on and during  the evening of the fifth day of May last. & conversed  with him;— and these <all> of the deponents aforesaid  do say that on the seventh day of May aforesaid the  Said Smith reviewed the Nauvoo Legion, & was  present with the said Legion all that day, in the  presence of many thousand peopl, and it would  have been impossible for the said Joseph Smith to  have been at any place in the State of ,  at any time, on or between the sixth & seventh days  of May aforesaid; and these deponents  , . &  say that they have seen & conversed with the said [p. [1]]

9. Wilson Law and Others, Affidavit, 4 January 1843


Editorial Note
, , , , , , , , and , Affidavit, [, IL], 4 Jan. 1843; reference copy; handwriting of and James F. Owings; two pages; JS Collection, CHL.

of the United
States. District of
In the matter of)
Joseph Smith upon)
Habeus Corpus)
District of , , , , a & being duly sworn say that they know that Joseph Smith was in , in the county of Hancock, in the state of Illinois during the whole of the sixth & seventh days of May last; That on the sixth day of May Aforesaid the said Smith attended an officer drill at from Ten Oclock in the forenoon to about four o’clock in the afternoon at which drill the said Joseph Smith was present: And these deponents , , , and —— were with the said Smith, at aforesaid during the evening of the sixth day of May last & sat with said Joseph Smith in Nauvoo Lodge from Six until nine oclock. of said evening;—
and these deponents. , , & were with the Said Smith at his dwelling house, in , on and during the evening of the fifth day of May last. & conversed with him;— and all of the deponents aforesaid do say that on the seventh day of May aforesaid the Said Smith reviewed the Nauvoo Legion, & was present with the said Legion all that day, in the presence of many thousand peopl, and it would have been impossible for the said Joseph Smith to have been at any place in the State of , at any time, on or between the sixth & seventh days of May aforesaid; and these deponents , . & say that they have seen & conversed with the said [p. [1]]
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