Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.

Copy of Evidence, circa Late 1838–circa Early 1839 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Treason and Other Crimes]

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sell. The captain then char[g]ed this company, several different tim[e]s not to touch the Dutchmans potatoes, In the morning the Dutchman had not a potatoe left in his patch. This was in refference to touching no property, in our expedition to that did not belong to us, but he told us that the people <children> of God did not go to war at their own expense— A vote was taken whether the brethren should embody and go down to to attack the mob, this question was put by the prophet Jos Smith Jr & passed unanimously, with a few exceptions Captains & were appointed commanders of the mormons by Jos Smith Jr to go to , he frequently called these man generals. I once had a command as an officer but Jos Smith Jr removed me from it & I asked him the reason & he assigned that he had another office for me: afterwards told me I was to fill the office of Surgeon to attend to the sick & wounded After we arrived at in . a council was held, at night composed of Jos. Smith Jr, , Captains & , , and myself & perhaps was not present, he remained at , a correspondence was kept up between him & Jos Smith Jr. I heard read one of the letters from Smith which as I remember was about as follows That he knew from prophesy & from the revelation of Jesus Christ that the enemies of the Kingdom were in their hands, & that they/the mormon church should succeed— on reading the letter said it gave him great satisfaction <consolation> that to have such authority that the kingdom of God was rolling on— In the above refered to council Mr Smith spoke of the grievances we had suffered in , , & other places, declared that we must [p. [4]]
sell. The captain then charged this company, several different times not to touch the Dutchmans potatoes, In the morning the Dutchman had not a potatoe left in his patch. This was in refference to touching no property, in our expedition to that did not belong to us, but he told us that the children of God did not go to war at their own expense— A vote was taken whether the brethren should embody and go down to to attack the mob, this question was put by the prophet Jos Smith Jr & passed unanimously, with a few exceptions Captains & were appointed commanders of the mormons by Jos Smith Jr to go to , he frequently called these man generals. I once had a command as an officer but Jos Smith Jr removed me from it & I asked him the reason & he assigned that he had another office for me: afterwards told me I was to fill the office of Surgeon to attend to the sick & wounded After we arrived at in . a council was held, at night composed of Jos. Smith Jr, , Captains & , , and myself & perhaps was not present, he remained at , a correspondence was kept up between him & Jos Smith Jr. I heard read one of the letters from Smith which as I remember was about as follows That he knew from prophesy & from the revelation of Jesus Christ that the enemies of the Kingdom were in their hands, & that they/the mormon church should succeed— on reading the letter said it gave him great consolation to have such authority that the kingdom of God was rolling on— In the above refered to council Mr Smith spoke of the grievances we had suffered in , , & other places, declared that we must [p. [4]]
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