History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<June 16> “The information referred to above is before me by affidavit.
“I remain, sir, the friend of peace, and your ’s humble servt.
Joseph Smith.”
“His Excellency,
.”
I enclosed a copy of the following affidavit:—
Hancock County,)
City of )
June 16th, 1844. Personally appeared before me, , Clerk of the Municipal Court of the City of , Thomas G. Wilson, and after being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith, that during the last evening, Robert Johnson of the aforesaid told [HC 6:480] deponent that fifteen hundred Missourians would assemble at in said on the morning of the 17th inst; that the arms of the Quincy Greys had been sent up to <that they had five cannon at ,> that said Missourians and others who should join them would proceed to , and the Quincy Greys and other companies from were to meet the Missourians in at the time before stated; that from they were going round to the branches of the Church of ‘Latter Day Saints’ in said and inform them that they must deny Joseph’s being a prophet, and if they did not deny Joseph, they must leave immediately; and on Thursday next the whole mob were to proceed to and demand Joseph and , and the city council of said , and if Joseph and and city council were not given up, they would blow up the and kill and exterminate all the inhabitants of said .
Thomas G. Wilson.
“Subscribed and sworn to before me, , Clerk. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the Municipal Court of said at the time and place above written.
Seal of Municipal Court
Clerk M. C. C. N.
“I have compared the within affidavit with the original and find it a true copy.
“In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of Court at the City of this 16th day of June, 1844.
Seal.
Clerk of the Municipal Court, City of .”
Bror. Butler from came in and made affidavit before the that fifteen hundred Missourians were to cross the to the next morning on their way to .
I received a letter from :—
“President Joseph Smith,
Sir;— Believing it to be my duty to inform you of the proceedings of a wicked clan against the saints in this place, I improve this opportunity. On yesterday George Baker in company with Joseph Barber, a Mr. [blank] [John] Banks, Luther Perry, and one more— his name I have not got, came to my house. Mr. Baker came to my door and said he had [HC 6:481] some business, and wished to speak with me. I went out into my door yard with him, and came in company with a Mr. Banks and others; they informed me they were a committee appointed to inform me and our people, that they had three propositions to make to us; in the first place yourself and about seventeen others had broken the law and good order of society; that we the Mormon people must take up arms and proceed with them for your arrest, or take our effects and proceed immediately to , otherwise give up our [p. 106]
June 16 “The information referred to above is before me by affidavit.
“I remain, sir, the friend of peace, and your ’s humble servt.
Joseph Smith.”
“His Excellency,
.”
I enclosed a copy of the following affidavit:—
Hancock County,)
City of )
June 16th, 1844. Personally appeared before me, , Clerk of the Municipal Court of the City of , Thomas G. Wilson, and after being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith, that during the last evening, Robert Johnson of the aforesaid told [HC 6:480] deponent that fifteen hundred Missourians would assemble at in said on the morning of the 17th inst; that the arms of the Quincy Greys had been sent up to that they had five cannon at , that said Missourians and others who should join them would proceed to , and the Quincy Greys and other companies from were to meet the Missourians in at the time before stated; that from they were going round to the branches of the Church of ‘Latter Day Saints’ in said and inform them that they must deny Joseph’s being a prophet, and if they did not deny Joseph, they must leave immediately; and on Thursday next the whole mob were to proceed to and demand Joseph and , and the city council of said , and if Joseph and and city council were not given up, they would blow up the and kill and exterminate all the inhabitants of said .
Thomas G. Wilson.
“Subscribed and sworn to before me, , Clerk. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the Municipal Court of said at the time and place above written.
Seal of Municipal Court
Clerk M. C. C. N.
“I have compared the within affidavit with the original and find it a true copy.
“In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of Court at the City of this 16th day of June, 1844.
Seal.
Clerk of the Municipal Court, City of .”
Bror. Butler from came in and made affidavit before the that fifteen hundred Missourians were to cross the to the next morning on their way to .
I received a letter from :—
“President Joseph Smith,
Sir;— Believing it to be my duty to inform you of the proceedings of a wicked clan against the saints in this place, I improve this opportunity. On yesterday George Baker in company with Joseph Barber, a Mr. [blank] [John] Banks, Luther Perry, and one more— his name I have not got, came to my house. Mr. Baker came to my door and said he had [HC 6:481] some business, and wished to speak with me. I went out into my door yard with him, and came in company with a Mr. Banks and others; they informed me they were a committee appointed to inform me and our people, that they had three propositions to make to us; in the first place yourself and about seventeen others had broken the law and good order of society; that we the Mormon people must take up arms and proceed with them for your arrest, or take our effects and proceed immediately to , otherwise give up our [p. 106]
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