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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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in their secret bands in fornication adultery of or midnight machinations. Therefore they commenced suing at the law of the land by attachment for debts which they knew were paid and Justly paid, according to the laws of God and L◊◊d the Land. & thus foreswore themselves in these things J. Smith & were the instigators & was the prosecutor—against , , and — they had threatend us to kill us if we did not make restitution to them by upholding them in their wicked purposes and designs afteer they had instituted the foregoing suits & went to to obtain legal counsel to prepare to over throw these attachments which they had caused to [be] sued against us which we were abunently able to do by good and substantial witnesses
But to our great asstonishment when we were on our way home from Clay Co. we met the families of & whom they had driven from their homes and robed them of all their goods save clothing & bedding &c.
While we were gone Jo. & & their band of gadeantons kept up a guard and watched our houses and abused our families and threatened them if they were not gone by morning they would be drove out & threttened our lives if they ever saw us in . [p. 87]
in their secret bands in fornication adultery or midnight machinations. Therefore they commenced suing at the law of the land by attachment for debts which they knew were paid and Justly paid, according to the laws of God and the Land. & thus foreswore themselves in these things J. Smith & were the instigators & was the prosecutor—against , , and — they had threatend us to kill us if we did not make restitution to them by upholding them in their wicked purposes and designs afteer they had instituted the foregoing suits & went to to obtain legal counsel to prepare to over throw these attachments which they had caused to [be] sued against us which we were abunently able to do by good and substantial witnesses
But to our great asstonishment when we were on our way home from Clay Co. we met the families of & whom they had driven from their homes and robed them of all their goods save clothing & bedding &c.
While we were gone Jo. & & their band of gadeantons kept up a guard and watched our houses and abused our families and threatened them if they were not gone by morning they would be drove out & threttened our lives if they ever saw us in . [p. 87]
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