Letter to Emma Smith, 1 December 1838
JS, Letter,Liberty, MO, to
Located in western Missouri, thirteen miles north of Independence. Settled 1820. Clay Co. seat, 1822. Incorporated as town, May 1829. Following expulsion from Jackson Co., 1833, many Latter-day Saints found refuge in Clay Co., with church leaders and other...More InfoEmma Smith,
10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...View Full Bio
On the evening of 1 December 1838, JS wrote a short letter to his wife Emma Smith, informing her that he and his fellow prisoners had been safely transported from Richmond, Missouri, to the Clay County jail in Liberty, Missouri. The men had been in Richmond for a criminal court of inquiry, at which Judge Austin A. King of the fifth judicial circuit ruled there was probable cause to believe that JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Alexander McRae, and Caleb Baldwin had committed treason in Daviess County, Missouri, and that Sidney Rigdon had committed the same offense in Caldwell County, Missouri. Because treason was a nonbailable offense and neither Daviess nor Caldwell County had a jail, King committed the prisoners to the Clay County jail to await their trials in the spring.In this 1 December letter, JS did not detail the outcome of the court of inquiry, which suggests that he had previously conveyed that information to his wife. He noted in this letter that Samuel Bogart, captain of the Ray County militia, would deliver the letter to her in Far West.