Letters from Amasa Bonney and John C. Bennett, 16 May 1842

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City of May 16, 1842
Gen. Joseph Smith <>,
May it please your honour, having been insulted & imposed upon by , at the general review on saturday last; I beg leave to inf[o]rm your honour of the circumstances of the case, & to seek redress for my injury, if in the estimation of your honour it should be deemed of sufficient importance to be brought before a Court Martial.
Whilst I was engaged in the performance of my duty, , struck me with his sword, & said that he had a good mind to cut me down on the spot & otherwise abused me. I therefore think proper to prefer the following charges against the .
1st. For striking me with his sword, while in the performance of my duty.
2d. For threatening to cut me down & using abusive language without provocation.
I am sorry to be necesseated to trouble your honour with a subject like this; but as I have been insulted as an officer of the Nauvoo Legion, & as a gentleman; I thought the best way to obtain redress was to seek it through the medium appointed by law
I have the honour to subcribe myself Your Most Obedent Humble Servant
Amasa Bonn[e]y.
Adjutant. 2 Reg 1st Cohort
Lieutenant <Major> Gen.)
Joseph Smith <>) [p. [1]]
City of May 16, 1842
Gen. ,
May it please your honour, having been insulted & imposed upon by , at the general review on saturday last; I beg leave to inform your honour of the circumstances of the case, & to seek redress for my injury, if in the estimation of your honour it should be deemed of sufficient importance to be brought before a Court Martial.
Whilst I was engaged in the performance of my duty, , struck me with his sword, & said that he had a good mind to cut me down on the spot & otherwise abused me. I therefore think proper to prefer the following charges against the .
1st. For striking me with his sword, while in the performance of my duty.
2d. For threatening to cut me down & using abusive language without provocation.
I am sorry to be necesseated to trouble your honour with a subject like this; but as I have been insulted as an officer of the Nauvoo Legion, & as a gentleman; I thought the best way to obtain redress was to seek it through the medium appointed by law
I have the honour to subcribe myself Your Most Obedent Humble Servant
Amasa Bonney.
Adjutant. 2 Reg 1st Cohort
Major Gen.)
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