Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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life and with great difficulty made his escape. The pretended  court immdediately arose, and we were ordered to be carried to  Clay County, and there to be thrust into jail. We endeavored to find  out for what cause; but all that we could learn was because we  were Mormons. The next day morning a large wagon drove up  to the door, and a black smith came into the house with so me chains and hancuffs, he said his orders were from the ,  to handcuff us, and chain us together— he informed us also he in formed us that the had made out a mittimus, and sentenced  us to jail for treason; he also said the had done this in or der that we might not get bail; he also Said the stated  his intention of to keep us in jail until the Mormons were driven  out of the ; he also said that the had further stated,  that if he let us out before the Mormons had left the , that  we would not let them leave, and there would be another dam ned fuss kicked up. I also heard the say myself, while  he was sitting in his pretended court, that there was no law for us  nor for any the Mormons in the state of : that he had sworn to  see the Mormons exterminated, and to see the ’s executed to  the very letter, and that he would do so; however the blacksmith  proceeded and put the irons upon us and they drove off for ; and as we journeyed along on the road, we were exhibited  to the inhabitants— And this course was adopted all the way; thus  making a public exhibition of us, until we arrived at Clay  County. There we were thrust into prison again and locked up— and  were held there in close confinement for the space of six months, and  our place of lodging— was the squared side of a hewed white oak  log— and our food was any thing but good and decent— poison  was administered to us three or four times, the effect it had  upon our systems was, that it vomitted us almost to death, and  then we would lay in a torpid stupid state, not even caring or  wishing for life. The poison being administered in too large doses,  or it would inevitably have proved fatal, had not the power of Jehovah, [p. 273]
life and with great difficulty made his escape. The pretended court immdediately arose, and we were ordered to be carried to Clay County, and there to be thrust into jail. We endeavored to find out for what cause; but all that we could learn was because we were Mormons. The next morning a large wagon drove up to the door, and a black smith came into the house with some chains and hancuffs, he said his orders were from the , to handcuff us, and chain us together— he informed us also he informed us that the had made out a mittimus, and sentenced us to jail for treason; he also said the had done this in order that we might not get bail; he also Said the stated his intention to keep us in jail until the Mormons were driven out of the ; he also said that the had further stated, that if he let us out before the Mormons had left the , that we would not let them leave, and there would be another damned fuss kicked up. I also heard the say myself, while he was sitting in his pretended court, that there was no law for us nor the Mormons in the state of : that he had sworn to see the Mormons exterminated, and to see the ’s executed to the very letter, and that he would do so; however the blacksmith proceeded and put the irons upon us and they drove off for ; and as we journeyed along on the road, we were exhibited to the inhabitants— And this course was adopted all the way; thus making a public exhibition of us, until we arrived at Clay County. There we were thrust into prison again and locked up— and were held there in close confinement for the space of six months, and our place of lodging— was the squared side of a hewed white oak log— and our food was any thing but good and decent— poison was administered to us three or four times, the effect it had upon our systems was, that it vomitted us almost to death, and then we would lay in a torpid stupid state, not even caring or wishing for life. The poison being administered in too large doses, or it would inevitably have proved fatal, had not the power of Jehovah, [p. 273]
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