Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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interposed in our behalf, to save us from their wicked purposes.  We were also subjected to the necessity of eating human flesh for the  space of 5 days or go without food, except a little coffee or a  little corn bread— the latter I chose in preference to the former . We none of us partook of the flesh except — we also  heard the guard which was placed over us, making sport of us,  saying that they ‘had fed us on Mormon beef.’ I have descri bed the appearance of this flesh to several experienced physicians,  and they have decided that it was human flesh. We learned aft erwards by one of the guard that <it was supposed that> this act of savage caniblalism,  in feeding us with human flesh, would be considered a popular deed  of notoriety; but the people on learning that it would not take,  tried to keep it a secret; but the fact was noised abroad before  they took that precaution. Whilst we were incarcerated in prison,  we petitioned the supreme court of the state of ; for Habeus  Corpus, twice; but were refused both times by , who is  now the Governor of that . We also petitioned one of the Count try County Judges for a writ of habeus corpus, which was granted in ab out 3 weeks afterwards; but were not permitted to have any trial—  we were only taken out of jail and kept out a few hours,  and then remanded back again. In the course of three or four  days after that time, came into jail in the ev ening and said that he had permitted to get bail;  but said he had to do it in the night, and he had also to get  away in the night, and unknown to any of the citizens, or  they would kill him for they had sworn to kill him if they  if they could find him: and as to the rest of us, he dared not  let us go, for fear of his own life, as well as ours. He said it was  damned hard to be confined under such circumstances; for he kne w we were innocent men, and he said the people also knew it;  and that it was only a perscution and a treachery, and the scenes  of acted over again. for fear that we would  become too numerous in that upper County Country. He said the [p. 273]
interposed in our behalf, to save us from their wicked purposes. We were also subjected to the necessity of eating human flesh for the space of 5 days or go without food, except a little coffee or a little corn bread— the latter I chose in preference to the former. We none of us partook of the flesh except — we also heard the guard which was placed over us, making sport of us, saying that they ‘had fed us on Mormon beef.’ I have described the appearance of this flesh to several experienced physicians, and they have decided that it was human flesh. We learned afterwards by one of the guard that it was supposed that this act of savage caniblalism, in feeding us with human flesh, would be considered a popular deed of notoriety; but the people on learning that it would not take, tried to keep it a secret; but the fact was noised abroad before they took that precaution. Whilst we were incarcerated in prison, we petitioned the supreme court of the state of ; for Habeus Corpus, twice; but were refused both times by , who is now the Governor of that . We also petitioned one of the County Judges for a writ of habeus corpus, which was granted in about 3 weeks afterwards; but were not permitted to have any trial— we were only taken out of jail and kept out a few hours, and then remanded back again. In the course of three or four days after that time, came into jail in the evening and said that he had permitted to get bail; but said he had to do it in the night, and he had also to get away in the night, and unknown to any of the citizens, or they would kill him for they had sworn to kill him if they if they could find him: and as to the rest of us, he dared not let us go, for fear of his own life, as well as ours. He said it was damned hard to be confined under such circumstances; for he knew we were innocent men, and he said the people also knew it; and that it was only a perscution and a treachery, and the scenes of acted over again. for fear that we would become too numerous in that upper Country. He said the [p. 273]
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