Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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it take it, you must take it; and if one refused to take drink  the whiskey, others would clinch him while another poured it do wn his neck, and what did not go down the inside, went down  the outside; this is a part of the farce acted out by the grand  jury of , whilst they stood over us as guards, for ten  nights successively. And all this in the presence of the great , who had previously said in our hearing, that there  was no law for Mormons in the state of . His bro ther was then acting as district attorney in that district circuit  and if any thing was a greater cannibal than the . After  all these ten days of drunkeness, we were informed that we were  indicted for treason, murder, arson, larceny, theft, and stealing.
We asked for a change of venue from that to Marion  county, but they would not grant it; but they gave us a change  of venue from to Boon[e] county; and a mittimus was ma de out by the pretended , without date, name, or pl ace, they fitted us out with a two horse wagon, and horses, and  four men besides the sheriff to be our guard there were five of us,  we started from the sun about two hours high P. M.,  and went as far as that evening and staid till morn ing. There we bought two horses of the guard and paid for one  of them in our clothing, which we had with us and for the other  we gave our note. We went down that day as far as ’s a distance of some four or five miles. There we staid until  morning, when we started to Boon County, and travelled on the  road about 20 miles distance. There we bought a jug of whiskey,  with which we treated the company, and while there the sheriff  showed us the mittimus, before referred to without date or signa ture, and said that told him never to carry us to  Boon County, and never show the mittimus; and said he I shall take  a good drink of grog and go to bed and you may do as you have a m ind to. Three others of the guard drank pretty freely of the whiskey  sweetened with honey; they also went to bed and were soon asleep, [p. 276]
it take it, you must take it; and if one refused to drink the whiskey, others would clinch him while another poured it down his neck, and what did not go down the inside, went down the outside; this is a part of the farce acted out by the grand jury of , whilst they stood over us as guards, for ten nights successively. And all this in the presence of the great , who had previously said in our hearing, that there was no law for Mormons in the state of . His brother was then acting as district attorney in that circuit and if any thing was a greater cannibal than the . After all these ten days of drunkeness, we were informed that we were indicted for treason, murder, arson, larceny, theft, and stealing.
We asked for a change of venue from that to Marion county, but they would not grant it; but they gave us a change of venue from to Boone county; and a mittimus was made out by the pretended , without date, name, or place, they fitted us out with a two horse wagon, and horses, and four men besides the sheriff to be our guard there were five of us, we started from the sun about two hours high P. M., and went as far as that evening and staid till morning. There we bought two horses of the guard and paid for one of them in our clothing, which we had with us and for the other we gave our note. We went down that day as far as ’s a distance of some four or five miles. There we staid until morning, when we started to Boon County, and travelled on the road about 20 miles distance. There we bought a jug of whiskey, with which we treated the company, and while there the sheriff showed us the mittimus, before referred to without date or signature, and said that told him never to carry us to Boon County, and never show the mittimus; and said he I shall take a good drink of grog and go to bed and you may do as you have a mind to. Three others of the guard drank pretty freely of whiskey sweetened with honey; they also went to bed and were soon asleep, [p. 276]
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