Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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, Hancock County Illinois, who was a  Missourian in principle. You have read  ’s testimony, and can judge of the  treatment which he received at their hands . Suffice it to say, he was shamefully abu sed. had authority from the of to take Joseph Smith Senior Junior  Junior, and deliver him into the hands of  the before named ; but as neither  of them showed any authority save a brace  of pistols, he (Joseph) took them for false  imprisonment. He then obtained a writ of  habeus Corpus of the master in Chancery of returnable before the nearest court, auth orized to determine such characters writs; and the Muni cipal court at being the nearest one inves ted with this power; an examination was had  before said court; where it was made to app ear, that the writ was defective and void; fur thermore, that he was innocent of the charges th eirin alledged against him. It was in this case  that ’s testimony was given, which is reh earsed in a preceeding Chapter.
Not long after this I broke up house keeping;  and at Joseph’s request I took up my residence at his  house. Soon after which I was taken <very> sick, and  was brought nigh unto death: for five nights   never left me; but stood at my bed  side all the night long. At the end of which  time she was overcome with fatigue and was taken  sick herself. Joseph then took her place, and watch ed with me the five succeeding nights, as faithfully  as had done. About this time I began [p. 306]
, Hancock County Illinois, who was a Missourian in principle. You have read ’s testimony, and can judge of the treatment which he received at their hands. Suffice it to say, he was shamefully abused. had authority from the of to take Joseph Smith Junior, and deliver him into the hands of the before named ; but as neither of them showed any authority save a brace of pistols, he (Joseph) took them for false imprisonment. He then obtained a writ of habeus Corpus of the master in Chancery of returnable before the nearest court, authorized to determine such writs; and the Municipal court at being the nearest one invested with this power; an examination was had before said court; where it was made to appear, that the writ was defective and void; furthermore, that he was innocent of the charges theirin alledged against him. It was in this case that ’s testimony was given, which is rehearsed in a preceeding Chapter.
Not long after this I broke up house keeping; and at Joseph’s request I took up my residence at his house. Soon after which I was taken very sick, and was brought nigh unto death: for five nights never left me; but stood at my bed side all the night long. At the end of which time she was overcome with fatigue and was taken sick herself. Joseph then took her place, and watched with me the five succeeding nights, as faithfully as had done. About this time I began [p. 306]
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