Petition to United States Congress, 29 November 1839

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The next morning the Prisoners were  marched under a strong guard to in Jackson County, and  after being detained there for a week  or two they were marched to  where then was with his  troops— Here a Court of inquiry was  held before , this continued  from <the> 11th. until the 28th. of Nov. while  the five prisoners were kept in chains  while about fifty other Mormons taken  at were penned up in an  open unfinished Court House,
In this Mock Court of inquiry the   could not be prevailed upon  examine any witnesses in favor of the  prisoners but heard only such as was  brought against them  <defendants were prevented from any testimony a their had by an armed  force under at the court house they was advised by their lawyers not  to bring any as they would be in danger of their lives or drove out of the  country so their was no testimony examined only against them> This Inquiry  was had principally into their religious  opinions which were entirely misrepresented  <a great many Questions were asked relative to religious opinions>  The conclusion of the Court of inquiry  was to send the prisoners to jail upo[n] a  charge of Treason. They do not deem  it necessary to detail their sufferings while  in Prison, The horrors of a Prison, for four  long months, in darkness in want, alone, and  during the cold of winter can better be con cieved than expressed—— [p. 28]
The next morning the Prisoners were marched under a strong guard to in Jackson County, and after being detained there for a week or two they were marched to where then was with his troops— Here a Court of inquiry was held before , this continued from the 11th. until the 28th. of Nov. while the five prisoners were kept in chains while about fifty other Mormons taken at were penned up in an open unfinished Court House,
In this Mock Court of inquiry the heard only such as was defendants were prevented from any testimony a their had by an armed force at the court house they was advised by their lawyers not to bring any as they would be in danger of their lives or drove out of the country so their was no testimony examined only against them This Inquiry a great many Questions were asked relative to religious opinions The conclusion of the Court of inquiry was to send the prisoners to jail upon a charge of Treason. They do not deem it necessary to detail their sufferings while in Prison, The horrors of a Prison, for four long months, in darkness in want, alone, and during the cold of winter can better be concieved than expressed—— [p. 28]
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