Account of Hearing, 4 January 1843 [Extradition of JS for Accessory to Assault]
Account of Hearing, , Sangamon Co., IL, 4 Jan. 1843, Extradition of JS for Accessory to Assault (United States Circuit Court for the District of IL 1843); in JS, Journal, 1842–1844, Book 1, pp. 50–73; handwriting of ; JS Collection, CHL.
fr[o]m. Justice. he was at office[r]s drill— on 6— & <in the> Lodge <from> 6— to 9. <oclck>— 7t day 300 miles off— <in uniform> reviewi[n]g <of> the insted of runig [running] away from —— in uniform— Judg— — partook of the hospitality of Gen Smith. <insted of flee[i]ng f[r]om J> flee[i]ng from Justice. <he> Dini[n]g on cou[r]ts.— high[e]st cou[r]ts in ou[r] land.
have I a right to try him, have a right to try
power of .— is pretty well settled— <there is> no proof in <the> writ that he is a fugitiv f[r]om Justice— [p. 67]
Nauvoo is approximately three hundred miles from Independence, Missouri. This journal entry records Butterfield’s assertion that JS attended a meeting of the Masonic lodge in Nauvoo from six to nine o’clock on 6 May 1842; however, JS’s name is not among those listed as present in the lodge minutes. According to his journal, JS was involved in activities with the Nauvoo Legion that day. (Nauvoo Masonic Lodge Minute Book, 6 May 1842; JS, Journal, 6 and 7 May 1842.)
Nauvoo Masonic Lodge Minute Book. / “Record of Na[u]voo Lodge Under Dispensation,” 1842–1846. CHL. MS 3436