Affidavit, 27 March 1844–A [F. M. Higbee v. JS–A on Habeas Corpus]

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Personally appeared before me, , acting Justice of the Peace, in and for said , , who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith, that on or about the 15th day of March, A. D. 1844, came to my house and requ[e]sted me to walk with him,—which I did. During the time we were walking, said said that he was then coming from Mr. Law’s; that there was going to be a secret meetiing in the city of , probably to-morrow evening; but as it was not decided he could not say positively as to the time, but he would inform me in season. The said said that , and the Laws were red-hot for a conspiracy, and he should not be surprised if in two weeks there should be not one of the Smith family left in . After we arrived at Mr. [Reuben] Loomis’ the , in the city of , he related some thing which he stated had said relative to his family. This he did in the presence of and myself, and strongly solicited myself and to attend the secret meeting, and join them in their intentions. The said further said that had said that he the said had seen men tied hand and foot and run through the heart with a sword, and there heads taken off, and then buried;—and he durst not say a word. This the said said in Mr. Loomis’ room, and further this deponent saith not.
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Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of March, A. D. 1844.
, J. P. -[L. S.]- [p. [3]]
State of Illinois,) ss. [scilicet]
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Personally appeared before me, , acting Justice of the Peace, in and for said , , who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith, that on or about the 15th day of March, A. D. 1844, came to my house and requested me to walk with him,—which I did. During the time we were walking, said said that he was then coming from Mr. Law’s; that there was going to be a secret meetiing in the city of , probably to-morrow evening; but as it was not decided he could not say positively as to the time, but he would inform me in season. The said said that , and the Laws were red-hot for a conspiracy, and he should not be surprised if in two weeks there should be not one of the Smith family left in . After we arrived at Mr. [Reuben] Loomis’ the , in the city of , he related some thing which he stated had said relative to his family. This he did in the presence of and myself, and strongly solicited myself and to attend the secret meeting, and join them in their intentions. The said further said that had said that he the said had seen men tied hand and foot and run through the heart with a sword, and there heads taken off, and then buried;—and he durst not say a word. This the said said in Mr. Loomis’ room, and further this deponent saith not.
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Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of March, A. D. 1844.
, J. P. -[L. S.]- [p. [3]]
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