Brigham Young, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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, sworn, says <​so far as he was acquainted with the facts stated by the previous witnesses he concurs with them & that​> he accompanied Mr. Joseph Smith <​in​>to the State of and arrived at on the 14th. day March 1838 and was neighbour to Mr Smith untill he was taken by ’ Militia as a prisoner of war, as they said, and that he was knowing to his character whilst he was in the State of and that he <​(Mr Smith)​> was in no way connected with the Militia of that , neither did he bear arms at all nor give advice but was a peaceable law abiding good citizen and a true republican in every sense of the word— He was with Mr. Smith a great share of the time till driven out of by an armed force under the exterminating facts order of . He heard the most of Mr. Smith’s public addresses and never did he hear him give advice or encourage anything contrary to the laws of the State of , but to the contrary always instructing his the Mormon people to be peaceable, quiet, and law abiding and if necessity should compel them to withstand their Enemies, by whom they were daily threatened in Mobs at various points. That, they, the Mormons, should attend to their business strictly and not regard reports, and if the Mob did come upon them, <​to​> contend with them by the strong arm of the law; and if that should fail them, and our only relief would be self defence, and to be sure and act only upon the defensive. And he further says that the Militia of there was <​were​> no operations <​against the mob by​> of the Militia of only by the advice of Generals , & . and At the time that the army came in sight of , he observed their approach and thought <​some of​> the militia of the had come to our <​the​> relief <​of the citizens,​> but to my <​his​> great surprise I <​he​> found that they were come to strengthen the hands of the Mobs by whom that were around us, which mobs joined the army <​& which immediately joined the army.​> Apart of these Mobs were painted like Indians and their leader, was also painted in a similiar manner, and styled ther himself the “Deleware Chief”— And afterwards he <​and the other leaders <​rest​> of the mob, claimed & obtained pay​> claimed pay as Militia, for the from the , as will be seen by reference to the acts of the [p. 1]
, sworn, says so far as he was acquainted with the facts stated by the previous witnesses he concurs with them & that he accompanied Mr. Joseph Smith into the State of and arrived at on the 14th. day March 1838 and was neighbour to Mr Smith untill he was taken by ’ Militia a prisoner of war, as they said, and that he was knowing to his character whilst he was in the State of and that he (Mr Smith) was in no way connected with the Militia of that , neither did he bear arms at all nor give advice but was a peaceable law abiding good citizen and a true republican in every sense of the word— He was with Mr. Smith a great share of the time till driven out of by an armed force under the exterminating order of . He heard the most of Mr. Smith’s public addresses and never did he hear him give advice or encourage anything contrary to the laws of the State of , but to the contrary always instructing the people to be peaceable, quiet, and law abiding and if necessity should compel them to withstand their Enemies, by whom they were daily threatened in Mobs at various points. That, they, the Mormons, should attend to their business strictly and not regard reports, and if the Mob did come upon them, to contend with them by the strong arm of the law; and if that should fail them, our only relief would be self defence, and to be sure and act only upon the defensive. And there were no operation against the mob by the Militia of only by the advice of Generals , & . At the time that the army came in sight of , he observed their approach and thought some of the militia of the had come to the relief of the citizens, but to his great surprise he found that they were come to strengthen the hands of the Mobs that were around us, & which immediately joined the army. Apart of these Mobs were painted like Indians and their leader, was also painted in a similiar manner, and styled himself the “Deleware Chief”— And afterwards he and the rest of the mob, claimed & obtained pay as Militia, from the , as will be seen by reference to the acts of the [p. 1]
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