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

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of the Legislature <​for all the time they were engaged as mob.​>— That <​there​> were mormon citizens killed <​murdered & wounded​> by this <​the​> army under the command of and according to he verily believes that several <​women were​> women died in consequence of the brutal treatment they received from the soldiery who had ravished them unt to death by the soldiery of . & — He also stated that he saw Joseph Smith, , , and go delivered up by to , and <​but​> we expected they would have returned to the that evening <​or the next morning​> according to agreement and the pledge of the sacred honor of the officers that they should be allowed to do so, but they did not return at all— The next morning the <​​> arms were demanded and forcibly taken <​took away​> the arms of the Militia of <​(which arms have never as yet being <​been​> returned)​> which assuring them they should be protected but so soon as they obtained possession of the arms they commenced their ravages by plundered <​plundering​> the citizens of their bedding, clothing, rifles <​money, wearing apparel​> and every article of value they could lay their hands upon. And also attempting to violate the chastity of the women <​in sight of​> before their husbands & friends— under the pretence of hunting for prisoners and arms. The soldiers shot down our <​oxen​> Cows, Hogs & fowls at our own doors— taking part away <​& leaving the rest to rot in the streets— They <​soldiers​> also turned their horses into our fields of corrn​>
Here the Here follows <​was shewn​> ’s speech page 58 in a pamphlet entitled an appeal to the American people, & after reading it and was asked by the Court if it was correct? <​and after reading it​> he replied “yes” as far as it goes— For continued he, I was present when that speech was delivered and when fifty seven of our brethren were betrayed into the hands of our enemies as prisoners <​which was​> done at the instigation of our open & avowed enemies such as & others and the treachery <​of​> — In addition to the abov speech referred to, said that “we must not be seen as many as five together if you are ,”said he “the Citizens will be upon you & destroy you. But to flee immediately out of the . There was [p. 2]
Legislature for all the time they were engaged as mob.— That there were mormon citizens murdered & wounded by the army under the command of and he verily believes that several women were ravished to death by the soldiery of . & — He also stated that he saw Joseph Smith, , , and delivered up by to , but expected they would have returned to the that evening or the next morning according to agreement and the pledge of the sacred honor of the officers that they should be allowed to do so, but they did not return at all— The next morning demanded and took away the arms of the Militia of (which arms have never as yet been returned) assuring them they should be protected but so soon as they obtained possession of the arms they commenced their ravages by plundering the citizens of their bedding, clothing, money, wearing apparel and every article of value they could lay their hands upon. And also attempting to violate the chastity of the women in sight of their husbands & friends— under the pretence of hunting for prisoners and arms. The soldiers shot down our oxen Cows, Hogs & fowls at our own doors— taking part away & leaving the rest to rot in the streets— The soldiers also turned their horses into our fields of corrn
Here the was shewn ’s speech page 58 in a pamphlet entitled an appeal to the American people, and was asked by the Court if it was correct? and after reading it he replied “yes” as far as it goes— For continued he, I was present when that speech was delivered and when fifty seven of our brethren were betrayed into the hands of our enemies as prisoners which was done at the instigation of our open & avowed enemies such as & others and the treachery of — In addition to the speech referred to, said that “we must not be seen as many as five together if you are ,”said he “the Citizens will be upon you & destroy you. But to flee immediately out of the . There was [p. 2]
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