Although no decision was recorded here, George D. Watt was sent to Carthage to make shorthand notes of the trial of the accused murderers of JS and Hyrum Smith held in late May 1845. He later transcribed the notes in longhand. Although the Nauvoo Neighbor advertised that it planned to publish Watt’s account, the publication never materialized. (See George D. Watt, Carthage Trial Proceedings, 1845, CHL; Watt, Report of the Trial of the Murderers of JS, –; and “The Carthage Trial,” Nauvoo Neighbor, 4 June. 1845, ; see also George D. Watt, “Phonography; or, Writing by Sound,” Nauvoo Neighbor, 22 Nov. 1843, .)
Watt, George D. Carthage Trial Proceedings, 1845. Shorthand reports. CHL.
Watt, George D. Report of the Trial of the Murderers of Joseph Smith. 1845. CHL. MS 274.