Docket Entry, 1–circa 6 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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sworn. Says that he concurs with the preceding witnesses & , in all the facts with which he is acquaintd, that in the summer of 1838 he was elected Sheriff of the county of & State of . That in the fall of the same year while the was threatened & infested with mobs, he received an order from , the presiding Judge of Said , to call out the militia & he executed the Same. The Said order was presented by Joseph Smith, Senior, who shewed the a letter from , giving, such advice as was necessary for the protection of the citizens of said ; reports of the mobs destroying property were daily received. Has no knowledge that Joseph Smith was concerned in organizing or commanding, said Militia in any capacity whatever. About this time he received information that about forty or fifty “Yauger [Jäger]— Rifles” & a quantity of ammunition into were being conveyed through to for the use of the mob. Upon which he deputized William Allred to go with a company of men & to intercept them if possible, he did so & brought the Said arms & amunition into , which were afterwards delivered up to the order of , judge of the fifth circuit in .
It was generally understood at that time, that said arms had been stolen by & his company of volunteers, who had been upon a six months tour of Service in the war between the & the Florida Indians, they were Supposed to have taken from the Fort at “Tampa Bay” & brought to Clay County & that Captain Pollard or some other person loaned them to the mob— He further says that whilst in office as Sheriff, he was forcibly & illegally compelled by Lieutenant Cook, the Son in law or brother in law of the Methodist priest, to start for & when he demanded of him by what authority he acted, he was shewn a Bowie knife & a brace of Pistols— And when he asked what they wanted of him, he said they would let him know when he got to . Many of the citizens of , were taken in the same manner, without any legal process whatever & thrust into prison.
sworn. Says that 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 & arrived at on the 14th day of March 1838 & was neighbour to Mr Smith until he was taken by ’ militia, a prisoner of war, as they said & that he was knowing to his character whilst he was in the State of [p. 116]
sworn. Says that he concurs with the preceding witnesses & , in all the facts with which he is acquaintd, that in the summer of 1838 he was elected Sheriff of the county of & State of . That in the fall of the same year while the was threatened & infested with mobs, he received an order from , the presiding Judge of Said , to call out the militia & he executed the Same. The Said order was presented by Joseph Smith, Senior, who shewed the a letter from , giving, such advice as was necessary for the protection of the citizens of said ; reports of the mobs destroying property were daily received. Has no knowledge that Joseph Smith was concerned in organizing or commanding, said Militia in any capacity whatever. About this time he received information that about forty or fifty “Yauger [Jäger]— Rifles” & a quantity of ammunition were being conveyed through to for the use of the mob. Upon which he deputized William Allred to go with a company of men & to intercept them if possible, he did so & brought the Said arms & amunition into , which were afterwards delivered up to the order of , judge of the fifth circuit in .
It was generally understood at that time, that said arms had been stolen by & his company of volunteers, who had been upon a six months tour of Service in the war between the & the Florida Indians, they were Supposed to have taken from the Fort at “Tampa Bay” & brought to Clay County & that Captain Pollard or some other person loaned them to the mob— He further says that whilst in office as Sheriff, he was forcibly & illegally compelled by Lieutenant Cook, the Son in law or brother in law of the Methodist priest, to start for & when he demanded of him by what authority he acted, he was shewn a Bowie knife & a brace of Pistols— And when he asked what they wanted of him, he said they would let him know when he got to . Many of the citizens of , were taken in the same manner, without any legal process whatever & thrust into prison.
sworn. Says that 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 & arrived at on the 14th day of March 1838 & was neighbour to Mr Smith until he was taken by ’ militia, a prisoner of war, as they said & that he was knowing to his character whilst he was in the State of [p. 116]
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