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

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, Governor of the State of , to all Sherriffs and Constables of any county of the and to , of the County of greeting:
Whereas it has been made known to me by the Executive authority of the State of , that one Joseph Smith, Junior, stands charged with the crime of treason, against the State of , and alleged that Joseph Smith, Junior, has fled from the Justice of the said State of , and taken refuge in the State of .
Now therefore I , Governor of the State of , pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the & of this , do hereby command you to arrest & apprehend the said Joseph Smith, Junr, if he be found within the limits of the aforesaid, and cause him to be safely kept & delivered to the custody of Esqr, who has been duly constituted the Agent of the said State of to receive the said fugitive from the justice of said , he paying all fees and charges for the arrest and apprehension of said Joseph Smith, Junr and make due returns to the Executive department of this of the manner in which this writ may be executed.
L. S.
In testimony whereunto whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal Caused the great seal of the to be affixed
Done at the City of , this 17th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three, and of the Independence of the the Sixty seventh.
By the Governor
Thom[p]son Campbell Secretary of State
The following witnesses were examined viz , , , , and
sworn, Said that the defendant now in court is his brother, and that his name is not Joseph Smith, Junior, but his name is Joseph Smith Senior and has been for more than 2 years past. I have been acquainted with him ever since he was born, which was thirty seven years in December last, and I have not been absent from him at any one time, not even the space of six months since his birth, to my recollection, and have been intimately acquainted with all his sayings, doings, business transactions & movements, as much as any one man could be acquainted with another man’s business up to the present time and do know that he has not commited treason against any State in the , by any overt act or by levying War, or by aiding, or abetting or assisting an enemy in any State in the & that the said Joseph [p. 60]
, Governor of the State of , to all Sherriffs and Constables of any county of the and to , of the County of greeting:
Whereas it has been made known to me by the Executive authority of the State of , that one Joseph Smith, Junior, stands charged with the crime of treason, against the State of , and alleged that Joseph Smith, Junior, has fled from the Justice of the said State of , and taken refuge in the State of .
Now therefore I , Governor of the State of , pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the & of this , do hereby command you to arrest & apprehend the said Joseph Smith, Junr, if he be found within the limits of the aforesaid, and cause him to be safely kept & delivered to the custody of Esqr, who has been duly constituted the Agent of the said State of to receive the said fugitive from the justice of said , he paying all fees and charges for the arrest and apprehension of said Joseph Smith, Junr and make due returns to the Executive department of this of the manner in which this writ may be executed.
L. S.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Caused the great seal of the to be affixed
Done at the City of , this 17th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three, and of the Independence of the the Sixty seventh.
By the Governor
Thompson Campbell Secretary of State
The following witnesses were examined viz , , , , and
sworn, Said that the defendant now in court is his brother, and that his name is not Joseph Smith, Junior, but his name is Joseph Smith Senior and has been for more than 2 years past. I have been acquainted with him ever since he was born, which was thirty seven years in December last, and I have not been absent from him at any one time, not even the space of six months since his birth, to my recollection, and have been intimately acquainted with all his sayings, doings, business transactions & movements, as much as any one man could be acquainted with another man’s business up to the present time and do know that he has not commited treason against any State in the , by any overt act or by levying War, or by aiding, abetting or assisting an enemy in any State in the & that the said Joseph [p. 60]
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