Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

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with the illegal detention of
<​(T&S)​> Next morning the prisoners voluntarily surrendered themselves to the constable , who held the writ against them on a charge of riot for destroying the press, type, and fixtures of the Nauvoo Expositor, the property of and , and others, charged to have been destroyed on the 10th inst. The was at Head Quarters in person, and had pledged his own faith, and the faith of the State of , that the Smiths, and <​the​> other persons <​prisoners​> concerned with them should be protected from pers[onal] violence, and should have a fair and impartial trial, if they would surrender themselves to be dealt with according to law. During the <​the ’s​> two succeeding days <​stay in ​>, his Excellency <​he​> repeatedly assured expressed to the legal counselors of the Smiths, his determination to protect the prisoners and to see that they should have a fair and impartial examination.
Tuesday. June 25. At 8. A.M. President Smith had an interview with William G. Flood of , <​U.S. Receiver of Public Moneys​> soon after the surrender of the prisoners on the charge of riot while in conversation with him Constable arrested Joseph for Treason against the [p. 11]
(T&S) Next morning the prisoners voluntarily surrendered themselves to the constable , who held the writ against them The was at Head Quarters in person, and had pledged his own faith, and the faith of the State of , that the Smiths, and the other prisoners should be protected from personal violence, and should have a fair and impartial trial, if they would surrender themselves to be dealt with according to law. During the ’s stay in , he repeatedly expressed to the legal counselors of the Smiths, his determination to protect the prisoners and to see that they should have a fair and impartial examination.
Tuesday. June 25. At 8. A.M. President Smith had an interview with William G. Flood of , U.S. Receiver of Public Moneys while in conversation with him Constable arrested Joseph for Treason against the [p. 11]
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