Historian’s Office, Martyrdom Account

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State of , with the following writ, which had been granted on the oath of . “State of -[copy]- “R[obert] F. Smith J. P.” was also arrested at the same time for treason, on the following writ, granted on the affidavit of ; “State of” -[copy]- “J.P.”
8½ A. M. called all the troops, and ordered them to form a hollow square, on the public ground near the Court House; and when formed, he mounted an old table and addressed them in a most inflammatory manner, exciting the feelings of indignation against Generals <​Joseph and ​> Smith, that <​which​> were already burning in their breasts, occasioned by the falsehoods and misrepresentations that were in circulation; giving his assent and sanction to the rumors that had gathered them together; and stating that although General Smith <​they​> was <​were​> a dangerous man <​men​> in the community, and guilty of all that he <​they​> might have alleged against him <​them,​> still he <​they​> was <​were​> in the hands of the law, and it <​which​> must have its course. After <​He continued​> speaking some 20 or 30 minutes. he got down.
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9¼ A. M. The came and invited Joseph to walk with him <​through the troops​>. Joseph solicited a few moments private conversation [p. 12]
State of , with the following writ, which had been granted on the oath of . “State of -[copy]- “Robert F. Smith J. P.” was also arrested at the same time for treason, on the following writ, granted on the affidavit of ; “State of” -[copy]- “J.P.”
8½ A. M. called all the troops, and ordered them to form a hollow square, on the public ground near the Court House; and when formed, he mounted an old table and addressed them in a most inflammatory manner, exciting the feelings of indignation against Generals Joseph and Smith, which were already burning in their breasts, occasioned by the falsehoods and misrepresentations that were in circulation; giving his assent and sanction to the rumors that had gathered them together; and stating that although they were dangerous men in the community, and guilty of all that they might have alleged against them, still they were in the hands of the law, which must have its course. He continued speaking some 20 or 30 minutes.
9¼ A. M. The came and invited Joseph to walk with him through the troops. Joseph solicited a few moments private conversation [p. 12]
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