History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 1​> the power of Jehovah interposed in our behalf to save us from their wicked purpose. We were also subjected to the necessity of eating human flesh, for the space of five days, or go without food, except a little coffee or a little corn bread, the latter I chose in preference to the former. We none of us partook of the flesh except ; we also heard the guard which was placed over us making sport of us, saying that they had fed us upon ‘Mormon beef’. I have described the appearance of this flesh to several experienced physicians, and they have decided that it was human flesh. We learned afterwards, by one of the guard, that it was supposed that that act of savage cannibalism, in feeding us with human flesh, would be considered a popular deed of notoriety; but the people on learning that it would not take, tried to keep it secret; but the fact was noised abroad before they took that precaution. [HC 3:420] Whilst we were incarcerated in prison, we petitioned the Supreme Court of the State of for , twice, but were refused both times by , who is now the Governor of that State. We also petitioned one of the county judges for a writ of habeas corpus, which was granted in about three weeks afterwards; but were not permitted to have any trial; we were only taken out of jail and kept out for a few hours and then remanded back again. In the course of three or four days after that time, came into the jail in the evening, and said he had permitted to get bail, but said he had to do it in the night, and had also to get away in the night, and unknown to any of the citizens, or they would kill him; for they had sworn to kill him if they could find him: and as to the rest of us, he dared not let us go, for fear of his own life, as well as ours. He said it was damned hard to be confined under such circumstances, for he knew we were innocent men, and he said the people also knew it; and that it was only a persecution and treachery and the scenes of acted over again, for fear that we would become too numerous in that upper country. He said the plan was concocted from the down to the lowest judge, and that that damned Baptist priest, Riley, who was riding into town every day to watch the people, stirring up the minds of the people against us all he could, exciting them and stirring up their religious prejudices against us, for fear they would let us go. , however, got bail and made his escape to . The jailor, Samuel Tillery, Esq., told us also, that the whole plan was concocted by the down to the lowest judge in that upper country, early in the previous spring, and that the plan was more fully carried out at the time that went down to , with Generals , and , the self styled ‘Delaware Chief.’ This was sometime in the month of September, when the mob were collected at , in Carroll County. He also told us that the was now ashamed enough of the whole transaction and would be glad to set us at liberty if he dared to do it; but said he, ‘you need not be concerned, for the has laid a plan for your release’. He also said that Squire Birch the State’s Attorney, was appointed to be Circuit judge, on the circuit passing through, and that he (Birch) was instructed to fix the papers, so that we would be sure to be clear from any incumbrance, in a very short time.
Sometime in April, we were taken to , as they said, to have a trial [p. 1616]
July 1 the power of Jehovah interposed in our behalf to save us from their wicked purpose. We were also subjected to the necessity of eating human flesh, for the space of five days, or go without food, except a little coffee or a little corn bread, the latter I chose in preference to the former. We none of us partook of the flesh except ; we also heard the guard which was placed over us making sport of us, saying that they had fed us ‘Mormon beef’. I have described the appearance of this flesh to several experienced physicians, and they have decided that it was human flesh. We learned afterwards, by one of the guard, that it was supposed that that act of savage cannibalism, in feeding us with human flesh, would be considered a popular deed of notoriety; but the people on learning that it would not take, tried to keep it secret; but the fact was noised abroad before they took that precaution. [HC 3:420] Whilst we were incarcerated in prison, we petitioned the Supreme Court of the State of for , twice, but were refused both times by , who is now the Governor of that State. We also petitioned one of the county judges for a writ of habeas corpus, which was granted in about three weeks afterwards; but were not permitted to have any trial; we were only taken out of jail and kept out for a few hours and then remanded back again. In the course of three or four days after that time, came into the jail in the evening, and said he had permitted to get bail, but said he had to do it in the night, and had also to get away in the night, and unknown to any of the citizens, or they would kill him; for they had sworn to kill him if they could find him: and as to the rest of us, he dared not let us go, for fear of his own life, as well as ours. He said it was damned hard to be confined under such circumstances, for he knew we were innocent men, and he said the people also knew it; and that it was only a persecution and treachery and the scenes of acted over again, for fear that we would become too numerous in that upper country. He said the plan was concocted from the down to the lowest judge, and that that damned Baptist priest, Riley, who was riding into town every day to watch the people, stirring up the minds of the people against us all he could, exciting them and stirring up their religious prejudices against us, for fear they would let us go. , however, got bail and made his escape to . The jailor, Samuel Tillery, Esq., told us also, that the whole plan was concocted by the down to the lowest judge in that upper country, early in the previous spring, and that the plan was more fully carried out at the time that went down to , with Generals , and , the self styled ‘Delaware Chief.’ This was sometime in the month of September, when the mob were collected at , in Carroll County. He also told us that the was now ashamed enough of the whole transaction and would be glad to set us at liberty if he dared to do it; but said he, ‘you need not be concerned, for the has laid a plan for your release’. He also said that Squire Birch the State’s Attorney, was appointed to be Circuit judge, on the circuit passing through, and that he (Birch) was instructed to fix the papers, so that we would be sure to be clear from any incumbrance, in a very short time.
Sometime in April, we were taken to , as they said, to have a trial [p. 1616]
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