History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 26​> I rode out in the afternoon. On my return my lawyers, Coll. Richardson and called upon me on the subject of the writs which were out against me.
A man called and informed me that and several others intended to Kidnap during the night, I therefore stationed an extra police in order to protect him.
President arrived at at 5 P. M.
27 May 1844 • Monday
<​27​> Monday 27 About 8 A. M., I started on horseback with a few friends, went by the , and pursued my course towards , thinking it best for me to meet my enemies before the Circuit Court, and have the indictments against me investigated. After I had passed my on the Prairie, most of the following brethren joined my company, and the remainder soon after my arrival in , viz: , Dr. , , John Hatfield, , Lorenzo Rockwell, William Walker, , , , John Y. Greene, Judge <​Wm​> Richards, , , , , , , , , , and other friends. [HC 6:412] We arrived at Hamilton’s Hotel about noon. overtook us three or four miles from the , and accompanied us to . I had considerable conversation with him, and he appeared to be more mild than previously, and as though he was almost persuaded that he had been influenced to some extent by false reports.
, , and , were in Hamilton’s Hotel when we arrived. Soon after our arrival there, took me into a private room, and told me in a friendly manner that there was a conspiracy against my life. told some of the brethren (with tears in his eyes) that there was evil determined against me; and that there were some persons who were determined I should not go out of alive &c. was seen to reload his pistols, and was heard to swear he would have satisfaction of me and .
I had a short interview with , who treated me with the utmost courtesy; he is a great man, and a gentleman. After dinner (at the second or third table) we retired to our room, when who had been to the Court house, came towards the hotel; some person told him had arrived, when he immediately turned towards the Court House again.
My lawyers, Messrs. Richardson, , and Skinner, used all reasonable exertions to bring forward my trial on the charge of perjury; but the prosecuting party were not ready, one Withers, a material witness, (as they asserted in court) being absent.
My Attorneys frequently called on me to report the state of things in Court, and I was ready to go in at a moment’s warning, being anxious for my trial; but the case was deferred until next term. I was left to give bail to the at his option; he told me I might go home, where he would call and take bail at his own convenience. We immediately called for our horses, and while they [HC 6:413] were being harnessed, came to me and wanted me to stay as a witness in a certain case in which he was employed as attorney; he urged me considerably, but I told him I did not recollect the occurrence he referred to particularly enough to testify in the case, and got him to excuse me. [p. 61]
May 26 I rode out in the afternoon. On my return my lawyers, Coll. Richardson and called upon me on the subject of the writs which were out against me.
A man called and informed me that and several others intended to Kidnap during the night, I therefore stationed an extra police in order to protect him.
President arrived at at 5 P. M.
27 May 1844 • Monday
27 Monday 27 About 8 A. M., I started on horseback with a few friends, went by the , and pursued my course towards , thinking it best for me to meet my enemies before the Circuit Court, and have the indictments against me investigated. After I had passed my on the Prairie, most of the following brethren joined my company, and the remainder soon after my arrival in , viz: , Dr. , , John Hatfield, , Lorenzo Rockwell, William Walker, , , , John Y. Greene, Judge Wm Richards, , , , , , , , , , and other friends. [HC 6:412] We arrived at Hamilton’s Hotel about noon. overtook us three or four miles from the , and accompanied us to . I had considerable conversation with him, and he appeared to be more mild than previously, and as though he was almost persuaded that he had been influenced to some extent by false reports.
, , and , were in Hamilton’s Hotel when we arrived. Soon after our arrival there, took me into a private room, and told me in a friendly manner that there was a conspiracy against my life. told some of the brethren (with tears in his eyes) that there was evil determined against me; and that there were some persons who were determined I should not go out of alive &c. was seen to reload his pistols, and was heard to swear he would have satisfaction of me and .
I had a short interview with , who treated me with the utmost courtesy; he is a great man, and a gentleman. After dinner (at the second or third table) we retired to our room, when who had been to the Court house, came towards the hotel; some person told him had arrived, when he immediately turned towards the Court House again.
My lawyers, Messrs. Richardson, , and Skinner, used all reasonable exertions to bring forward my trial on the charge of perjury; but the prosecuting party were not ready, one Withers, a material witness, (as they asserted in court) being absent.
My Attorneys frequently called on me to report the state of things in Court, and I was ready to go in at a moment’s warning, being anxious for my trial; but the case was deferred until next term. I was left to give bail to the at his option; he told me I might go home, where he would call and take bail at his own convenience. We immediately called for our horses, and while they [HC 6:413] were being harnessed, came to me and wanted me to stay as a witness in a certain case in which he was employed as attorney; he urged me considerably, but I told him I did not recollect the occurrence he referred to particularly enough to testify in the case, and got him to excuse me. [p. 61]
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