History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
house in the night andtake <kidnap seize> Joseph out of the hands of the Sheriff of . & convey him to the , and take him to as they had a steamboat in readiness <there at the mouth of > for that purpose, <after completing their plan of operations> , and the boy separated, and went towards the Stable. Conover <who had heard the plot, unobserved,> immediately rose & went <came> to Joseph <me> and told him of the plot <me what> that he had just heard. Joseph <I> consulted with his <my> lawyer& the Landlord, who then sent for the <and> Sheriff <[James] Campbell> of — who took & into his custody & put them in the upper room, placing a guard of 2 men at the door, with orders not to allow any man to pass in or out of the house, except the Landlord ([blank]) who as soon as he was told of the attempt to get his son into difficulty put a stop to it <his proceedings> at once
B. <we> left Andover about 8 A.M. <o clock> went to a little town called Elles <grove at the head of Elleston Creek> where we staid <an hour,> to feed our animals. <[illegible]>got up and said “now we will go from here to the Mouth of & take Steam boat to ”. said “no, <for> we are prepared to travel <& will go on> by land &will go by way of ”. & both spoke and said “No by God we wont, we will <never> go by alive, & both drew their pistols [p. 8]