Hyrum Smith, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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or wishing for life— The poison being administer<​ed​> in too large doses or it would inevitably <​have​> proved fatal, had not 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 & 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 barbarity <​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, they tried to keep it a secret; but the fact having been <​was​> noised abroad before they took that precaution— Whilst we were incarcerated in prison we applied petitioned the supreme Court of the State of for a Writ of <​twice​> but were refused twice both times by who is now the Governor of that . We also petitioned one of the 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 gaol & kept out for a few hours & then remanded back again— In the course of three or four days after that time came into the gaol in the evening & said he had permitted to get bail, but he said he had got to do it in the night & had also got to get away in the night & 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 [p. 22]
or wishing for life— The poison being administered in too large doses or it would inevitably have proved fatal, had not 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 & 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 a secret; but the fact was noised abroad before they took that precaution— Whilst we were incarcerated in prison we petitioned the supreme Court of the State of for a Writ of twice but were refused both times by who is now the Governor of that . We also petitioned one of the 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 gaol & kept out for a few hours & then remanded back again— In the course of three or four days after that time came into the gaol in the evening & said he had permitted to get bail, but he said he had got to do it in the night & had also got to get away in the night & 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 [p. 22]
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