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

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distant from . They immediately commenced making aggressions upon the Citizens <​called Mormons​> taking away <​their​> hogs & cattle, & threatening them with extermination or utter extinction: saying that they had a cannon and there should be no compromise only at it’s mouth: frequently taking men women & children prisoners, whipping them and lacerating their bodies with hickory withes, and tying them to trees and depriving them of food until they were compelled to gnaw the bark from the trees to which they were bound in order to sustain life. Treating them in the most cruel manner they could invent <​or think of​> & doing every thing they could to excite the indignation of the mormon people to the rescue them, in order that they might make that a pretext of an accusation for the breach of the law & that they might the better excite the prejudices of the populace & thereby get aid & assistance to carry out their hellish purposes of extermination. Immediately on the authentication of these facts messengers were dispatched from to Judge of the fifth judicial district of the state of , and also to Commander in chief of that division & giving them information of the existing facts & demanding immediate assistance. returned with the messengers and went immediately to & from thence to millport and <​he​> founds the facts were true as reported to him; that the Citizens of that were assembled together in a hostile attitude to the amount of two or three hundred men threatening the utter extermination of the mormons he immediately returned to and ordered out a sufficent military force to quell the Mob. Immediately after the Army returned & they mob <​were​> dispersed & they army returned, the mob commenced collecting again soon immediately <​after​>: we again applied for military aid when came out with a force of 60 armed men to ; but they were in such a state of insubordination that he said he could not control [p. 3]
distant from . They immediately commenced making aggressions upon the Citizens called Mormons taking away their hogs & cattle, & threatening them with extermination or utter extinction: saying that they had a cannon and there should be no compromise only at it’s mouth: frequently taking men women & children prisoners, whipping them and lacerating their bodies with hickory withes, and tying them to trees and depriving them of food until they were compelled to gnaw the bark from the trees to which they were bound in order to sustain life. Treating them in the most cruel manner they could invent or think of & doing every thing they could to excite the indignation of the mormon people to rescue them, in order that they might make that a pretext of an accusation for the breach of the law & that they might the better excite the prejudices of the populace & thereby get aid & assistance to carry out their hellish purposes of extermination. Immediately on the authentication of these facts messengers were dispatched from to Judge of the fifth judicial district of the state of , and also to Commander in chief of that division & giving them information of the existing facts & demanding immediate assistance. returned with the messengers and went immediately to & from thence to millport and he found the facts were true as reported to him; that the Citizens of that were assembled together in a hostile attitude to the amount of two or three hundred men threatening the utter extermination of the mormons he immediately returned to and ordered out a sufficent military force to quell the Mob. Immediately after they were dispersed & the army returned, the mob commenced collecting again soon after: we again applied for military aid when came out with a force of 60 armed men to ; but they were in such a state of insubordination that he said he could not control [p. 3]
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