Indictment, circa 23 May 1844 [State of Illinois v. JS for Perjury]

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of the May term of the Circuit Court in the year of our Lord AD 1844
State of Illinois) Ss [scilicet]
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The Grand Jurors chosen selected and sworn in and for the County of , in the name and by the authority of the people of state of upon their oaths present that Joseph Smith senior late of said on the seventeeth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four at and within the county of aforesaid in the state of aforesaid wickedly and maliciously contriving and intending unjustly to aggrieve one and him the said to put to great expense, and also unjustly and maliciously to cause him the said to be arrested, came in his own proper person before one , then being one of the Justices of the peace in & for said , and then & there subscribd and made solemn oath in due form of law was sworn <​and made solemn oath​> to a certain affidavit in writing, (which said affidavit has been destroyed since it was so subscribed as aforesaid) he the said then & there having a competent & lawful authority to administer the said oath to the said Joseph Smith seinor in that behalf) and that the said Joseph Smith senior being so sworn as aforesaid, not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being instigated <​& seduced​> by the devil, then & there upon his oath aforesaid, before the said , (the said then & there having competent power & authorty to adminster the said oath in that behalf falsely [p. [1]]
of the May term of the Circuit Court in the year of our Lord AD 1844
State of Illinois) Ss [scilicet]
)
The Grand Jurors chosen selected and sworn in and for the County of , in the name and by the authority of the people of state of upon their oaths present that Joseph Smith senior late of said on the seventeeth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four at and within the county of aforesaid in the state of aforesaid wickedly and maliciously contriving and intending unjustly to aggrieve one and him the said to put to great expense, and also unjustly and maliciously to cause him the said to be arrested, came in his own proper person before one , then being one of the Justices of the peace in & for said , and then & there subscribd and in due form of law was sworn and made solemn oath to a certain affidavit in writing, (which said affidavit has been destroyed since it was so subscribed as aforesaid) he the said then & there having a competent & lawful authority to administer the said oath to the said Joseph Smith seinor in that behalf) and that the said Joseph Smith senior being so sworn as aforesaid, not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being instigated & seduced by the devil, then & there upon his oath aforesaid, before the said , (the said then & there having competent power & authorty to adminster the said oath in that behalf falsely [p. [1]]
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