John Taylor, Martyrdom Account

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account of two much honor being paid to them. There was afterwards a row between the Companies, and they came pretty near having a fight; the more orderly not feeling disposed to endorse or submit to the rowdyism of the Mobocrats. The result was that , who was very much of a gentleman, ordered the Carthage Greys, a company under the command of Capt. [Robert F.] Smith a magistrate in and a most violent mobocrat, under arrest. This matter however was, shortly afterwards, adjusted and the difficulty settled between them. The Mayor, Aldermen, Councillors, as well as the of the City of , together with some persons who had assisted the in removing the Press in , appeared before Justice Smith, the aforesaid Captain and Mobocrat; to again answer to the Charge of destroying the Press; but as there was so much excitement and as the man was an unprincipled villain before whom we were to have our hearing, we thought it most prudent to give bail and consequently became security for each other in $500— bonds each to appear before the County Court at its next session. We had engaged as counsel a lawyer by the name of of , Iowa, and , I think, of Iowa. after some little discussion the bonds were signed and we were all dismissed.
Almost immediately after our dismissal, two men, & , two worthless men, whose words would not have been taken for five cents, and the first of whom had a short time previously been before the Mayor in , for maltreating a lame brother, made affidavit that Joseph and were guilty of treason, and a writ was accordingly issued, for their arrest, and the Constable a rough, unprincipled fellow, wished immediately to hurry <​them​> away the to prison, without any hearing. This rude uncouth manner in the administration of, what he considered the duties of his office, made him exceedingly repulsive to us all. [p. 30]
account of two much honor being paid to them. There was afterwards a row between the Companies, and they came pretty near having a fight; the more orderly not feeling disposed to endorse or submit to the rowdyism of the Mobocrats. The result was that , who was very much of a gentleman, ordered the Carthage Greys, a company under the command of Capt. [Robert F.] Smith a magistrate in and a most violent mobocrat, under arrest. This matter however was, shortly afterwards, adjusted and the difficulty settled between them. The Mayor, Aldermen, Councillors, as well as the of the City of , together with some persons who had assisted the in removing the Press in , appeared before Justice Smith, the aforesaid Captain and Mobocrat; to again answer to the Charge of destroying the Press; but as there was so much excitement and as the man was an unprincipled villain before whom we were to have our hearing, we thought it most prudent to give bail and consequently became security for each other in $500— bonds each to appear before the County Court at its next session. We had engaged as counsel a lawyer by the name of of , Iowa, and , I think, of Iowa. after some little discussion the bonds were signed and we were all dismissed.
Almost immediately after our dismissal, two men, & , two worthless men, whose words would not have been taken for five cents, and the first of whom had a short time previously been before the Mayor in , for maltreating a lame brother, made affidavit that Joseph and were guilty of treason, and a writ was accordingly issued, for their arrest, and the Constable a rough, unprincipled fellow, wished immediately to hurry them away to prison, without any hearing. This rude uncouth manner in the administration of, what he considered the duties of his office, made him exceedingly repulsive to us all. [p. 30]
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