Lyman Wight, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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at this time waist deep and the mob burnt the house and every thing they had in it and passing the ruins thereof seemed fired with indignation at their hellish conduct <​&​> said he had hitherto <​thought​> it imprudent to call upon the militia under s <​my​> command in consequence of popular opinion but he now considered it no more than Justice that <​I should​> have command of his <​my​> own Troops “& <​said to me,​> “I therefore command you forthwith, To raise your companies immediately and take such course as you may deem best in order To disperse the mob from this <​I then​> called out 60 men and placed them under the command of Capt. , <​& <​I​> also​> took about the same number was ordered to where a party of the mob was <​were​> located, <​& I​> to where another party was located. <​I​> & formed the troops under their <​our​> command and addressed them as follows “Gentlemen I deplore your situation I regret that Transactions of this nature should have transpired in our once happy your condition is certainly not an enviable one surrounded by mobs <​on​> one side and popular opinion <​&​> prejudice [p. 16]
at this time waist deep and the mob burnt the house and every thing they had in it and passing the ruins thereof seemed fired with indignation at their hellish conduct & said he had hitherto thought it imprudent to call upon the militia under my command in consequence of popular opinion but he now considered it no more than Justice that I should have command of my own Troops “& said to me, “I therefore command you forthwith, To raise your companies immediately and take such course as you may deem best in order To disperse the mob from this ” I then called out 60 men and placed them under the command of Capt. , & I also took about the same number was ordered to where a party of the mob were located, & I to where another party was located. I & formed the troops under our command and addressed them as follows “Gentlemen I deplore your situation I regret that Transactions of this nature should have transpired in our once happy your condition is certainly not an enviable one surrounded by mobs on one side and popular opinion & prejudice [p. 16]
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