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

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To be the most philanthropic man he ever saw and possessed of the most pure & Republican principles, a friend To mankind a maker of peace and sir had it not been that I had given heed to his counsel I would have given you hell before this time with all your mob forces, he then observed “ I fear your life is in danger for there is no end to the Prejudice against Joe smith, kill & be Damned sir was my answer. He answered <​and sd.​> there is To be a court martial held this night and will you attend sir? I will not unless compelled by force was my reply. <​ further saith​> He returned about 11 O’clock that that night <​&​> Took him <​me​> aside, and said I regret to tell you your die is cast your doom is fixed you are sentenced to be shot <​Tomorrow​> To morning on the public square <​in ,​> at 8 o’clock. says his <​I​> answered, was shoot and be damned. We were in hopes said he you would come out against Joe Smith, but as you have not, you will have to share the same fate with him. <​I​> answered, you may thank Joe smith that you are not in [p. 24]
To be the most philanthropic man he ever saw and possessed of the most pure & Republican principles, a friend To mankind a maker of peace and sir had it not been that I had given heed to his counsel I would have given you hell before this time with all your mob forces, he then observed “ I fear your life is in danger for there is no end to the Prejudice against Joe smith, kill & be Damned sir was my answer. He answered and sd. there is To be a court martial held this night and will you attend sir? I will not unless compelled by force was my reply. He returned about 11 O’clock that night & Took me aside, and said I regret to tell you your die is cast your doom is fixed you are sentenced to be shot Tomorrow morning on the public square in , at 8 o’clock. I answer, shoot and be damned. We were in hopes said he you would come out against Joe Smith, but as you have not, you will have to share the same fate with him. I answered, you may thank Joe smith that you are not in [p. 24]
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