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

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untill about the first <​month​> of April when we were remanded To for Trial before the Grand Jury. There we were kept under the most Loathesome and despotic guard they could produce in this <​that​> country of Lawless mobs.— after 6 or 8 days the grand Jury (<​most of​> who<​m​> by the by were so drunk that they had to be carried out and in To their room as though they were lifeless,) formed a fictitious indictment which was sanctioned by (who by the by was the s attorney under at our Trial,) and who at that time stated that the mormons ought to be hung without Judge or Jury) he the sd made out a without day or date ordering the sheriff to take us to columbia the sheriff selected 4 men to guard 6 <​5​> of us we then took a circuitous route crossing prairies 16 miles without houses and after Travelling 3 days and <​the​> sheriff <​& I​> were together by themselves <​ourselves​> for 5 miles from any of the rest of the company, for 16 miles at a stretch, the sheriff here observed to <​me​> that he wished to God he was at home and & <​my​> [p. 31]
untill about the month of April when we were remanded To for Trial before the Grand Jury. we were kept under the most Loathesome and despotic guard they could produce in that country of Lawless mobs.— after 6 or 8 days the grand Jury (most of whom by the by were so drunk that they had to be carried out and in To their room as though they were lifeless,) formed a fictitious indictment which was sanctioned by (who by the by was the s attorney under at our Trial,) and who at that time stated that the mormons ought to be hung without Judge or Jury) he the sd made out a without day or date ordering the sheriff to take us to columbia the sheriff selected 4 men to guard 5 of us we then took a circuitous route crossing prairies 16 miles without houses and after Travelling 3 days the sheriff & I were together by ourselves 5 miles from any of the rest of the company, for 16 miles at a stretch, the sheriff here observed to me that he wished to God he was at home and my [p. 31]
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