Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy and Letter [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]
Minutes and Testimonies, [, Ray Co., MO], 12–29 Nov. 1838, State of MO v. Gates et al. for Treason (Fifth Judicial Circuit of MO 1838). Copied with letter ca. late 1838–ca. early 1839; unidentified handwriting; fifty-one pages; Mormons Collection, 1813–1970, Missouri History Museum.
families. was there I think was there. was there, was there and returned in a few days. I think Silas Manard was not there. was there. I think was not there <out>. I think I think was in during the expedition—
Two or three days before the surrender of the Mormons to the militia at , I heard Joseph Smith Jr say that the sword was now unsheathed, and should not agained be sheathed until he could go through these , and live in any county he pleased, peaceably. I heard this from him -[also]-from him before the last expedition to : when & Mill-Port were burnt, as well as afterwards, & I heard it on several occasions— I never heard Joseph Smith Jr say that he would disobey the laws of the land . The following of the Defts were in the last expedition against , , & Norman Shearer. I think was not there, was not there.—
While the last expedition was goin on in , there was a meeting in , in which Mr presided, there were present between 60 & 100 men; a guard was put around the house & one was placed at the door. said, That the last man had run away from that was a going to, that the next man who started he should be pursued & brought back dead or alive. This was put to vote, and agreed to with [p. ]