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.
drove in, also hogs hauled in dead with the hair on, but whose they were I know not. They were generally called consecrated property.— I think it was the day before that was attacked. I saw start off with troops, as was said to Mill-Port, all this seemed to be done under the inspection of Jos. Smith Jr— I saw when he returned & the troops from return about the same time and I heard Smith find fault with for not being as resolute as to serve Mill-Port as they had served — this was remarked to me alone—
The following named defnts. were in the last expedition to — Joseph Smith Jr , , , I think, Washington Vories I think, , Martin C. Al[l]red, Wm Al[l]red I think— , , I believe— for a few days, for a few days, and Maurice [Morris] Phelps.
I returned into and received an order from to order out the militia of to defend the citizens against mobs. I issued that order to the different officers, but found them very much disorganized, and I inquired the reason why,— they answered they cared nothing for their commissions. that the organization of the danite band had taken all power out of their hands— under the order considerable men turned out, but were not regularly enrolled—
On the day before the battle with , there was a council held in , in which was [p. ]