Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy [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 ca. late 1838–ca. early 1839; unidentified handwriting; fifty-seven pages; Mormon War Papers, MSA.
understanding & belief that he would have shared the fate of the dissenters and were at when we went to s & advised the movement,
As regards the affair at , I know little personally, but I heard Mr <say> they had gone down to where it was said a mob had collected to wage war upon the mormons residing in Carroll county & that Joseph Smith Jr with his friends went down to to give aid & help to his brethren, the company, as I presume, were armed. they returned armed. & were in the company. went to see what was going on, I heard these persons say they were in s camps at several days— When the Mormons returned from it was rumoured that a mob was collecting in . Jos Smith Jr, the Sunday before the late disturbances in , at a church meeting, gave notice that he wished the whole collected on the next day (monday) at . He declared (on sunday or monday I dont recollect which) that all who did not take up arms in defence of the mormons of , should be considered as tories, and should take their exit outof the<from> the — At the meeting on monday, where persons met from all parts of the county of , Jos Smith Jr took the pulpit & delivered an address, in which he said, that we had been an injured people, driven violently from , that we had appealed to the , magistrates, judges & even to the Prest of the & there had been no redress for us, and that now a mob was about to destroy the rights of our brethren of and that it was high time that we should take measures to defend our own rights. In the address he related an anecdote about a captain who applied to a Dutchman to purchase potatoes. who refused to sell [p. ]