Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.

Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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  • Historical Introduction
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not fear, that this had been given to him by the spirit of prophesy in the name of Jesus Christ— appeared to rejoice at the information, and give into the thing— A few days before the Militia got to Jos Smith Jr observed that he didn't intend to obey they laws any longer, that he had had a great many law suits writs served on him, & that he was of age, and did not intend to have another served on him— And further this deponent saith not—
James C. Owens
 
Nathaniel Carr. a witness produced, sworn and examined in behalf of the state. deposeth and saith—
While the last expedition was going on in a portion of the troops returned to , and was paraded before s door— A letter was produced by him, recd. as he said from Jos Smith Jr & , and perhaps , and I think — the letter was read, which stated something like this that all things were going on well in that they had nothing <​to fear​>, and that the enemy was in their hands— I understood from what was said in the letter that they knew this from revelation. The letter was read to about 200 men most of them under arms— The appeared under military rule, picket guards were sent out morning & evening— this state of things was continued for three or four weeks & until the mormons surrendered their arms. When the forces that went out to attack were collecting about midnight, I heard them say that a mob was collecting near Fields who had taken some of the brethren prisoners, and that they were collecting a company to release them— And further this deponent saith not.
Nathaniel Carr [p. [35]]
not fear, that this had been given to him by the spirit of prophesy in the name of Jesus Christ— appeared to rejoice at the information, and give into the thing— A few days before the Militia got to Jos Smith Jr observed that he didn't intend to obey the laws any longer, that he had had a great many writs served on him, & that he was of age, and did not intend to have another served on him— And further this deponent saith not—
James C. Owens
 
Nathaniel Carr. a witness produced, sworn and examined in behalf of the state. deposeth and saith—
While the last expedition was going on in a portion of the troops returned to , and was paraded before s door— A letter was produced by him, recd. as he said from Jos Smith Jr & , and perhaps , and I think — the letter was read, which stated something like this that all things were going on well in that they had nothing to fear, and that the enemy was in their hands— I understood from what was said in the letter that they knew this from revelation. The letter was read to about 200 men most of them under arms— The appeared under military rule, picket guards were sent out morning & evening— this state of things was continued for three or four weeks & until the mormons surrendered their arms. When the forces that went out to attack were collecting about midnight, I heard them say that a mob was collecting near Fields who had taken some of the brethren prisoners, and that they were collecting a company to release them— And further this deponent saith not.
Nathaniel Carr [p. [35]]
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