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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I wished to know the name of the name of the man who got it, or so that I might get it at some future day, the told me I need not ask for names for they would not be given. They then all went up into town, <​as they said to​> & attend to that store, shortly after, three or four of them returned to my house again, among whom <​is​> . One of them was , one of the defendants here, they came after a mormon girl who was at my house— and they told me that if I belonged to neither party I had better put off and take the best of my property with me.— After they left, I went up into town, I to see after some books, notes, & accounts, I had up in town but could not get hold of them, as they had been taken— I met with one of the company some distance from store who told me if I would go to , I could get them, as well as a coat pattern what which had <​also​> been also been taken. this person advised me to go to or for protection— I turned off from him to return home. I looked towards the Store-house & saw the smoke in the roof, & in a short time the flames burst out of the top of the house— I thought it best then for me to put out, as seeing they were burning, it alarmed me, and I fixed & did start that evening— leaving something like 700 dollars worth of property in my house.— After I left, my house was burnt; and his <​my​> property gone. Since then I have seen some [p. [101]]
I wished to know the name of the man who got it, so that I might get it at some future day, the told me I need not ask for names for they would not be given. They then all went up into town, as they said to attend to that store, shortly after, three or four of them returned to my house again, One of them was , one of the defendants here, they came after a mormon girl who was at my house— and they told me that if I belonged to neither party I had better put off and take the best of my property with me.— After they left, I went up into town, to see after some books, notes, & accounts, I had up in town but could not get hold of them, as they had been taken— I met with one of the company some distance from store who told me if I would go to , I could get them, as well as a coat pattern which had also been been taken. this person advised me to go to or for protection— I turned off from him to return home. I looked towards the Store-house & saw smoke in the roof, & in a short time the flames burst out of the top of the house— I thought it best then for me to put out, seeing they were burning, it alarmed me, and I fixed & did start that evening— leaving something like 700 dollars worth of property in my house.— After I left, my house was burnt; and my property gone. Since then I have seen some [p. [101]]
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