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

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  • Historical Introduction
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A formal vote, by way of resolution, or covenant <​was put​> that if any man attempted to leave the any one of the company then present was to kill him, and say nothing about it, and throw him in the brush— when this was put to vote I heard no one vote against it. then called for the negative vote. & said he wanted to see if any one dared to vote against it— there was no negative vote— there were other questions put & voted on, but I sat at the back part of the house, and did not distinctly hear what they were,— I heard say, that yesterday a man had slip[p]ed his wind & was thrown into the brush. and said he “the man that lisps it shall die.” Several companies were called for & made up in this meeting— a spy, provision, & wood company &c.
And further this deponent saith not
Benjamin Slade
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a witness for the State, produced sworn and examined, deposeth and saith:
-[At this stage of the examination, the following defendents, a on motion of the Attornies prosecuting on behalf of State, were discharged there being no evidence produced against them. viz. . John Buckhannon. Andw Whitlock, . Jedediah Owens, , John J Tanner. Danl S. Thomas, Elisha Edwards Benjamin Covey. David Frampton Henry Zabriskey, Allen J. Stout. Sheffield Daniels. Silas Ma [p. [108]]
A formal vote, by way of resolution, or covenant was put that if any man attempted to leave the any one of the company then present was to kill him, and say nothing about it, and throw him in the brush— when this was put to vote I heard no one vote against it. then called for the negative vote. & said he wanted to see if any one dared to vote against it— there was no negative vote— there were other questions put & voted on, but I sat at the back part of the house, and did not distinctly hear what they were,— I heard say, that yesterday a man had slipped his wind & was thrown into the brush. and said he “the man that lisps it shall die.” Several companies were called for & made up in this meeting— a spy, provision, & wood company &c.
And further this deponent saith not
Benjamin Slade
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-[At this stage of the examination, the following defendents, on motion of the Attornies prosecuting on behalf of State, were discharged there being no evidence produced against them. viz. . John Buckhannon. Andw Whitlock, . Jedediah Owens, , John J Tanner. Danl S. Thomas, Elisha Edwards Benjamin Covey. David Frampton Henry Zabriskey, Allen J. Stout. Sheffield Daniels. Silas Ma [p. [108]]
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