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

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not the persons.— The saints in having elected to be a Justice of the peace, he used the power of that office to take their most sacred rights from them, and that contrary to law. He supported a parcel of blacklegs and in disturbing the worship of the saints, and when the men whom the church had chosen to preside over their meetings endeavoured to put the house to order, he helped, and by the authority of his justices office too, these wretches to continue their confusion, and threatened the church with a prosecution for trying to put them out of the house, and issued writs against the saints for endeavoring to sustain their rights, and bound them under heavy bonds, to appear before his honour, and required bonds which were both inhuman and unlawful. And one of these was the venerable , who had been appointed by the church to preside, a man of upwards seventy years of age, and notorious for his peaceable habits. , and , united with a gang of counterfeiters, thieves, lyars, and blacklegs of the deepest die, to deceive, cheat, and defraud, the saints out of their property, by every art, and stratagem, which wickedness could invent, using the influence of the vilest persecutors, to bring vexatious lawsuits, vilianous prosecutions, & even stealing not excepted
In the midst of this career, for fear of the saints would seek redress at their hands, they breathed out [p. [17]]
not the persons.— The saints in having elected to be a Justice of the peace, he used the power of that office to take their most sacred rights from them, and that contrary to law. He supported a parcel of blacklegs and in disturbing the worship of the saints, and when the men whom the church had chosen to preside over their meetings endeavoured to put the house to order, he helped, and by the authority of his justices office too, these wretches to continue their confusion, and threatened the church with a prosecution for trying to put them out of the house, and issued writs against the saints for endeavoring to sustain their rights, and bound them under heavy bonds, to appear before his honour, and required bonds which were both inhuman and unlawful. And one of these was the venerable , who had been appointed by the church to preside, a man of upwards seventy years of age, and notorious for his peaceable habits. , and , united with a gang of counterfeiters, thieves, lyars, and blacklegs of the deepest die, to deceive, cheat, and defraud, the saints out of their property, by every art, and stratagem, which wickedness could invent, using the influence of the vilest persecutors, to bring vexatious lawsuits, vilianous prosecutions, & even stealing not excepted
In the midst of this career, for fear of the saints would seek redress at their hands, they breathed out [p. [17]]
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