Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838 [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); unidentified handwriting; 126 pages; Eugene Morrow Violette Collection, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia.
thing which is calculated to do mankind good, or if you know it you take good care never to practise it— And in order to bring yourselves into notice, you began to interfere with all the business of the place, trying to destroy the character of our merchants, & to bring their creditors upon them, and break them up In addition to this, you stir[r]ed up men of weak minds to prosecute one another for the vile purpose of getting a fee for pettifogger from them— You have also been threatning continually to enter into a general system of prosecuting, determined as you said to pick a flaw in the titles of those who have built <bought> city lots and built upon them, not that you can do any thing but cause vexatious lawsuits— And amongst the most monstrous of <all> your abominations we have evidence, which when called upon we can produce that letters sent to the post office in this place have been opened, read and destroyed, and the persons to whom they were sent, never obtained them, thus ruining the business of the place— We have evidence of a very strong character that you are at this very time engaged with a gang of counterfeiters and coiners and blacklegs, as some of those characters have lately visited our from and told what they had come for, and we know assuredly, that if we suffer you to continue we may expect, and that speedely to find a general system of stealing counterfeiting, cheating, and burning property, as in , for <so> are your associates carrying on there at this time, and that encouraged by you, by means of letters you send continually to them and to crown the whole, you have had the audacity to threaten us, that if we offered to disturb you, you would get up a mob from and counties.— for this insult if nothing else, and your threatening to shoot us if we offered to molest you— we will put you from the county of so help us God.—
The above was signed by some eighty four mormons— [p. ]