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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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a set of inquistion as ever was. this conversation was had when talking about the dissenters— I heard , and , & I think say that if ever the dissenters returned to , their heads should be the forfeit.
On the 5th of <​In​> July last I heard told me I was <​in​> and went bail for who was a dissenter and one who was driven from I was taken to task & warned that I would suffer for it—and and on leaving town that evening, in company with , there was a number of guns fired at us. as I heard the balls whistle near us— in a day or two I returned to town and saw who took me to task for going ’s bail.— About a week before the militia came to , I was taken by an armed force with my waggon horses & harness, to . when there I was taken before ’s door. was called out, to whom I & waggon & team were delivered up as consecrated property I asked him what it meant, who replied he did not know, but would see the presidency in the house. he returned & told me the presidency wished to see me I went in & saw the following men to wit. Jos Smith Jr , , , & . Jos Smith Jr. accused me of lying, of harbouring the mob, of being too intimate with a the dissenters & carrying news to & other places, and said as to people leaving the a stop must be put to it, that it was a time of war, and to permit persons who are right in among them to go out and carry news, would never do and it should be stop[p]ed, if not in any other way, they would do it by taking their lives— As I had been to [p. [36]]
a set of inquistion as ever was. this conversation was had when talking about the dissenters— I heard , and , & I think say that if ever the dissenters returned to , their heads should be the forfeit.
In July last I was in and went bail for who was a dissenter and one who was driven from I was taken to task & warned that I would suffer for it— and on leaving town that evening, in company with , there was a number of guns fired at us. as I heard the balls whistle near us— in a day or two I returned to town and saw who took me to task for going ’s bail.— About a week before the militia came to , I was taken by an armed force with my waggon horses & harness, to . when there I was taken before ’s door. was called out, to whom I & waggon & team were delivered up as consecrated property I asked him what it meant, who replied he did not know, but would see the presidency in the house. he returned & told me the presidency wished to see me I went in & saw the following men to wit. Jos Smith Jr , , , & . Jos Smith Jr. accused me of lying, of harbouring the mob, of being too intimate with the dissenters & carrying news to & other places, and said as to people leaving the a stop must be put to it, that it was a time of war, and to permit persons who are right in among them to go out and carry news, would never do and it should be stopped, if not in any other way, they would do it by taking their lives— As I had been to [p. [36]]
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