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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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he asked me whether I thought a mob, or the militia would come on. I told him as far as I could learn that they would wait till they got orders from the .— he said he did not care what come that the militia was nothing but a mob, <​that​> the state of was a mob, & that the himself was a mob character. he then wanted I should take up arms & <​help​> fight their battles— I replied I could not, but proposed to leave the , he said I should not do that, but I might go home, if I offered to leave the they would kill me if they could— and take my <​all my​> property, and I should never be <​any​> the better for it but if I would stay, & behaved myself, I might live on it. if they wanted any of my property they would take it, & if they conquered they would pay me for it. but if they were conquered they <​I​> must loose it. I agreed to stay at home— I returned home. but my waggon & team <​horses​> except one mare was retained in their service until they were conquered, also my guns & saddle— In that same room & assembly where the above conversation took place, something was said as to where their war department should be. Jos Smith Jr thought it should be at so as to draw the seat of war there as that place was much better, naturally fortified— it was agreed on, and s house to be the <​cou[n]cil​> chamber— at that time. was appointed commander of the horse of , & commander in chief of the foot. was commander of the horse of , & commander of the foot— no one at that meeting opposed the <​above​> proceedings.— This was <​I think​> the day before the attack on s [p. [37]]
he asked me whether I thought a mob, or the militia would come on. I told him as far as I could learn that they would wait till they got orders from the .— he said he did not care what come that the militia was nothing but a mob, that the state of was a mob, & that the himself was a mob character. he then wanted I should take up arms & help fight their battles— I replied I could not, but proposed to leave the , he said I should not do that, but I might go home, if I offered to leave the they would kill me if they could— and take all my property, and I should never be any the better for it but if I would stay, & behaved myself, I might live on it. if they wanted any of my property they would take it, & if they conquered they would pay me for it. but if they were conquered I must loose it. I agreed to stay at home— I returned home. but my waggon & horses except one mare was retained in their service until they were conquered, also my guns & saddle— In that same room & assembly where the above conversation took place, something was said as to where their war department should be. Jos Smith Jr thought it should be at so as to draw the seat of war there as that place was much better, naturally fortified— it was agreed on, and s house to be the council chamber— at that time. was appointed commander of the horse of , & commander in chief of the foot. was commander of the horse of , & commander of the foot— no one at that meeting opposed the above proceedings.— This was the day before the attack on s [p. [37]]
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