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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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. The night before I started to , I sent an express <​was sent​> from Joseph Smith Jr and to at — but what the contents of the express were I know not— When I returned to I had a message, in refference to having wood and provisions provided for the families of those persons <​living in ​> who were in — and for the purpose of giving <​that​> information, I was invited to a school-house, where it was said the people had assembled— I went there & was admitted. a the men being paraded before the door when I arrived, in number about 40 or 50. it was remarked that these were true men, and they we all marched into the house.— A guard was placed around the house & one at the door. then commenced making covenants, with uplifted hands. the first was. that if any man attempted to move out of the or tak pack away their <​his​> things for that purpose that any man then in the house, seeing this without saying any thing to any <​other​> person, should kill him. and haul him aside into the brush and that all the burial he should have, should be in a turkey-buzzards guts— so that nothing should be left of him but his bones— after this measure was carried in form of a covenant with uplifted hands— after the vote had passed he said. now see if any one dare vote against it— and calld for the negative <​vote​> & there was none— the next covenant was. that if any persons from the surrounding countees came into their [p. [92]]
. The night before I started to , an express was sent from Joseph Smith Jr and to at — but what the contents of the express were I know not— When I returned to I had a message, in refference to having wood and provisions provided for the families of those persons living in who were in — and for the purpose of giving that information, I was invited to a school-house, where it was said the people had assembled— I went there & was admitted. the men being paraded before the door when I arrived, in number about 40 or 50. it was remarked that these were true men, and we all marched into the house.— A guard was placed around the house & one at the door. then commenced making covenants, with uplifted hands. the first was. that if any man attempted to move out of the or pack his things for that purpose that any man then in the house, seeing this without saying any thing to any other person, should kill him. and haul him aside into the brush and that all the burial he should have, should be in a turkey-buzzards guts— so that nothing should be left of him but his bones— this measure was carried in form of a covenant with uplifted hands— after the vote had passed he said. now see if any one dare vote against it— and calld for the negative vote & there was none— the next covenant was. that if any persons from the surrounding countees came into their [p. [92]]
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