Parley P. Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 1839

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Therefore they were detained. In April, having been confined near six months, they were taken to , to be tried by a band of robbers, under the name of Grand Jury. Here a bill was soon found against them for high treason, and various other offences. Their venue was then changed, and they were sent towards Columbia, Boon county, for trial. This was some 120 miles down the country, towards . On their way to this place, they all made their escape from the sheriff and three guards. Some say that the guards got beastly drunk and let them escape. Others, that they were bought for the paltry sum of $250, but be this as it may, they escaped unhurt, and arrived safe in , where they were kindly received, and welcomed by the , and by the community, as men who had escaped from a long and terrible persecution. And there they have now been for some months, and that publicly, without any attempt on the part of the State of to retake them, although they are but just over the line. Why does the thus neglect them?— The answer is, that they are now ashamed of their own conduct, and glad to drop the subject and let it slumber where it is.
On the seventeenth of March, (as the time drew near for all of the Society to leave the ) my took leave of the prison, and with a broken heart returned to , in order to get passage with some of the brethren, for . She tarryed in about a month, and all the Society had gone from the , but a few of the poor, and widows, and a committee who tarryed behind to assist them in removing. About the middle of April, a gang of robbors entered armed, and ordered my and the committee, and the others, to be gone by such a day, or they would murder them. Thus my was driven away, according to the previous orders of the , while I was still detained in a [p. 58]
Therefore they were detained. In April, having been confined near six months, they were taken to , to be tried by a band of robbers, under the name of Grand Jury. Here a bill was soon found against them for high treason, and various other offences. Their venue was then changed, and they were sent towards Columbia, Boon county, for trial. This was some 120 miles down the country, towards . On their way to this place, they all made their escape from the sheriff and three guards. Some say that the guards got beastly drunk and let them escape. Others, that they were bought for the paltry sum of $250, but be this as it may, they escaped unhurt, and arrived safe in , where they were kindly received, and welcomed by the , and by the community, as men who had escaped from a long and terrible persecution. And there they have now been for some months, and that publicly, without any attempt on the part of the State of to retake them, although they are but just over the line. Why does the thus neglect them?— The answer is, that they are now ashamed of their own conduct, and glad to drop the subject and let it slumber where it is.
On the seventeenth of March, (as the time drew near for all of the Society to leave the ) my took leave of the prison, and with a broken heart returned to , in order to get passage with some of the brethren, for . She tarryed in about a month, and all the Society had gone from the , but a few of the poor, and widows, and a committee who tarryed behind to assist them in removing. About the middle of April, a gang of robbors entered armed, and ordered my and the committee, and the others, to be gone by such a day, or they would murder them. Thus my was driven away, according to the previous orders of the , while I was still detained in a [p. 58]
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