Parley P. Pratt, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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with his army, <​&​> confirmed all had done & highly commended <​them​> for their virtues <​forbearance​> & other deeds in bringing about so peaceable and amicable an adjustment of affairs— He kept up the same scene of ravage, plunder, ravishment & depredation for the support & enrichment of his army; even burning the Houses, <​&​> fences rails &c for fuel. He also insisted that every Man, woman & child of the Mormon society, should leave the , except such as he detained as prisoners; stating that the had sent him to exterminate them, but that he would as a mercy <​spare their lives &​> give them untill the first of April following to get out of the . At He also compelled them at the point of the bayonet to sign a deed of trust of all their real estate to defray the expenses of what he called “The Mormon WarAfter arranging all these matters to his satisfaction he returned to 30 miles distance taking about 60 heads of families with him & marching <​them​> through a severe snow storm on foot as prisoners; leaving their families in a perishing condition.
Having established his head Quarters at Ray County, he sent to & demanded us to be given up to him. We were accordingly transported some 30 or 40 miles, delivered over to him & put in close confinement, in chains under a strong guard— At length we obtained an interview with him & enquired why we were detained as prisoners? I said to him Sir we have now been prisoners under the most aggravating circumstances for two or three weeks, during which time we have received no information as to why we are prisoners or for what object, as no writ has been served upon us, we are not [p. 6]
with his army, & confirmed all had done & highly commended them for their virtues forbearance & other deeds in bringing about so peaceable and amicable an adjustment of affairs— He kept up the same scene of ravage, plunder, ravishment & depredation for the support & enrichment of his army; even burning the Houses, & fences for fuel. He also insisted that every Man, woman & child of the Mormon society, should leave the , except such as he detained as prisoners; stating that the had sent him to exterminate them, but that he would as a mercy spare their lives & give them untill the first of April following to get out of the . He also compelled them at the point of the bayonet to sign a deed of trust of all their real estate to defray the expenses of what he called “The Mormon War” After arranging all these matters to his satisfaction he returned to 30 miles distance taking about 60 heads of families with him & marching them through a severe snow storm on foot as prisoners; leaving their families in a perishing condition.
Having established his head Quarters at Ray County, he sent to & demanded us to be given up to him. We were accordingly transported some 30 or 40 miles, delivered over to him & put in close confinement, in chains under a strong guard— At length we obtained an interview with him & enquired why we were detained as prisoners? I said to him Sir we have now been prisoners under the most aggravating circumstances for two or three weeks, during which time we have received no information as to why we are prisoners or for what object, as no writ has been served upon us, we are not [p. 6]
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