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

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ask one of the witnesses who was a Mormon if “he & his friends intended to live on their lands any longer than April and to plant crops? Witness replied why not? The replied if you once think to plant crops or to occupy your lands any longer than the 1st. day of April. The citizens will be upon you, they will kill you every one, men, women & children, & leave you to manure the ground without a burial. They have been mercifully withheld restrain from doing this on the present occasion, but will not be restrained for the future. On examining a Mormon witness for the purpose of substantiating a <​the​> charge of treason against Mr Smith, he questioned him concerning the <​our​> religious faith— First. Do yo Do the Mormons send Missionaries to foreign nations? secondly The witness answered in the affirmative— secondly Do the Mormons believe a certain passage in the Book of Daniel? naming the passage which reads as follows. “<​And​> The Kingdom & dominion under the “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” See Danl. 7 c. 27 v. On being answered in the affirmative. The ordered the scribe to put it down as a strong point for treason, but this was too much for even a Lawyer to bear, he remonstrated against such a course of proceedure but in vain— Said he, you had better make <​the​> Bible treason.” After an examination of this kind for many days, some were set at liberty, others admitted out on bail, and themselves and bail expelled from the forthwith— with the rest of the Mormons citizens— And Joseph Smith, , [p. 8]
ask one of the witnesses who was a Mormon if “he & his friends intended to live on their lands any longer than April and to plant crops? Witness replied why not? The replied if you once think to plant crops or to occupy your lands any longer than the 1st. of April. The citizens will be upon you, they will kill you every one, men, women & children, & leave you to manure the ground without a burial. They have been mercifully withheld from doing this on the present occasion, but will not be restrained for the future. On examining a Mormon witness for the purpose of substantiating the charge of treason against Mr Smith, he questioned him concerning our religious faith— First. Do the Mormons send Missionaries to foreign nations? The witness answered in the affirmative— secondly Do the Mormons believe a certain passage in the Book of Daniel? naming the passage which reads as follows. “ “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” See Danl. 7 c. 27 v. On being answered in the affirmative. The ordered the scribe to put it down as a strong point for treason, but this was too much for even a Lawyer to bear, he remonstrated against such a course of proceedure but in vain— Said he, “ you had better make the Bible treason.” After an examination of this kind for many days, some were set at liberty, others admitted out on bail, and themselves and bail expelled from the forthwith— with the rest of the Mormon citizens— And Joseph Smith, , [p. 8]
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