Petition, circa 11 September 1838 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Riot]

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aforesaid) with instant death if he did not sign a certain instrument of writing binding himself as a Justice of the peace of said County of not to molest the people called Mormons, and threatened the lives of himself the said & others, and said they intended to make every citizen of said sign such obligation &c.
Your petitioner farther [further] states that he immediately issued a writ pursuant to law, for the arrest of the said , & others, commanding
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after the arrest, to bring the Bodies of the persons therein named forthwith before your petitioner, to answer the complaint, and farther to be dealt with according to law. There being no Constable within the Township of which I am Justice, he having been driven from the by and through fear of the Mormons, and your petitioner believing that said writ would not be executed, unless a special Deputy was made for that purpose. Your petitioner then and there appointed Nathaniel H. Blakely a special Deputy, to serve said writ, and said appointment was endorsed on said writ, and signed by myself officially, and then and there delivered to the said Blakely. Your petitioner farther states that the said Blakely took said writ and summoned a Guard consisting of ten men, who went in search of the persons named in said writ for the purpose of executing the said writ, but the said Constable returned that the persons named in said writ, were [p. [2]]
aforesaid) with instant death if he did not sign a certain instrument of writing binding himself as a Justice of the peace of said County of not to molest the people called Mormons, and threatened the lives of himself the said & others, and said they intended to make every citizen of said sign such obligation &c.
Your petitioner farther [further] states that he immediately issued a writ pursuant to law, for the arrest of the said , & others, commanding after the arrest, to bring the Bodies of the persons therein named forthwith before your petitioner, to answer the complaint, and farther to be dealt with according to law. There being no Constable within the Township of which I am Justice, he having been driven from the by and through fear of the Mormons, and your petitioner believing that said writ would not be executed, unless a special Deputy was made for that purpose. Your petitioner then and there appointed Nathaniel H. Blakely a special Deputy, to serve said writ, and said appointment was endorsed on said writ, and signed by myself officially, and then and there delivered to the said Blakely. Your petitioner farther states that the said Blakely took said writ and summoned a Guard consisting of ten men, who went in search of the persons named in said writ for the purpose of executing the said writ, but the said Constable returned that the persons named in said writ, were [p. [2]]
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