Petition to Nauvoo Municipal Court, 12 June 1844 [State of Illinois v. JS for Riot on Habeas Corpus]
JS, Petition, to Municipal Court, , Hancock Co., IL, 12 June 1844, State of IL v. JS for Riot on Habeas Corpus (Nauvoo, IL, Municipal Court 1844); handwriting of ; signature of JS; certified by , 12 June 1844; two pages; JS Collection, CHL. Included enclosure; includes docket, notation, use marks, and archival marking.
To the Honorable Municipal Court in and for the said city of —
Your Petitioner Joseph Smith respectfully represents that he is now under arrest in the said city of —
That he is in the custody of one a constable in and <for> the said County of who holds your Petitioner as he says by virtue of a Warrant issued by one an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the said County of — State of Illinois, which warrant was issued upon the affidavit of one charging your Petitioner with being guilty of a or of Having committed a riot within the aforesaid—
Your Petitioner further represents that the warrant of arrest by virtue of which the said has made this arrest— does not disclose sufficently clear and explicit the charge they have prefered—
Your Petitioner further avers that this proceeding against him have <has> been instituted through malice Private pique & corruption
Your Petitioner further avers that the design and intention of the said in commencing this prosecution is to commit and carry <out> more easily a conspiracy against the Life of your Petitioner that the said has publicly declared that it was his determinnation to do every thing in his power to [p. ]