Sidney Rigdon, Testimony, 1 July 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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door and I apparently resisting till we reached the door which was quickly opened and we both reached the street he took me by the hand and bade me farewell telling <​me​> to make my escape which I did with all possible speed. The night was dark— after I had gone probably one hundred rods I heard some person coming after me in haste the thought struck me in a moment that the mob was after me I drew a pistol and cocked it determined not to be taken alive— when the person approaching me spoke I knew his voice and he speedily came to me— in a few minutes I heard a horse coming I again sprung my pistle cock— again a voice saluted my ears that I was acquainted with. the man came speedily up said he had come to pilot me through the country. I now recollected I had left my wife in the jail I mentioned it to them <​&​> one of them returned and the other and myself pursued our journey as swiftly as we could. After I had gone about three miles my wife overtook me in a carriage into which I got, and we rode all night— it was an open carriage and in the month <​of​> February ’39 <​1839​> we got to the house of an acquaintance just as day appeared. there I put up till the next evening and <​when I​> started <​again​> and reached a place called Tenney’s Grove, and to my great surprise I here found my family and was again united with them after an absence of four month under the most painfull circumstances, from thence I made my way to where I now am. My wife after I left her went directly to and got the family under way, and all unexpectedly met at Tenneys Grove.
 
’s Testimony July 1, 1843
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Filed July 1st. 1843.— [p. [24]]
door and I apparently resisting till we reached the door which was quickly opened and we both reached the street he took me by the hand and bade me farewell telling me to make my escape which I did with all possible speed. The night was dark— after I had gone probably one hundred rods I heard some person coming after me in haste the thought struck me in a moment that the mob was after me I drew a pistol and cocked it determined not to be taken alive— when the person approaching me spoke I knew his voice and he speedily came to me— in a few minutes I heard a horse coming I again sprung my pistle cock— again a voice saluted my ears that I was acquainted with. the man came speedily up said he had come to pilot me through the country. I now recollected I had left my wife in the jail I mentioned it to them & one of them returned and the other and myself pursued our journey as swiftly as we could. After I had gone about three miles my wife overtook me in a carriage into which I got, and we rode all night— it was an open carriage and in the month of February 1839 we got to the house of an acquaintance just as day appeared. there I put up till the next evening when I started again and reached a place called Tenney’s Grove, and to my great surprise I here found my family and was again united with them after an absence of four month under the most painfull circumstances, from thence I made my way to where I now am. My wife after I left her went directly to and got the family under way, and all unexpectedly met at Tenneys Grove.
 
’s Testimony July 1, 1843
F.
 
Filed July 1st. 1843.— [p. [24]]
Page [24]