Affidavit, 7 July 1843–B

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State of Illinois) ss.
Personally came before a notary public in and for said who being sworn says that after the arrest of himself and others as mentioned in the foregoing affidavit he went to Judge and asked to grant him a fair trial at law saying that with the result of such a trial he would be satisfied— but answered that “there was no law for the Mormons”— that “they must be exterminated”— that the prisoners, this deponent Smith and others, must die, but that some people as women and children would have the privilege of leaving the , but there was no hope for them—
He told that his family composed of helpless females had been plundered and driven out into the prairie and asked what he should do, to which answered that if he would renounce his religion and forsake Smith he would be released and protected— that the same offer was made to the other prisoners all of whom however refused to do so— and were in reply told that they would be put to death— being in like manner <​sworn​> says that the same offer was made to him by the prosecuting attorney that if he would forsake the mormons he should be released and Restored to his home and suffered to remain, to which he returned an answer similar to that of — Joseph Smith being in like manner Sworn says, that he and were chained togeather at the time of the conversation above recited by ; which conversation [p. [1]] he heard and which is correctly stated by above, but that no such offer was made to him it being understood as certain that he was to be shot
Joseph Smith
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th. day of July A.D. 1843.
Given under my hand and Notarial Seal the day and year last written
L. S.
Notary public
Affadavit of Joseph Smith and Two others July 7 1843 [p. [2]]


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    Certification in handwriting of Ebenezer Robinson.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Willard Richards.