Affidavit from Anson Call and Others, 19 June 1844

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June 19, 1844
State of Illinois)
Hancock County)
City of )
Personally appeared before me <​ Justice of the Peace​> <​of sd. ​> Anson Call, David Evans and William E Horner of and aforesaid being duly sworn depose and say that on Monday the 17th. instant we started for Rocky Run precinct and arrived yesterday, we then went to of that place, and there soon assembled 20 or 30 men, we were informed that was gone to , to get the Colonel there to bring on his Regiment, we then informed them that we were delegated on behalf of the people of to transact business with them, they informed us, they had a committee set apart to do their business— and that one of their Committee was then present, one was absent, and the other two would shortly be here, that while a person was seeking the two men, we observed to the people that General Smith was willing to be tried in any State for any crime or supposed crime, that he had ever committed, except in the State of , one of the persons objected to General Smith being tried by the Municipal Court in , and declared that nothing else would do, but for him to be taken upon the Old Writ, and by the same person who took him in Custody before, and tried at the place where the writ was issued. it was then observed that had advised General Smith to be taken and tried before any Justice found to enter into bonds to be tried before the Circuit Court, and this would allay all the excited feelings of the people— it was then moved by a young man <​one of their company​> and sanctioned by the people that a Committee should wait on the who gave General Smith that advice, and give him a Coat of Tar and Feathers, when one of notoriety agreed to <​find the​> Tar and Feathers accordingly <​for that purpose​>— after some further conversation <​a man who they called​> Lawyer Stevens came in from and asked where was, he was told that he was gone to , they then observed to the Lawyer that we were delegates from — when he replied, we are expecting delegates too, at , and he said the people were talking of introducing them to the , and says he, Gentlemen you can do with your delegates what you think proper— a Mr. Crawford one of the Committee observed that he went against such proceedings, and advised them as a body to keep cool, they then told the Lawyer, the advice that the <​ of the​> Circuit Court had given to General Smith, when he said it was unlawful advice, and it was a second time moved, and assented to, that a Committee should wait on and give him a Coat of Tar and Feathers, the remainder of the Committee having come in, they stated to us, that they had written to the to obtain aid from other Counties, and if the did not send them aid, they were too weak to go themselves now, but were summoning all the people that would come into the until they got force enough to come up, and take Joseph Smith with the first warrant, and take him to the place where the writ was first issued, and nothing less than that would satisfy the people.
Anson Call
David Evans
Wm E Horner
Sworn and subscribed to this 19th. June 1844)
J. P.—) [p. [1]]
Affidavit of David Evans & Wm E. Horner Jun 19
June 19 1844
Affidavit of Anson Call, David Evans & Wm. E. Homer [p. [2]]


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    Insertion in handwriting of Aaron Johnson.  

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    Insertion in handwriting of Aaron Johnson.  

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    Insertion in handwriting of Aaron Johnson.  

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    Signatures of Anson Call, David Evans, and William Horner.  

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    Signature of Aaron Johnson.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Willard Richards.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Thomas Bullock.