Indictment, circa 5 June 1843 [Extradition of JS for Treason]

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State of Missouri) In The Circuit Court June Term, for the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three.
County of )
to wit:
The Grand Jurors for The State of , for the body of the County of aforesaid, upon their oath present, That Joseph Smith, Junior, late of said County of , being a citizen of the said State of , not having the fear of God before his eyes, nor weighing the duty of his allegiance, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, and entirely withdrawing the love and true and due obedience which every citizen of our said sovereign State of should, and of right ought to bear, towards our said sovereign State of , and wickedly devising and intending to disturb the peace peace and public tranquility of the said State of , on the first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, with force and arms, at the County of aforesaid, unlawfully, maliciously, and traitorously [p. [1]] did compass, imagine, and intend to raise and levy war, insurrection, and rebellion, against, our said State of , within the said State of , to wit at the County of aforesaid.
And in order to fulfil and bring to effect the said traitorous compassings, imaginations, and intentions of him the said Joseph Smith, Junior, he the said Joseph Smith Junior, afterwards to wit on the day and year aforesaid at the County of aforesaid, with force and arms at the county of aforesaid, with a great multitude of persons, whose names are at present unknown to the jurors aforesaid, to a great number, to wit, to the number of five hundred persons and upwards, armed and arrayed in a warlike manner, that is to say with colors flying, and with swords, guns, clubs bludgeons staves, and other weapons, as well offensive as defensive, <​and​> being then and there unlawfully, maliciously and traitorously [p. [2]] assembled and gathered together against our Said State of , most wickedly, maliciously, and traitorously did ordain, prepare, and levy public war against our said State of , contrary to the duty of his allegiance, against the form of the Statute in such case made, and provided and against the peace and dignity of the State.
George W. Dunn
Circuit Attorney [1/2 page blank] [p. [3]]
The Treason against the .
Joseph Smith Jr.
John, W, Thornton foreman of the grand Jury
Witnesses & others John Edwards & others
Filed the 6th June 1843
Clerk [p. [4]]


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    Docket and notations in unidentified handwriting.  

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    Signature presumably of John W. Thornton.  

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    Notation in unidentified handwriting.