Letter from Isaac Galland, 11 March 1843

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March 11th 1843.
Genl. Joseph Smith—
Dr Sir.
I hasten to say to you that a man supposed to be , the person charged with the attempted assassination of late Gov. of , has been arrested in this , and sent to . Yesterday I conversed with the Jailor of this , who informed me that he had suggested to the man who had charge of , that it would be best to have the receive him at , as it was quite probable, that could not be taken to without being assassinated. The next day, after I learned that was in prision, I went to the prision to see him, but I was too late, he had been sent forward that morning at 5 Oclk in the morning. It had been thought best by Mr Melloday [George H. C. Meloday] the Jailor to send him on as soon as possible in order to avoid the consequences of public excitement. Mr Melloday informed me that had named me, and wished to to see me, but being prevented by the early hour of his departure, Mr Melloday had promised to see me on the occasion, which promise he has faithfully fulfilled. The communication which I have thus received is that, that wished to, or has already, employed as his counsel to go to or to any other place where it may be necessary to defend him and to manage his defence; and desired that may have be secured in his fee [p. [1]] for this service in what ever way he may desire the it to be done. Now Sir I have this <​day,​> seen , and conversed with him on the subject. He informs me that he has wrote to on on the case. and But I will here take occasion to say, what, would not say, and that is, that could not have selected from the bar of this , or perhaps of the ; a councillor better, or even as well quallified to defend him as , can and will do; provided that mobocracy does not superseede the administration of law. I know nothing of the guilt or innocence of this individual, nor have I heard any circumstance connected with the charge of guilt against him; except what what has been alledged by Genl. in his affidavits and lectures, and these are taken in this with great allowances. I do hope that that may have a fair & lawful course taken in relation to his trial, but it is scarcely to be expected. Therefore However it is the duty of his friends, to, at least make an effort to secure him a fair trial. And I will here rema[r]k that Mr. Melloday informed me that he met the appraoaching storm with perfect composure. said that he had rather die, than be deprived of his liberty— and so long as this charge rested on him, uninvestigated, he must be restrained from going where he pleased— he asserted his innocence; but declared, he had rather die, than live under the disabilities which such a charge inflicted. He left here perfectly reconciled to his fate, be that what it may. [p. [2]]
I cannot but feel interested that legal justice should be meted to this individual, but that Genl. ’s statements should be taken as conclusive evidence of his guilt, I must object. I have attended that ’s lectures in this And now I now here assert, that he <​has​> garbled and missrepresented almost every circumstance which came within the reach of my own knowledge. I will name some of them.— He charged on the legislature of , criminal neglect of duty, in the passage of the charter of ,— the delivery of munitions of war to the Mormons— the unexampled, and unconstitutional powers given to the Corporation of Nauvoo, &c. But he did not inform his auditors that, he drew up that sa[me] charter himself,— that he laboured in [the?] lob[b]y faithfully until it was passed— that he, as Quarter Master Genl. of the Malitia of , did not only order; but <​also​> deliver, those munitions of war himself, to the Mormons. &c I cannot in this letter; (which was only desingned in the outset to advise of you of the situation of ,) <​now​> enter into any satisfactory explaination of of other matters. But at some future time, if necessary, these facts can be forthcoming. I now conclude by desiring that you will correspond with on this subject, as I hope to soon leave this on my way up the , and shall not be here untill a reply to this could be returned. I have the honor to be Sir,
very respecfully your Obt Servt
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<​ Mo. MAR 15​>
Genl. Joseph Smith
Hancock County
Illinois [p. [4]]

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