Warrant, 10 August 1838 [State of Missouri v. JS et al. for Riot]

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State of Missouri) Ss. [scilicet]
County of )
The state of
To the Sheriff of greeting Whereas information has been given to me under the oath of that William Bowman Wilson McKinney and John Netherton that there is now assembled in the County of and embodied a large number of armed men to the number of about five hundred whose movements are of a highly insurrectionary and unlawful character, and that a part of the same body of men to the number of One hundred and twenty has surrounded the house of , and has violently taken him and under the threat of immediate Death forced him to sign a paper writing of an degradeing Character, and have threatened to make all the other citizens of sign the same paper, and have threatened to take the lives of the said and William Bowman and others on sight, and that said body of men do intend to commit great violence to many of the Citizens of , and that Joseph Smith Jr. and others unknown to said affiants are the leaders of this body of men, and that th it is the intention of the said armed force to take revenge on some and to drive others from the and possess themselves of their lands or to force them to submit to their measures and dictation
These are therefore to command you to <​apprehend and​> take the said Joseph Smith Jr. and and have them before [p. [1]] in the County of at , forthwith to answer the premises and further to be dealt with according to law, and have you then there this writ, given under my hand and seal this 10th. day of August 1838
I certify that I served the within writ by reading the same to the within on the 5th day of Sept 1838 and by takeing the said into my custody Sept 6th 1838
William Morgan
Sheff of
fees .50 [p. [2]]
Let the warrant be returned as provided in Laws of page 476. Section 12.
Joseph Smith Jr.
Came to hand the 12th day of August 1838
pages 408
Filed in my office the 1st. March 1839
, Clerk [p. [3]]
[blank] [p. [4]]


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    TEXT: “Seal” enclosed in a hand-drawn representation of a seal.  

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    Notation in handwriting of William Morgan.  

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    Notation in handwriting of Austin A. King.  

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    Docket in handwriting of Austin A. King.  

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    Endorsement in handwriting of William Morgan.  

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    Notation in handwriting of Robert Wilson.