Warrant, 31 December 1842 [Extradition of JS for Accessory to Assault]

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The people of the state of To the of Greeting:
Whereas it has been made known to me by the Executive Authority of the state of that one Joseph Smith stands charged by the affidavit of made on the 20th day of July 1842 at the County of in the state of before a justice of the peace within and for the County of aforesaid, with being accessary before the fact to an assault with intent to kill made by one on on the night of the sixth day of May AD 184[2] at the County of in said state [of ] and that the said Joseph Smith has fled [from the] Justice of said and taken reffuge in [the] [S]tate of .
Now therefore, I Governor of the state of pursuant t[o] [t]he constitution and laws of the a[nd] of this , do hereby command you to arre[st] [and] apprehend the said Joseph Smith if [he be found] within the limits of the aforesaid and cause him to be safely kept and delivered to the custody of who has been duly Constituted the agent of the said state of to receive said fugitive from the Justic of said , he paying all fees and charges for the arrest and apprehension of said Joseph Smith and make due return to the Executive Department of this the manner in which this writ may be executed
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great seal of [p. [1]] to be affixed. Done at the City of this 31st day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and forty two and of the Independence of the the Sixty seventh
By the Governor
Secretary of state
Executed this writ immediately after receiving it, by arresting and taking into my Custody the within named Joseph Smith— and soon thereafter and on the same day, to wit, the 31st day of December 1842 was serv[e]d with a writ of , issued by the Circuit Court of the for the district of , Commanding me to shew by what authority I held the said Joseph Smith in Custody— to which [page torn] of Habeas Corpus, I returned that I detained the said Joseph Smith by virtue of the within Warrant— And thereupon the said Circuit Court took into its custody the said Joseph Smith and appointed the 4th. day of January 1843 for the hearing of said Cause—
And afterwards to wit: the 4th. day of January 1843 said cause was heard by said , and the said Joseph <​Smith​> discharged from the arrest of this writ— all of which will more fully appear by reference to the Records of said Circuit Court
Shff S.C.
January 6th. 1843. [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    TEXT: Embossed imprint of official seal of the state of Illinois.  

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    Signatures of Thomas Ford and Lyman Trumbull.  

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    Notation probably in handwriting of William F. Elkin.  

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    TEXT: “serv[page torn]d”.