Affidavit, 5 September 1838

Mill Port, to a considerable number, and that Adam  Black was at their head, and were to attack the Mormons <saints>  the next day, at the place where we then were, called  Adam Ondiahman, this report, we esteemed to be worthy of <gave were inclined>  some to believe might be true. As this Adam Black who , was said to be their leader, had been but a few months before  engaged in endeavoring to drive those, of the society, who—  had settled in that vicinity, from the County. This fact, had  become notorious, from the fact that said Black had  personally Ordered several of the said society to leave the  County. The next Morning, we dispatched a committee  to said Black’s to asscertain the truth of these reports, and  <to know> what his intentions were, and as we understood he was a peace  officer, we wished to know what we might expect from him,  the Committee returned in a short time, with an unfavor able report, that Mr Black instead of giving them any—  assurance of preserving the peace, insulted them and gave  them no satisfaction. <being desirous to know the feelings of Mr. Black for myself> About the time the committee  returned [illegible] number of us who were <and being> in want of good water,  and, understanding there were none nearer than Mr—  Blacks spring <myself with several others> Mounted our horses myself among the  number and rode up to Mr Blacks fence, Dr Avard with one or  two others, who had rode ahead, went into Mr Black’s house,  myself and some others went to the spring for water.  I was shortly after, sent for <by Mr. Black>, and invited into the house,  Being introduced to Mr. Black, by Dr Avard, Mr. Black  asked take me a chair <to be seated,> we then commenced a conversation, on the  subject of the late dificulties and present exitement. I  found Mr Black considerable quite hostile in his feelings,  towards the Mormons <saints>; but assured us that he did not  belong to the mob, neither would he take any part  with them, but said he was bound <by his oath> to keep support the  Constitution of the United States, and the Laws of  the State of Missouri. Deponent then asked him, if  he would make said statements in writing, so as to  refute the arguments of those who had afirmed that  he (Black) was one of the lineleaders of the mob? Mr Black  answered in the affirmative, that accordingly, he did  so; which writing is in the possession of the deponent.” [p. [2]]
JS, affidavit, Far West, MO, 5 Sept. 1838; handwriting of Elias Higbee and George W. Robinson with signatures of JS and Elias Higbee; in petition, [ca. 1840], 104 pages; JS Collection, CHL.