Bill of Damages, 4 June 1839

<Joseph’s Bill of Damage  vs. Missouri June 4  1839>

Insertion in the handwriting of Willard Richards.  

Quincy June 4th 1839
Bill of Damages against the state of Missouri  An account of the sufferings & losses sustained  therein.
March <16.th> 1838 I with my family arrived in Far West  Caldwell County after a Journey of one thousand  miles being weeks on my Journey enduring great  affliction in consequence of persecution &c and expending  about two <or 3> hundred dollars. Soon after my arrival  at that place I was informed that a number  of men living in Daviess County (on the Grindstone  Forks) had offered the sum of one thousand dollars  for my scalp, persons to whom I was an entire strange[r]  & of whom I had no knowledge of the In order to  attain their end the roads were frequently  way laid for &c at one time in particular when  watering my horse in Shoal Creek I distinctly  heard 3 or 4 Guns snaps at me! was credible  informed also that Judge [Austin A.] King of the Fifth Juda◊◊  Circuit gave encouragement to individuals to  carry into effect their diabolical designs and has  frequently stated that I ought to be beheaded  on account of my Religion: In consequence  of such expressions from Judge King and others  in authority my enemies endeavoured to take  every advantage of me and heaping abuses getting  up vexatious law suits and stirring up the minds  of the people against me and the people with whom  I was connected altho we had done nothing  to deserve such treatment but were busely engagd  in our several avocations & desireous to live on  peaceable & Friendly terms with all men. In conse quence of such which threats and abuse which was [illegible] I was  continually subject to my Family were kept  in continual state of alarm not knowing <[illegible]> [p. [1]]
JS, Bill of Damages, Quincy, IL, 4 June 1839; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; eight pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.