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Charles Bird was sent to , relative to a power of Attorney—
“Resolved to send to , to visit the brethren there, and obtain a power of Attorney, from such as had left their lands without selling them— A Report of the Committee appointed to visit the different parts of the to ascertain the number of families, who were destitute of teams for their removal was made. William Huntington reported 32 families, and Charles Bird 7. as far as they had prosecuted their labors— Resolved to send Erastus Bingham to visit the North West part of the for the same purpose, and then adjourned till Monday next—”
23 February 1839 • Saturday
<23 Democratic Association> Saturday 23. At a meeting of the Democratic Association held this evening at , Adams County, Illinois, Mr. Lindsay introduced a resolution setting forth, that the People called “Latter Day Saints”, were many of them in a situation requiring the aid of the Citizens of , and recommending that measures be adopted for their relief; which resolution was adopted, and a committee consisting of eight persons appointed by the Chair— of which Committee J. W. Whitney was Chairman. The Association then adjourned to meet on Wednesday evening then next, after instructing the Committee to procure the Congregational Meeting house as a place of meeting, and to invite as many of the people to attend the meeting as should choose to do so, in whose behalf the meeting was to be held, and also all others, citizens of the town. The Committee not being able to obtain the meeting house, procured the Court House for that purpose.
<Prison.> After we were cast into prison, we heard nothing but threatenings, that if any judge or jury, or court of any kind should clear any of us, that we should never get out of the alive. This soon determined our course, and that was to escape out of their hands as soon as we could, and by any means we could. After we had been some length of time in prison, we demanded a habeas corpus of , one of the Judges, which, with some considerable <Great threatenings> reluctance was granted. Great threatenings were made at this time by the mob that if any of us were liberated we should never get out of the alive. After the investigation was released from Prison by the decision of the ; the remainder were committed to jail. He also returned with us until a favorable opportunity offered: through the friendship of the Sheriff, Mr. Samuel Hadley and the jailor, Mr. Samuel Tillery, he was let out of the jail secretly in the night; <after having declared in Prison that the sufferings of Jesus Christ were a fool to his> and being solemnly warned by them to be out of the with as little delay as possible, he made his escape. Being persued by a body of armed men, it was through the direction of a kind providence that he escaped out of their hands and safely arrived in , Illinois—
< & at > About this time Elders and were at , where they had been almost weekly importuning at the feet of the Judges, and while performing this duty on a certain occasion Judge Hughes stared them full in the face and observed to one of his Associates, that by the look of these mens eyes they are whipped but not conquered, and let us beware how we treat these men for their looks bespeak innocence, and at that time he entreated his associates to admit of bail for all the [p. 886]