20031837

Petition to George Thompkins, 15 March 1839

of the peace; Or by the threats of a lawless mob, your petitioners are not able to say;  but it is a fact that they do not come forward boldly and administer the law to  the relief of the prisoner, and further your petitioners alledge that immediately after  the prisoner was taken his family was frightened and driven out of their house and  that too by the witnesses on the part of the State, and plundered of their goods.  that the prisoner was robbed of a very fine horse, saddle and bridle and other property  of considerable Amount, that they (the witnesses) in connexion with the mob have  finally succeeded by vile threatenings and foul abuse in driving the family  of the prisoner out of the State with little or no means, and without a protector  and their very subsistence depends on the liberty of the prisoner, And your  petitioners alledge that he has is not guilty of any crime whereby he should  be restrained of his liberty; from a personal knowledge, having been with  him, and being personally acquainted with the whole of the difficulties between  the Mormons and their persecutors, and that he has never acted at any time  only in his own defence and that too on his own ground property and possessions  That the prisoner has never commanded any military company nor held  any military authority neither any other office real or pretended in the State  of Missouri except that of a religious teacher. That he never has borne arms  in the military ranks, and in all such cases has acted as a private character  and as an individual, how then, your petitioners would ask can it be possible  the prisoner has committed treason. The prisoner has had nothing to in Davies[s]  County only on his own business as an individual. That the testimony of Dr  [Sampson] Avard concerning a council held at James Sloan’s was false. Your petitioners  do solemnly declare that there was no such council, that your petitioners were  with the prisoner, and there was no such vote nor conversation as Doctor Avard  swore to, that Doctor Avard also swore falsely concerning a constitution  as he said was introduced among the Saints, that the prisoner had nothing to  do with burning in Davies County. that the prisoner made public proclam ation against such things; that the prisoner did oppose Doctor Avard and  George, M. Hinkle against vile measures with the Mob, but was threatened  by them if he did not let them alone. that the prisoner did not have any  thing to do with what is called Bogart’s Battle, for he knew nothing of  it untill it was all over, that he was at home, and in the bosom of his own  family during the time of that whole transaction. And in fine your petitioners  alledge that he is held in confinement without cause and under an unlawful  and tyrannical oppression; and that his health and constitution and life  depend on being liberated from his confinement. Your petitioners aver  that they can disprove every item of testimony that has any tendency of  criminality against the prisoner for they know it themselves, and can [p. 23]
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Alanson Ripley, Heber C. Kimball, William Huntington, Joseph B. Noble, JS, and others, Liberty, MO, petition, to George Thompkins, 15 Mar. 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 21—24; JS Collection, CHL.

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