pany with a Mr. [James] Dunn, of , we were taked [taken] prisoners by a company of armed men, numbering from 15 to 25, varying at times. They had with them a cannon which they said they were going to take to , and were going to commence a war of extermination with the Mormons, and in case the inhab itants of interfered they should share the same fate.
The name of the captain of the company was W. B. Hender son, who said he had once been called out to go to , and had acted as a lieutenant in the militia, but he was now going on a different hook, because he was free from military law. The witness was detained by said company four days, dur ing which time he heard many threats against the Mormons. They said they intended to exterminate the Mormons and take their improvements and wives to themselves. Some of the com pany were for having the prisoners executed, as an offset against some of their men, whom they supposed had been taken pris oners by the Mormons; but on hearing they had not been taken, our lives were spared. They said they were going to be assisted by men from , , , Carroll, and other coun ties, also from the Platt county. There were some in the company from Linn county. The witness, in company with Mr. Dunn, who was a prisoner also, was taken to a Mr. White’s in , (the place where the cannon was said to be found by the Mormons,) and discharged. This was before the burning in . About the time of our arrival at , a report came into the place stating that a mob was about collecting at Bunkham [Buncombe] for the purpose of burning if they had sufficient strength; and if not, to commence depredations on the outskirts of the Mormon settlements by driving them off and burning their houses. It was therefore thought best to send out a spy company to that vicinity to watch the movements of the mobs if there should be any, and report to . Accordingly, a company of ten men was raised of which I had the command. We were instructed to range the southern line of , and watch the movements of armed bodies of men, if any were there, and in case they should commit any depredations upon the citizens of , we were to report to immediately. We were to act entirely on the defensive, and not injure any people in person or property, except an attack should be made upon us in our own , or upon some of the families of some of our people. The deponent further saith that he has been personally acquainted with Joseph Smith, Jr., , and , for a number of years, and their teachings concerning the laws of the land have uniformly been to have them observed in every particular, and further this deponent saith not.
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