, (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 Bunk ham [Buncombe] for the purpose of burning if they had suf ficient 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 depreda tions 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 pro perty, 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 particu lar, and further this deponent saith not.
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