Document Showing The testimony given before the judge of the fifth judicial circuit of the State of Missouri, on the trial of Joseph Smith, jr., and others, for high treason, and other crimes against that State. February 15, 1841[caption title].


Important document on the Mormon difficulties in Missouri, the organization of the Danites, the Mormon bands formed to defend their Missouri settlements against the older settlers, the burning, pillaging and fighting which followed, and the surrender of the Mormon stronghold of Far West, Missouri, after it was surrounded by the state militia. Sabin 83239. “The fourth government document in U.S. history to discuss the Mormons, and the first printing of the testimony at the trial which sent Joseph Smith and others to the Liberty jail.”


Description: Document Showing The testimony given before the judge of the fifth judicial circuit of the State of Missouri, on the trial of Joseph Smith, jr., and others, for high treason, and other crimes against that State. February 15, 1841[caption title].

[Washington:] Blair & Rives,printers, 1841. 26th Congress, 2d Session. Senate 189. 47, [1, blank]pp. Cleanly removed from bound volume, very good.

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Sabin 8323. Fales & Flake 4. Flake 5428. Howes S-625n. Rick Grunder Mormon List 50  —citing research by L.R. Jacobs which demonstrates that this document, in which W. W. Phelps was a witness for the State of Missouri against Sidney Rigdon and the Mormons, was actually printed prior to the Fayette, Missouri printing (Flake 5427). The latter printing is extensively cited by LeSueur in The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri (1987). Grunder cites, in particular, the Masonic language and character of the Danite oath which appears in the testimony of Sampson Avard (p. 2).


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