Missouri State Archives: Finding Aid 5.1

Mormon War Papers, 1837-1841

[ Full-text transcription of: Letter from Austin A. King, Richmond MO to Governor Boggs, Jefferson City, MO ]
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Judge King

Cerbius Contract

Richmond Mo

June 8

Govr Lilburn W. Boggs


Jefferson City




June 7th 1839

Dear Sir

I received your -- of

29th sent in reference to the

escape of the Mormon prisoners

Smith, Wight &c. You probably

was not advised at the time

it did not occur to you that

they were indicted in Daviess

county, and out of my circuit

Those indicted in this circuit

have obtained a change of

venue and are confined in

the Boone county jail, to which

place this venue has been chang

=ed. In the case of Smith, Wight

&c. they had obtained also a change

of venue to Boone. before they

escape, and I presume the clerk

of Daviess has before this, transm

=itted a copy of this whole record

in the cause to the Boone circuit

court Judge Burch now resides

at Keytsville, to whom, it occurs

to me, it belongs to give this info

=rmation- sought by you,

I will however remark that

Rigdon who was out on bail,

was indicted for treason in

the Caldwell court, he did

not make his appearance,

nor do I presume he ever

intends it But I donot under

=stand you as refering to him

yet if you think it necessary I

will have transmitted to the

Executive Department the

necessary record and informati

=on to enable you to make a

demand of him

Very respectfully

your obed Servant

Austin A. King