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Morris Phelps Senate Testimony


                 Morris Phelps, a witness, produced, sworn, and examined for the State, deposeth and saith: That Parley P. Pratt was in the battle with Bogart. Darwin Chase was one of the expedition, but not in the battle. Lyman Gibbs was in the battle; thinks Benjamin Jones was in the battle. Norman Shearer was also, and wounded. I was called upon by Charles C. Rich, to go down to Crooked river, to help relieve some Mormon prisoners, who, it was said, had been taken by a mob.

                                              110                          Judicial District, State of Missouri

I first refused to go; but, being threatened with force, I consented to go. We proceeded to McDaniel's field, in Ray county, where we were commanded to hitch our horses; and we proceeded down to where Captain Bogart was encamped-myself in the extreme rear. The fight was brought on, but I was not in it. On our return from the battle-ground, near Log Creek timber, in Caldwell county, we met Joseph Smith, jr., Lyman Wight and others, who went to the wounded and pronounced blessings on them, and prayed for them to be healed and saved. When we started from McDaniel's field fence, the only command given, that I heard, was, Boys, follow me! given by the commander. I have been in two Danite meetings. The first, I did not make any exception to; and, in the second, the following exceptionable doctrine, was inculcated: "that we, should take spoil, or plunder, in, some cases'" but it was objected to, and I have never attended a Danite meeting since. The day before the Mormons went to Adam-on- diahman J. Smith, jr., in an address, told an anecdote of a Dutchman, who had been applied to by a captain to purchase potatoes, &c. Rigdon, in speaking of dissenters, who were unwilling to fight mobs, said that they ought to be pitched upon their horses with pitchforks and bayonets, and forced into the front of the battle, and their property confiscated to the use of the army. The anecdote spoken of above, about the Dutchman, was told by Smith after Rigdon's address, and without any application of it by him. And further this deponent saith not.
                                      MORRIS PHELPS.