<24 <25>> started to face the Superior Judges, <& get writs of Habaes corpus>, & rode <after rid[i]ng> hundreds of miles to effect their obje[c]t; but to could<which they>not suceed, and retund [returned] to about the 2[nd] <4[th]> of april <during their absence I continu[e]d my Epistle as follows to the as follows.— We continued (0) .>.
<April ◊ <2> <April— 4>> They called on who was mad at their having reported the case to the . & said he <he> could have done all the business for you p[r]operly if they <you> had gone <come> to him <me>, & <I> would have sign[e]d the petiti[o]ns for all execpt [except] Joe [Joseph Smith Jr.]. & he was <is> not fit to live. I told <bid> Bro s. & to be of good cheer. for we shall be deliv[e]red, but no arm but God can deliver us now. Told the breth[re]n to be of good cheer & get them away as fast as possible. The brethn left on their retu[r]n to ,— where they arrived
<50. men swore to kill Jo.> <5> <4>Friday 5th Thursday the 5th <4th>. <Friday— 5— & arriv[e]d at .> This day a company of about 50 men in swore that they “would never eat or drink until they had murder[e]d Jo Smith.” Their Capt Wm Bowman Swore in the pres[e]nce of , swore that he “would never eat or drink, after he had seen Jo Smith, until he had murdered him.”— Also 8 men, , who was county Judg[e], Dr. Loffity <θ> (Turly 3.) <men>.
<committee.> “The committee met April 5, (F. 6) Land.”
<6> Saturday 6th. of April, evdintly [evidently] fearing a change of venue, or some movement on our part to escape his unhallowed persecution; (and most probably that expecting that we would be murder[e]d on the way) hurried myself & fellow prisoners off to , under a guard of about 10 men comma[n]ded by Samuel Tillery, Deputy Jailor of .— We were promised that we should go through , which was dire[c]tly on our route, which our fri[e]nds at that place knew, & were expect[i]ng us, but instead of fulfilli[n]g their promise they took us round the & out of the direct course 18 miles. far f[r]om habitations. where every oppo[r]tunity presented for a general massacre.
<This ev[en]ing the committee met in council, prayer by . X. (F. 6) p[r]esent.>
<7> Sunday. 7 we continu[e]d our Travels across the prairie. while the brethren at anxious for our welfare, gave a man $30 to convey to us a letter, <to us from <at> > & retu[r]n an answer, from —