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Joseph Smith accused of beating a tax collector...

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September 16, 1843

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 16, 1843  Page 5 has: "Illinois - Joe Smith" which includes: "...arrived from a visit to Carthage, states that considerable excitement exists in Hancock county on account of a gross outrage committed by Joe Smith upon the collector of that county. Joe had taken offense at the collector...in reference to some of the prophet's lots in Nauvoo...was attacked and cruelly beaten by Joe in presence of several hundred of his faithful...we shall not be surprised to hear of Joe's sudden disappearance shortly."
Page 3 has a lengthy report of: "A Slave Case--An important decision, if maintained." concerning a fugitive slave being set free by the judge.
Four pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inches, irregular at the spine margin, various foxing and damp staining.

Category: Pre-Civil War