Guerrillas, in Illinois.
The St. Joseph Herald has been furnished with the following affidavit by Lieut. A. J. Harding, Provost Marshal of the District of North Missouri. The man Williams who, according to his own story, is one of the Peace Democrats of this State, belongs in this Congressional District. His statement of the number of armed traitors in that country will, we presume, not astonish anybody, and may lead to other revelations concerning the doings of the Peace sneaks in this part of the country.
Thomas B. Jeffries, of lawful age, being duly sworn, says: On or about the 4th day of Aug., 1864, I fell in company with a young man from the State of Illinois, who said his name was John Williams. In conversation, he asked me if I knew Elisha Leffler, saying that the said Leffler was a cousin of his. He asked me how long I had known him, and what kind of a man he was. I told him I had known him for about twenty-five years, and he used to be a number one man and a good citizen. He then said that was the name he bore in the country be came from. He left me then, and I went off. In about an hour he came back and approached me, and asked me how I liked the President's proclamation. I asked him what proclamation? He said, "damned amnesty proclamation." I told him I stayed at home, read nothing, and did not know how to answer his question. He then asked me how I was on the next Presidential election; whom I was going to support. I told him there were some of them talking about supporting McClellan. He said that wouldn't do — that McClellan was a War Democrat. He then gave me a grip, and said, "old fellow, you have been there, but you are not quite right." He then told me he would post me. He said he belonged to the Knights of the Golden Circle, or what is now called the Sons of Liberty; that he belonged to what was called Hickory Club Lodge, in Henderson, Illinois; that the club was three hundred strong, and well armed, with a carbine and two navy revolvers apiece, and that they were going to resist the election of Abe Lincoln this fall; that their object was to carry the election of Vallandigham for Vice President; the man to be run for President was not yet known, nor wouldn't be for months; but they intended to defeat Lincoln if they had to kill every man who came to the polls to vote for him. The day after this conversation he was arrested by Capt. M. C. Thacker, and when on his way from Canton to Lagrange he sought another conversation with me, when he asked me if I couldn't assist in getting him released. I asked him how I could do it? He told me by going to Illinois and reporting his arrest to the "Sons of Liberty," in Henderson county. He said they would pay me all expenses and they would come immediately and release him. The name of the Secretary he gave me was Joseph Johnson; he also gave me an order on a man living near Canton for a horse to go to Illinois, and said he would furnish it. He gave me all the signs and grips of the Knights of the Golden Circle, or Sons of Liberty, which he said were the true grips, and he told me other things which if necessary for you to have I can give you. He gave me several names of members of the Order here. He told me also he would kill Hamilton Johnson for deceiving him, pretended to be a friend of his. He also told me that if I went to Illinois and reported to the secretary, and if he sent any communication back by me, I should try to get to where he was imprisoned, and wrap the note inside of a cigar and hand it to him, and that he wanted me to be sure to attend to it for him.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 12th day of August, 1864.
Given under my hand and official seal.
A. D. KESTOR, Notary Public.
A true copy. A. J. HARDING,
Lieut. and Acting Provost Marshal, District of North Missouri.