The Court met this morning at 11 oclok. Judge Sinclair has tried to rig a purchase to take up Brigham Young & his Council & the Twelve for treason. He gave a Charge to the Jury to Bring in a Charge of treason against the leaders of this people but to day the District Attorney has argured before the Court & the Grand Jury that they had no Jurisdiction upon treason that was Committed at any period before the peace Commissioners left this Territory for washington. It is a Historical fact that treson did exhist in this Territory. It is equally a Historical fact that all treason which exhisted in this Territory was pardoned By James Buchanan the President of the United States & By the Govornor of this territory and the Grand Jury have no business to enquire into any thing before the leaving of the pease Commissioners left this territory. Neither the Judge or Jery has nothing to do with any thing that transpired before that event. So this ends the matter of trying to bring up Brigham Young on treason.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]