“Extract, from the Private Journal of Joseph Smith Jr.,” July 1839

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Extract,
from the private journal of
JOSEPH SMITH JR.
 
On the fourteenth day of March, in  the year of our Lord one thousand  eight hundred and thirty eight, I with  my family, arrived in , Cald well county Missouri, after a journey  of more than one thousand miles, in  the winter season, and being about  eight weeks on our Journey; during  which we suffered great affliction, and  met with considerable persecution on  the road. However, the prospect of  meeting my friends in the west, and  anticipating the pleasure of dwelling  in peace, and enjoying the blessings  thereof, buoyed me up under the diffi culties and trials which I had then to  endure. However, I had not been  there long before I was given to un derstand that plots were laid, by wick ed and designing men, for my destruc tion, who sought every opportunity to  take my life; and that a company on  the Grindstone forks of ,  in the county of , had offered  the sum of one thousand dollars for  my scalp: persons of whom I had no  knowledge whatever, and who, I sup pose, were entire strangers to me; and  in order to accomplish their wicked  design, I was frequently waylaid &c.;  consequently, my life was continually  in jeopardy.
I could hardly have given credit to  such statements, had they not been  corroborated by testimony, the most  strong and convincing; as shortly af ter my arrival at , while wat ering my horse in , I dis tinctly heard three or four guns snap,  which were undoubtedly intended for  my destruction; however, I was mer cifully preserved from those who  sought to destroy me, by their lurking  in the woods and hiding places, for  this purpose
My enemies were not confined alone,  to the ignorant and obscure, but men  in office, and holding situations under  the of the , proclaimed  themselves my enemies, and gave en couragement to others to destroy me;  amongst whom, was , of  the fifth Judicial circuit, who has fre quently been heard to say, that I  ought to be beheaded on account of my  religion[.] Expressions such as these,  from individuals holding such impor tant offices as ’s, could not  fail to produce, and encourage perse cution against me, and the people with  whom I was connected. And in con sequence of the prejudice which existed  in the mind of this , which he  did not endeavor to keep secret, but  made it as public as he could, the peo ple took every advantage they possibly  could, in abusing me, and threatening  my life; regardless of the laws, which [p. 2]
Extract,
from the private journal of
JOSEPH SMITH JR.
 
On the fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, I with my family, arrived in , Caldwell county Missouri, after a journey of more than one thousand miles, in the winter season, and being about eight weeks on our Journey; during which we suffered great affliction, and met with considerable persecution on the road. However, the prospect of meeting my friends in the west, and anticipating the pleasure of dwelling in peace, and enjoying the blessings thereof, buoyed me up under the difficulties and trials which I had then to endure. However, I had not been there long before I was given to understand that plots were laid, by wicked and designing men, for my destruction, who sought every opportunity to take my life; and that a company on the Grindstone forks of , in the county of , had offered the sum of one thousand dollars for my scalp: persons of whom I had no knowledge whatever, and who, I suppose, were entire strangers to me; and in order to accomplish their wicked design, I was frequently waylaid &c.; consequently, my life was continually in jeopardy.
I could hardly have given credit to such statements, had they not been corroborated by testimony, the most strong and convincing; as shortly after my arrival at , while watering my horse in , I distinctly heard three or four guns snap, which were undoubtedly intended for my destruction; however, I was mercifully preserved from those who sought to destroy me, by their lurking in the woods and hiding places, for this purpose
My enemies were not confined alone, to the ignorant and obscure, but men in office, and holding situations under the of the , proclaimed themselves my enemies, and gave encouragement to others to destroy me; amongst whom, was , of the fifth Judicial circuit, who has frequently been heard to say, that I ought to be beheaded on account of my religion. Expressions such as these, from individuals holding such important offices as ’s, could not fail to produce, and encourage persecution against me, and the people with whom I was connected. And in consequence of the prejudice which existed in the mind of this , which he did not endeavor to keep secret, but made it as public as he could, the people took every advantage they possibly could, in abusing me, and threatening my life; regardless of the laws, which [p. 2]
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