History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the horse from you? Ansr No, he told me no such story. Q— Well; How  did had he the horse of you? Ansr He bought him of me, as another <any other> man would  do. Q— Have you had your pay? Ansr That is not your business. The  question being again put, the witness replied, “I hold his note for the price of the  horse, which I consider as good as the pay— for I am well acquainted with Joseph  Smith Jr, and know him to be an honest man; and if he wishes I am ready to let  him have another horse on the same terms”.——
Mr Jonathan Thompson was next called up, and examined— Q— Has  not the prisoner, Joseph Smith Jr had a yoke of oxen of you? Ansr Yes.  Q— Did he not obtain them of you by telling you that he had a revelation to the  effect that he was to have them? Ansr No, He did not mention a word of the kind  concerning the oxen; he purchased them, same as another <any other> man would.
After a few more such attempts, the court was detained for a time, in order that  two young women (daughters to ) with whom I had at times kept  company; might be sent for, in order, if possible to elicit something from them  which might be made a pretext against me. The young Ladies arrived  and were severally examined, touching my character, and conduct in general  but particularly as to my behaviour towards them both in publick and private,  when they both bore such testimony in my favor, as left my enemies without a  pretext on their account.— Several attempts were now made to  prove something against me, and even circumstances which were alleged to have  taken place in were brought forward; but these, my lawyers  would not here admit of <as testimony> against me, <in thi> in consequence of which, my persecutors  managed to detain the court, untill they had succeeded in obtaining a warrant  from , and which warrant the[y] served upon me, at the very moment  in which I had been <that I was> acquitted by this court.
The constable who served this second warrant upon me, had no sooner ar rested me, than he began to abuse and insult me, and so unfeeling was he  with me, that although I had been kept all the day in court, without any  thing to eat since the morning, yet he hurried me off to , a distance  of about fifteen miles before he allowed me any thing <kind> of food whatever.
He took me to a tavern, and gathered in a number of men, who used every means  to abuse, ridicule, and insult me. They spit upon me, pointed their fingers  at me, saying prophesy, prophesy, and thus did they imitate those who crucified  the Saviour of mankind, not knowing what they did. We were at this time  not far distant from my own house, I wished to be allowed the privilege of spen ding the night with my at home, offering any wished for security, for my  appearance, but this was denied me. I applied for something to eat. the  The Constable ordered me some crusts of bread, and water, which was the only  fare <pr food> I that night received <that night>. At length we retired to bed; the constable [p. 45]
the horse from you? Ansr No, he told me no such story. Q— Well; How had he the horse of you? Ansr He bought him of me, as any other man would do. Q— Have you had your pay? Ansr That is not your business. The question being again put, the witness replied, “I hold his note for the price of the horse, which I consider as good as the pay— for I am well acquainted with Joseph Smith Jr, and know him to be an honest man; and if he wishes I am ready to let him have another horse on the same terms”.——
Mr Jonathan Thompson was next called up, and examined— Q— Has not the prisoner, Joseph Smith Jr had a yoke of oxen of you? Ansr Yes. Q— Did he not obtain them of you by telling you that he had a revelation to the effect that he was to have them? Ansr No, He did not mention a word of the kind concerning the oxen; he purchased them, same as any other man would.
After a few more such attempts, the court was detained for a time, in order that two young women (daughters to ) with whom I had at times kept company; might be sent for, in order, if possible to elicit something from them which might be made a pretext against me. The young Ladies arrived and were severally examined, touching my character, and conduct in general but particularly as to my behaviour towards them both in publick and private, when they both bore such testimony in my favor, as left my enemies without a pretext on their account.— Several attempts were now made to prove something against me, and even circumstances which were alleged to have taken place in were brought forward; but these, my lawyers would not admit of as testimony against me, in consequence of which, my persecutors managed to detain the court, untill they had succeeded in obtaining a warrant from , and which warrant they served upon me, at the very moment that I was acquitted by this court.
The constable who served this second warrant upon me, had no sooner arrested me, than he began to abuse and insult me, and so unfeeling was he with me, that although I had been kept all the day in court, without any thing to eat since morning, yet he hurried me off to , a distance of about fifteen miles before he allowed me any kind of food whatever.
He took me to a tavern, and gathered in a number of men, who used every means to abuse, ridicule, and insult me. They spit upon me, pointed their fingers at me, saying prophesy, prophesy, and thus did they imitate those who crucified the Saviour of mankind, not knowing what they did. We were at this time not far distant from my own house, I wished to be allowed the privilege of spending the night with my at home, offering any wished for security, for my appearance, but this was denied me. I applied for something to eat. The Constable ordered me some crusts of bread, and water, which was the only pr food I received that night. At length we retired to bed; the constable [p. 45]
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