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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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made me lie next the wall; He then laid himself down by me, and put his arm  around me; and upon my moving in the least, would clench me fast, fearing  that I intended to escape from him: And in this (not very <dis>agreeable) manner did we  pass the night.— Next day I was brought before the Magistrate’s  Court of [blank], and put upon my trial. My former faithful friends  and lawyers were again at my side, my former persecutors were arrayed against  me. Many witnesses were again called forward and examined; some of whom  swore to the most palpable falsehoods, and like to the false witnesses which had ap peared against me the day previous; they contradicted themselves so plainly, that  the Court would not admit their testimony. Others were called who shewed by  their zeal, that they were willing enough to prove something against me; but all they  could do, was to tell somethings which some body else had told them. In this  “frivolous and vexatious” manner did they proceed for a considerable time, when  finally was called up, and examined by Lawyer , who  had been especially sent for on this occasion. One Lawyer Burch, also was on the  side of the prosecution; but seemed to <be> a more zealous Presbyterian,  and appeared very anxious and determined that the people should not be deluded by  any one professing the power of Godliness; and not “denying the power thereof.”
So soon as had been <was> sworn, <&> proceeded to interrogate him  as follows. Q— Did the prisoner, Joseph Smith, Jr cast the devil out of you?  Ansr No sir. Q— Why, have not you had the devil cast out of you? Ansr Yes  Sir. Q And did he not cast Q— And had not Joe Smith some hand in its  being done? Ansr Yes Sir. Q And did not he cast him out of you? Ansr No Sir  it was done by the power of God, and Joseph Smith was the instrument in the hands  of God on the occasion; He commanded him <to come> out of me in the name of Jesus Christ.
Q, And are you sure that it was the devil? Ansr Yes Sir. Q Did you  see him, after he was cast out of you? Ansr Yes Sir I saw him. Q Pray, what  did he look like?— (Here one of my lawyers, informed the that he need  not answer the question,) The replied, I believe I need not answer your last  question, but I will do it, provided I be allowed to ask you one question first, and you  answer me. Viz: Do you, , understand the things of the Spirit? No  (answered ) I do not pretend to such big things. Well then (replied  ,) it would be of no use to tell you what the devil looked like, for it was a  a spiritual sight, and spiritually discerned; and of course you would not under stand it, were I to tell you of it. The Lawyer dropped his head, whilst the  loud laugh of the audience proclaimed his discomfiture. now  addressed the court, and in a long and violent harangue endeavored to blacken my charac ter and bring me in guilty of the charges which had been brought against me; among other  things, he brought up the story of my having been a money digger, and in this manner  proceeded, in hopes to influence the court and the people against me. [p. 46]
made me lie next the wall; He then laid himself down by me, and put his arm around me; and upon my moving in the least, would clench me fast, fearing that I intended to escape from him: And in this ( very disagreeable) manner did we pass the night.— Next day I was brought before the Magistrate’s Court of [blank], and put upon my trial. My former faithful friends and lawyers were again at my side, my former persecutors were arrayed against me. Many witnesses were again called forward and examined; some of whom swore to the most palpable falsehoods, and like to the false witnesses which had appeared against me the day previous; they contradicted themselves so plainly, that the Court would not admit their testimony. Others were called who shewed by their zeal, that they were willing enough to prove something against me; but all they could do, was to tell somethings which some body else had told them. In this “frivolous and vexatious” manner did they proceed for a considerable time, when was called up, and examined by Lawyer , who had been especially sent for on this occasion. One Lawyer Burch, also was on the side of the prosecution; but seemed to be a more zealous Presbyterian, and appeared very anxious and determined that the people should not be deluded by any one professing the power of Godliness; and not “denying the power thereof.”
was sworn, & interrogate him as follows. Q— Did the prisoner, Joseph Smith, Jr cast the devil out of you? Ansr No sir. Q— Why, have not you had the devil cast out of you? Ansr Yes Sir. Q— And had not Joe Smith some hand in its being done? Ansr Yes Sir. Q And did not he cast him out of you? Ansr No Sir it was done by the power of God, and Joseph Smith was the instrument in the hands of God on the occasion; He commanded him to come out of me in the name of Jesus Christ.
Q, And are you sure that it was the devil? Ansr Yes Sir. Q Did you see him, after he was cast out of you? Ansr Yes Sir I saw him. Q Pray, what did he look like?— (Here one of my lawyers, informed the that he need not answer the question,) The replied, I believe I need not answer your last question, but I will do it, provided I be allowed to ask you one question first, and you answer me. Viz: Do you, , understand the things of the Spirit? No (answered ) I do not pretend to such big things. Well then (replied ,) it would be of no use to tell you what the devil looked like, for it was a a spiritual sight, and spiritually discerned; and of course you would not understand it, were I to tell you of it. The Lawyer dropped his head, whilst the loud laugh of the audience proclaimed his discomfiture. now addressed the court, and in a long and violent harangue endeavored to blacken my character and bring me in guilty of the charges which had been brought against me; among other things, he brought up the story of my having been a money digger, and in this manner proceeded, in hopes to influence the court and the people against me. [p. 46]
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