History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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willing to lay down their lives for us, we went before our rulers  <June 28  ’s Letter  continued> We found about one hundred persons assembled, armed with  guns, pistols, dirks, clubs, sticks, &c. At a late hour we prevailed  on the sheriff to have the court called, which consisted of three  magistrates, one of whom was rejected from the judgment seat,  because some of his family were members of our church. The  sheriff, with leave of court, devisted us of our arms, consisting of  walking sticks, and pocket knife. A man by the name of Perkins,  (who report says had run his country for hog stealing, and also  had been guilty of concealing a stolen horse, for which he had  lost a part of his nose,) was appointed by the court to act as  States Attorney, or in other words mob solicitor general, to abuse  the innocent and screen the guilty. After the conspirators had  witnessed against us, the court refused to hear any testimony  on our part. being controled by the Banditti. Perkins made a  plea against us but we were not permitted to reply. The verdict of  the court was: That they concluded that the charges preferred against  us had been, sustained, and that we were bound over to court  for trial. Our accusers did not attempt to prove that those who were  promised the Holy Ghost, had not received it; and the candid can  judge whether he who prophecies that christ will come the second  time in this generation, is a false prophet. Also our complainant  testified that these crimes were committed in 1834; and it is  a well known fact that , whose name is in the  warrant, (tho’ not arrested) was not in this state until 1835. So  much for the oath of a Methodist Priest. While the court was  preparing our bonds, another warrant was served on ;  the mob without, and the mob within, whose intoxicating zeal  had arisen to its Zenith, were threatening our lives, and seemed  only to wait the dark shades of night, which were fast gathering  round, to cover them while they should wreak their hands in  our blood; the influence of our friends, as instruments in  the hands of our God, kept this gathering storm from bursting  upon our heads. About this time the sheriff proposed to us, that  if we would leave the county in ten days, and pay the cost, they  would set us at liberty; at the same time informing us it was the  only way to escape the hands of the mob, who were hardly restrained  from acts of violence. one of the brethren present offered to pay  the cost, and all advised us to accept the offer, which, in itself  proved that we were innocent of any crime, although in its  nature most insulting.”
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1 July 1836 • Friday

<July 1.st.  Meeting of Elders in  .> July 1.st 1836. At a respectable meeting of the elders of the church  of Latter Day Saints, assembled at the in , Mo.  was called to the chair, and appointed Secretary.  The preamble and resolutions from a meeting of citizens <of the 29 ult.> was read  and a committee of twelve, viz. , , , ,  , , , I. Higbey [Isaac Higbee], S[amuel] Bent, , , and  R. Evans, were appointed, who retired, and after a short time reported. [p. 740]
willing to lay down their lives for us, we went before our rulers June 28 ’s Letter continued We found about one hundred persons assembled, armed with guns, pistols, dirks, clubs, sticks, &c. At a late hour we prevailed on the sheriff to have the court called, which consisted of three magistrates, one of whom was rejected from the judgment seat, because some of his family were members of our church. The sheriff, with leave of court, devisted us of our arms, consisting of walking sticks, and pocket knife. A man by the name of Perkins, (who report says had run his country for hog stealing, and also had been guilty of concealing a stolen horse, for which he had lost a part of his nose,) was appointed by the court to act as States Attorney, or in other words mob solicitor general, to abuse the innocent and screen the guilty. After the conspirators had witnessed against us, the court refused to hear any testimony on our part. being controled by the Banditti. Perkins made a plea against us but we were not permitted to reply. The verdict of the court was: That they concluded that the charges preferred against us had been, sustained, and that we were bound over to court for trial. Our accusers did not attempt to prove that those who were promised the Holy Ghost, had not received it; and the candid can judge whether he who prophecies that christ will come the second time in this generation, is a false prophet. Also our complainant testified that these crimes were committed in 1834; and it is a well known fact that , whose name is in the warrant, (tho’ not arrested) was not in this state until 1835. So much for the oath of a Methodist Priest. While the court was preparing our bonds, another warrant was served on ; the mob without, and the mob within, whose intoxicating zeal had arisen to its Zenith, were threatening our lives, and seemed only to wait the dark shades of night, which were fast gathering round, to cover them while they should wreak their hands in our blood; the influence of our friends, as instruments in the hands of our God, kept this gathering storm from bursting upon our heads. About this time the sheriff proposed to us, that if we would leave the county in ten days, and pay the cost, they would set us at liberty; at the same time informing us it was the only way to escape the hands of the mob, who were hardly restrained from acts of violence. one of the brethren present offered to pay the cost, and all advised us to accept the offer, which, in itself proved that we were innocent of any crime, although in its nature most insulting.”
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1 July 1836 • Friday

July 1.st. Meeting of Elders in . July 1.st 1836. At a respectable meeting of the elders of the church of Latter Day Saints, assembled in , Mo. was called to the chair, and appointed Secretary. The preamble and resolutions from a meeting of citizens of the 29 ult. was read and a committee of twelve, viz. , , , , , , , I. Higbey Isaac Higbee, Samuel Bent, , , and R. Evans, were appointed, who retired, and after a short time reported. [p. 740]
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