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

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28 April 1838 • Saturday
<April 28   tried  for offering marriage  to > “Saturday April 28th. 1838. This morning President, J. Smith Jun. and , attended the High council by invitation. The business before the  council was the an appeal case from the branch of the church near  .—— Jackman was plaintiff, and  Defendant. and Presiding. It  appeared in calling the council to order that some of the seats were  vacant, which the Council proceeded to fill, but as there were not  a sufficient number present, for the who were eligible to the  station, Presidents Smith and were strongly solicited to  act as counsellors, or to preside and let the presiding officers  act as counsellors; &c. They accepted the former proposal, and Prest  Smith was chosen to act on the part of the defence, and to speak  upon the case, together with . was chosen  to speak on the part of the prosecution, together with , after  the council was organized, &c. After some arbitrarious speeches to  know whether witnesses should be admitted to testify against , or whether he should have the privilege of confessing his  own sins; It was decided that witnesses should be admitted  and also the written testimony of the of said . As to this  man, , it is a well know fact, and without contradiction,  that he has been in transgression ever since he first came into  , which is some four or five years, as appeared this day by  different witnesses, which are unimpeachable The witnesses against  , were first, , wife of Plaintiff , one  Bro. Burt, , Bro , Bro  also, Bro Benjamin and the , Which testimony says that  some time last season the plaintiff sent his wife from Illin ois, to this country, as he, himself, could not come at that time.  Accordingly his wife, , came, and settled in the branch  first above mentioned. Now this man had settled in this  branch also, and was their presiding High Priest, and had gain ed to himself great influence in and over that Branch, and it  also appears that this man had great possessions; and (if we  may judge from testimony given this day,) calculates to keep them,  let the saints necessity necessities be what they may. and it also appears  that this man was in want of a wife, (if actions bespeak the desire  of any man.) Consequently set his wits to work to get one. He commen ced, (as he said) by getting a revelation from God that he must marry  ; or that she was the woman to make his wife; and it  appeared that these revelations were frequently received by him. and  shortly introduced to . It was also manifested that the  old man had sagacity enough to know that unless he used his priest ly office to assist him in accomplishing his designs, he would fail in  the attempt; he therefor told that he had a revelation  from God that her husband was dead &c. and that she must con sent to marry him, or she would be forever miserable; for he had  seen her future state of existence, and that she must remember that whom soever he blessed would be blessed, and whomsoever he cursed would be cursed. [p. 792]
28 April 1838 • Saturday
April 28 tried for offering marriage to “Saturday April 28th. 1838. This morning President, J. Smith Jun. and , attended the High council by invitation. The business before the council was an appeal case from the branch of the church near .—— was plaintiff, and Defendant. and Presiding. It appeared in calling the council to order that some of the seats were vacant, which the Council proceeded to fill, but as there were not a sufficient number present, who were eligible to the station, Presidents Smith and were strongly solicited to act as counsellors, or to preside and let the presiding officers act as counsellors; &c. They accepted the former proposal, and Prest Smith was chosen to act on the part of the defence, and to speak upon the case, together with . was chosen to speak on the part of the prosecution, together with , after the council was organized, &c. After some arbitrarious speeches to know whether witnesses should be admitted to testify against , or whether he should have the privilege of confessing his own sins; It was decided that witnesses should be admitted and also the written testimony of the of said . As to this man, , it is a well know fact, and without contradiction, that he has been in transgression ever since he first came into , which is some four or five years, as appeared this day by different witnesses, which are unimpeachable The witnesses against , were first, , wife of Plaintiff , one Bro. Burt, , Bro , Bro also, Bro Benjamin and the , Which testimony says that some time last season the plaintiff sent his wife from Illinois, to this country, as he, himself, could not come at that time. Accordingly his wife, , came, and settled in the branch first above mentioned. Now this man had settled in this branch also, and was their presiding High Priest, and had gained to himself great influence in and over that Branch, and it also appears that this man had great possessions; and (if we may judge from testimony given this day,) calculates to keep them, let the saints necessities be what they may. and it also appears that this man was in want of a wife, (if actions bespeak the desire of any man.) Consequently set his wits to work to get one. He commenced, (as he said) by getting a revelation from God that he must marry ; or that she was the woman to make his wife; and it appeared that these revelations were frequently received by him. and shortly introduced to . It was also manifested that the old man had sagacity enough to know that unless he used his priestly office to assist him in accomplishing his designs, he would fail in the attempt; he therefor told that he had a revelation from God that her husband was dead &c. and that she must consent to marry him, or she would be forever miserable; for he had seen her future state of existence, and that she must remember that whomsoever he blessed would be blessed, and whomsoever he cursed would be cursed. [p. 792]
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