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

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<September 5  Joseph’s Affidavit  continued> possession of the deponent. The deponent further saith, that no violation was offered to any  individual in his presence, or within his knowledge; and that no insulting language was given by  either party, except on the part of Mrs. Black, who while was engaged in making out  the above named writing, (which he made with his own hand) gave to this Deponent, and others  of the Society, highly insulting language, and false accusations, which were calculated in  their nature to greatly irritate, if possible, the feelings of the bystanders belonging to said  Society, in language like this:— being asked by the Deponent if she knew any thing  in the Mormon People derogatory to the character of gentlemen, she answered in the  negative— but said she did not know but the object of their visit was to steal something  from them. After had executed the writing deponent asked if he  had any unfriendly feelings towards the Deponent, and if he had not treated him genteelly.  He answered in the affirmative; deponent then took leave of said and repaired to  the house of — The next day we returned to — and further  <x> this deponent saith not— Joseph Smith Jr.
Sworn to and subscribed this fifth day of September A.D. 1838. J.C.C.C.C.”
arrived at on his way to to meet the proposed trial   had gone before arrived and the Judge tarried all night  I was at home after six o clock in the evening.
<Camp.> Brother Nickerson’s child died in the Camp this morning. Passed through Mount  Vernon, Mount Meridian, Putnamsville, Manhattan, Washington Township, Pleasant  Garden into Van Buren Township Clay County— twenty miles and tented in the Road  about one furlong west of Grays Creek— There was much sickness in the Country  through which the Camp passed—

6 September 1838 • Thursday

<6> Thursday 6. Camp travelled seventeen miles and encamped two miles East of . roads very dusty.
<Joseph’s trial before  > At half past seven this morning I started on horseback accompanied by several  brethren among whom was my Brother and Judge to attend my trial at  ’s . I thought it not wisdom to make my appearance before the public in that  place in consequence of the many threats made against me and the high state of excitement—  The Trial could not proceed on account of the absence of the Plaintiff and lack of testimony  and the court adjourned until tomorrow at ten o clock in the morning— at a s,  some six or eight miles further South, and within half a mile of the line of ,  is a Regular Mob Character. We all returned to , where we arrived before dark.

7 September 1838 • Friday

<7> Friday 7. About Sunrise I started with my friends and arrived at s at the appointed  hour. We did not know but there would be a disturbance among the Mob Characters, to day,  we accordingly had a company of men placed at the County line so as to be ready at a  minute’s warning if there should be any difficulty at the trial, the trial commenced. who was the Prosecutor had no witnesses but , who contrived to swear a  great many things that never had an existence until he swore them and I presume never  entered the heart of any man to conceive and in fine I think he swore by the Job— and that  he was employed so to do by — The Witnesses on the part of the defence were , , and — The bound   and myself over to court in a five hundred dollar bond— there was no  proof against us to criminate us, but it is supposed he did it to pacify as much as possible  the feelings of the Mobbers— the stated afterwards in the presence of  that there was nothing proven against us worthy of bonds, but we submitted without—  murmuring a word, gave the bonds with sufficient Securities, and all returned home the same  evening— We found two persons in at the trial, which Gentlemen were sent [p. 821]
September 5 Joseph’s Affidavit continued possession of the deponent. The deponent further saith, that no violation was offered to any individual in his presence, or within his knowledge; and that no insulting language was given by either party, except on the part of Mrs. Black, who while was engaged in making out the above named writing, (which he made with his own hand) gave to this Deponent, and others of the Society, highly insulting language, and false accusations, which were calculated in their nature to greatly irritate, if possible, the feelings of the bystanders belonging to said Society, in language like this:— being asked by the Deponent if she knew any thing in the Mormon People derogatory to the character of gentlemen, she answered in the negative— but said she did not know but the object of their visit was to steal something from them. After had executed the writing deponent asked if he had any unfriendly feelings towards the Deponent, and if he had not treated him genteelly. He answered in the affirmative; deponent then took leave of said and repaired to the house of — The next day we returned to — and further x this deponent saith not— Joseph Smith Jr.
Sworn to and subscribed this fifth day of September A.D. 1838. J.C.C.C.C.”
arrived at on his way to to meet the proposed trial had gone before arrived and the Judge tarried all night I was at home after six o clock in the evening.
Camp. Brother Nickerson’s child died in the Camp this morning. Passed through Mount Vernon, Mount Meridian, Putnamsville, Manhattan, Washington Township, Pleasant Garden into Van Buren Township Clay County— twenty miles and tented in the Road about one furlong west of Grays Creek— There was much sickness in the Country through which the Camp passed—

6 September 1838 • Thursday

6 Thursday 6. Camp travelled seventeen miles and encamped two miles East of . roads very dusty.
Joseph’s trial before At half past seven this morning I started on horseback accompanied by several brethren among whom was my Brother and Judge to attend my trial at ’s . I thought it not wisdom to make my appearance before the public in that place in consequence of the many threats made against me and the high state of excitement— The Trial could not proceed on account of the absence of the Plaintiff and lack of testimony and the court adjourned until tomorrow at ten o clock in the morning— at a s, some six or eight miles further South, and within half a mile of the line of , is a Regular Mob Character. We all returned to , where we arrived before dark.

7 September 1838 • Friday

7 Friday 7. About Sunrise I started with my friends and arrived at s at the appointed hour. We did not know but there would be a disturbance among the Mob Characters, to day, we accordingly had a company of men placed at the County line so as to be ready at a minute’s warning if there should be any difficulty at the trial, the trial commenced. who was the Prosecutor had no witnesses but , who contrived to swear a great many things that never had an existence until he swore them and I presume never entered the heart of any man to conceive and in fine I think he swore by the Job— and that he was employed so to do by — The Witnesses on the part of the defence were , , and — The bound and myself over to court in a five hundred dollar bond— there was no proof against us to criminate us, but it is supposed he did it to pacify as much as possible the feelings of the Mobbers— the stated afterwards in the presence of that there was nothing proven against us worthy of bonds, but we submitted without— murmuring a word, gave the bonds with sufficient Securities, and all returned home the same evening— We found two persons in at the trial, which Gentlemen were sent [p. 821]
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