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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<September 16.  charge against  Henry Green.> “Minutes of a high council held in September 16th. 1835.  , , and presiding. A complaint  was preferred by president Joseph Smith Jr, against brother Henry  Green, for accusing president Joseph Smith Junior, “of rebuking brother  Aldridge wrongfully, and under the influence of an evil spirit.”  Brother Green being absent, arose and said that  it was the decision of the presidency that the council proceed to  examine the charge preferred, because brother Green had been  regularly summoned, by himself. The council appointed one to  <Witnesses;  .> speak on each side; after which the following testimony was heard.  Elder testified that brother Green, on monday Morning  last, said that brother Aldridge was justified in what he said,  and that presidents Joseph and were wrong in  abusing the old man; and after explained the matter  to him, said, that if any man should do so by him. he should call  him a scoundrel; and that he should say that any man who  should talk as Joseph did must have the devil in him. Elder  <Lorin Babbit.> Lorin [Loren] Babbit said he was present when the above conversation  took place and heard considerable part of it, and fully con curred in the statement of . And he heard brother  Green say previous to the above talk, that although they accused  brother Aldridge of having an evil Spirit, yet, if the truth  was known, the Devil was in them, (namely) Presedents Joseph  and ; for if any man should ask my opinion, and  then abuse me in this way, I should call him a scoundrel  <>[Loren] or a knave. stated to the council that bro.  Aldridge was not called upon to give his opinion concerning  the Book, but said what he did without being called upon  to speak for the book was only handed to him and others  to look at, that they might see the quality and goodness.  <Joseph Smith> President Joseph Smith arose and stated that he knew that  brother Aldridge was under the influence of an evil spirit, and  <> had been for a long time. Councillor also said  that he knew that this thing was so, by what he had seen and  learned, and that he had heard from credible authority that  the old man had been in the habit for a long time of neg lecting prayer, and family worship.
<Pleas.  > said that president Smith was in the line of  his duty when he reproved brother Aldridge for his evil, and  consequently brother Green must have been wrong, in opposing  him, and saying that he acted like a scoundrel, and that  <.> the Devil was in him. said that brother  Green could not be justified in opposing the servant of the  Lord, while in the actual discharge of his duty, and that  it was evident that Satan hath sought to make divisions  in this the church, and hath taken the advantage of the oc casion of presenting the book, to do this. (The book referred to was  purchased for recording “The Patriarchal Blessings,” & this is the Book.) [p. 613]
September 16. charge against Henry Green. “Minutes of a high council held in September 16th. 1835. , , and presiding. A complaint was preferred by president Joseph Smith Jr, against brother Henry Green, for accusing president Joseph Smith Junior, “of rebuking brother Aldridge wrongfully, and under the influence of an evil spirit.” Brother Green being absent, arose and said that it was the decision of the presidency that the council proceed to examine the charge preferred, because brother Green had been regularly summoned, by himself. The council appointed one to Witnesses; . speak on each side; after which the following testimony was heard. Elder testified that brother Green, on monday Morning last, said that brother Aldridge was justified in what he said, and that presidents Joseph and were wrong in abusing the old man; and after explained the matter to him, said, that if any man should do so by him. he should call him a scoundrel; and that he should say that any man who should talk as Joseph did must have the devil in him. Elder Lorin Babbit. Lorin [Loren] Babbit said he was present when the above conversation took place and heard considerable part of it, and fully concurred in the statement of . And he heard brother Green say previous to the above talk, that although they accused brother Aldridge of having an evil Spirit, yet, if the truth was known, the Devil was in them, (namely) Presedents Joseph and ; for if any man should ask my opinion, and then abuse me in this way, I should call him a scoundrel Loren or a knave. stated to the council that bro. Aldridge was not called upon to give his opinion concerning the Book, but said what he did without being called upon to speak for the book was only handed to him and others to look at, that they might see the quality and goodness. Joseph Smith President Joseph Smith arose and stated that he knew that brother Aldridge was under the influence of an evil spirit, and had been for a long time. Councillor also said that he knew that this thing was so, by what he had seen and learned, and that he had heard from credible authority that the old man had been in the habit for a long time of neglecting prayer, and family worship.
Pleas. said that president Smith was in the line of his duty when he reproved brother Aldridge for his evil, and consequently brother Green must have been wrong, in opposing him, and saying that he acted like a scoundrel, and that . the Devil was in him. said that brother Green could not be justified in opposing the servant of the Lord, while in the actual discharge of his duty, and that it was evident that Satan hath sought to make divisions in the church, and hath taken the advantage of the occasion of presenting the book, to do this. (The book referred to was purchased for recording “The Patriarchal Blessings,” & this is the Book.) [p. 613]
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